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The Icon Is Love is the nineteenth studio album by American R&B singer Barry White, which was released on October 4, 1994 on A&M Records. The album represented a major comeback for White both critically and commercially, and went on to become easily his most successful album since his 1970s heyday. The Icon Is Love was White's seventh album to top the R&B chart, and its peak of #20 on the pop chart his highest placing there since 1977. It was also the first White album in 16 years to reach the UK top 50. Likewise, lead single "Practice What You Preach" was White's biggest since 1977's "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" on both the R&B and pop charts.

The Icon Is Love
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 4, 1994
Recorded1993-1994; Record One, Sherman Oaks, California
Flyte Tyme Studios, Edina, Minnesota
GenreR&B, soul
Length73:46
LabelA&M/PolyGram Records
540 115
ProducerBarry White, Gerald Levert, Jack Perry, Tony Nicholas, Chuckii Booker, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Barry White chronology
Put Me in Your Mix
(1991)
The Icon Is Love
(1994)
Staying Power
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars link

Production credits were mainly shared by White variously with Gerald Levert, Jack Perry, Tony Nicholas and White's godson Chuckii Booker. The Icon Is Love also includes two tracks ("I Only Want to Be with You" and "Come On") produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and recorded at their Flyte Tyme studios in Minnesota, which are the only tracks ever recorded by White on which he does not have at least a co-production credit. The album contains a remix of "Super Lover", from White's 1989 album The Man Is Back! as a bonus track.

The Icon Is Love was the first White album since the 1970s to garner almost universal critical acclaim in terms both of the quality of the material and its contemporary production standards and sound. The album won the 1995 Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Male, and in 1996 was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best R&B Album, losing out to TLC's CrazySexyCool. Its reputation has held up in the years since its release and it is generally cited[by whom?] as the best release of White's later career.

Contents

Track listingEdit

  1. "Practice What You Preach" (Barry White, Gerald Levert, Edwin Nicholas) - 5:59
  2. "There It Is" (White, Levert, Nicholas) - 7:03
  3. "I Only Want to Be With You" (James Harris III, Terry Lewis, White) - 5:01
  4. "The Time Is Right" (White, Chuckii Booker) - 5:46
  5. "Baby's Home" (Barry Eastmond, Gary Brown, Jolyon Skinner) - 8:17
  6. "Come On" (Harris, Lewis, White, James Wright) - 5:50
  7. "Love Is the Icon" (White, Jack Perry) - 4:38
  8. "Sexy Undercover" (White, Booker) - 4:51
  9. "Don't You Want to Know?" (White, Michael Lovesmith) - 6:51
  10. "Whatever We Had, We Had" (White, Lovesmith) - 10:41
  11. "Super Lover (Undercover Mix)" (White, Perry, William Jones) - 5:49

SinglesEdit

  • "Practice What You Preach" (US Pop #18, US R&B #1, UK#20)
  • "Love Is the Icon" (US R&B #43)
  • "Come On" (US Pop #87, US R&B #12)
  • "I Only Want to Be with You" (UK #36)
  • "There It Is" (US R&B #54)

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[1] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[2] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit

  1. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Barry White – The Icon Is Love". Music Canada.
  2. ^ "American album certifications – Barry White – The Icon Is Love". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.