The Icon Is Love
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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|
|Studio album by|
|Released||October 4, 1994|
|Recorded||1993-1994; Record One, Sherman Oaks, California|
Flyte Tyme Studios, Edina, Minnesota
|Producer||Barry White, Gerald Levert, Jack Perry, Tony Nicholas, Chuckii Booker, James Harris III, Terry Lewis|
|Barry White chronology|
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.
- "Practice What You Preach" (Barry White, Gerald Levert, Edwin Nicholas) - 5:59
- "There It Is" (White, Levert, Nicholas) - 7:03
- "I Only Want to Be With You" (James Harris III, Terry Lewis, White) - 5:01
- "The Time Is Right" (White, Chuckii Booker) - 5:46
- "Baby's Home" (Barry Eastmond, Gary Brown, Jolyon Skinner) - 8:17
- "Come On" (Harris, Lewis, White, James Wright) - 5:50
- "Love Is the Icon" (White, Jack Perry) - 4:38
- "Sexy Undercover" (White, Booker) - 4:51
- "Don't You Want to Know?" (White, Michael Lovesmith) - 6:51
- "Whatever We Had, We Had" (White, Lovesmith) - 10:41
- "Super Lover (Undercover Mix)" (White, Perry, William Jones) - 5:49
Certifications and salesEdit
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- "Canadian album certifications – Barry White – The Icon Is Love". Music Canada.
- "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.