Kelis Was Here

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Kelis Was Here
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 22, 2006 (2006-08-22)
RecordedOctober 2004 – June 2006
Studio
Genre R&B [1] [2]
Length72:42
Label Jive
Producer
Kelis chronology
Tasty
(2003)
Kelis Was Here
(2006)
The Hits
(2008)
Singles from Kelis Was Here
  1. " Bossy"
    Released: January 31, 2006
  2. " Blindfold Me"
    Released: September 2006
  3. " Lil Star"
    Released: February 19, 2007

Kelis Was Here is the fourth studio album by American singer Kelis. It was released August 22, 2006, by Jive Records. Originally titled The Puppeteer, [3] the album features production by Bangladesh, Raphael Saadiq, Max Martin, Sean Garrett, and Scott Storch, among others, and also features collaborations with will.i.am, Nas, Cee-Lo, Too Short, and Spragga Benz. It is Kelis's first album not to feature longtime collaborators The Neptunes. Kelis Was Here received a nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 2007 Grammy Awards.

Release and promotion

The album's lead single, " Bossy", features rapper Too Short. The song peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 11, 2006. [4] [5] The second single from the album, " Blindfold Me", featuring Nas, was released solely in the United States. It failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100, [4] while peaking at number 91 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. [6] " Lil Star", which features Cee-Lo of the duo Gnarls Barkley, was released internationally as the album's third and final single. The track reached number three on the UK Singles Chart, earning Kelis her fifth UK top-five single as a lead artist. [7]

Due to the use of "I Don't Think So" in a promotional advertising for Big Brother Australia 2008, the song entered the Australian ARIA Singles Chart at number 49 on April 21, 2008. The following week it rose to number 29, ultimately peaking at number 27. [8] It also reached number eight on the ARIA Urban Singles Chart. [9]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic70/100 [10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars [11]
Entertainment WeeklyB [1]
The Guardian2/5 stars [12]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars [2]
NME7/10 [13]
Pitchfork7.5/10 [14]
Q4/5 stars [15]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars [16]
Spin3/5 stars [17]
Uncut4/5 stars [18]

Kelis Was Here received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 70, based on 23 reviews. [10] Ann Powers from the Los Angeles Times praised its eclectic music and said that it "mines a memory of R&B as the playground of category-dismantling individualists." [2] NME magazine wrote that it feels like "a wildly ambitious Warhol-esque art project." [13] Kelefa Sanneh from The New York Times described the album as "typically garish and glorious", with sounds that range from " space-age hip-hop ... to space-age guitar pop". [19] Q magazine said that the album is "chock-full of surreal soul diamonds." [15] Pitchfork's Tim Finney wrote that, like Wanderland, the album is "formally varied but feels consistent—even monochrome in parts." [14] In a review for The Observer, Peter Robinson commented that the album "occasionally misfires ... but there's still sass and creativity here." [20] MSN Music's Robert Christgau gave Kelis Was Here a one-star honorable mention, [21] indicating "a worthy effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well like." [22] He cited "Blindfold Me" and "What's That Right There" as highlights, and quipped, "Good for sex and not much else, which in a fantasy object is plenty." [21]

In a mixed review, Slant Magazine critic Preston Jones said that, although it is "an intriguing mishmash of sounds, beats, and vocal affectations", the album is "far too long" and lacks a song on-par with " Milkshake". [16] Chris Salmon of The Guardian wrote that without the Neptunes, "contributors such as Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am and [...] Shondrae reject all subtlety for songs that caricature Kelis as sexy, bolshy and not much else. The results are shallow and unconvincing, driven by the kind of brash holler and breathy schmaltz you would expect from J-Lo or Pussycat Dolls (complete with the rubbish guest raps)." [12] Mikael Wood of Spin said that Kelis "consolidates" her previous "allure" and "turns up sex, turns down sass". [17] Andy Kellman of AllMusic felt that it lacks first-rate material and "the range of emotions to match the varied backdrops." [11] Quentin B. Huff of PopMatters argued that "[t]he songs are individually good, but don't really sound like they should have been grouped together on an album." [23]

The album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 2007 Grammy Awards, but lost out to Beyoncé's B'Day. [24]

Commercial performance

Kelis Was Here debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 with 58,000 copies sold in its first week, becoming Kelis's highest-peaking album on the chart to date. [25] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album had sold 160,000 copies in the United States as of May 2010. [26]

The album debuted at number 41 on the UK Albums Chart, [27] selling 6,709 copies in its first week. [28] It was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on September 29, 2006, [29] and by May 2010, it had sold 32,083 copies in the United Kingdom. [28]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"  1:27
2." Bossy" (featuring Too Short)
  • Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford
  • Garrett [a]
4:34
3."What's That Right There" will.i.am4:17
4."Till the Wheels Fall Off"
will.i.am4:13
5."Living Proof"3:41
6." Blindfold Me"
3:48
7."Goodbyes" Cool & Dre4:42
8."Trilogy"
  • Storch
  • Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd [a]
3:56
9."Circus"
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Saadiq
  • Ozuna
  • Saadiq
  • Jake and the Phatman [a]
4:40
10."Weekend" (featuring will.i.am)
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Adams
  • Harris
will.i.am4:42
11."Like You"
Knobody3:00
12."Aww Shit!" (featuring Smoke)
Crawford4:09
13." Lil Star" (featuring Cee-Lo)
Cee-Lo Green4:55
14."I Don't Think So"
3:02
15."Handful"
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Garrett
  • Crawford
  • Boyd
Crawford2:59
16."Appreciate Me"
  • Elliott
  • Teddy "Bear" [a]
4:02
17."Have a Nice Day"
  • Elliott
  • Grecco Buratto
Elliott6:33
18."Fuck Them Bitches" (hidden track)
  • Adams
  • Pajon
will.i.am3:49
International edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"  1:27
2."Blindfold Me" (featuring Nas)
  • Polow da Don
  • Garrett
4:19
3."Bossy" (featuring Too Short)
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Crawford
  • Shaw
  • Garrett
  • Crawford
  • Garrett [a]
4:34
4."Fire" (featuring Spragga Benz) Bloodshy & Avant3:31
5."I Don't Think So"
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Martin
  • Gottwald
  • Martin
  • Dr. Luke
3:02
6."Weekend" (featuring will.i.am)
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Adams
  • Harris
will.i.am4:42
7."Trilogy"
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Storch
  • Boyd
3:56
8."Appreciate Me"
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Elliott
  • Elliott
  • Teddy "Bear" [a]
4:02
9."Till the Wheels Fall Off"
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Adams
  • Pajon
  • Harris
  • Board
will.i.am4:13
10."Handful"
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Garrett
  • Crawford
  • Boyd
Crawford2:59
11."Aww Shit!" (featuring Smoke)
  • Crawford
  • Woodgett
  • Means
Crawford4:09
12."What's That Right There"
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Adams
  • Harris
  • Clinton
  • Wynne
will.i.am4:17
13."Circus"
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Saadiq
  • Ozuna
  • Saadiq
  • Jake and the Phatman [a]
4:40
14."Lil Star" (featuring Cee-Lo)
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Callaway
Green4:55
15."Like You"
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Foster
Knobody3:00
16."Living Proof"
  • Saadiq
  • Ozuna
  • Saadiq
  • Jake and the Phatman [a]
3:41
17."Goodbyes"
  • Rogers-Jones
  • Lyon
  • Valenzano
Cool & Dre4:42
18."Have a Nice Day"
  • Elliott
  • Buratto
Elliott6:33
19."Fuck Them Bitches" (hidden track)
  • Adams
  • Pajon
will.i.am3:49

Notes

  • ^a signifies a co-producer

Sample credits

Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Kelis Was Here. [30]

Musicians

  • Kelis – vocals
  • Too Short – vocals (track 2)
  • will.i.am – drum programming (tracks 3, 10); clavinet, Moog bass (track 3); synth, drums (track 4); vocals, keyboards (track 10)
  • Keith Harris – keyboards (track 3); Rhodes guitar (tracks 4, 10); additional keyboards, Moog bass (track 10)
  • Printz Board – trumpet (track 4)
  • George Pajon Jr. – guitar (track 4)
  • Chuck Prada – percussion (track 4)
  • Raphael Saadiq – bass, guitar (tracks 5, 9)
  • Bobby Ozuna – drums, turntables (tracks 5, 9); percussion (track 9)
  • Charles Jones – piano, keyboards (tracks 5, 9)
  • Meneradini "Bridge" Timothee – piano, keyboards (track 5)
  • Cheryl Evans – background vocals (track 11)
  • Smoke – vocals (track 12)
  • Cee-Lo Green – vocals (track 13)
  • Lukasz Gottwald – all instruments (track 14)
  • Max Martin – all instruments (track 14)
  • Teddy "Bear" – programming, keyboards (track 16)
  • Joseph Edwards – choir (track 16)
  • Sandra Riley – choir (track 16)
  • Erika Schimdt – choir (track 16)
  • Julio Hanson – choir (track 16)
  • Jim Gilstrap – choir (track 16)
  • Kerry Paxton – choir (track 16)
  • Dawn Beckman – choir (track 16)
  • John Patrick – choir (track 16)
  • Jason Brown – choir (track 16)
  • Renee Bowers – choir (track 16)
  • Damon Elliott – arrangement (track 17)
  • Grecco Burratto – co-arrangement (track 17)
  • Renato Brasa – percussion (track 17)

Technical

  • Bangladesh – production (tracks 2, 12, 15); recording (tracks 12, 15)
  • Sean Garrett – co-production (track 2); production (track 6)
  • Doug Wilson – recording (tracks 2, 6, 11)
  • Charles McCrorey – recording (track 2)
  • Too Short – recording (track 2)
  • John Frye – mixing (track 2)
  • will.i.am – production (tracks 3, 4, 10)
  • Padraic Kerin – recording (tracks 3, 4, 10)
  • Joe Peluso – engineering assistance (tracks 3, 10); mix engineering assistance (tracks 3, 4, 10)
  • Ethan Willoughby – mixing (tracks 3, 4, 10)
  • Raphael Saadiq – production (tracks 5, 9)
  • Jake and the Phatman – co-production (tracks 5, 9)
  • Danny Romero – recording, mixing (tracks 5, 9)
  • John Tanksley – Pro Tools engineering (tracks 5, 9)
  • James Tanksley – Pro Tools engineering assistance (tracks 5, 9)
  • Wesley Morrow – production coordination (tracks 5, 9)
  • Polow da Don – production (track 6)
  • Brian Sumner – recording (tracks 6, 12, 14, 15)
  • Brian Stanley – mixing (track 6)
  • Mike Makowski – mixing assistance (track 6)
  • Cool & Dre – production (track 7)
  • Robert "Brizz" Brisbane – recording (track 7)
  • Phil Tan – mixing (track 7)
  • Josh Houghkirk – mixing assistance (track 7)
  • Scott Storch – production (track 8)
  • Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd – co-production (track 8)
  • Conrad Golding – recording (track 8)
  • Marc Lee – recording (track 8)
  • Wayne "The Brain" Allison – recording (track 8)
  • Vadim Chislov – recording assistance (track 8)
  • James Roach – recording assistance (track 8)
  • Fabian Marasciullo – mixing (track 8)
  • Chad Jolley – mixing assistance (track 8)
  • Knobody – production (track 11)
  • Tatsuya Sato – recording (track 11)
  • Kevin Crouse – recording (track 11)
  • Neal Pogue – mixing (track 11)
  • Jean-Marie Horvat – mixing (track 12)
  • Colin Miller – mixing assistance (track 12)
  • Cee-Lo Green – production (track 13)
  • Ben H. Allen – recording (track 13)
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (tracks 13, 14)
  • John Hanes – Pro Tools engineering (track 13); additional Pro Tools engineering (track 14)
  • Tim Roberts – Pro Tools engineering assistance (tracks 13, 14)
  • Max Martin – production (track 14)
  • Dr. Luke – production (track 14)
  • Darien Gap – mixing (track 15)
  • Damon Elliott – production (tracks 16, 17)
  • Teddy "Bear" – co-production (track 16)
  • Renson Mateo – recording (tracks 16, 17)
  • Nathan Connelly – recording assistance (tracks 16, 17)
  • Dave "Hard Drive" Pensado – mixing (tracks 16, 17)
  • The Blitzburg Group – mixing assistance (tracks 16, 17)
  • Dave Mattix – recording assistance (track 17)
  • Chris Athens – mastering
  • Kelis – executive production
  • Mark Pitts – executive production
  • J. Erving – executive production

Artwork

Charts

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums ( ARIA) [31] 96
Australian Urban Albums ( ARIA) [32] 8
Austrian Albums ( Ö3 Austria) [33] 69
Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Flanders) [34] 45
Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Wallonia) [35] 88
Dutch Albums ( Album Top 100) [36] 82
French Albums ( SNEP) [37] 104
German Albums ( Offizielle Top 100) [38] 77
Italian Albums ( FIMI) [39] 90
Japanese Albums ( Oricon) [40] 109
Norwegian Albums ( VG-lista) [41] 35
Scottish Albums ( OCC) [42] 72
Swedish Albums ( Sverigetopplistan) [43] 51
Swiss Albums ( Schweizer Hitparade) [44] 22
UK Albums ( OCC) [45] 41
UK R&B Albums ( OCC) [46] 5
US Billboard 200 [47] 10
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums ( Billboard) [48] 6

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom ( BPI) [49] Silver 60,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Region Date Label Ref.
Canada August 22, 2006 Sony BMG [50]
United States Jive [11]
Germany September 8, 2006 EMI [51]
Netherlands [52]
United Kingdom September 11, 2006 Virgin [53]
Sweden September 13, 2006 EMI [54]
Italy September 15, 2006 [55]
Australia September 16, 2006 [56]
Japan September 29, 2006 [57]

Notes

  1. ^ Tracks 2 and 11
  2. ^ Tracks 2, 6 and 11
  3. ^ Track 2
  4. ^ Tracks 3 and 10
  5. ^ Tracks 3, 4, 10 and 17
  6. ^ Tracks 5 and 9
  7. ^ Tracks 6, 12, 14 and 15
  8. ^ Tracks 7 and 8
  9. ^ Track 11
  10. ^ Tracks 12 and 15
  11. ^ Track 13
  12. ^ Track 14
  13. ^ Tracks 16 and 17
  14. ^ Track 16

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