8701

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8701
Studio album by Usher
Released August 7, 2001 (2001-08-07)
(Release history)
Recorded 2000–2001
Genre R&B, pop
Length 64:48
Label Arista
Producer The Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Mike City, P. Diddy, Bryan Michael Cox, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Usher chronology
My Way
(1997)
8701
(2001)
Confessions
(2004)
Singles from 8701
  1. "Pop Ya Collar"
    Released: February 12, 2001
  2. "U Remind Me"
    Released: May 19, 2001
  3. "U Got It Bad"
    Released: September 4, 2001
  4. "U Don't Have to Call"
    Released: January 12, 2002
  5. "U-Turn"
    Released: April 30, 2002

8701 is the third studio album by American singer Usher. It was released by Arista Records on August 7, 2001.

History[change | change source]

Recording the album took place in 2000 and 2001. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. It sold 210,000 copies the first week. In 18 weeks it sold 1,940,000 copies.

It has sold 4,700,000 copies in the United States. The album has sold over 8,000,000 copies worldwide. It was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA. It reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and the Canadian Albums Chart. In Australia, it was certified 2x Platinum and Platinum by the BPI.

The album was given positive reviews from music critics.[1][2][3][4] Many liked Usher's "matured voice" and the instruments Usher used to record the songs.[5][6][7]

Track listing[change | change source]

US edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "Intro-Lude 8701"   Usher Raymond   0:44
2. "U Remind Me"   Anita McCloud, Edmund "Butler" Clement Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 4:26
3. "I Don't Know" (featuring P. Diddy) Pharrell Williams, Daryton Goss The Neptunes 4:26
4. "Twork It Out"   Usher Raymond, James Harris III, Terry Lewis Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis 4:42
5. "U Got It Bad"   Usher Raymond, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox Jermaine Dupri 4:07
6. "If I Want To"   Usher Raymond, Babyface, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Christopher Wallace, Osten Harvey, Roger Troutman Bryan-Michael Cox 3:46
7. "I Can't Let U Go"   Usher Raymond, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox Bryan-Michael Cox 3:28
8. "U Don't Have to Call"   Pharrell Williams The Neptunes 4:29
9. "Without U (Interlude)"   Usher Raymond   0:53
10. "Can U Help Me"   Usher Raymond, James Harris III, Terry Lewis Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis 5:35
11. "How Do I Say"   Usher Raymond, James Harris III, Terry Lewis Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis 5:39
12. "Hottest Thing"   Michael Flowers Mike City 3:49
13. "Good Ol' Ghetto"   Usher Raymond, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox Jermaine Dupri 4:00
14. "U-Turn"   Usher Raymond, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox Jermaine Dupri 3:09
15. "U R the One"     Soulshock & Karlin 3:55

Personnel[change | change source]

Credits for 8701 from Allmusic.[8]

  • David Ashton – Assistant engineer
  • Producer, Instrumentation – Bryan-Michael Cox
  • Brian Garten – Engineer
  • Kevin Guarnieri – Engineer, Assistant Engineer
  • Performer – Puff Daddy
  • David Rideau – Engineer
  • Usher – Vocals

Charts[change | change source]

Chart positions[change | change source]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[9] 7
Austrian Albums Chart[10] 47
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders)[11] 14
Belgium Albums Chart (Wallonia)[11] 4
Canadian Albums Chart[12] 1
Danish Albums Chart[13] 3
Dutch Albums Chart[14] 7
French Albums Chart[15] 14
German Albums Chart[16] 7
Irish Albums Chart[17] 9
New Zealand Albums Chart[18] 8
Norwegian Albums Chart[19] 10
Swedish Albums Chart[20] 28
Swiss Albums Chart[21] 10
UK Albums Chart[22] 1
US Billboard 200[23] 4
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[24] 3

Certifications[change | change source]

Country Provider Certification
Australia ARIA 2× Platinum[25]
United Kingdom BPI Platinum[26]
United States RIAA 4× Platinum[27]

Decade-end charts[change | change source]

Chart (2000–2009) Position
US Billboard 200[28] 63

Release history[change | change source]

Region Date
United Kingdom[29] July 30, 2001
Germany[30]
United States[31] August 7, 2001
Canada[32]

References[change | change source]

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