Raymond v. Raymond

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Raymond v. Raymond
Studio album by Usher
Released March 26, 2010
(see release history)
Recorded 2008–2010
Genre R&B, pop
Length 58:59
Label LaFace, Jive
Producer Usher (exec.), Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, will.i.am, Zaytoven, Polow da Don, RedOne, Danja, The Runners, Jim Jonsin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Bangladesh, Sean Garrett
Usher chronology
Here I Stand
(2008)
Raymond v. Raymond
(2010)
Versus
(2010)
Singles from Raymond v. Raymond
  1. "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)"
    Released: December 8, 2009
  2. "Lil Freak"
    Released: March 2, 2010
  3. "OMG"
    Released: March 22, 2010
  4. "There Goes My Baby"
    Released: June 15, 2010
  5. "More"
    Released: November 22, 2010

Raymond v. Raymond is the sixth studio album by American singer Usher. It was released on March 26, 2010. Recording the album happened between 2008 and 2010. It was produced by Jermaine Dupri, The Runners, Ester Dean, Polow da Don, RedOne, Jim Jonsin, Danja, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Bangladesh, and Tricky Stewart.

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. It sold 329,000 copies the first week. It sold over 1,000,000 copies in the United States. It was then certified platinum by the RIAA. This means that the album shipped 1,000,000 copies in the United States. Raymond v. Raymond released five singles. These include the hit single "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)", "Lil Freak", "There Goes My Baby", "OMG", and "More".

After the album was released, it was given mixed reviews from music critics. Many music critics did not like the lyrics and the themes of the songs. Others liked it. The album won several awards. It won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Usher went on his OMG Tour in 2011 to promote the album worldwide.

Track listing[change | change source]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Monstar"   Usher Raymond IV, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Bobby Ross Avila, Issiah J. Avila, Miguel Pimentel, Juan Najera Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 5:01
2. "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)"   Usher Raymond IV, Andrew Harr, Jermaine Jackson, Richard Butler, Jr. The Runners, Rico Love 3:44
3. "There Goes My Baby"   Richard Butler, Jr., James Scheffer, Frank Romano, Danny Morris Jim Jonsin, Rico Love 4:41
4. "Lil Freak" (featuring Nicki Minaj) Usher Raymond IV, Elvis Williams, Jamal Jones, Esther Dean, Onika Maraj[1] Polow da Don 3:54
5. "She Don't Know" (featuring Ludacris) Sean Garrett, Shondrae Crawford, Usher Raymond IV, Christopher Bridges, Ebo Taylor Bangladesh, Sean Garrett 4:03
6. "OMG" (featuring will.i.am) William Adams will.i.am 4:29
7. "Mars vs. Venus"   Usher Raymond IV, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Bobby Ross Avila, Issiah J. Avila, Miguel Pimentel Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 4:22
8. "Pro Lover"   Usher Raymond IV, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Bobby Ross Avila, Issiah J. Avila, Miguel Pimentel Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 5:02
9. "Foolin' Around"   Usher Raymond IV, Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, Johntá Austin Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri 4:11
10. "Papers"   Usher Raymond IV, Sean Garrett, Xavier Dotson, Alonzo Mathis Zaytoven, Sean Garrett 4:21
11. "So Many Girls" (additional vocals by Diddy) Usher Raymond IV, Nathaniel Hill, Richard Butler, Jr., Marcella Araica Danja 4:36
12. "Guilty" (featuring T.I.) Esther Dean, Usher Raymond IV, Clifford Harris, Keith Thomas, Alexander "Prettyboifresh" Parhm, Jr. Prettyboifresh 3:44
13. "Okay"   James Lackey, Ryon Lovett James "JLack" Lackey 3:15
14. "Making Love (Into the Night)"   Richard Butler, Jr., James Scheffer, Danny Morris, Benny Mardones Jim Jonsin, Rico Love 3:36

Personnel[change | change source]

Credits for Raymond v. Raymond from Allmusic.[2]

  • Kory Aaron – assistant
  • Marcella Araica – engineer
  • Alex Barajas – assistant
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Ian Cross – engineer, mixing, vocal engineer
  • Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine – engineer
  • Dylan "3-D" Dresdow – mixing
  • Jermaine Dupri – mixing
  • Joe Gallagher – assistant
  • Conor Gilligan – assistant
  • Matty Green – assistant
  • Blake Harden – assistant
  • Kemal Harris – stylist
  • Patrick Hewlett – assistant
  • Gordon Hogan – assistant
  • Sam Holland – assistant
  • John Horesco IV – engineer
  • Bob Horn – mixing
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing
  • Damien Lewis – assistant
  • Giancarlo Lino – assistant
  • Erik Madrid – assistant
  • Michael Makowski – assistant
  • Anthony Mandler – photography
  • Rob Marks – engineer
  • Frank Romano – guitar
  • Matt Marrin – engineer, mixing
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing
  • Thurston McCrea – assistant
  • Andrew Mezzi – assistant
  • Brandon Middleton – assistant
  • Vernon Mungo – engineer
  • Brandon Parks – assistant
  • Nicole Patterson – make-up
  • Jonetta Patton – artist development
  • Karl Peterson – assistant
  • Mark Pitts – executive producer, A&R
  • Shawn Porter – groomer
  • Usher Raymond – executive producer
  • Rob Skipworth – engineer
  • Tim Sonnefeld – mixing
  • Brian Stanley – mixing
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing
  • Jay Stevenson – engineer
  • Phil Tan – mixing
  • Matt Taylor – art direction, design
  • Miles Walker – engineer
  • Jason Wilkie – assistant
  • will.i.am – engineer
  • Tre Williams – engineer
  • James Wisner – engineer
  • Lauren Evans - background vocals

Charts[change | change source]

Chart positions[change | change source]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[3] 2
Australian Urban Albums Chart[4] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[3] 68
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[3] 43
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[3] 67
Canadian Albums Chart[5] 4
Dutch Albums Chart[6] 34
French Albums Chart[3] 32
German Albums Chart[7] 47
Greek Albums Chart[8] 4
Irish Albums Chart[7] 17
New Zealand Albums Chart[3] 8
Polish Albums Chart[9] 40
Scottish Albums Chart[10] 8
South African Albums Chart[11] 17
Swiss Albums Chart[7] 20
UK Albums Chart[12] 2
UK R&B Chart[13] 2
US Billboard 200[5] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[5] 1

Year-end charts[change | change source]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200[14] 18
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[15] 6

Certifications[change | change source]

Country Provider Certification
Australia ARIA Platinum
Canada CRIA Platinum
United States RIAA Platinum

Release history[change | change source]

Region Date Deluxe Edition
Germany[16] March 26, 2010
United States[17] March 30, 2010 August 24, 2010[18]
Canada[19]
Brazil[20] April 15, 2010
Japan[21] April 21, 2010
United Kingdom[22] April 26, 2010 September 20, 2010[23]

References[change | change source]

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