Chapters (Yuna album)

Chapters is the third international studio album (sixth overall release) by Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna released on May 20, 2016, through Verve Records. The album is the follow-up to her second international studio album Nocturnal (2013), and features guest appearances from Usher and Jhené Aiko. Chapters made its way to the top 10 of the Billboard’s Best R&B Albums of 2016: Critic’s Picks and Rolling Stone's 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016.

Chapters
Yuna - Chapters album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 20, 2016
Recorded2015-2016
StudioWestlake Recording Studios · Silent Sound Studios · The Ship · 4220 Studios · Fisticuffs Gym · Verve Studios · The Village
Genre
Length39:40
LabelVerve
Producer
Yuna chronology
Nocturnal
(2013)
Chapters
(2016)
Rouge
(2019)
Singles from Chapters
  1. "Crush"
    Released: February 29, 2016
  2. "Lanes"
    Released: May 7, 2016[1]
  3. "Mannequin"
    Released: September 9, 2016
  4. "Poor Heart"
    Released: October 27, 2016
  5. "Best Love"
    Released: January 9, 2017
  6. "Unrequited Love"
    Released: February 8, 2017

One of the songs in the album, "All I Do" was chosen as the soundtrack for the pilot episode of 13rd season of Grey's Anatomy.[2][3][4]

SinglesEdit

A total of six singles were released during 2016 and 2017 to support the album. The lead single, "Crush" featuring Usher was released on February 29, 2016. The song debuted at No. 24 and has peaked at No. 1 on the Malaysia Music Weekly, the first and only single to reach the top of the list in one week. As of March 9, the song peaked on the singles list at No. 12 (Indonesia), No. 17 (Singapore), No. 6 (Cambodia) and No. 3 (United States R&B Billboard). "Crush" was the first song on Yuna to receive gold certification from RIAA with certified sales of 500,000 copies,[5][6] in April 2019, three years following its release.[7]

"Lanes" was in May 2016 the second single released.[8] "Mannequin"[9] and "Poor Heart"[10] were released in September and October respectively.

The fifth single, "Best Love" was released in January 2017 to a moderate success, peaking higher than "Crush" at No. 2 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs.[11]

"Unrequited Love" was released in February 2017 as the sixth and final single of Chapters.[12]

Promotional singlesEdit

The first promotional single, "Places To Go" collaboration with DJ Premier was released on February 20, 2016.[13][14][15]

Critical receptionEdit

Gail Mitchell from Billboard wrote that this compelling album proves through such Sade-channeling selections as "Best Love" and "Unrequited Love".[16] Rolling Stone opined that Chapters, segmented like pages torn from a diary, than its occasional starry cameos or production from alt-R&B heavyweight Robin Hannibal. Her emotional sincerity is underlined by her quiet yet insistent voice, and she often sounds like she is whispering as she lyrically dismantles her ex-lover's arguments. Much of Chapters finds her falling out of love, but there are a few happy moments in this beautifully broken valentine.[17] Writing for Star2.com, Angelin Yeoh praises Yuna for her ability to turn heartbreaks into stellar numbers in Chapters.[18] Where as Pulse undoubtedly louded "Chapters" as Yuna's best work ever as the album perfectly highlights her vocal maturity.[19] Sputnikmusic praised for the album productions, stating "It has to be said that Chapters’ spacious production does wonders for Yuna's tender soprano, and when the two elements manage to combine over an honest-to-goodness number, such as in the case of "All I Do" and “Too Close”, the result is good enough to make heartbreak contemporaries Adele and Jessie Ware blush." However on the negative side described the bulk of the material she's working with, "unfortunately, is on a lower level."[20]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Idolator     [21]
Sputnikmusic     [20]
Pop Magazine     [22]
Star2.com          [23]
Spin          [24]
Exclaim!          [25]
PressPLAY OK     [26]
Spin or Bin Music     [27]

Year-end listsEdit

Publication Accolade Rank
Billboard Billboard's Best R&B Albums of 2016: Critic's Picks 7[16]
Rolling Stone 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016 13[17]

CertificationsEdit

Region Single Certification Certified unit/sales
United States RIAA
"Crush" feat Usher
Gold
500,000

Track listingEdit

Chapters – Standard edition[28]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Mannequin"
Fisticuffs3:35
2."Lanes"
3:14
3."Crush" (featuring Usher)
Fisticuffs4:03
4."Unrequited Love"
  • Zarai
  • Robinson
  • Warfield
Fisticuffs4:08
5."Best Love"
Hannibal4:51
6."Used to Love You" (featuring Jhené Aiko)
Fisticuffs3:29
7."Too Close"
  • Zarai
  • Braun
Hannibal4:13
8."Best of Me"
  • Zarai
  • Braun
  • Salva
  • Hannibal
  • Salva
3:53
9."Your Love"
  • Zarai
  • Robinson
  • Warfield
  • Salva
  • Hannibal
4:38
10."All I Do"
  • David Foster
  • Jochem Van Der Saag
3:36
Total length:39:40

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from Chapters booklet liner notes[29] and Discogs.[30]

  • A&R – Ben Willis (2), Mike Rittberg (2)
  • A&R [Coordinator, Administrator] – Evelyn Morgan
  • Art Direction – Yuna
  • Design – Made In Katana
  • Edited By [Additional] – Robert Castillo (2) (tracks: 2, 5, 8)
  • Engineer – Aaron Espinoza (tracks: 5, 7), Bryan Todd (tracks: 10), Christian Plata (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 13), Fisticuffs (2) (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 13), Jochem van der Saag (tracks: 10), Jorge Vivo (tracks: 10)
  • Executive Producer – Ben Willis (2), Fisticuffs (2)
  • Legal – Peter Rosenthal, Esq., Ritholz Levy
  • Management – Benjamin Willis*, Indie-Pop
  • Mastered By – Chris Gehringer
  • Mixed By – DJ Premier (tracks: 11), Erik Madrid (tracks: 1 to 8, 12, 13), Jochem van der Saag (tracks: 9, 10)
  • Mixed By [Assistant] – Ellis Tucker (tracks: 1 to 8, 12, 13)
  • Photography By – Aris Jerome
  • Product Manager – Holly Adams
  • Production Manager – Kam Sangha
  • Recorded By – Parks (8) (tracks: 11), King Of Chill* (tracks: 11)
  • Recorded By [Jhené Aiko Vocals] – Jim Caruana (tracks: 6)
  • Recorded By [Usher Vocals] – Mark "Exit" Goodchild (tracks: 3)
  • Recorded By [Vocals] – Alex Williams (9) (tracks: 11)
  • Technician [Vocal Production, Assistant] – Kory Aaron (tracks: 3)
  • Technician [Vocal Production] – Natural (10) (tracks: 3)
  • Tracking By [Vocals] – Tucker Robinson (tracks: 2, 5, 7, 8)
  • Vocals – Yuna
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – The Verve Music Group
  • Copyright (c) – The Verve Music Group
  • Manufactured By – Universal Music Distribution
  • Distributed By – Universal Music Distribution
  • Mastered At – Sterling Sound

ChartsEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[31] 5
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[32] 16

Release historyEdit

Region Release date Format Label
United States 20 May 2016 CD, LP, digital download[33] Verve Records

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.tr7music.net/yuna-lanes-single-itunes-plus-aac-m4a
  2. ^ Yuna’s ‘All I Do’ featured in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ The Malay Mail (29 September 2016). Retrieved on 26 December 2016.
  3. ^ FMT Reporters (29 September 2016). Yuna’s All I Do chosen for pilot of Grey’s Anatomy 13 Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved on 26 December 2016.
  4. ^ Listen to Yuna’s ‘All I Do’ from Grey’s Anatomy — Beautiful and So Sweet Leo Sigh. Retrieved on 26 December 2016.
  5. ^ https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&se=yuna#search_section
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/yunamusic/status/1121146850449350656
  7. ^ Michelle Arteche (25 April 2019). Yuna earns first Gold-certified record for 'Crush feat. Usher' BandWagon. Dicapai pada 18 Jun 2019.
  8. ^ Watch Yuna’s Hypnotic New Music Video for ‘Lanes’ Female Magazine Malaysia (6 Jun 2016). Dicapai pada 6 Jun 2016.
  9. ^ Yuna Explores A Broken Relationship Through Dance In ‘Mannequin’ Soulbounce (12 September 2016). Dicapai pada 12 September 2016.
  10. ^ Yuna’s ‘Poor Heart’ Gets A Rather Unique Visual Soulbounce (27 Oktober 2016). Dicapai pada 27 Oktober 2016.
  11. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/Yuna/chart-history/hot-adult-r-and-b-airplay
  12. ^ Syedney Gore (7 Februari 2017). Yuna Shows Us The Beauty Of “Unrequited Love” In Her Latest Visual Nylon. Dicapai pada 7 Februari 2017.
  13. ^ "Yuna Takes Us Along On Her Journey In 'Places To Go'". SoulBounce. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  14. ^ "'Yuna' releases new single with 'DJ Premier' – "Places To Go" and announces new album and tour". Good Music. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  15. ^ Faidzur Redza (21 February 2016). "Yuna announces her new album with the DJ Premier and her new single release, "Places to Go"". Masses. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  16. ^ a b Gail Mitchell (12 September 2016). 10 Best R&B Albums of 2016: Critic's Picks Billboard. Retrieved on 21 September 2016.
  17. ^ a b 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016 Rolling Stone (14 December 2016). Retrieved on 18 June 2017.
  18. ^ Angelin Yeoh (20 Mei 2016). Review: Chapters by Yuna Star2. Dicapai pada 21 Mei 2016.
  19. ^ Yuna is officially the first Malaysian artist to break into top ten of Billboard chart Archived 2019-04-25 at the Wayback Machine Pulse Radio. Dicapai pada 22 Jun 2016.
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  22. ^ Perkins, Mai (May 25, 2016). "Review: Yuna - Chapters". Pop Magazine. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
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  24. ^ "Review: Yuna - Chapters". Spin. August 26, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  25. ^ "Review: Yuna - Chapters". Exclaim!. May 20, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  26. ^ "Review: Yuna - Chapters". PressPLAY OK. May 20, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
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  28. ^ "Chapters by Yuna". United States: Rate Your Music. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  29. ^ Chapters (liner notes). Yuna. The Verve Music Group. 2016.CS1 maint: others (link)
  30. ^ "Chapters by Yuna". Discogs. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  31. ^ "Yuna Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  32. ^ "Yuna Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  33. ^ Digital download: