Kaleidoscope (Kelis album)

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Kaleidoscope
Kelis - Kaleidoscope.png
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 7, 1999 (1999-12-07)
Recorded1998–1999
Studio
GenreR&B[1]
Length61:45
LabelVirgin
Producer
Kelis chronology
Kaleidoscope
(1999)
Wanderland
(2001)
Singles from Kaleidoscope
  1. "Caught Out There"
    Released: September 20, 1999
  2. "Good Stuff"
    Released: November 2, 1999
  3. "Get Along with You"
    Released: February 17, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauA−[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4][5]
Melody Maker3/5 stars[5]
NME9/10[6]
PopMattersMixed[7]
Q4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
Spin6/10[9]
Yahoo! MusicFavorable[10]

Kaleidoscope is the debut studio album by American singer Kelis. It was released on December 7, 1999 by Virgin Records, and was produced entirely by The Neptunes. Despite underperforming in the United States, the album saw mild success in certain international markets, including the United Kingdom, where it charted at number 43 and was certified gold.

Commercial performance and singles[edit]

Kaleidoscope peaked at number 144 on the Billboard 200,[11] and as of November 2006, it had sold 249,000 copies in the United States.[12] The album fared better in Europe, where all three singles—"Caught Out There", "Good Stuff", and "Get Along with You"—attained moderate commercial success. Kaleidoscope reached number 43 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[13][14] By October 2004, the album had sold 167,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[15]

After reaching number 52 on the UK Singles Chart on imports alone,[16] "Caught Out There" was given a proper release in the UK, eventually peaking at number four.[17] "Good Stuff" also proved a modest success, reaching number 19 on the UK chart.[17] The third and final single from the album, "Get Along with You", was her first solo release to miss the top 40, reaching number 51.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Intro"1:55
2."Good Stuff" (featuring Terrar)3:52
3."Caught Out There"4:51
4."Get Along with You"4:27
5."Mafia" (featuring Markita)4:18
6."Game Show"5:04
7."Suspended" (writers: Kelis Rogers, Williams, Hugo)4:53
8."Mars"5:15
9."Ghetto Children" (featuring Marc Dorsey and N.E.R.D; writers: Williams, Hugo, Ricky Walters)4:48
10."I Want Your Love"4:14
11."No Turning Back"4:10
12."Roller Rink" (writers: Rogers, Williams, Hugo)4:58
13."In the Morning" (writers: Rogers, Williams, Hugo)4:20
14."Wouldn't You Agree" (featuring Justin Vince)4:32

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Kaleidoscope.[19]

Musicians[edit]

  • Kelis – vocals
  • The Neptunes – instruments, arrangements
  • Terrar – vocals (track 2)
  • Markita – vocals (track 5)
  • Marc Dorsey – vocals (track 9)
  • N.E.R.D – vocals (track 9)
  • Justin Vince – vocals (track 14)
  • Nicole Wray – background vocals (track 14)
  • Kenny Wray – background vocals (track 14)

Technical[edit]

  • The Neptunes – production, executive production
  • Dave Hummel – engineering
  • Andrew Coleman – engineering
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (tracks 1–9, 11–14)
  • Ken "Duro" Ifill – mixing (track 10)
  • Rob Walker – executive production

Artwork[edit]

  • Len Peltier – art direction
  • A³DTB / D Thom Bissett – design
  • Me Company – hummingbird character and logo
  • Jonathan Mannion – photography
  • Steven Klein – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 32
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[21] 50
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 73
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[23] 46
Scottish Albums (OCC)[24] 65
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 47
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 92
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 43
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[27] 7
US Billboard 200[28] 144
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[29] 23

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Gold 167,000[15]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
United States December 7, 1999 Virgin [30]
United Kingdom February 17, 2000 [13]
Japan March 8, 2000 EMI [18]
Australia April 17, 2000 [31]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All tracks except "Wouldn't You Agree"
  2. ^ "Wouldn't You Agree"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hardy, Ernest; Berger, Arion (2004). "Kelis". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 448. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved December 24, 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Ikeda, Jaime Sunao. "Kaleidoscope – Kelis". AllMusic. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Album: Kelis: Kaleidoscope". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  4. ^ Robson, Britt (January 7, 2000). "Kaleidoscope". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
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  6. ^ "Kaleidoscope". NME. February 28, 2000. Archived from the original on March 9, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  7. ^ Neal, Mark Anthony. "Kelis: Kaleidoscope". PopMatters. Archived from the original on July 24, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  8. ^ Berger, Arion (February 17, 2000). "Kaleidoscope: Kelis". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 9, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2006.
  9. ^ Weisbard, Eric (February 2000). "Reviews". Spin. Vol. 16 no. 2. p. 109. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved July 16, 2015 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Johnson Jr., Billy (December 7, 1999). "Kaleidoscope". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on March 31, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  11. ^ "Kelis Cooks Up 'Tasty' New Album". Billboard. September 15, 2003. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  12. ^ Caulfield, Keith (November 2, 2006). "Ask Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  13. ^ a b c "British album certifications – Kelis – Kaleidoscope". British Phonographic Industry. March 2, 2001. Retrieved January 10, 2015. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Kaleidoscope in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ a b "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  15. ^ a b Jones, Alan (October 25, 2004). "Robbie compilation beats sales record for entire year". Music Week. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  16. ^ "Chart Log UK: 1994–2010: Alex K – Kyuss". Zobbel. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  17. ^ a b c "Kelis". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Kaleidoscope : Kelis". HMV Japan. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  19. ^ Kaleidoscope (liner notes). Kelis. Virgin Records. 1999. 7243 8 47911 2 4.CS1 maint: others (link)
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kelis – Kaleidoscope" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kelis – Kaleidoscope" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  22. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Kelis – Kaleidoscope" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  23. ^ "Charts.nz – Kelis – Kaleidoscope". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  24. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  25. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Kelis – Kaleidoscope". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kelis – Kaleidoscope". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  27. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  28. ^ "Kelis Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  29. ^ "Kelis Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  30. ^ "Kaleidoscope [Explicit]: Kelis". Amazon (US). Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  31. ^ "Kelis – Discography". musichead. Archived from the original on September 23, 2006. Retrieved July 16, 2015.