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Voicenotes
Voicenotes
Charlie Puth Voicenotes.png
Digital, streaming, and vinyl cover
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
Studio
  • A Studio (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Charlie Puth's home studio (Los Angeles, CA)
Genre
Length44:29
Label
Producer
Charlie Puth chronology
Spotify Singles
(2017)
Voicenotes
(2018)
Alternative cover
CD cover
CD cover
Singles from Voicenotes
  1. "Attention"
    Released: April 21, 2017
  2. "How Long"
    Released: October 5, 2017
  3. "Done for Me"
    Released: March 15, 2018
  4. "Change"
    Released: March 26, 2018
  5. "The Way I Am"
    Released: July 24, 2018

Voicenotes is the second studio album by American singer Charlie Puth. Almost entirely produced by Puth himself,[3] the album was released by Artist Partner Group and Atlantic Records on May 11, 2018. Five singles have been released in support of the album, including "Attention" and "How Long". "Attention" peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "How Long" peaked at number 21.

Puth delayed the album from an early 2018 release date to "perfect" it, including reshooting the album cover.[3] He announced on social media that he would release the album cover and the song "The Way I Am" on May 3.[4] Puth embarked on the Voicenotes Tour in support of the album in North America throughout July and August 2018.[5]

Upon release, the album was a commercial success, peaking at number four on the Billboard 200. The album received positive reviews from critics, who felt that it was an improvement from Puth's debut album, Nine Track Mind.

The album received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Music

Puth described the sound of the album as "like walking down a dirt road and listening to New Edition in 1989 - and being heartbroken, of course."[3] He also remarked that he wanted a sound akin to the late 1980s "dark R&B" of Babyface, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Teddy Riley.[3] Puth also stated the album will have no love ballads, and that he wished to distance himself from the sound of his first album, which was "people nudging [me] in a direction that I didn't want to go in."[6]

Promotion

Singles

"Attention" was released as the first single from the album on April 21, 2017. It was met with commercial success, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] "How Long" was released as the album's second single on October 5, 2017. The song peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top 20 in several markets.[7] "Done for Me", the third single, was released on March 15, 2018, and features Kehlani. "Change" featuring James Taylor was released as the fourth single on March 26, 2018.[8] "The Way I Am" was released as the album's fifth single on July 24, 2018.[9]

Promotional singles

"If You Leave Me Now" was released as the album's first promotional single on January 5, 2018, after Puth delayed the album. The song features Boyz II Men.[10] "The Way I Am" was released as the second promotional single on May 3, 2018, along with the new album cover.[11]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic67/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[13]
The Atlanticfavorable[14]
Billboardfavorable[15]
Newsday3/4 stars[16]
NME3/5 stars[17]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]
Us Weekly3/4 stars[18]
The Washington Postfavorable[1]

Voicenotes received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 67 based on five reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12] In a positive review of the album, Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic called Voicenotes a "guilty pleasure" and noted that Puth is not aiming for Ed Sheeran "everyguy relatability".[14] Taylor Weatherby of Billboard named Voicenotes the album of the week, praising Puth's rawness, and the collaborations included on the album.[15] Mark Kennedy of The Washington Post praised the album, calling it "perfect pop", and stating that Puth has a fantastic career in front of him.[1] In another positive review of the album, Nicholas Hautman of Us Weekly called the album "perfect for the summer", and called it "perfectly crafted".[18]

In a mixed review of the album, Brittany Spanos of the Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars, calling Puth's efforts to transition from a more mature R&B valiant, but that he needed a little more work to be compared to the likes of Justin Timberlake and Nick Jonas.[2]

Commercial performance

Voicenotes debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 with 58,000 album-equivalent units of which 39,000 were pure album sales.[19] On May 14, 2018, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the United States

In 2018, Voicenotes was ranked as the 130th most popular album of the year on the Billboard 200.[20]

Track listing

Credits adapted from liner notes.[21]

All tracks are produced by Charlie Puth, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Way I Am"
3:06
2."Attention"
  • Puth
  • Kasher
3:31
3."LA Girls" (producers: Puth, Evigan[b])3:17
4."How Long"
3:20
5."Done for Me" (featuring Kehlani)3:00
6."Patient"
  • Puth
  • Kasher
  • Benjamin Johnson
  • Fraser Churchill
3:10
7."If You Leave Me Now" (featuring Boyz II Men)
4:03
8."Boy"
  • Puth
  • Kasher
4:23
9."Slow It Down"3:10
10."Change" (featuring James Taylor) (producers: Puth, Carlsson[a])3:37
11."Somebody Told Me" (producers: Puth, Carlsson[a])
  • Puth
  • Kasher
  • Carlsson
3:36
12."Empty Cups" (producers: Puth, Goransson)
2:50
13."Through It All"
3:26
Total length:44:29

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • "Boy" is stylized in uppercase letters

Sample credits

Personnel

Credits adapted from liner notes.[21]

Musicians

  • Charlie Puth - vocals, bass (track 2), instruments (tracks 5, 8-10, 13)
  • Kehlani - featured vocals (track 5)
  • Boyz II Men - featured vocals (track 7)
  • James Taylor - featured vocals (track 10)
  • Jan Ozveren - guitar (tracks 1-4, 6, 11)
  • Dmitry Gorodetsky - bass (track 4)
  • Carl Falk - bass (track 9)
  • Johan Carlsson - instruments (track 10)

Production

  • Charlie Puth - production (all tracks)
  • Rickard Goransson - production (track 12)
  • Jason Evigan - additional production (track 3)
  • Johan Carlsson - co-production (tracks 10, 11)

Technical personnel

  • Charlie Puth - recording (tracks 1-6, 8-13)
  • Ryan Gladieux - Kehlani vocals recording (track 5)
  • Manny Marroquin - mixing
  • Chris Galland - mixing assistance
  • Jeff Jackson - mixing assistance
  • Dave Kutch - mastering
  • Danny Zook - sample clearance
  • Ron Cabiltes - sample clearance
  • Miles Beard - A&R
  • Mike Caren - A&R
  • Aryanna Platt - A&R administration
  • Dionnee Harper - marketing direction, product manager
  • Jeremy Kaplan - legal for Atlantic Records
  • Ron Laffitte - management
  • Mikaela Puth - management
  • Carolyn Tracey - project manager

Artwork

  • Alex R. Kirzhner - design
  • Jimmy Fontaine - photography
  • Billy Walsh - styling
  • Michael Kanyon - grooming
  • Madison Blue - grooming

Charts

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[51] Gold 40,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[52] Gold 30,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[53] Gold 7,500^
Poland (ZPAV)[54] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] Silver 60,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[56] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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