The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book

The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
The Ecleftic Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released 22 August 2000
Recorded 1999–2000
Genre
Length 73:51
Label Columbia
Producer
Wyclef Jean chronology
The Carnival
(1997)
The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
(2000)
Masquerade
(2002)
Singles from The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
  1. "It Doesn't Matter"
    Released: 26 June 2000[1]
  2. "911"
    Released: 5 September 2000[2]
  3. "Perfect Gentleman"
    Released: 30 January 2001[3]
  4. "Wish You Were Here"
    Released: 26 November 2001[4]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [6]
Robert Christgau A–[7]
Rolling Stone [9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [10]
The A.V. Club (favourable)[11]

The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book is the second studio album released by Haitian hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. The album was supported by its singles "It Doesn't Matter", "911" and "Perfect Gentleman". At the 43rd Grammy Awards his duet with Mary J. Blige, "911" earned him a nomination for Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2001. The album debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200 chart. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Music

The album features a guest appearance from Kenny Rogers, contributing a variation of the chorus from his 1978 number-one hit "The Gambler." Track 14 "However You Want It" is a response to Canibus for the remarks he made about him on his album 2000 B.C. (Before Can-I-Bus). Track 18, "Bus Search", is a spoken-word mini drama, in which Jean's tour bus is stopped by two Police officers, one of whom threatens to make them empty the bus' contents unless they play him something by Pink Floyd. The following track is a cover of the latter's "Wish You Were Here", overlaid with Jean rapping about the band.

Commercial performance

The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200 selling 95,400 copies in its first week.[12] The album also peaked at number three on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. On August 31, 2001, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over a million copies in the United States.

In the UK, the album peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for denoting sales of 60,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[13]

Track listing

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[32] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[33] Gold 150,000^
Sweden (GLF)[34] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ "AddVance Notice". Radio & Records. No. 1356. 23 June 2000. p. 61.
  2. ^ "AddVance Notice". Radio & Records. No. 1366. 1 September 2000. p. 57.
  3. ^ "CHR/Rhythmic: Going for Adds". Radio & Records. No. 1386. 26 January 2001. p. 54.
  4. ^ "New Releases – For Week Starting November 26, 2001: Singles". Music Week. 24 November 2001. p. 31.
  5. ^ link
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  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (26 September 2000). "Consumer Guide: Afropop Worldwide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  8. ^ link
  9. ^ RS 846
  10. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. ISBN 9780743201698.
  11. ^ Rubin, Nathan (25 July 2000). "Wyclef Jean: The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II A Book". avclub.com. The A.V. Club.
  12. ^ Chris Harris (12 December 2007). "Josh Groban Rules Billboard Chart For Third Straight Week: Blake Lewis Barely Cracks Top 10". MTV. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  13. ^ [1] Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia’s Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 144.
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  20. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Wyclef Jean". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  21. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Wyclef Jean – The Ecleftic". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Wyclef Jean – The Ecleftic". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
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  25. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  26. ^ "Wyclef Jean Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
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  28. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2000". Billboard. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  29. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2000". Billboard. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  30. ^ "Γ…rslista Album – Γ…r 2001" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  31. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 2001". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  32. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Wyclef Jean – The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book". Music Canada.
  33. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Wyclef Jean; 'The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  34. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat βˆ’ Γ…r 2001" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  35. ^ "British album certifications – Wyclef Jean – The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  36. ^ "American album certifications – Wyclef Jean – The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book". Recording Industry Association of America.

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