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Love vs. Money is the second studio album by American R&B and pop musician The-Dream, released March 10, 2009 on Def Jam Recordings and his Radio Killa imprint. It is the follow-up to The-Dream's commercially successful debut album, Love Hate (2007), and it features musical references to R&B singer R. Kelly and a more polished production than his previous album. Love vs. Money received mostly universal acclaim from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 83/100 from Metacritic.

Production

The-Dream re-teamed with his production partner Christopher "Tricky" Stewart who produced most of the tracks on the album, and Los Da Maestro, who helmed most of the tracks on Love Hate. Dream also enlisted the help of Lil Jon for the song "Let Me See the Booty". He initially stated that he had collaborated with Ludacris and Fabolous, however they failed to appear on the final track listing. Dream later confirmed his album contained 14 tracks, including collaborations with Kanye West, Mariah Carey, and Lil Jon. Upon the albums March 10 release, the iTunes version contained two additional tracks, the first titled "Hater" and the second "Rockin' That Shit (Remix)" featuring Fabolous, Juelz Santana, Rick Ross and Ludacris.

In regards to his new album, The-Dream stated:

Reception

Initial critical response to Love vs. Money was very positive. According to Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 83, based on 11 reviews, indicating Universal Acclaim. Love vs. Money debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 selling 151,000 copies in its first week.. In its second week, the album fell two positions to No. 4 with 56,000 copies sold. In its third week, the album fell five position to No. 9 with 35,967 copies sold.

Singles

The first official single is "Rockin' That Thang" (explicitly "Rockin' That Shit"). The single peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second official single is "My Love", featuring Mariah Carey. The third official single is "Walkin' on the Moon", featuring Kanye West. Both singles peaked at #82 and #87, respectively. The fourth single is confirmed to be "Sweat It Out".

Track listing

# Title Composer(s) Time
1 "Money Intro" The-Dream 0:09
2 "Rockin' That Shit" The-Dream, Los da Mystro, Hall, S. 3:41
3 "Walkin' on the Moon" (feat. Kanye West) The-Dream, Los da Mystro, Kanye West 4:14
4 "My Love" (feat. Mariah Carey) The-Dream, Los da Mystro, Mariah Carey 3:24
5 "Put It Down" The-Dream, Los da Mystro 5:01
6 "Sweat It Out" The-Dream, Tricky Stewart 4:24
7 "Take U Home 2 My Mama" The-Dream, Tricky Stewart 3:39
8 "Love vs. Money" The-Dream, Tricky Stewart 4:11
9 "Love vs. Money, Pt. 2" The-Dream, Tricky Stewart 4:12
10 "Fancy" The-Dream, Tricky Stewart 6:29
11 "Right Side of My Brain" The-Dream, Tricky Stewart 4:26
12 "Mr. Yeah" The-Dream, Tricky Stewart 4:53
13 "Kelly's 12 Play" The-Dream, Los da Mystro 4:17
14 "Let Me See the Booty" (feat. Lil Jon) The-Dream, Lil Jon 3:34
* "Hater" (iTunes bonus track)* The-Dream, Tricky Stewart 5:29
* "Rockin' That Shit " (iTunes bonus track)
(feat.

DJ Khaled, Fabolous, Juelz Santana, Rick Ross, Ludacris)
The-Dream, Los da Mystro, Hall, S. 5:00
* "Hit It On The Road" (iTunes bonus track) The-Dream, Tricky Stewart 4:13
* "Walkin' on the Moon" (iTunes bonus track)
(feat.

Kanye West)
(Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Radio Edit)

The-Dream, Los da Mystro, Kanye West 4:05


Tour

The-Dream took part in a 21-city tour with R&B artist Keyshia Cole that started on May 13, 2009 at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnatimarker and concluded at Paramount Theater in Oaklandmarker on June 21, 2009.

Chart positions

Chart (2009) Peak

position
U.S. Billboard 200 2
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
Canadian Albums Chart 69


References

  1. The-Dream 'Love vs. Money' Album Listening. Rap-Up.Accessed January 30, 2009.
  2. Christgau, Robert. " Consumer Guide: Love vs. Money". MSN Music: April 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-09-29.
  3. Stewart, Allison. Review: Love vs. Money. The Washington Post. Retrieved on 2009-09-29.
  4. Capobianco, Ken. Review: Love vs. Money. The Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2009-09-29.
  5. Love vs. Money (2009): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-09-29.
  6. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/kelly-clarkson-tops-billboard-200-1003952562.story
  7. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/kelly-clarkson-stays-on-top-of-billboard-1003955519.story
  8. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/the-dream-keyshia-cole-plan-tour-1003968499.story


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