My Worlds: The Collection

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My Worlds: The Collection
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Compilation album by Justin Bieber
Released November 19, 2010
Recorded 2010
Label Island, Teen Island, RBMG, Schoolboy
Producer Usher Raymond IV (exec.), Scooter Braun (exec.), Antonio "L.A." Reid (exec.), and other various.
Justin Bieber chronology
My World 2.0
(2010)My World 2.02010
My Worlds: The Collection
(2010)
My Worlds Acoustic
(2010)My Worlds Acoustic2010
Singles from My Worlds
  1. "Pray"
    Released: December 9, 2010

My Worlds: The Collection is the first compilation album released by Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber. As the international alternative to the Walmart and Sam's Club exclusive My Worlds Acoustic (2010), My Worlds: The Collection was released in numerous European countries on November 19, 2010. The album consists of two discs; the first is a slightly altered version of My Worlds Acoustic, and the second is My Worlds, a compilation itself made up of My World (2009) and My World 2.0 (2010). In addition, the album also features a new song, an inspirational ballad entitled "Pray", a Jaden Smith collaboration, "Never Say Never", and remixes of "Somebody to Love". The new versions of the songs were produced by Bieber's music director, Dan Kanter, his vocal producer Kuk Harrell, and also producer Rob Wells. While most reviewers complimented the set[citation needed], several thought that its release was unneeded. The album charted moderately in Europe, reaching the top half of several album charts.

Background[edit]

The first disc includes songs from My Worlds Acoustic, which features acoustic version of songs from Bieber's debut extended play, My World, and his first studio album, My World 2.0. Bieber spoke with MTV News and he wanted to record the acoustic songs for the "haters" who say he cannot sing and saying his voice was auto-tuned, and that "stripping it down and having it kind of really mellow and being able to hear my voice" was his purpose.[1] The singer said he wanted to do the acoustic set because the production sometimes "drowns out your voice" and "takes away from the singer, over the synths and everything."[1] In addition to the acoustic tracks, the first disc also contains the Usher-featuring and J-Stax remixes to "Somebody to Love", the single version of "Never Say Never", featuring Jaden Smith, as well as a new song, an inspirational ballad entitled, "Pray". The second disc features songs that were present on My Worlds, a package of My World and My World 2.0, which was released instead of or in conjunction with My World 2.0 in select countries.

According to Bieber, "Pray" is a gift to his fans.[2] The song's arrangement is set to reflect Bieber's music before he was discovered, but also includes instrumentation from a string quartet, congas, and a cajon drum, the latter to represent Bieber's worldy travels, specifically to Africa.[2] While Bieber was being interviewed by Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, Bieber talked about the song's initial writing stating the song was influenced by Michael Jackson, and he thought of Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" when writing the song.[3] Vocally, Bieber's vocals are sung in a lower key compared to previous singles.[4][5] Bieber plays guitar on the acoustic versions, along with his guitarist and musical director Dan Kanter.[2] The acoustic versions of the songs were produced by Kanter, Bieber's vocal producer Kuk Harrell, and also producer Rob Wells.[6]

The album was released on November 19, 2010.[7] "Pray" was released as the album's first and only single on in select countries on December 3, 2010.[8] It charted moderately, reaching number sixty-three in Austria, fifty-one in Germany, and appeared on the Tip charts in Belgium.

Critical reception[edit]

The compilation received mixed reviews from critics. Andy Kellman of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars.[9] Although Lucy Jones of The Daily Telegraph said the album seemed as something else to be "cashed in on", she called the collaborations "perfectly polished", and gave the album four out of five stars.[10] Hermonie Hoby of The Guardian said that "regifting" following his past two releases seemed unnecessary, but noted that "the billion or so Beliebers" wouldn't feel "churlish."[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

Due to its limited release in European countries, the album was only eligible to chart in those territories. In Denmark, on the Danish Albums Chart, My Worlds: The Collection debuted at number twenty-six.[12] Six weeks later, on the week labeled January 4, 2011, the album peaked at number thirteen on the chart, and it spent a total of fifteen weeks on chart.[12] My Worlds: The Collection debuted at number forty-five on the Swedish Albums Chart, and six weeks later peaked at number thirty.[12] On the Dutch Albums Chart, the album debuted at number forty-one, and peaked at number twenty-six the next week. It spent a total of sixteen weeks on the chart.[12]

On the Finnish Albums Chart the album debuted at number forty-nine, and fell off the chart the next week.[12] However, the week of January 1, 2011, the album re-entered the chart at number forty-seven, and peaked at number thirty-six the next week.[12] The album debuted and peaked at forty-three on the Greek Albums Chart, spending a week on the chart.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[13]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."One Time" (acoustic version)Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash, James Bunton, Corron Cole, Thabiso NkhereanyeDan Kanter, Rob Wells, Kuk Harrell3:06
2."Baby" (acoustic version)Justin Bieber, Stewart, Nash, Christina Milian, Christopher BridgesKanter, Wells, Harrell3:35
3."One Less Lonely Girl" (acoustic version)Ezekiel Lewis, Balewa Muhammad, Sean Hamilton, Hyuk Shin, Usher Raymond IVKanter, Wells, Harrell3:57
4."Down to Earth" (acoustic version)Bieber, Kevin Risto, Waynne Nugent, Mason Levy, Carlos Battey, Steven BatteyKanter, Wells, Harrell4:03
5."U Smile" (acoustic version)Bieber, Jerry Duplessis, Arden Altino, Dan August RigoKanter, Wells, Harrell3:16
6."Stuck in the Moment" (acoustic version)Bieber, Rigo, Jonathan Yip, Ray Romulus, Jeremy ReevesKanter, Wells, Harrell3:18
7."Favorite Girl" (live)Antea Birchett, Anesha Birchet, Dernst Emile II, Delisha ThomasKanter, Wells, Harrell5:09
8."That Should Be Me" (acoustic version)Bieber, Adam Messinger, Nasri Atweh, Luke BoydKanter, Wells, Harrell4:09
9."Never Say Never" (acoustic version) (featuring Jaden Smith)Bieber, Jaden Smith, Messinger, Atweh, Harrell, Omarr RambertKanter, Wells, Harrell3:43
10."Pray"Bieber, Atweh, Messinger, Omar MartinezKanter, Wells, Harrell3:34
11."Somebody to Love" (featuring Usher)Bieber, Reeves, Romulus, Yip, BrightThe Stereotypes3:44
12."Never Say Never" (featuring Jaden Smith)Bieber, Smith, Messinger, Atweh, Harrell, RambertThe Messengers3:49
13."Somebody to Love" (J-Stax Remix)Bieber, Reeves, Romulus, Yip, Bright 3:34
Disc 2 – My Worlds[13]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."One Time"Stewart, Nash, Bunton, Cole, NkhereanyeStewart, Kuk Harrell, Bunton, Cole3:35
2."Favorite Girl"Antea Birchett, Anesha Birchet, Dernst Emile II, Delisha ThomasD'Mile4:16
3."Down to Earth"Justin Bieber, Midi Mafia, Mason Levy, Carlos Battey, Steven BatteyMidi Mafia4:05
4."Bigger"Bieber, Midi Mafia, Dapo Torimiro, Lonny BreauxMidi Mafia, Dapo Torimiro3:17
5."One Less Lonely Girl"Ezekiel Lewis, Balewa Muhammad, Sean Hamilton, Hyuk Shin, Usher Raymond IVE. Lewis, B. Muhammad, S. Hamilton, H. Shin3:49
6."First Dance" (featuring Usher)Bieber, Usher Raymond IV, Jesse "Corparal" Wilson, Ryan Lovette, Dwight Reynolds, Alexander "Prettyboifresh" Parhm, Jr.Prettyboifresh3:42
7."Love Me"Peter Svensson, Nina Persson, Bruno Mars, Peter Hernandez, Phillip Lawrence, Ari LevineDJ Frank E3:13
8."Common Denominator"Bieber, Lashaunda "Babygirl" CarrL. Carr4:10
9."Baby" (featuring Ludacris)Bieber, Nash, Stewart, Milian, BridgesThe-Dream, Stewart3:33
10."Somebody to Love"Bieber, Heather Bright, The StereotypesThe Stereotypes3:40
11."Stuck in the Moment"Bieber, The Stereotypes, RigoThe Stereotypes3:42
12."U Smile"Bieber, Jerry Duplessis, Arden Altino, RigoJ. Duplessis, A. Altino3:16
13."Runaway Love"Bieber, Melvin Hough II, Rivelino Wouter, Timothy Thomas & Theron ThomasMelvin Hough II3:32
14."Never Let You Go"Bieber, Johnta Austin, Bryan-Michael CoxB. Cox4:24
15."Overboard" (featuring Jessica Jarrell)Bieber, Midi Mafia, Dapo Torimiro, Taurian ShropshireMidi Mafia, D. Torimiro4:11
16."Eenie Meenie" (with Sean Kingston)Bieber, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey, Kisean AndersonBenny Blanco3:22
17."Up"Bieber, The MessengersThe Messengers3:54
18."That Should Be Me"Bieber, The Messengers, Luke BoydThe Messengers3:54

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from My Worlds: The Collection liner notes.[6]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vena, Jocelyn (2010-11-02). "Justin Bieber Is Recording Acoustic Album For The 'Haters'". MTV News. MTV Networks (Viacom). Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Justin Bieber's My Worlds Acoustic Album Set For November 26th Release". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  3. ^ MTV News (2010-11-17). "Justin Bieber's New Song Inspired By 'Man In The Mirror': The MTV News Quote Of The Day". MTV News. MTV Networks (Viacom). Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  4. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (2010-11-21). "Justin Bieber Gets Serious With 'Pray' At AMAs Teen star performed his new ballad at Sunday's American Music Awards". MTV News. MTV Networks (Viacom). Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  5. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (2010-11-12). "Justin Bieber's 'Pray' Hits Internet Singer pleads for 'better day' on inspirational track, which will be on upcoming My Worlds Acoustic". MTV News. MTV Networks (Viacom). Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  6. ^ a b Justin Bieber My Worlds: The Collection (Liner notes) Island, RBMG. (2010).
  7. ^ "My Worlds: The Collection by Justin Bieber". iTunes Store Australia. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Pray (2-Track):Justin Bieber: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. Amazon Inc. Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  9. ^ "My Worlds: The Collection". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  10. ^ Jones, Lucy (2010-11-26). "Justin Bieber: My Worlds: The Collection, CD review". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  11. ^ "Justin Bieber: My Worlds – The Collection – review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Justin Bieber – My Worlds: The Collection (Album)". ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  13. ^ a b "My Worlds - The Collection". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2017 – via Amazon. 
  14. ^ "Certificeringer" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Italian album certifications – Justin Bieber – My Worlds" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. 
  16. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Justin Bieber – My Worlds" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select album under "Chart", enter the certification year in the field "Year". Select the certification month in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".