3 Words

2009 debut album by Cheryl

3 Words is the debut studio album by English singer Cheryl Cole released on 23 October 2009 by Fascination Records. Musically, it features a dance-pop and R&B sound to it. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 125,271 copies in its first week. The album also charted on the Irish, Australian and Swiss charts. In the UK the album was certified three times Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and has since sold 1,000,000 copies in the country alone.[1]

3 Words
Studio album by
Released23 October 2009 (2009-10-23)
Recorded2009
Studio
Genre
Length43:55
Label
Producer
Cheryl chronology
3 Words
(2009)
Messy Little Raindrops
(2010)
Singles from 3 Words
  1. "Fight for This Love"
    Released: 16 October 2009
  2. "3 Words"
    Released: 20 December 2009
  3. "Parachute"
    Released: 11 March 2010

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic62/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
Attitude     [4]
BBC Musicmixed[5]
Daily Telegraph     [6]
Digital Spy     [7]
The Guardian     [8]
The Independent     [9]
musicOMH     [10]
The Times     [11]
Nu.nl          [12]

3 Words received generally favourable reviews from music critics, earning a rating of 62 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 6 reviews.[2]

Track listingEdit

No. TitleProducer(s) Length
1. "3 Words" (featuring will.i.am)will.i.am 4:33
2. "Parachute"  Syience 3:40
3. "Heaven" (featuring will.i.am)will.i.am 4:37
4. "Fight for This Love"  
  • Wilkins
  • Kipner
3:43
5. "Rain on Me"  
  • Wilkins
  • Watters
3:50
6. "Make Me Cry"  will.i.am 4:35
7. "Happy Hour"  Soulshock and Karlin 4:06
8. "Stand Up" (featuring Taio Cruz)
  • Smith
  • Cruz
3:24
9. "Don't Talk About This Love"  Syience 3:45
10. "Boy like You" (featuring will.i.am)will.i.am 4:27
11. "Heartbreaker" (will.i.am featuring Cheryl Cole)will.i.am 3:15
Total length:
43:49

Sample credits

  • "Heaven" contains samples from "Is You" by D.I.M., written by Andreas Meid.
  • "Happy Hour" contains samples from "Nevermore" by Renaldo Domino, written by Richard Pegue.
  • "Boy Like You" contains samples from "Little Lies" by Fleetwood Mac, written by Christine McVie and Eddy Quintela.

3 Words – The B-Sides EPEdit

A digital EP featuring the three B-sides to the three singles from the 3 Words album, titled 3 Words – The B-Sides EP, was released online on 18 April 2010 from Fascination Records.[13]

No. TitleProducer(s) Length
1. "Didn't I"  Klaus D 3:47
2. "Boys"  Smith 3:41
3. "Just Let Me Go"  Syience 3:04

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

The album debuted at number one in the UK with sales of 125,271.[14] It then retained the number 1 position for another week.[15] On 6 November 2009 the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified the album platinum.[16] It has since gone 3× Platinum,[16] with sales of over 1,000,000 copies.[17]

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Ireland (IRMA)[36] 2× Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] 3× Platinum 900,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[38] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Release date Format Label Catalogue
Ireland[39] 23 October 2009 CD, digital download Polydor 2721459
United Kingdom 26 October 2009 Fascination 2721459[40]
HMV bonus version 2724424[41]
Italy[42] 12 February 2010 CD, digital download Universal Music 060252732483
Netherlands 0602527324838
Switzerland[43]
Portugal[44] 15 February 2010
Russia[45]
Mexico[46] 16 March 2010 602527324838
Brazil[47][48]
Germany[49][50] 19 March 2010 0602527214597
France[51] 22 March 2010
Australia[52] 9 April 2010 0602527324838
Denmark[53] 17 May 2010 Digital download 0602527214597

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