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Late Registration

2005 album by Kanye West

Late Registration is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released on August 30, 2005, by Roc-A-Fella Records. Late Registration debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 860,000 copies in its first week. The album has thus far sold over 3.1 million units in the United States and has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Late Registration
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 30, 2005 (2005-08-30)
Recorded2004–05
StudioRecord Plant Studios, Chalice Recording Studios, Grandmaster Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Sony Music Studios
(New York, New York)
GenreHip hop
Length70:26
Label
Producer
Kanye West chronology
'The College Dropout
(2004)
Late Registration 'Late Orchestration
(2006)
Singles from Late Registration
  1. "Diamonds from Sierra Leone"
    Released: May 31, 2005 (2005-05-31)
  2. "Gold Digger"
    Released: August 2, 2005 (2005-08-02)
  3. "Heard 'Em Say"
    Released: November 8, 2005 (2005-11-08)
  4. "Touch the Sky"
    Released: March 7, 2006 (2006-03-07)
  5. "Drive Slow"
    Released: June 6, 2006 (2006-06-06)

ReviewsEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
Robert ChristgauA+[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
The Guardian     
Los Angeles Times    
NME8/10
Pitchfork Media9.5/10
Rolling Stone     
Slant Magazine     
Spin7/10

Late Registration received positive reviews from music critics.[4]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Kanye West. 

No. TitleProducer(s) Length
1. "Wake Up Mr. West"  Kanye West 0:41
2. "Heard 'Em Say" (featuring Adam Levine)Kanye West, Jon Brion* 3:23
3. "Touch the Sky" (featuring Lupe Fiasco)Just Blaze 3:57
4. "Gold Digger" (featuring Jamie Foxx)Kanye West, Jon Brion* 3:28
5. "Skit #1"    0:33
6. "Drive Slow" (featuring Paul Wall & GLC)Kanye West 4:32
7. "My Way Home" (featuring Common)Kanye West 1:43
8. "Crack Music" (featuring The Game)Kanye West, Jon Brion* 4:31
9. "Roses"  Kanye West, Jon Brion* 4:05
10. "Bring Me Down" (featuring Brandy)Kanye West, Jon Brion* 3:18
11. "Addiction"  Kanye West, Jon Brion* 4:27
12. "Skit #2"    0:31
13. "Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)" (featuring Jay-Z)Kanye West, Jon Brion*, Devo Springsteen* 3:53
14. "We Major" (featuring Nas & Really Doe)Kanye West, Jon Brion*, Warryn Campbell* 7:28
15. "Skit #3"    0:24
16. "Hey Mama"  Kanye West, Jon Brion* 5:05
17. "Celebration"  Kanye West, Jon Brion* 3:18
18. "Skit #4"    1:18
19. "Gone" (featuring Cam'ron & Consequence)Kanye West 6:02
20. "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" (bonus track)Kanye West, Jon Brion*, Devo Springsteen* 3:58
21. "Late" (hidden track)Kanye West 3:50

(*) designates co-producer

Notes:[5]
  • "Wake Up Mr. West" and "Heard Em Say" both contain excerpts of "Someone That I Used to Love" as performed by Natalie Cole
  • "Touch the Sky" contains samples of "Move On Up" as performed by Curtis Mayfield
  • "Gold Digger" contains samples of "I Got a Woman" as performed by Ray Charles
  • "Drive Slow" contains samples of "Wildflower" as performed by Hank Crawford
  • "My Way Home" contains samples of "Home Is Where the Hatred Is" as performed by Gil Scott-Heron
  • "Crack Music" contains samples of "Since You Came in My Life" as performed by New York Community Choir
  • "Roses" contains samples of "Rosie" as performed by Bill Withers
  • "Addiction" contains elements of "My Funny Valentine" as performed by Etta James
  • "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" contains samples of "Diamonds Are Forever" as performed by Shirley Bassey
  • "We Major" contains samples of "Action" as performed by Orange Krush
  • "Hey Mama" contains samples of "Today Won't Come Again" as performed by Donal Leace
  • "Celebration" contains samples of "Heavenly Dream" as performed by The KayGees
  • "Gone" contains samples of "It's Too Late" as performed by Otis Redding
  • "Late" contains samples of "I'll Erase Away Your Pain" by The Whatnauts

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[5]

VocalistsEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart precession and succession
Preceded by
Most Wanted by Hilary Duff
Canadian Albums Chart number-one album
September 17, 2005 – September 23, 2005
Succeeded by
A Bigger Bang by The Rolling Stones
Preceded by
Most Wanted by Hilary Duff
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
September 17, 2005 – September 30, 2005
Succeeded by
The Peoples Champ by Paul Wall
Preceded by
Harlem: Diary of a Summer by Jim Jones
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums number-one album
September 17, 2005 – September 30, 2005
Succeeded by
The Peoples Champ by Paul Wall
Preceded by
Harlem: Diary of a Summer by Jim Jones
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums number-one album
September 17, 2005 – September 30, 2005
Succeeded by
The Peoples Champ by Paul Wall

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Sales
Australia (ARIA)[16] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[17] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 2× Platinum 30,000x
New Zealand (RIANZ)[19] 2× Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kellman, Andy. "Review: Late Registration". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 6, 2009.
  2. Christgau, Robert (n.d.). "Kanye West: Late Registration". Robert Christgau. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  3. Browne, David. "Review: Late Registration". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  4. Late Registration Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic. Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Late Registration (Media notes). Kanye West. Roc-A-Fella Records. 2005.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 Kanye West – Late Registration. aCharts.us. Mark Wegener. Retrieved August 3, 2007.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 "Late Registration – Kanye West". 'Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. (2005–2007). Retrieved August 19, 2011.
  8. "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100: 01 May 2005 - 10 September 2005". Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Verkade, Herman (January 21, 2006). The Official UK Albums Chart of 2005 at the Internet Archive. ChartsPlus (originally from OCC ∞ The Official Charts Company). Chris Wall. (228): 4. Archived from the original on February 25, 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  10. "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Albums 2005". ARIA. Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on August 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  11. "2005 Year End Charts – The Billboard 200 Titles". (November 26, 2005) Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on August 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  12. ch (June 6, 2008). "Top 50 Global Best Selling Albums for 2005" (PDF). IFPI. Bundesverband Musikindustrie. p. 1. Archived from the original on August 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  13. "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Albums 2006". ARIA. Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on August 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  14. "Year End Charts – Top Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on August 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  15. "Best of 2000s – Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  16. "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  17. "Canadian album certifications – Kanye West – Late Registration". Music Canada.
  18. "Irish album certifications – Kanye West – Late Registration". Irish Recorded Music Association.
  19. "New Zealand album certifications – Kanye West – Late Registration". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.
  20. "British album certifications – Kanye West – Late Registration". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Late Registration in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  21. "American album certifications – Kanye West – Late Registration". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH