May 20, 2014
Pop • R&B • hip hop
After Hours is the debut studio album by American recording artist Felicia, released on May 20, 2014, under Low Price. It was first announced Felicia would release an album in December 2013, after the announcement of the Brooks Family Tour. It was later confirmed after her performance at the 2013 Simpsons Fanon Wiki Awards.
After Hours was supported by three singles; the album's lead single, "I'm Leaving Home" featuring Young Prince, performed well commercially, peaking at number 5 in the US Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Now", didn't see the same success, entering the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 96. The third international release, "After Hours", has become her most successful single as a solo artist, peaking at number 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100.
In early 2013, Felicia was invited by her brother Young Prince to record a series of songs at the Abbey Road Studios in England. "I'm Leaving Home" was released as a single on July 31, 2013, to positive reviews and worldwide commercial success. Encouraged by Young Prince, Felicia decided she would release an album sometime in late 2013 or early 2014. It was announced in December 2013, After Hours would be released in 2014.
Back in early 2012, when Prince had just signed to Young Life Records, he attempted to get Felicia signed too, but Bart Simpson rejected her because, to him, she was "too young to record". Felicia got the opportunity to perform backing vocals for Prince's first studio album, Young Prince, Low Price, released in December 2012. In mid-2013, she was signed to Prince's record label Low Price. She announced it via Twitter: "I'm part of the low price fam now!!!!"
Her first two singles were released without the plan of being included on an album. Prince was just "testing how much success [Felicia] will have". It was not until August 2013 the idea of releasing an album crossed Felicia's mind. She talked about it with Prince and both decided she was ready to release her debut album. In December 2013, Felicia announced she would release her debut studio album sometime in 2014, when she felt it would be ready.
Recording and productionEdit
Recording for the album began in June 2013. Felicia and Prince were visiting London, and he offered her to record a series of songs at the Abbey Road Studios. "First I was unsure," she confessed, "but he wouldn't stop bugging me about it [...] I had some songs written, and we also improvised what ended up being my debut single." When they returned to the US, Prince convienced her to release one of the recordings as a single. "I'm Leaving Home" was chosen and released on July 31, 2013. Seeing how successful the single had been, Felicia recorded another series of songs at the Manhattan Center Studios in New York City, in August 2013.
In September 2013, Felicia was featured in "BTDT (Been There, Done That)" and "Lighters in the Air", two chart-topping singles by Helena Fasesha and Prince respectively. Thanks to that, she gained more recognition internationally and was encouraged by Prince to use the recordings and release an album. In an interview with MTV, Felicia hinted she would be releasing an album sometime in late 2013 or early 2014, but it was not until December 2013 she confirmed it.
Prince handled the executive production of the album. He dedicated most of 2013 and early 2014 to produce After Hours, as well as Nick Riverra's debut studio album Nick and his own second studio album Rapping It Up. He admitted he would've liked Simpson to help produce the album, but he was busy focusing on his return with Feelin' Alive and Bart's Life: Part-4 EP. Prince expressed content with the final result, including it was even greater than what he expected.
The album itself is based in five different genres; hip hop, rap, pop, dance and R&B. Felicia stated that on the album there would be other genres, including alternative rock and a country-based ballad. Being a female rapper and singer, in After Hours Felicia sings about her personal life. She explained that through the songs she wants to tell her fans a story. In early 2014, she tweeted she would remain loyal to her two favorite genres; pop and rap, implying she could've removed other genres from the album.
Release and promotionEdit
In September 2013, Felicia began discussing the idea of releasing an album with Young Prince. In early December 2013, it was announced Felicia would released her debut studio album in 2014. After the 2013 Simpsons Fanon Wiki Awards on December 28, 2013, she announced the album would be named After Hours. On February 23, 2014, After Hours was given a tentative release date on May 6, 2014, however it was later pushed back to May 20, 2014, a month later.
The album was made available for pre-order on April 19, 2013, along with the title track as an instant gratification track.
Brooks Family TourEdit
- Main article: Brooks Family Tour
Felicia: Live at Madison Square GardenEdit
- Main article: Felicia: Live at Madison Square Garden
To further promote the album, Felicia will perform at Madison Square Garden on July 31, 2014. The performance is set to be streamed live by HBO.
"I'm Leaving Home" was released as Felicia's commercial debut single on July 31, 2013. It serves as the album's lead single. The hip hop track, which discusses Felicia's and Prince's rough childhoods and teenage years, was well received by critics and fans. Commercially the song performed well, charting within the top 10 in the US and within the top 20 in the UK and Germany, as well as managing to chart in Australia, Canada and Korea. Its music video, released on August 15, gave the song a commercial boost. It received a nomination for Song of the Year at the 2013 Simpsons Fanon Wiki Awards.
The second single released in anticipation of the album was "Now", an electro rap song, which premiered on November 27, 2013. "Now" was released exclusively in the US, where it was a commercial failure. However, after the release of its music video in December it charted within the top 20 in the UK and Germany.
"After Hours" was chosen as the third single from the album. The song was performed live for the first time at the 2013 Simpsons Fanon Wiki Awards on December 28, 2013, before it had been officially released as a single. In the US, the song was released via digital distribution and sent to contemporary hit radio on March 23, 2013. "After Hours" saw its worldwide release on April 19, 2014, when the album was made available to pre-order. After its release, "After Hours" became the best performing single from the album, peaking at number one in Austria and Canada.
"I Don't Care" was sent to mainstream radio as the album's fourth official single on June 13, 2014. Prior to its release it debuted at number 36 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and at number one in the Springfield Hot 20 Singles chart.
Upon its release, After Hours was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean out of 100, the album received an average score of 80, which indicates "generally favorable", based on 21 reviews. Adrianna Morgan of Springfield Shopper gave the album 4 stars out of 5. She praised Felicia's decision to include various genres and admitted she "never expected Felicia to be as big as she is".
|1.||"After Hours"||Felicia Brooks • Anton Zaslavski||Young Prince||4:00|
|2.||"World Go Round"||F. Brooks||Prince||3:38|
|3.||"I Don't Care"||F. Brooks • Amara van Hersan • Justin Douglas||Prince||5:13|
|4.||"Now"||F. Brooks • Richard Brooks • Jimmy Iovine||Prince||3:54|
|5.||"I am the Queen"||F. Brooks • R. Brooks||Prince||4:26|
|6.||"I'm Leaving Home" (featuring Young Prince)||F. Brooks • R. Brooks • Helena Fasesha • Iovine||Prince||5:06|
|7.||"Bikini"||F. Brooks • Rachel Layton||Prince • DJ TRAKZ||3:47|
|8.||"Fix You"||F. Brooks||Prince||3:33|
|9.||"Bombs" (featuring Alex da Kid)||F. Brooks • Iovine • Alexander Grant||Prince • Alex da Kid||3:39|
|10.||"Battlefield"||F. Brooks • R. Brooks||Prince||4:02|
|11.||"Come and Get Me" (featuring Valentina Artusi)||F. Brooks • Valentina Artusi||Prince||5:20|
|12.||"New Me"||F. Brooks • R. Brooks • Nick Riverra||Prince||4:04|
|13.||"BTDT" (acoustic)||F. Brooks • Fasesha||Prince • Fasesha||4:15|
|14.||"Hunt You Down"||F. Brooks • Van Hersan • Samantha Drake||Prince||5:01|
|Chart (2014)|| Peak|
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||3|
|Australian Urban Albums (ARIA)||1|
|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||1|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)||4|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)||5|
|Canadian Albums (Billboard)||1|
|French Albums (SNEP)||6|
|German Albums (Media Control)||5|
|Irish Albums (IRMA)||1|
|Italian Albums (FIMI)||2|
|New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)||2|
|Scottish Albums (OCC)||1|
|South Korean Albums Chart (Gaon)||6|
|South Korean International Albums (Gaon)||1|
|Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)||11|
|Springfield Hot 20 Albums (Billboard)||1|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||7|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||4|
|UK Albums (OCC)||1|
|UK R&B Albums (OCC)||1|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||1|
|Australia (ARIA)||4× Platinum||280,000|
|Austria (IFPI AUT)||Platinum||15,000|
|Canada (MC)||2× Platinum||160,000|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000|
|North America||May 20, 2014||CD • digital download||Low Price|
|Latin America||May 24, 2014|