Kaleidoscope (Kelis album)

Kaleidoscope is the debut album by American R&B singer Kelis, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music).

Album information

The album is entirely produced by The Neptunes. In the U.S. "Caught out There" was a modest urban radio success and a MTV/BET video hit. The album debuted at number number one hundred and forty-four on the Billboard 200 and number twenty-three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 12,423 copies in the opening week. The album has sold just over 250,000 units in the U.S according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Kaleidoscope fared better in Europe, where all three singles, "Caught out There", "Good Stuff", and "Get Along with You" were sizable hits. The BPI certified Kaleidoscope gold for selling over 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom. Kelis' colorful style in both clothing and hair in the music videos with bright contrasting colors combining an urban style while maintaining Girl Power received considerable attention. The exclusively European positive reception was also attributed to the reluctance of her native U.S. to accept Kelis due to her first single "Caught out There" containing a seemingly furious Kelis and the album featuring tracks like "Mafia", about the gangsta culture, and "Ghetto Children", about domestic abuse.

"Caught out There" managed to provide Kelis with a number-fifty-two chart entry on the UK Singles Chart on imports and it was therefore decided to release the single there which peaked at number four. "Good Stuff" also proved a modest hit securing a number-nineteen position on the UK chart. The third and final single from the album, "Get Along with You", was her first and only solo release to miss the top forty, reaching number fifty-one.

Track listing

  1. "Intro" (Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo) – 1:55
  2. "Good Stuff" (featuring Terrar) (Williams, Hugo) – 3:52
  3. "Caught out There" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:51
  4. "Get Along with You" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:27
  5. "Mafia" (featuring Markita) (Williams, Hugo) – 4:18
  6. "Game Show" (Williams, Hugo) – 5:04
  7. "Suspended" (Kelis Rogers, Williams, Hugo) – 4:53
  8. "Mars" (Williams, Hugo) – 5:15
  9. "Ghetto Children" (featuring Marc Dorsey and N.E.R.D) (Williams, Hugo, Ricky Walters) – 4:48
    • Contains elements of Slick Rick's "Hey Young World" (Ricky Walters).
  10. "I Want Your Love" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:14
  11. "No Turning Back" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:10
  12. "Roller Rink" (Rogers, Williams, Hugo) – 4:58
  13. "In the Morning" (Rogers, Williams, Hugo) – 4:20
  14. "Wouldn't You Agree" (featuring Justin Vince) (Williams, Hugo) – 4:32





Chart (2000) Peak
Belgian Ultratop 50 Albums (Flanders) 32
Dutch Albums Chart 50
German Albums Chart 73
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 46
Swedish Albums Chart 47
Swiss Albums Chart 92
UK Albums Chart 43
U.S. Billboard 200 144
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 23
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 4

Release history

Country Date Label
United States December 7, 1999 Virgin
Canada EMI
United Kingdom February 17, 2000 Virgin
Switzerland February 21, 2000 EMI
Germany February 24, 2000 EMI
Japan March 8, 2000 EMI
Australia April 17, 2000 Virgin


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