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King of Queens is the debut studio album by Nigerian singer Yemi Alade. It was released by Effyzzie Music Group on 2 October 2014. Yemi Alade collaborated with producers such as Selebobo, Sizzle Pro, Shady Bizniz, Philkeyz, Young D, GospelOnDeBeatz, DIL, OJB Jezreel, Mr Chidoo, Fliptyce, EL Mcee and Beat Nation. The album was preceded by three singles—"Johnny", "Tangerine" and "Kissing". It features guest appearances and skits from Bovi, R2Bees, Phyno, Chidinma, DIL, Selebobo and Diamond Platnumz. Yemi Alade promoted the album by touring several African countries, including Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. The album's deluxe edition was released in November 2014, and contains French versions of songs originally performed in English. Its cover art was unveiled on 21 October 2014. According to the music platform A Nation of Billions, King of Queens sold over 100,000 copies.

Background and composition

Yemi Alade recorded the album between 2013 and 2014. In May 2014, Effyzzie Music Group revealed the album's title and told Nigeria Entertainment Today it would be released in July 2014. The Daily Times of Nigeria later reported the album would be released in September 2014. Yemi Alade collaborated with producers such as Selebobo, Sizzle Pro, Shady Bizniz, Philkeyz, Young D, GospelOnDeBeatz, DIL, OJB Jezreel, Mr Chidoo, Fliptyce, EL Mcee and Beat Nation. King of Queens was preceded by three singles—"Johnny", "Tangerine" and "Kissing". It features guest appearances and skits from Bovi, R2Bees, Phyno, Chidinma, DIL, Selebobo and Diamond Platnumz. Yemi Alade promoted the album by touring several African countries, including Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. The album's deluxe edition was released in November 2014 and contains French versions of songs originally performed in English. Its cover art was unveiled on 21 October 2014. According to the music platform A Nation of Billions, King of Queens sold over 100,000 copies.
King of Queens is a mixture of Afropop, reggae and R&B. In the slow-tempo reggae track "Why", Yemi Alade explores her versatility. She infuses her personality in "Pose". "Duro Timi" is an R&B song with a pop undertone. In the slow cuddle song "Catch You", Yemi Alade creates sexual rhythm and raps towards the end. "Money" is a reincarnation of "Johnny". Hausa vibes are included on "I Like". "Sugar" is an electro pop song while "Fall in Love" is a ballad that pays tribute to R&B of the 80s.

Singles

The Selebobo-produced track "Johnny" was released on 14 October 2013 as the album's lead single. The music video for "Johnny" was uploaded to Yemi Alade's Vevo channel on 3 March 2014. It was directed in Ogun State by Clarence Peters and features cameo appearances from Bovi, Alexx Ekubo and Beverly Osu. The French version of "Johnny" was released on 20 May 2014 and was included as a bonus on the album. By releasing the song, Yemi Alade became the first Nigerian musician to release a song entirely performed in French.
The album's second single "Tangerine" was released on 14 April 2014. The song was also produced by Selebobo. The accompanying music video for "Tangerine" was also directed by Clarence Peters; it was uploaded to Vevo on 8 July 2014. Prior to releasing the video, Effyzzie Music Group unveiled footage and shots from the video shoot. The album's third single "Kissing" was released on 10 September 2014. It was produced by Fliptyce and is considered a groovy mid-tempo love song. On 16 October 2014, Effyzzie Music Group released the music video for "Kissing", which was directed by Sesan in London.
"Taking Over Me" was released as the album's fourth single. Its music video was directed by Justin Campos and Taiye Aliyu. On 13 March 2015 Yemi Alade released the album's fifth single "Temperature"; the song features vocals by British-Nigerian singer DIL. The accompanying music video for "Temperature" was directed by Ovié Étseyatsé. "Duro Timi" was released as the album's sixth single. Its music video was shot and directed in London by Ova.

Critical reception

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King of Queens received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Ayomide Tayo of Pulse Nigeria awarded the album 3.5 stars out of 5, praising Yemi Alade for "stamping her authority on so many genres" and commending her for "crafting local pop tracks and delivering slow love songs with a regal glow." Al Yhusuff and Jim Donnett granted the album 3 stars out of 5, calling it "decent" and saying "pressures and some careless choices might have swayed a couple of decisions" on it.

Accolades

King of Queens was nominated for Best R&B/Pop Album and Album of the Year at The Headies 2015. The album was also nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
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Album of the Year

Track listing

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title1 = Intro
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title2 = Johnny
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writer2 = Yemi Eberechi Alade
extra2 = Selebobo
length2 = 3:56
title3 = Why
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writer3 = Alade
extra3 = OJB Jezreel
length3 = 3:52
title4 = Pose
note4 = featuring R2Bees
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length4 = 3:21
title5 = Duro Timi
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writer5 = Alade
extra5 = Sizzle Pro
length5 = 3:44
title6 = Catch You
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writer6 = Alade
extra6 = Shady Bizniz
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title7 = King (Koq) Interlude
note7 =
writer7 = Alade
extra7 = Fliptyce
length7 = 2:13
title8 = Money
note8 =
writer8 = Alade
extra8 = GospelOnDeBeatz
length8 = 3:25
title9 = I Like
note9 =
writer9 = Alade
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title10 = Taking Over Me
note10 = featuring Phyno
writer10 = extra10 = GospelOnDeBeatz
length10 = 3:29
title11 = Sugar
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writer11 = Alade
extra11 = Philkeyz
length11 = 3:18
title12 = Selense
note12 = featuring Chidinma
writer12 = extra12 = Mr Chidoo
length12 = 3:13
title13 = Fall in Love
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writer13 = Alade
extra13 = GospelOnDeBeatz
length13 = 3:54
title14 = Temperature
note14 = featuring DIL
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length14 = 4:00
title15 = Kissing
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writer15 = Alade
extra15 = Fliptyce
length15 = 3:45
title16 = Tangerine
note16 = featuring Selebobo
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title17 = Daddy Oyoyo
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writer17 = Alade
extra17 = Fliptyce
length17 = 3:41
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title19 = Kissing (Remix)
note19 = featuring Diamond Platnumz
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title20 = Looking at Me
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  • "—" denotes a skit
  • Personnel

    Credits adapted from the back cover of King of Queens.
    • Yemi Alade – primary artist, writer, performer
    • Koribo Harrison – executive producer
    • Taiye Aliyu – executive producer
    • Tpiano – mixing, mastering
    • Clu Briz – mixing, mastering
    • Selebobo – featured artist, writer, production, mixing, mastering
    • Sizzle Pro – production, mixing, mastering
    • Shady Bizniz – production, mixing, mastering
    • Philkeyz – production, mixing, mastering
    • Young D – production, mixing, mastering
    • GospelOnDeBeatz – production, mixing, mastering
    • DIL – featured artist, writer, production, mixing, mastering
    • OJB Jezreel – production
    • Mr Chidoo – production
    • Fliptyce – production
    • EL Mcee – production
    • Beat Nation – production
    • Bovi Ugboma – skit
    • R2Bees – featured artist, writer
    • Azubuike Nelson – featured artist, writer
    • Chidinma Ekile – featured artist, writer
    • Nasibu Juma – featured artist, writer
    • August Udoh – photography
    • UnravelGfx – album art

    Release history

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    2 October 2014
    rowspan="2"Standard
    rowspan="2"Effyzzie Music Group
    Category:2014 debut albums
    Category:Yoruba-language albums
    Category:Igbo-language albums
    Category:Albums produced by GospelOnDeBeatz
    Category:Albums produced by OJB Jezreel
    Category:Albums produced by Mr Chidoo
    Category:Albums produced by Selebobo
    Category:Yemi Alade albums
    Category:Albums produced by Shady Bizniz
    Category:Albums produced by Fliptyce
     
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