HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- With its debut at #32, Diana
Ross' new Manhattan/EMI Music Marketing album, I Love You, is the highest
new entry on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart this week. The #32 debut with
first-week sales totaling 21,222 marks Ms. Ross' highest chart debut and
strongest sales week in the SoundScan era. I Love You also peaked at #3 on
iTunes Top 100 R&B chart and at #47 on iTunes Overall Top 100 chart, and at
Amazon.com, the album reached the #41 position in overall popular music
sales during its debut week.
Diana Ross is a global entertainment icon, a legendary musical treasure
whose music has, for decades, inspired romance, happiness and joy. For her
new studio album, Ms. Ross has drawn inspiration from romantic songs that
have touched her heart through the years, and she has dedicated the album
to this most powerful universal emotion: love. I Love You, released January
16 by Manhattan/EMI in CD and deluxe CD/DVD packages and digitally,
presents 14 songs personally selected for the album by Diana Ross in
appreciation of their timeless, classic expressions of love and romance,
including a brand new song, "I Love You (That's All That Really Matters),"
a gentle ballad that captures the emotion of romance.
On I Love You's January 16 release date, Ms. Ross made several special
TV appearances, including an interview with Diane Sawyer and a three-song
Winter Concert Series performance with her band on ABC's "Good Morning
America," an interview and two-song performance on ABC's "Live With Regis &
Kelly" and an interview and performance with her band on CBS' "The Late
Show With David Letterman." Upcoming TV appearances include "Martha: The
Martha Stewart Show" airing Friday, January 26, and a rare, two-hour
"Inside The Actors Studio" special, premiering President's Day, Monday,
February 19 on Bravo.
I Love You's package includes stunning photos by Herb Ritts, Randee St.
Nicholas and Douglas Kirkland and a letter to fans from Ms. Ross, who
executive produced I Love You. The package also contains notes from the
album's co-executive producer, Marylata E. Jacob, a Grammy-nominated music
supervisor and producer whose professional relationship with Ms. Ross spans
22 years, Peter Asher, who produced nine of the album's tracks, and who has
collaborated with Ms. Ross on many of her most cherished recordings, and
the producer of five of the album's tracks, Steve Tyrell, who has produced
many recordings with Ms. Ross, including "Big Bad Love" with Ray Charles,
and in 2005 produced her duet with Rod Stewart, "I've Got A Crush On You,"
the lead single from Stewart's Thanks For The Memory: The Great American
Songbook I. I Love You's deluxe edition adds a DVD with a photo gallery and
an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album.
Beginning and closing with Harry Nilsson's "Remember," the song that
inspired Ms. Ross' vision for her new album, I Love You takes the listener
on a vibrant journey through many of music's most timeless and recognizable
affirmations of love. All of the songs chosen for the album are important
and meaningful to Ms. Ross, from the sweet bounce of "More Today Than
Yesterday," to the sultry allure of "I Want You," a song first recorded by
Marvin Gaye that was co-written by Ms. Ross' brother, T-Boy Ross.
"We wanted to create the quintessential album to be played at
celebrations of love and life: weddings, family gatherings, intimate
moments," explains Marylata Jacob. "I Love You is Diana's personal offering
to honor these celebrations of love, from the glance of your first true
love, through the joy of children, and love everlasting."
Recorded at multiple studios in Southern California, New York and
London, I Love You features soaring orchestral arrangements to accompany
the broad range and sensitivity of Ms. Ross' vocals, one of the world's
most cherished musical instruments. The best players and singers from Los
Angeles, New York and London were involved with the new album, and Ms. Ross
attended every session, from the initial demos to tracking, overdubs and
"When I was in the studio, sharing these songs, I was filled with
strong emotion," says Ms. Ross. "These songs, these singers, these
musicians and all my fans are a gift of love to me."
Says Peter Asher, who returns to working with Diana having produced her
1991 hit album, The Force Behind The Power, "I am proud that not only have
Diana and I remained friends for 41 years, but that I have again been given
the opportunity to work with her extraordinary voice in the studio. Her
contribution in the studio was very significant, above and beyond her
singing -- itself seemingly unchanged by the passing years in its emotional
intensity and brilliance, yet having gained a certain wisdom and clarity
that makes you believe every word she sings. On this record she tells us an
eternal story, and does so with ineffable brilliance and accuracy."
"Remember" by Harry Nilsson inspired the album and its concept as Ms.
Ross listened to it while reminiscing over her family's photo albums. Its
dreaminess conjures up memories of love and present feelings. Ms. Ross
feels a connection to Nilsson's work, as she has often performed songs from
Nilsson's acclaimed musical, "The Point," in concert.
"More Today Than Yesterday" is a classic first performed by Spiral
Starecase in the mid-1960s. Destined to be an audience favorite at Ms.
Ross' concerts, the song is also one of her favorites. Ms. Ross' fun and
bouncy new recording of the song is an inspired tribute to the joy of
"I Want You," first recorded by Marvin Gaye in 1974, was co-written by
Ms. Ross' beloved brother, T-Boy Ross, with Leon Ware. Ms. Ross delivers a
smoldering, sultry take on this track that honors the original while making
it wholly her own.
"I Love You (That's All That Really Matters)" is a new original song, a
gorgeous, heartfelt ballad. The writer, Fred White, has been touring with
Ms. Ross as a back-up singer for six years. His experience of her live
persona and vocal range inspired this song, written specifically with Ms.
Ross in mind. Ms. Ross fell in love with the song, saying, "To be loved for
who you are is the deepest expression of the purest love, wholly selfless
"What About Love" was written for Oprah Winfrey's stage production of
"The Color Purple." The composers are Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and
Stephen Bray. Ms. Ross' relationship with Brenda Russell and her great
friendship with Oprah inspired Ross' interest in the soundtrack, and she
selected this powerful and moving song of love.
"The Look of Love" -- Ms. Ross captures all of its romance and
anticipation. This classic song was written by two of the finest song
writers of all time, Hal David and Burt Bacharach.
"Lovely Day" has a groove and a simple lyric that has universal appeal.
"This song makes me dance," Ms. Ross says. "Everyone wants a lovely day."
Written by Bill Withers.
"Take My Breath Away" is the decade's quintessential love song. Ms.
Ross adds her own signature style to it with her new recording. The
original recording is by Berlin.
"Only You" -- A new version decidedly Ms. Ross. Growing up in Detroit,
listening to records while slow dancing under a single source of light was
as close to heaven as it could get for Diana Ross, her own personal
experience of young love.
"To Be Loved" was written by the legendary Berry Gordy, Jr. and was
originally recorded by Jackie Wilson in 1958. It is the ultimate
declaration of love, and Ms. Ross deftly balances the emotion of the song's
sensitive lyrics with an upbeat and boundless delivery.
"I Will" -- Paul McCartney's simplicity of lyric and song melody made
it a welcomed song for the heart of I Love You. Ms. Ross' sweet vocals and
Peter Asher's long history with the Beatles brought a lovely perspective of
range and depth to the new recording. "This Magic Moment," originally
recorded by the Drifters, is made brand new with Ms. Ross' rendition. With
its calypso-leaning arrangement and backing vocals, Ms. Ross' new version
"You Are So Beautiful" -- The song was chosen for its universal message
of love and kindness. "It reaches out and speaks not only to lovers, but to
relationships of all kinds, mother to child, child to grandparent, sister
to sister, friend to friend," says Ms. Ross.
"Always And Forever" was written by famed songwriter Rod Temperton and
originally recorded by Heatwave. Ms. Ross brings her brilliant sensitivity
and gorgeous vocal delivery to the timeless love song for a magical
Closing the new album's romantic journey is a reprise of the song that
started it all, "Remember."
"It's time to say 'I Love You'," says Ms. Ross. "We must remember love
in the past, nurture it in the present, and dream of it in the future."
Diana Ross: I Love You
2. More Today Than Yesterday
3. I Want You
4. I Love You (That's All That Really Matters)
5. What About Love
6. The Look Of Love
7. Lovely Day
8. Take My Breath Away
9. Only You
10. To Be Loved
11. I Will
12. Magic Moment
13. You Are So Beautiful
14. Always And Forever
15. Remember Reprise
Diana Ross: I Love You (Deluxe Edition CD/DVD)DVD contents: The Making
Of I Love You + Photo Gallery
SOURCE Manhattan/EMI Music Marketing