Amerie Hopes to Reunite with Rich Harrison

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Although he has been absent from her latest two albums, Amerie hopes to work again with Rich Harrison, the producer behind her smash “1 Thing.”

The hitmaker, who helped craft the R&B singer’s early sound, produced her 2002 debut All I Have and the bulk of her 2005 sophomore album, Touch. “Hopefully, we’ll work together on the next project,” she tells The Washington Post. “I really want to. I’m always thinking about the next thing.”

For her Def Jam debut due Tuesday, she collaborated with lesser-known producers such as The Buchanans and Del Pearson. “On the radio, you have a lot of artists sounding like each other,” Amerie explains. “They don’t really sound like themselves—they just sound like the producer who did the record. To me that’s super-whack.”

Her fourth album In Love & War features the singles “Why R U,” “Heard ’Em All,” and “Pretty Brown” with Trey Songz. Listen to the album in its entirety below.

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30 Comments

  1. jessicarabbitszs

    Thank you!

    I totally agree with her about singers sounding more like their producers

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  2. listen

    She clearly had the time to do it with this album cause Rich is not in demand like that anymore. The reason was probably because of egos (probably hers and her management/boyfriend -Lenny), she’ll have another flop and no hit single. Hahaha.

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  3. 100% Nikehead

    In love and War = Classic! and let me tell u why. This album sounds like no other female artists album, u got amerie using Hip Hop, Rock incfluenced beats into r&b and thats something an r&b artist cant perfect, and amerie has perfected it. She is absolutely right, u got artists that have songs that all sound alike on the radio because they were produced by the same producer, the sound is not different. Amerie is her own artist. Her sound is fresh and when u hear that , beat in the backround u know it was meant for her. Almost every song on the album can be a single u got Higher, Red Eye, More than love, Swag Back that are all potential hits. I give the album a B+!!!!

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  4. Luke

    this album is GREAT! One of the best this year :-) I love her unique sound :-)

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  5. Alecia

    GOOD she needs to get back with rich because her new shit is straight CRAP

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  6. Rejeeha

    I really hope she do a re-release 2 and work with him she needs to have more guest on the album like drake could of been on swag back and she should work with beyonce keri hilson rihanna chris brown ne-yo and she should do da duet with the killers like she wanted i mean shes my favortive singer but she needs to listen 2 her fans and work with the dream too

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  7. Teena

    Amerie says artist on the radio sound like their producers and sound whack? but what does she think she sounds like? ‘In love and war’ is hardly anything speacial

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    Harvey Reply:

    @Teena, Cause you don’t understand it…

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  8. blake

    i’m glad she worked with new producers who gave her a new sound,because this album is FIRE!!.It SOUNDS LIKE NOTHING OUT NOW,which is needed cause a lot of what i’m hearing do sound the same.Its nothing wrong with working with the hottest producers that are out now,but if they making you sound like everybody else then its time to find someone else to work with and thats what she did.Working with rich is good for her can’t wait for that! please BUY her album yall!!

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    Dave Reply:

    @blake, I completely agree

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  9. javonscott

    CLASSIC ALBUM!

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  10. LaMont

    This album may not do well because she has been gone for quite a while.A lot people probaly never heard Because I Love It,because it wasn’t released in the Unites States.So really this is only her 3rd album since 2005.It took her 4 years to come out with her 3rd album that’s like suicide to her career.

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  11. 100% Nikehead

    @Teena: You need to get your ears checked or u just dont have good taste in music if u think this album is nothing special. All music gave the album 4 stars, not even beyonces I Am sacha fierce got that rating. The album speaks for itself thats all i have to say!!!

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    Teena Reply:

    @100% Nikehead,

    Who cares what they give the album, a flop album is a flop album this Album isn’t doing anything new that the artist out now havn’t done better, Ame’ needs to get her shit together

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  12. 100% Nikehead

    Not only that but to have a B+ rating for an album that has no big hit singles is amazing. I think word of mouth is gonna help ameries record sales increase cause people are gonna be talking about this album when it drops tuesday. I havent heard a female r&b album which i could say was incredible for a long time, until i heard this

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  13. myfrenchbook

    What a struggling artist… Idk why she can’t get her big break. she’s pretty good. but she sounds bitter with her comment about artists on the radio these days.

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    WOW! Reply:

    @myfrenchbook, i don’t think she sounds bitter. she’s sooo right about it.

    i ADORE amerie. this album is on another level, the r&b females that are out right now, doesn’t WRITE and doesn’t PRODUCE, they just do what their label wants them to do. AMERIE has so much control over her music. she just a true artist. she makes real music.

    can’t wait for tuesday! IN LOVE AND WAR!

    oh and if she really does work with RICH again, i would dieeeee. LOL they have perfect chemistry. ALL I HAVE which was ALL produced by RICH was a fuckin masterpiece. that album is great. AMERIE is great! oh god, i’ll stop now, i can talk about her for days.

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  14. Baron

    She is right about a great deal of artists not really having their own sound. I will be BUYING this album to help support her, as she is still very much an up and comer.

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  15. Mike

    “Red Eye” cut is a banger
    “Because I Love It” should have been released in America.

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  16. Maya What

    I don’t care what none of these haters say this album is so original and classic. This girl runs her sh*t ok. Amerie has a number of tracks that could be released on this album. Break down
    1) Higher
    2) More Than Love
    3) Swag Back
    4) Diffrent People
    5) Red Eye
    6) Dangreous
    All those tracks can be singles.
    I would love for her and Rich to hook up togther again they are so organic together. I just live for her a Fabulous cut More Than Love this should be the next single. I love her because she knows what she wants and what her sound is gonna be. Unlike a lot of these other chiks who let these producers tell them how they should sound and be like. People need to get with real music and not that bullsh*t!

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  17. Ben4UNYC

    Yo I would love for her and Richie Rich to get together but I would also love for her and Timberland to hook up. I don’t know what it is but with Tim’s beats and her voice/swag that would be fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Trust

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  18. Catie

    It sucks because the album is going to flop no matter what, there is absolutely no promo for it. I will be buying the album without a doubt though.

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  19. Berce

    In Love & War is one of her best albums period.
    And the best tracks Amerie has ever done are with Rich and The Buchanans. So she should stick with them both.

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  20. Shanice

    @Teena girl bye…you listen to the album and let me know what on her album sounds like everything else on the radio? single?? NOTHING so she got it right.

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  21. Bertha

    I first thought that ‘More Than Love’ was a Harrison track, cause it sound like Mary J Blige’s ‘So Lonely’. So there’s no Rich Harrison on this album?

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    Harvey Reply:

    @Bertha, That track So Lonely is NOT MJB. That’s some Canadian independent r&b singer that sounds remarkably like Mary.

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  22. Shanice

    ^cN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN FIND THAT TRACK BERTHA!?! I have searched and search and can’;t find it!!

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  24. musicaddictjane

    Seriously, this album is different. Unfortuantely I am delayed here in Canada with the release… I have to wait another week – Tuesday Nov. 10th… I don’t care what you all say, this album is great…it is different from ther other work (even if Because I Love It – didn’t get released here) I am happy that this is different from everything that is out there at this point in time!

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  25. Kevin

    I wish she would do more work with Rich Harrison. He beats are insane he’s my favorite producer. Rich Harrison is to Amerie like Rodney Jerkins was to Brandy, like Dallas Austin was to TLC, like Jazze Pha was to Ciara! Amerie is the best and Rich Harrison’s artists right now ain’t doin nothing! Ditch them and get Amerie back dude

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