Erykah Badu Discography
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|New Amerykah, Part One (4th World War)|
Release Date: 2008-02-26
''New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)'' is the fourth studio album by American R&B and neo soul musician Erykah Badu, released February 26, 2008 on Universal Motown. Recording sessions for the album took place primarily at Electric Lady Studios in New York City during 2006 to 2007. Badu's first release since ''Worldwide Underground'' (2003), ''New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)'' is an esoteric concept album that features social commentary and impersonal lyrical themes of poverty, urban violence, complacency, and cultural identity. It exhibits musical styles such as funk, soul, jazz, electronica, and hip hop.
The album debuted at number two on the U.S. ''Billboard'' 200 chart, selling 123,884 copies in its first week. It produced three singles and has sold 359,000 copies in the United States. Upon its release, ''New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)'' received general acclaim from most music critics. It was named one of the ten best albums of 2008 by several music critics and publications.
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