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Chapter V is Trey Songz's fifth studio album that was released on August 21, 2012 by Atlantic Records and Songbook.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Chapter V
  2. Dive In
  3. Panty Wetter
  4. Heart Attack
  5. Playin Hard
  6. 2 Reasons (featuring T.I.)
  7. Hail Mary (featuring Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne)
  8. Don't Be Scared (featuring Rick Ross)
  9. Pretty Girl's Lie
  10. Bad Decisions
  11. Forever Yours
  12. Inside Interlewd
  13. Fumble
  14. Without A Woman
  15. Interlude4U
  16. Simply Amazing
  17. Never Again
  18. Check Me Out (featuring Diddy and Meek Mill)

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Chapter V" debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 135,000 copies. It also peaked at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

It was certified gold by the RIAA for combined sales & streaming equivalent units of over 500,000 units.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Chapter V received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics.

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68, based on eight reviews.

Allmusic's Andy Kellman commended Songz for "singing about what [he] can do for — rather than to" his female subjects and stated, "Those who tire of the coarse metaphors, disrobing scenes, and 'panty wetter' talk can get lost in the sleek, layered work of Troy Taylor and his associates. The snaking rhythms are just as remarkable as the hypnotic synthesizer textures."

Sarah Godfrey of The Washington Post complimented Songz' "signature blend of soft-core imagery and sweet nothings" and wrote that the album "highlights Songz’s unique role in R&B: He bridges the gap between sexless boy bands and unromantic raunchy singers, between young guys who sing shallow songs about strip clubs and old guys who sing heavy songs about their divorces."

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times dubbed it "one of his most consistently strong albums" in spite of the potential "conundrum" of drawing on R. Kelly and Usher as influences.

In a mixed review, Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times was ambivalent towards its boudior-themed songs and felt that Songz "might be R&B's most single-minded star".

Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone found it to be "full of big ballads and bigger club beats that take dead aim at the pop mainstream", but added that "Songz is at his best playing to his R&B base".

BBC Music's Natalie Shaw viewed that Songz does not "reveal a deeper side to his songwriting" until track nine.

Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe felt that it "could use editing", but wrote that "throughout this he sings with urgency and expressiveness."

Although he viewed that Songz lacks "natural charisma", Alex Macpherson of The Guardian commended Troy Taylor for making the album "admirably cohesive" and Songz for "mov[ing] into traditional R Kelly territory", writing that it "helps to reinforce Songz's status as the formidable understudy of R&B."

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