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Lenny Kravitz discography

Lenny Kravitz discography

Kravitz in Brazil in 2005.
Releases
Studio albums 9
Compilation albums 2
EPs 2
Singles 49
Video albums 8
Music videos 41
Soundtracks 6
Box sets 4
U.S. Number one songs 3

This article features the discography of the American rock, funk, R&B, soul, blues-rock and pop singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, record producer and arranger Lenny Kravitz, which includes nine studio albums, one greatest hits compilation album, four box set compilation albums, two extended plays, forty-nine singles and eight video albums, including one single, three of which are live. For video releases, see Lenny Kravitz videography.

Summary

All of Kravitz's albums have received certifications of gold or higher in the U.S., three of which have been declared multi-platinum. As of present, Kravitz has earned three gold albums, two platinum albums, two double platinum albums, and one triple platinum album. Kravitz's début album Let Love Rule (1989) peaked at #61 in the U.S., and while receiving generally positive reviews, it became a huge success in Europe but took a long time to reach success in the U.S. Its followers, Mama Said (1991) and Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993) became instant hits, being considered some of the finest recordings of the decade and achieving platinum and multi-platinum status respectively, establishing Kravitz in the music industry and expanding his success in Europe and South America. However, despite only a two-year gap between albums, personal issues such as substance abuse problems, the aftermath of divorce and his mother Roxie Roker's illness lead to a decline in commercial sales with Circus (1995), in comparison to his preceding success, remaining his least successful album to date. With 5 (1998), Kravitz embraced a fresh outlook towards his career and also experimented with electronic equipment such as pro-tools. Initially, the album received only mediocre reviews and it took a slow and steady process for it to achieve worldwide success after spinning off hits such as "I Belong to You" and "Fly Away" to ultimately become Kravitz's most successful studio album to date. It would be the album to establish his career at a higher level, with increasing worldwide popularity, especially in Europe, and would win him his first two Grammy Awards. Greatest Hits (2000) would prove to become Kravitz's most successful album to date, going on to sell over 10.5 million copies worldwide, earning him yet another Grammy. While Lenny (2001) would prove to be a very fast seller, although not quite comparing to 5 or Greatest Hits, it managed to win Kravitz his fourth consecutive Grammy. However, Baptism would prove to be somewhat of a commercial disappointment for the multi-platinum selling artist when compared to its predecessors. Most recently, his 2008 release It Is Time for a Love Revolution had Kravitz realising some of the best début positions and opening sales weeks worldwide in years, along with his best critical reviews since Lenny.

According to recent sales numbers, a number of his albums (Let Love Rule, Mama Said, 5 and Greatest Hits) have been confirmed to have achieved a sales status high enough to be certified at the next level within the sales threshold, but RIAA still has them certified at the sales level they are currently at, with no official word on whether/when the certifications may occur. (citation required) In addition to writing and producing all of his own work, Kravitz has produced albums for other artists, some reaching great success.(particulars and citation required) He personally has scored three Top 10 albums in the U.S., while having reached number one in both the UK and Australia. Kravitz has scored hits in virtually every continent: North America (USA and Canada), Central America (Bahamas), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Scandinavia), South America (Brazil, Argentina and Colombia), Asia (Japan), Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), and Africa (Republic of South Africa).(citation required) Considered one of the most successful and best-selling rock artists of his time, Kravitz has had sales of approximately 40 million albums alone worldwide (not including singles and video releases).(citation required)

Albums

Studio albums

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[4]
[1]
CHE
[5]
GER
[6]
ITA
[7]
NLD
[8]
NOR
[9]
UK
[10]
[11]
1989 Let Love Rule 61 45 35 12 23 12 56
1991 Mama Said
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: April 2, 1991
  • Formats:
39 10 12 13 5 5 4 8
1993 Are You Gonna Go My Way
  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: March 9, 1993
  • Formats:
12 1 3 1 1 7 13 3 6 1
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[12]
  • MC: 4× Platinum[13]
  • IFPI: 2× Platinum[15]
  • BPI: Platinum[14]
1995 Circus
  • 4th studio album
  • Released: September 12, 1995
  • Formats:
10 2 3 7 1 8 13 1 7 5
1998 5
  • 5th studio album
  • Released: May 12, 1998
  • Formats:
28 17 1 22 3 6 5 8 7 18
2001 Lenny
  • 6th studio album
  • Released: October 30, 2001
  • Formats: CD, digital download
12 44 1 3 3 5 6 7 14 55
2004 Baptism
  • 7th studio album
  • Released: May 17, 2004
  • Formats: CD, digital download
14 42 4 3 2 5 3 17 74
2008 It Is Time for a Love Revolution
  • 8th studio album
  • Released: February 5, 2008
4 47 2 5 1 3 3 2 28 42
2011 Black and White America
  • 9th studio album
  • Released: August 30, 2011
17 59 2 45 1 1 8 2 75
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Compilations

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[1]
CHE
[5]
GER
[6]
ITA
[7]
NLD
[5]
NOR
[5]
UK
[11]
2000 Greatest Hits
  • 1st compilation album
  • Released: October 24, 2000
  • Formats: CD, digital download, CD/DVD
2 14 1 2 2 2 1 4 6 12
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[12]
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[16]
  • MC: 4× Platinum[13]
  • IFPI: 3× Platinum[15]
  • BPI: 3× Platinum[14]
2001 Let Love Rule/Mama Said
  • 1st box set
  • Released: October 22, 2001
  • Format: CD box set
2002 Let Love Rule/Mama Said/Are You Gonna Go My Way
  • 2nd box set
  • Released: October 7, 2002
2003 5/Lenny
  • 3rd box set.
  • Released: September 15, 2003
  • Format: CD box set
2004 Lenny/Baptism
  • 4th box set
  • Released: 2004
  • Formats: CD box set
2008 Greatest Hits (Double Disc)
  • 5th box set
  • Released: December 11, 2008
  • Formats: CD box set
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

EPs

  • 1994: Spinning Around Over You
  • 1995: Is There Any Love in the World?

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[17]
US
Alt.

[18]
US
Main.

[17]
AUS
[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[19]
[17]
[20]
FRA
[21]
GER
[6]
NLD
[8]
UK
[10]
[11]
1989 "Spirit of the Forest" Non-album single
"Let Love Rule" 89 5 23 36 26 39 Let Love Rule
1990
"I Build This Garden for Us" 25 83 51 83
"Be"
"Mr. Cab Driver" 58
"Does Anybody Out There Even Care" 46
1991 "Always on the Run" 8 40 43 55 8 41 Mama Said
"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" 2 10 25 25 29 43 12 11
"Fields of Joy" 33
"Stand by My Woman" 76 46 36 66 55
"What the Fuck Are We Saying?" 34
"Stop Draggin' Around"
"What Goes Around Comes Around"
1993 "Are You Gonna Go My Way" 2 1 1 24 5 4 25 8 4 Are You Gonna Go My Way
"Believe" 60 10 15 8 9 33 74 40 30
"Heaven Help" 80 76 25 41 98 20
"Spinning Around Over You" 37 Reality Bites soundtrack
"Is There Any Love in Your Heart" 19 32 53 52 Are You Gonna Go My Way
1994 "Deuce" 15 77 Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved
1995 "Rock and Roll Is Dead" 75 10 4 26 16 40 22 Circus
"Circus" 85 54
1996 "Can't Get You Off My Mind" 62 33 54
"The Resurrection"
1998 "I Belong to You" 71 24 81 42 75 5
"If You Can't Say No" 39 55 35 97 52 48
"Thinking of You"
1999 "Fly Away" 12 1 1 8 11 3 56 15 49 1
"Black Velveteen" 95
"American Woman" 49 7 3 14 26 88 78 59 177 5
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack
2000 "Again" 4 23 30 6 57 19 25 Greatest Hits
2001 "Dig In" 31 13 11 64 72 Lenny
2002 "Stillness of Heart" 118 38 51 22 83 38 84 44
"Believe in Me" 42 14 10
"If I Could Fall in Love" 98
"Yesterday Is Gone (My Dear Kay)"
2004 "Show Me Your Soul"
(with P. Diddy, Loon and Pharrell)
45 61 35 Bad Boys II soundtrack
"Where Are We Runnin'?" 69 40 30 52 27 43 33 Baptism
"California" 56 64 62
"Storm" (with Jay-Z) 98
2005 "Calling All Angels" 72 35
"Lady" 27 99
"Breathe" Non-album single
2007 "Bring It On" 25 52 It Is Time for a Love Revolution
"I'll Be Waiting" 73 6 45 27 6 5 104
2008 "Love Love Love" 92
"Dancin' Til Dawn" 96
2011 "Come On Get It" Black and White America
"Stand" 41 44 100
"Rock Star City Life" 62 98
"Black and White America" 100 92
"Push"
2012 "Superlove" 25 49
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Other appearances

Other notable works in Kravitz's repertoire are numerous charity albums and collaborations with artists of a wide range of genres. In 1990, he co-wrote and co-produced Madonna's "Justify My Love" single where he also appeared as background vocalist. He has participated in numerous soundtracks such as Reality Bites (1994), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), and Bad Boys II (2003). He contributed tracks to Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix and Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino. The 2004 album The Unplugged Collection, Volume One features a live version of "Are You Gonna Go My Way".[22] In 2008, he wrote "Change", for the Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise compilation album. Two of Kravitz's songs are featured separately on two different albums of the Big Shiny Tunes compilation series (Fly Away on Big Shiny Tunes 3 and American Woman on Big Shiny Tunes 4).

References

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