The Reason (Lemar album)

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The Reason
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Released24 November 2008 (UK)
Label Epic
Lemar chronology
The Truth About Love
The Reason
Singles from The Reason
  1. "If She Knew"
    Released: 10 November 2008
  2. "Weight of the World"
    Released: 2 March 2009
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The Reason is the fourth studio album by English soul/R&B singer Lemar. The album was released on 24 November 2008, and contains the singles, "If She Knew" and "Weight of the World".



Eighteen months after the release of his single, "Tick Tock", Lemar returned in November 2008 with The Reason and its lead single "If She Knew".

The first single, "If She Knew", co-produced by SoulShock and Karlin, combined Lemar's heartfelt lyrics with layers of acoustic guitar. Lemar's signature balladry features on the album too, including the piano-driven "Mayday". He also ventures back to his soul roots with the infectious Over You and the funk-tinged uptempo "Little Miss Heartbreaker", produced by Jim Beanz.[ citation needed ]

Speaking to the UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of Blues & Soul in November 2008, Lemar explained the thinking behind titling his fourth album The Reason: "I called the album The Reason because I wanted it to remind me of the reason why I became a musician in the first place. You know, I think the reason I became a recording artist was because the music I was listening to at the time was inspirational, exciting; it wasn't obvious... And that's what I wanted THIS album to be. I wanted to bring out a collection of songs that for me was inspiring, was thought-provoking, was current, and that hopefully came with an exciting, eclectic mix of styles."[ citation needed ]

Chart performance

The album entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 41 on the week closing 30 November 2008.


"If She Knew" was released for download at midnight on 6 November. From two full days of download sales, the single debuted on the UK singles chart at No. 61. The following Monday two physical formats were released additionally and the song climbed to its peak of No. 14. The third week it fell to No. 19 and the fourth to No. 21.

The second single, "Weight of the World", was released on 2 March 2009.

Although it was not released as a single, "Mayday" was included on The Hits album, released on 1 March 2010.

Track listing

1."The Reason"3:31
2."Weight of the World" (Jim Jonsin)4:20
3."Little Miss Heartbreaker" (Jim Beanz)3:57
4."If She Knew" (Claude Kelly, SoulShock, Karlin)3:33
5."Trust Me" (Salaam Remi)4:18
6."Over You"3:48
8."Wait Forever" (Claude Kelly)3:32
9."Not What You Say" (Jack Splash)3:17
10."Black Tide"3:36
11."Won't Walk Away" (iTunes Bonus Track) (Ryan Tedder, Savan Kotecha)3:42
12."Fall Over" (iTunes Bonus Track)4:06
13."Diamonds" (iTunes Bonus Track)3:47


Charts (2008)Peak
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UK Albums Chart 41

The Reason Tour 2009

16 March 2009CarlisleEnglandCarlisle Sands Centre
17 March 2009Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
19 October 2009Reading The Hexagon
20 March 2009Margate Winter Gardens
21 March 2009Bournemouth Bournemouth International Centre
23 March 2009BrentwoodBrentwood Leisure Centre
24 March 2009Ipswich Regent Theatre
25 March 2009PrestonPreston Guildhall
27 March 2009Birmingham O2 Academy
28 March 2009Brighton The Brighton Centre
29 March 2009Oxford New Theatre
31 March 2009Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions
1 April 2009SwindonOasis Leisure Centre
4 April 2009CardiffWales Cardiff International Arena
5 April 2009PortsmouthEnglandPortsmouth Guildhall
6 April 2009Cambridge Corn Exchange
8 April 2009Southend-on-SeaSouthend Cliffs Pavilion
9 April 2009London Royal Albert Hall
10 April 2009Nottingham Nottingham Royal Centre
12 April 2009Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
13 April 2009Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
14 April 2009Harrogate Harrogate International Centre
16 April 2009GlasgowScotland Clyde Auditorium
17 April 2009ManchesterEngland Manchester Apollo

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