To the Sky

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To the Sky
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 11, 2010 (2010-06-11)
Genre Pop rock, rap rock
Label Cash Money [1]
Producer Kevin Rudolf and Joshua Berkman
Kevin Rudolf chronology
In the City
To the Sky
Singles from To the Sky
  1. "I Made It (Cash Money Heroes)"
    Released: February 2, 2010
  2. "You Make the Rain Fall"
    Released: September 14, 2010

To the Sky is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter and Record Producer Kevin Rudolf. It was released on June 15, 2010, in the United States by Cash Money Records, Island Records and Universal Republic Records. [2] [3]



Rudolf has said that he embraced dance music saying, "it's like most of it up-tempo, most of it electropop rock hip-hop stuff". [2] The album features mostly guitar heavy beats. [4]


Kevin Rudolf confirmed collaborations from Birdman, Lil Wayne, Jay Sean, Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, and Three 6 Mafia in an interview with Rap-Up. [5] Kevin has stated that he wanted to do a duet with Jay-Z and Kanye West on the album. [5] Lil Wayne appears on the tracks "I Made It" and "Spit in Your Face," a reworked version of a Lil Wayne song which had leaked about a year prior to the album's release. That song was original slated to be on Lil Wayne's album Rebirth . Wayne raps on all of the verses. He wanted Natasha Bedingfield to be on the album, but was unable to find a suitable song. [5] He also wanted to work with Sade on the album. [5] In an interview, Vibe listed Flo Rida as a feature on the album. [6]

Production and songwriting

Kevin Rudolf and Joshua Berkman were the primary producer for all tracks. The songwriters for this album are Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher, Jeff Halavacs, Eric Estrada, Jerome Skaller, Robert Larow, Jerome Skaller,Kamaljit Jhooti, and Dwayne Carter


Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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To the Sky was met with mixed reviews from music critics. David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album two and a half stars out of five, saying "A mixed bag for fans to sort through, but without a worthy “Let It Rock" successor, this is hard to recommend over his debut." He described the songs as "generally good". [7] Steve Juon of RapReviews gave the album a seven out of ten, saying "The swagger's been good to him, because not every R&B or rock album would meet with a hardcore hip-hop head's approval, but even without the numerous rap cameos I think "To the Sky" would have been a win to a hip-hop audience – they don't hurt either though. This is "In the City" evolved, with no pun intended, to a higher level." [8]

Commercial performance

To the Sky debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 78. The album has sold 20,000 copies in the US. [9]


The first single released is "I Made It (Cash Money Heroes)". The song features Lil Wayne, Birdman and Jay Sean. The song received chart success in Australia, Canada and the United States. [10] [11] The second single is "You Make the Rain Fall". It also was the theme song for the third season of "NXT". It was released to Mainstream radio September 14, 2010, and features Flo Rida. [12]

Track listing

1."I Made It (Cash Money Heroes)" (featuring Birdman, Jay Sean & Lil Wayne) Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher, Kamaljit Jhooti, Robert Larow, Jerome SkallerKevin Rudolf4:10
2."You Make the Rain Fall" (featuring Flo Rida)Kevin RudolfKevin Rudolf Joshua Berkman2:54
3."Don't Cry"Kevin Rudolf Jacob KasherKevin Rudolf Joshua Berkman2:52
4."Whatchu Waitin' For" (featuring Three 6 Mafia)Kevin Rudolf, Eric Estrada, Jacob Kasher, Jeff HalavacsKevin Rudolf Joshua Berkman3:16
5."Big Timer"Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher, Eric EstradaKevin Rudolf Joshua Berkman3:19
6."I Belong to You (LANY)"Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher, Jeff HalavacsKevin Rudolf Joshua Berkman3:14
7."Must Be Dreamin'" (featuring Rivers Cuomo of Weezer)Kevin Rudolf Jacob KasherKevin Rudolf Joshua Berkman3:03
8."Spit in Your Face" (featuring Lil Wayne)Kevin Rudolf Dwayne CarterKevin Rudolf Joshua Berkman4:36
9."What Do U Got"Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher, Jeff HalavacsKevin Rudolf Joshua Berkman3:30
10."Late Night Automatic" (featuring Three 6 Mafia)Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher, Jeff HalavacsKevin Rudolf Joshua Berkman2:47
11."Crashing Down"Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher, Jeff HalavacsKevin Rudolf Joshua Berkman3:26

Release history

List of release dates, with country released and format
Australia [1] June 11, 2010CD, LP
United Kingdom [1] June 14, 2010
United States [1] June 15, 2010

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