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Portable Sounds
Studio album by tobyMac
Released February 20, 2007 (U.S.)
Recorded 2006
Genre CCM
Rock
Pop
Hip hop
Length 48:28[1]
Label ForeFront Records
Producer Toby McKeehan
Christopher Stephens
David Wyatt
Professional reviews
tobyMac chronology
Renovating Diverse City
(2005)
Portable Sounds
(2007)
Alive and Transported
(2008)

Portable Sounds is the third full-length studio album from Christian pop rock and hip hop artist tobyMac. It was released on February 20, 2007, and debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200. The album features the singles "Lose My Soul", "Made to Love", "Boomin'", "I'm for You", and "One World (featuring Siti Monroe)". This album took a slightly different direction than tobyMac's previous hip hop efforts, having more of a pop sound. When it was released on iTunes, users were able to download a behind-the-scenes making of the album video, a digital booklet, and an acoustic version of "Made to Love."

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Release

Portable Sounds was released on February 20, 2007 through ForeFront Records.[2] It debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200, tobyMac's highest chart position as a solo artist, selling 51,000 copies in its first week.[3] In its second week on the Billboard 200, Portable Sounds fell to #38, in its third week to #47, and in its fourth week it fell to #63.

A Deluxe Edition of Portable Sounds was released on October 23, 2007. The Deluxe Edition includes the original CD, plus a DVD containing all five music videos, behind-the-scenes footage, and remixes of "Ignition" and "Boomin'".

On November 14, 2008 the album was certified Gold by the RIAA.[4]


The tracks "Feelin' So Fly" and "I'm For You" were featured in the video game Thrillville: Off the Rails.

After the abum was put out Toby went on the Portable Sounds Tour.

Singles

  • "Made To Love" reached #1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart. It was also #1 for 9 consecutive weeks on R&R's Christian Hit Radio (CHR) Chart and was the second most played song on Christian CHR radio stations in 2007.[5] It reached #3 on R&R's Christian AC Chart.
  • "Boomin" was the only single to have an official music video. This video won a GMA Dove Award. On radio it charted only on the lower half of R&R's Christian Rock Radio chart.
  • "I'm For You" reached #2 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart. It also was #1 for 8 consecutive weeks on R&R's Christian Hit Radio Chart and was the third most played song on Christian CHR radio stations in 2007.[5] It reached #10 on R&R's Christian AC Chart.
  • "One World" reached #10 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart. It was also #1 for 3 non consecutive weeks on R&R's Christian Hit Radio Chart. It was the seventh most-played song on R&R magazine's Christian CHR chart for 2008.[6] A remix of "One World" appears on the Hip Hope Hits 2009 compilation and features a verse from KJ-52.
  • "Lose My Soul" reached #2 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart, and #9 on iTunes.
  • "No Ordinary Love" and "Ignition" were both released as singles around late 2008.

Track listing

  1. "One World" (featuring Siti Monroe) – 3:50
  2. "Made to Love" – 3:50
  3. "Boomin'/Opera Trip Interlude" – 4:02
  4. "I'm for You" – 3:47
  5. "Face of the Earth/Chuck @ Artist Development Interlude" – 4:38
  6. "No Ordinary Love" (featuring Nirva Dorsaint) – 3:16
  7. "Ignition" – 3:53
  8. "Hype Man (truDog '07) (featuring truDog)" – 1:41
  9. "Suddenly" – 3:40
  10. "All In (Letting Go)/Mr. Talkbox Interlude" – 4:33
  11. "Feelin' So Fly" – 3:49
  12. "No Signal" – 1:11
  13. "Lose My Soul" (featuring Kirk Franklin and Mandisa) – 6:17
  14. "Boomin' (remix)" (featuring Shonlock) - 3:36 [Digital Only]
  15. "Ignition (remix)" - 3:57 [Digital Only]

Remixes

A Remix album has not yet been released like his previous 2 studio albums... However 5 official remixes have surfaced from the album 1 made to love (from the CD single)
2 one world (from hip hope hits 2009)
3 ignition (from deluxe edition)
5 boomin' (from deluxe edition)
6 lose my soul (from city on our knees CD single)

Music videos

  • "Boomin"
  • "Feelin' So Fly"
  • "Lose My Soul"

Guest appearances

Charts

Chart Peak Position
U.S. Billboard 200 10
Billboard's Top Christian Albums 1

Song charts

Song Chart Peak Position
"Made to Love" Billboard Hot Christian Songs 1
"Boomin'" Billboard Hot Christian Songs -
"I'm For You" Billboard Hot Christian Songs 2
"One World" Billboard Hot Christian Songs 10
"Lose My Soul" Billboard Hot Christian Songs 2

References

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