Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture

Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released December 5, 2006
Recorded The Underlab, Los Angeles: December 2005 April 2006
Length 65:05
Deluxe Edition cover
Cover for 2-disc Deluxe Edition
Singles from Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"
    Released: December 5, 2006
  2. "One Night Only"
    Released: August 15, 2006
  3. "Listen"
    Released: January 29, 2007

Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture is a soundtrack album for the 2006 film Dreamgirls. The album was released by Music World Entertainment and Columbia Records on December 5, 2006 in two versions: a single-disc standard release, and a two-disc deluxe edition. The one-disc version includes highlights from the film's songs, including "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", "One Night Only", and "Listen", while the two disc version includes all songs present in the film alongside several bonus tracks.


Harvey Mason, Jr. and Damon Thomas of the production team The Underdogs served as producers and arrangers for the film's soundtrack, which is performed by the actors in the film, including Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Sharon Leal, Keith Robinson, and others.[1] The soundtrack includes four new songs not present in the stage version of Dreamgirls: "Listen", "Love You I Do", "Patience", and "Perfect World". "Listen" was released to radio the week of October 16 as the first official Dreamgirls soundtrack single; the disco version of "One Night Only" was issued in late summer as a 12" club single and as an exclusive download on iTunes.

Critical reception

The Dreamgirls soundtrack was nominated for the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, losing to The Beatles' Love. "Listen", "Love You I Do", and "Patience" were all nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Original Song. However, "Love You I Do" won the Grammy that same year for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Commercial performance

"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"
A sample of the song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" performed by Jennifer Hudson.

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The one-disc version of Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard 200, with sales of 92,000 units.[2] In its fifth week of release, the soundtrack reached the top of the Billboard 200 with a sales week of 68,000 units. The following week, the soundtrack broke its own all-time low record, holding on to the number one spot with a sales decrease of 9% good for 60,000.[3] This record was later broken by Taylor Swift selling 52,000 copies of her album Speak Now.[4]

Track listing

All tracks produced by The Underdogs (Harvey Mason, Jr. and Damon Thomas) and supervised by Matt Sullivan and Randy Spendlove except for the dance mixes on the Deluxe set (remixed by Eric Kupper & Richie Jones).

All tracks written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen (unless otherwise noted). 

No. TitlePerformer(s) Length
1. "Move"  Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Anika Noni Rose 2:08
2. "Fake Your Way To The Top"  Eddie Murphy, Rose, Hudson, Knowles 3:54
3. "Cadillac Car"  Murphy, Rose, Hudson, Knowles, Rory O'Malley, Laura Bell Bundy, Anne Warren 2:22
4. "Steppin' To The Bad Side"  Jamie Foxx, Keith Robinson, Hinton Battle, Murphy, Rose, Hudson, Knowles 4:55
5. "Love You I Do" (Henry Krieger, Siedah Garrett)Hudson 2:50
6. "I Want You Baby"  Murphy, Rose, Hudson, Knowles 2:53
7. "Family"  Robinson, Hudson, Knowles, Rose, Foxx 3:22
8. "Dreamgirls"  Knowles, Hudson, Rose 3:20
9. "It's All Over"  Hudson, Foxx, Knowles, Rose, Robinson, Sharon Leal 3:41
10. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"  Hudson 4:45
11. "When I First Saw You"  Foxx 2:17
12. "Patience" (Henry Krieger, Willie Reale)Murphy, Rose, Robinson 3:35
13. "I Am Changing"  Hudson 4:04
14. "I Meant You No Harm/Jimmy's Rap"  Murphy 3:12
15. "One Night Only"  Hudson 2:58
16. "One Night Only (Disco)"  Knowles, Rose, Leal 3:10
17. "Listen" (Henry Krieger, Anne Preven, Scott Cutler, Beyoncé Knowles)Knowles 3:40
18. "Hard To Say Goodbye"  Knowles, Rose, Leal 2:37
19. "Dreamgirls (Finale)"  Hudson, Knowles, Rose, Leal 2:33
20. "When I First Saw You (Duet)"  Foxx, Knowles 3:03
Deluxe Edition[5]


Credits are adapted from the album's booklet.[1]

Technical and production

  • Producer: Damon Thomas and Harvey Mason, Jr. (The Underdogs)
  • Music supervised by: Randy Spendlove and Matt Sullivan
  • Engineer: Chris Spilfogel and Dabling Harward from the Underlab in Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Mixed by: Manny Marroquin, Aaron Renner, and Chris Spilfogel
  • Assistant Engineers: Aaron Renner and Riley Mackin
  • Mastered by: Vlado Meller at Sony Music Studios in New York City, New York, USA
  • Vocals supervised by: Paul Bogaev
  • Art direction: Erwin Gorostiza, Fusako Chubachi
  • Album design: Fusako Chubachi
  • Photography: David James
  • Package coordinators: Tom Choi and Steven Jacobson
  • Executive producers: Bill Condon, Mathew Knowles, and Glen Brunman
  • Arrangements by: The Underdogs, Randy Spendlove, David Campbell, Matt Sullivan, Damon Intrabartolo, Deborah Lurie, Bill Condon, Henry Krieger, Jerry Hey, and Tim Carmon

  • Music editor: Paul Rabjohns
  • Orchestal contractors: Jolie Levine and Ivy Skoff
  • Copyists: Mark Graham, Jo Anne Kane Music
  • Strings recorded by: Jess Sutcliffe at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA
    • (Assistant engineers: Paul Smith, Aaron Walk, Bryan Walk)
  • Strings recorded by: Scott Campbell at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA
    • (Assistant engineer: Kevin Mills)
  • Strings recorded by: Troy Halderson at Clinton Studios in New York City, New York, USA
    • (Assistant engineers: Sheldon Yellowhair, Bryan Smith)
  • Additional recording done at the Record Plant in Los Angeles, California, USA


  • Orchestra Conducted by Henry Krieger
  • Piano: John Beasley, Tim Carmon, Eric Griggs, Greg Phillinganes, Kevin Randolph
  • Saxophones: Frederick Fiddmont, Daniel Higgins
  • Guitars: Darrell Crooks, Eric Jackson, Michael Thompson, Randy Spendlove
  • Trumpets: Wayne Bergeron, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey
  • Bass: Nathan East, James Johnson, Harvey Mason, Jr.
  • Trombones: Steve Holtman, William Reichenbach
  • Drums: Glendon Campbell, Gordon Campbell, Ricky Lawson, Harvey Mason, Jr., Harvey Mason, Sr., Anthony Moore
  • Harp: Gayle Levant
  • Percussion: Harvey Mason, Sr., Harvey Mason, Jr.
  • Keyboards: Harvey Mason, Jr., Kevin Randolph, Randy Spendlove, Damon Thomas

  • Celli: Larry Corbett, Steve Erdody, Suzie Katamaya, Daniel Smith, Jennifer Kuhn, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, Rudolph Stein
  • Background vocals: Melissa Bereal, Richard Bowers, Raven Dillard, Natalie Ganther, Nicole Ganther, Larry Greene, Camile Grigsby, Cassandra Grigsby, Chara Hammond, Eric King, Erica King, Kalia Rafa, Kevin Shannon, Nicole Thrash, Robert Thrash
  • Violas: Robert Becker, Denyse Buffum, Andrew Duckles, John Hayhurst, David Stenske, Shalini Vijayan, Kristin Wilkinson
  • Violins: Roberto Cani, Darius Campo, Susan Chatman, Daphne Chen, Mario Deleon, Armen Garabedian, Berj Garabedian, Endre Granat, Alan Grunfeld, Julian Hallmark, Neil Hammond, Geraldo Hilera, Sharon Jackson, Peter Kent, Songa Lee-Kitto, Natalia Leggett, Demitri Leivici, Cynthia Moussas, Alyssa Park, Sara Parkins, Michele Richards, Anatoly Rosinsky, Haim Shtrum, Tereza Stanislav, Josefena Vergera, John Wittenberg, Kenneth Yerke

Awards and nominations

Year Award show Recipient Category Result
2006 Satellite Awards[6] Best Original Song "Listen" Nominated
"Love You I Do" Nominated
2007 Academy Awards[7] "Listen" Best Original Song Nominated
"Patience" Nominated
"Love You I Do" Nominated
Black Reel Award[8] "Listen" Best Original Song Nominated
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Won
"One Night Only" Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack Won
American Music Award Favorite Soundtrack Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association[9] Best Original Soundtrack Won
Best Original Song "Listen" Won
Golden Globe Awards[10] Nominated
NAACP Image Awards[11] Outstanding Album Won
2008 Japan Gold Disc Awards[12] Soundtrack Album of the Year Won
Grammy Awards[13] Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Nominated
Best Song Written for a Motion Picture or Television "Love You I Do" Won


Weekly charts

Chart (2006-2007)[14][15] Peak
German Albums (Official Top 100) 28
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) 21
Australian Albums (ARIA) 15
Spain Albums (Promusicae) 55
Franch Albums (SNEP) 65
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts) 22
Polish Charts (Polish Music Charts) 41
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) 14
Swiss Albums - Schweizer Hitparade 27
US Billboard 200[16] 1
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 1
US Top Soundtracks[16] 1

Year-end charts

Chart Position
US Billboard 200 41
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 16
US Top Soundtracks (Billboard) 6


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[18] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000[20]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also


  1. 1 2 Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture (Liner notes). Music World, Columbia. 2006.
  2. Katie Hasty, "Ciara, Eminem, Stefani Overtake The Billboard 200", Billboard.com, December 13, 2006.
  3. Katie Hasty, "'Dreamgirls' Remains No. 1 As Sales Keep Sliding", Billboard.com, January 17, 2006.
  4. "Latest Music News, Band, Artist, Musician & Music Video News". Billboard.com. 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  5. "Dreamgirls (Music from the Motion Picture) [Deluxe Edition] by Various Artists". US: iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  6. "Official press release for International Press Academy Satellite Awards Nominations" (PDF). pressacademy.com. International Press Academy. 2006-12-01.
  7. "2007 Academy Awards Winners". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  8. "Black Reel Awards - 2007". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  9. "THE 12th CRITICS' CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS AND NOMINEES". bfca.org. Broadcast Film Critics Association. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  10. "2007 Golden Globe Awards". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  11. "Image Awards Upstaged by Resignation of NAACP President". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  12. "Gold Disc Awrds". RIAJ. July 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  13. "Grammy 2008 Winners List". MTV.com. MTV Networks. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  14. "Dreamgirls - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  15. "Soundtrack - dreamgirls". Achart. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  16. 1 2 "Beyoncé – Billboard 200 chart history". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  17. "Beyoncé – Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart history". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  18. "Japanese album certifications – Beyoncé – Beyoncé" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Select 2013年月 on the drop-down menu
  19. "American album certifications – Beyonce – BEYONCE". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  20. Sisario, Ben (November 4, 2014). "Beyoncé to Release a New Album, a Version of her Old Album". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
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