Motown Records, 1980
Let's Get Serious
Where Are You Now
You Got To Hurry Girl
We Can Put It Back Together
You're Supposed To Keep Your Love For Me
Jermaine recorded at least three tracks from Let’s Get Serious in Spanish. The following tracks were released on a super rare Mexican album vinyl:
* En Serio (Let’s Get Serious),
* Te Tienes Que Apurar Chica (You Got To Hurry Girl)
* Lo Podemos Arreglar (We Can Put It Back Together)
After the album Frontiers, Jermaine took two years to create his next album, because he wasn’t satisfied with the previous albums and wanted his next album to be the best. And he succeeded!
Let’s Get Serious remains undoubtedly Jermaine’s most successful album for Motown, having sold over 2 million copies worldwide and it topped the U.S. charts, reaching #1 in the R&B charts and #6 in the Pop charts.
Jermaine’s longtime friend Stevie Wonder produced three songs for the album, and four more along with Jermaine. Executive producers for the album are Hazel Gordy and Berry Gordy.
For the album Let’s Get Serious Jermaine received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocals Performance in 1981.
The first single of the album was the title track “Let’s Get Serious”, written by Lee Garrett and Stevie Wonder. The single was Jermaine's first #1 R&B hit and second Top 10 Pop hit, peaking at number nine in both
Billboard and Cash Box. It also reached the top 10 in the UK peaking at #8. The recording was produced by Stevie Wonder, who also provided vocals for the track. It was Billboard's #1 Soul hit for the entire year of
1980, beating out brother Michael's platinum-certified mega-hit "Rock with You" which was #2 for the year.
“You’re Supposed To Keep Your Love For Me” was the second single from the album, a song written and produced by Stevie Wonder that the Jackson 5 also recorded before with Jermaine singing the lead vocals and not released as a single before.
Jermaine and Stevie re-recorded the song for the album Let’s Get Serious. The single reached #32 in the R&B charts and #34 in the Pop charts.
Other songs from the album released as a single were the up-tempo song “Burnin’ Hot” in several European countries and Japan and “You Got To Hurry Girl” in France only.
Jermaine teamed up with family friend and Motown labelmate Stevie Wonder, who produced three tracks ("Let's Get Serious", "Where Are You Now" and "You"re Supposed To Keek Your Love From Me" for the album Let's Get Serious. Stevie co-wrote and sings on the track "Let's Get Serious" with Jermaine. During a lot of Stevie's sessions for the album Songs In The Key Of Life, Jermaine was present in the studio.