Release date: September 1997
Anytime is a 1997 album by Brian McKnight. This was the last record McKnight recorded with Mercury Records before moving to Motown. The single "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)" became his biggest hit in four years, peaking at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. It featured rapper Mase, whose own career was at its peak during 1997.
The song "Anytime" was an even bigger hit, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Chart in May 1998. The song was not released as a single, therefor it was not eligible to chart on the Hot 100, but despite that, it was one of the most played songs on the radio during 1998. "Anytime" pushed the sales of his third album to three million copies. "It was a calculated move," Brian says. "I was asking myself the question, 'how can I have it all?' Hip-hop was so prevalent and I wanted to see how I could be the cool with that audience. That's when we called Puff Daddy and decided we'd make the kind of record we made with "You Should Be Mine." I found out I could be commercial at that end of the spectrum…and then we came back with the single "Anytime" and just killed 'em! Before I did the Anytime album, I was at the lowest point of my career; after that, my feet came right back to the ground. I understood that what I needed to do was to please my fans, make music that would get on the radio and please myself at the same time."