Change (Sugababes album)

Change
Studio album by Sugababes
Released October 1, 2007 (2007-10-01)[1]
(see release history)
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop, dance-pop, electropop,
pop rock
Length 43:25
Label Island
Producer Eivan "Ricco" Bj (exec.)
Dallas Austin
Deekay
Dr. Luke
Novel
Jony Rockstar
Flex Turner
Xenomania
Sugababes chronology
Taller In More Ways
(2005)
Change
(2007)
Catfights and Spotlights
(2008)
Singles from Change
  1. "About You Now"
    Released: 1 October 2007
  2. "My Love Is Pink"
    Released: 10 December 2007
    Promo Only
  3. "Change"
    Released: 17 December 2007
  4. "Denial"
    Released: 17 March 2008

Change is the fifth studio album by English girl group Sugababes, released through Island Records during October 2007 (see 2007 in music) in most European territories. The album features production by Dr. Luke, Jony Rockstar, Dallas Austin, Deekay and Xenomania, among others, and is the first album to feature complete vocals by Amelle Berrabah.

While not as successful as its predecessor Taller in More Ways (2005) on international music markets, the album debuted on top of the UK Albums Chart, where it became the band's second consecutive number-one album and was eventually certified platinum by the BPI.[2] In addition, it reached the top ten in Estonia and Ireland. In France, Change was adapted as the group's first greatest hits compilation.

Contents

Production and release

In early and mid 2007, the Sugababes went back into the studio to work with a number of American producers on their then-untitled fifth studio album, the band's first full studio album with Amelle Berrabah. Collaborators on the album include Dr. Luke, Danish production team Deekay, and Novel as well as previous collaborators Xenomania, Dallas Austin and Jony Rockstar.

AXM Magazine reported the Sugababes' assumed attempt to move into the American market with the album.[3] On 30 August 2007, the group appeared on The Album Chart Show to perform the first single, "About You Now", and premiere another two album cuts. They also confirmed that the album's title would be Change.

The album leaked in its entirety, excluding the UK bonus track "3 Spoons of Suga", on 4 October. A day later, the bonus track was also leaked. When inserted into the computer, the UK edition disc allows access to bonus features such as remix versions of "About You Now" and a special interview with the group, plus wallpapers and photos. The French edition of Change is a greatest hits compilation because the album Overloaded: The Singles Collection was not released there, and it contains all their hits since "Overload" to "Denial".

The song "About You Now" was used in the movie Wild Child and features as track three on the soundtrack.[4] The song "3 Spoons of Suga" appears on the soundtrack to the film St Trinian's.[5]

Reception

Critical reviews

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
BBC Music [7]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[9]
NME (4/10)[10]
The Times 3/5 stars[11]
Virgin 3/5 stars[12]
Yahoo! Music UK (4/10)[13]
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The album received mixed reviews, with The Guardian calling it a "mixed bag" but applauding tracks such as "Never Gonna Dance Again" and "Back Down".[14] Daily Star gave the album a glowing review, calling it "one of the finest contemporary pop records of the decade".[15] The Times claimed that the album was "only slightly better than All Saints outtakes, all dated production and pop tastefulness" but complimented tracks such as "My Love Is Pink" and "3 Spoons of Suga".[16]

Commercial performance

The album's first single, "About You Now", was digitally released on 24 September 2007 in the United Kingdom, with the physical single release a week later. The song, produced by Dr. Luke, became Sugababes' sixth number-one single in the UK and their most successful to date. The second release from the album, "Change", was digitally released on 10 December and physically released on 17 December, charting at number thirteen. "My Love Is Pink" was also released as a digital single on 10 December.[17] The third single from the album, "Denial", was digitally released on 10 March 2008 and physically released on 17 March, peaking at number fifteen.

Within three months of sales, which amounted to over 370,000, Change became the thirty-second biggest selling album in the UK of 2007.[citation needed] It sold approximatively 503,854 copies in the UK.

Tracklisting

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "About You Now"   Cathy Dennis, Lukasz Gottwald Dr. Luke 3:32
2. "Never Gonna Dance Again"   Keisha Buchanan, Heidi Range, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Lisa Cowling, Nick Coler Xenomania 3:43
3. "Denial"   Range, Buchanan, Amelle Berrabah, VV Brown, Flex Turner, Elliot Malloy Elliot Malloy & Flex Turner 3:31
4. "My Love Is Pink"   Buchanan, Range, Cooper, Higgins, Powell, Cowling, Coler Xenomania 3:44
5. "Change"   Lars Halvor Jensen, Martin Michael Larsson, Niara Scarlett, Range, Buchanan, Berrabah Deekay 3:37
6. "Back When"   Dallas Austin, Gary White Dallas Austin 3:56
7. "Surprise"   Dennis, Gottwald Dr. Luke 3:05
8. "Back Down"   Alonzo Stevenson, Tony Reyes, Buchanan, Range, Berrabah Novel 3:50
9. "Mended By You"   Range, Buchanan, Jony Lipsey, Karen Poole, Jeremy Shaw Jony Rockstar 3:34
10. "3 Spoons Of Suga"   Buchanan, Range, Berrabah, Lipsey, Poole, Shaw Jony Rockstar 3:50
11. "Open The Door"   Buchanan, Range, Dennis, Gottwald Dr. Luke 3:16
12. "Undignified"   Tom Nichols, Turner, Buchanan, Range, Berrabah Flex Turner 3:45

Greatest Hits Edition

Change: Greatest Hits Edition
Compilation album by Sugababes
Released France October 1, 2007 (2007-10-01)
Recorded 1999-2007
Genre Pop, dance-pop, electropop
Length 56:57
Label Island
Producer Dallas Austin, Deekay, Dr. Luke, Novel, Jony Rockstar, Flex Turner, Xenomania
Sugababes chronology
Taller in More Ways
(2006)
Change (Greatest Hits Edition)
(2007)
Catfights and Spotlights
(2008)

Because the Sugababes' Greatest Hits album, Overloaded: The Singles Collection, was not released in France, the French version of Change was adapted to become a greatest hits compilation. The album features the original Overloaded tracklisting, with the addition of "About You Now", "Denial" & "Change", the three singles released from the international version of "Change".

Tracklisting

  1. "About You Now"
  2. "Change"
  3. "Denial"
  4. "Freak Like Me"
  5. "Round Round"
  6. "Red Dress"
  7. "In the Middle"
  8. "Stronger"
  9. "Shape"
  10. "Overload"
  11. "Good to Be Gone"
  12. "Caught in a Moment"
  13. "Ugly"
  14. "Easy"
  15. "Too Lost in You"
  16. "Hole in the Head"
  17. "Push the Button"

Personnel

  • Dallas Austin – Drums, Keyboards, Producer
  • JC Chasez – Vocal Producer
  • Nick Coler – Guitar
  • Miranda Cooper – Keyboards, Programming
  • Pete Craigie – Engineer, Mixing
  • Richard Edgeler – Assistant
  • Serban Ghenea – Mixing
  • Aniela Gottwald – Assistant
  • Lukasz "Doctor Luke" Gottwald – Bass, Guitar, Drums, Programming
  • Matt Gray – Keyboards, Programming
  • Brian Higgins – Keyboards, Programming, Producer, Mixing
  • Tim McEwan – Percussion
  • Tom Nichols – Percussion, Programming, Producer
  • Andrew Nitsch – Assistant Engineer
  • Rohan Onraet – Engineer
  • Chris Parmenidis – Mastering
  • Tim Powell – Keyboards, Programming, Mixing
  • Kurt Read – Engineer
  • Tony Reyes – Guitar
  • Tim Roberts – Assistant
  • Johnny Rockstar – Bass, Programming, Producer, Beats
  • Rick Sheppard – Engineer
  • Alonzo "Novel" Stevenson – Keyboards, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Drum Programming
  • Tim VanDerKuil – Bass
  • Jeremy Wheatley – Keyboards, Drum Programming, Mixing
  • Steven Wolf – Producer
  • Jordan Young "DJ Swivel" – Engineer

Charts and sales

Charts

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 90[18]
Austrian Albums Chart 32[19]
Dutch Albums Chart 69[19]
Estonian Albums Chart 3[20]
German Albums Chart 33[19]
Irish Albums Chart 10[19]
Swiss Albums Chart 14[19]
UK Albums Chart 1[19]
Chart (2008) Peak
position
French Albums Chart 36[21]

Certifications

Region Certification
Ireland (IRMA)[22] Platinum
United Kingdom (BPI)[2] Platinum

Release history

Region Date Label
Netherlands 1 October 2007 Island Records
Ireland 5 October 2007
United Kingdom 8 October 2007
Austria 19 October 2007
Germany
Switzerland
Australia 20 October 2007
Spain March 25, 2008
United States
Italy 16 November 2007
France 17 March 2008

Tour

References

  1. ^ Free Record Shop - Change
  2. ^ a b "British album certifications – Sugababes – Change". British Phonographic Industry. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx.  Enter Change in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  3. ^ SUGABABES – NEW SONGS! AXM
  4. ^ Wild Child The Movie Soundtrack Party Album on Amazon
  5. ^ Play.com (UK) : Various - St. Trinians: Original Soundtrack : CD - Free Delivery
  6. ^ Mawer, Sharon. Change at Allmusic
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/release/vhn8/
  8. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a77325/sugababes-change.html
  9. ^ Petridis, Alexis (5 October 2007). "CD: Sugababes, Change". The Guardian (London). http://arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,2183399,00.html. 
  10. ^ http://www.nme.com/reviews/sugababes/9093
  11. ^ Edwards, Mark (7 October 2007). "Sugababes Change". The Times (London). http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/cd_reviews/article2582895.ece. 
  12. ^ http://www.virginmedia.com/music/reviews/albumreviews/sugababes-change.php
  13. ^ http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/071010/33/21mq5.html
  14. ^ The Guardian (London). http://arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,2183399,00.html). 
  15. ^ Daily Star: Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: Music Reviews :: Album of the week - Sugababes: Change
  16. ^ Segal, Victoria (6 October 2007). "Sugababes Change". The Times (London). http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/cd_reviews/article2576238.ece. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  17. ^ Sugababes - My Love Is Pink Downloads - 7digital
  18. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20071020-0000/issue921.pdf
  19. ^ a b c d e f "Charts Performance". A-Charts.us. http://acharts.us/album/28708. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  20. ^ Estonian Albums Chart - November 19th 2007
  21. ^ Classement officiel des meilleures ventes de disques Albums en France du 16.03.08 au 22.03.08
  22. ^ "Irish album certifications – Sugababes – Change". Irish Recorded Music Association. http://www.irishcharts.ie/awards/platinum07.htm. 
Preceded by
Magic by Bruce Springsteen
UK Albums Chart number-one album
14 October 2007
Succeeded by
Pull the Pin by Stereophonics

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