Closer (Josh Groban album)


Closer (Josh Groban album)
Closer
Studio album by Josh Groban
Released November 11, 2003
Recorded October 2002 - September 2003
Genre Classical, Operatic Pop
Length 58:56
Label Reprise Records
Warner Bros. Records
143 Records
Producer David Foster (except where noted)
Josh Groban chronology
Josh Groban
(2001)
Closer
(2003)
Awake
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Boston Globe (favorable) [2]

Closer is the second studio album and third overall album by vocalist Josh Groban, released in November 2003. Much like his first studio album, half of Closer's songs are sung in English, with the remainder sung in various other languages (Italian, Spanish, and French).

The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling about 375,000 copies in its first week.[3] In January 2004, the album rose from number 11 to number one in its ninth week on the chart, selling about 110,000 copies that week. This followed a sales campaign by Target.[4]

In Australia, Closer reached a peak position of 25 on the ARIA Albums Chart of Australia. On 13 June 2007, it re-entered the chart at number 39.[5] As of June 2009, the album has sold over 5,759,000 copies in the United States.[6] The track, "You Raise Me Up", charted at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The track, "Remember When It Rained", reached number 15 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Track listing

  1. "Oceano" (Leo Z, Andrea Sandri, Mauro Malavasi) (Produced by David Foster, Leo Z, and Malavasi) – 4:03
  2. "My Confession" (Richard Page) – 4:56
  3. "Mi Mancherai (Il Postino)" (featuring Joshua Bell) (Luis Bacalov, Marco Marinangeli) – 6:04
  4. "Si Volvieras a Mi" (Klaus Derendorf, Mark Portmann, Claudia Brant) – 4:19
  5. "When You Say You Love Me" (Mark Hammond, Robin Scoffield) – 4:32
  6. "Per Te" (Marinangeli, Walter Afanasieff, Josh Groban) (Produced by Afanasieff) – 4:16
  7. "All'improvviso Amore" (Foster, Paul Schwartz, Frank Musker, Kaballa) – 3:38
  8. "Broken Vow" (Walter Afanasieff, Lara Fabian) – 4:34
  9. "Caruso" (Lucio Dalla) – 5:07
  10. "Remember When It Rained" (Groban, Eric Mouquet) (Produced by Mouquet) – 4:41
  11. "Hymne à l'amour" (Edith Piaf, Marguerite Monnot, Geoffrey Parsons) – 4:04
  12. "You Raise Me Up" - 4:52 (Rolf Løvland, Brendan Graham) - 4:52
  13. "Never Let Go" (featuring Deep Forest) (Produced by Mouquet) – 3:52

Special Edition tracks

  1. "Mi Morena" (Martin Page) – 4:39
  2. "She's Out of My Life" (Tom Bahler) – 3:46

Website Exclusive tracks

  1. "You're the Only Place" – 4:55
  2. "My December" (Linkin Park) – 5:02

Awards

Closer was a massive success, and garnered several achievements for Groban, including:

  • Certified 4x Platinum in the United States
  • Certified 5x Platinum in South Africa
  • Third best-selling album of 2004 on the Billboard 200
  • Nominated for best album of the year (2003)
  • Certified Platinum by ARIA (2007)

Chart positions

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Billboard 200 1

References

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r662050
  2. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/onwisconsin/music/nov03/184398.asp
  3. ^ Todd Martens, "Back In 'Black': Jay-Z Swan Song Bows On Top", Billboard.com, November 19, 2003.
  4. ^ Todd Martens, "Groban Nets First No. 1 Album", Billboard.com, January 14, 2004.
  5. ^ http://www.ariacharts.com.au/pages/charts_display.asp?chart=1A50, June 13, 2007.
  6. ^ Chart Watch Extra: The Top 20 New Acts Of The 2000s
Preceded by
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by OutKast
Billboard 200 number-one album
January 18, 2004 – January 24, 2004
Succeeded by
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by OutKast

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