A Different Beat (Boyzone album)

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A Different Beat
Studio album by Boyzone
Released 28 October 1996 (1996-10-28)
Recorded 1995–1996
Genre Pop
Length 54:42
Label Polydor/Universal
Producer Ray Hedges, Ric Wake
Boyzone chronology
Said and Done
(1995)
A Different Beat
(1996)
Where We Belong
(1998)
Singles from A Different Beat
  1. "Love Me for a Reason"
    Released: 6 November 1995 (France Only)
  2. "Words"
    Released: 7 October 1996
  3. "A Different Beat"
    Released: 2 December 1996
  4. "Isn't It a Wonder"
    Released: 10 March 1997
  5. "Picture of You"
    Released: 21 July 1997 (America Only)
  6. "Mystical Experience"
    Released: 4 November 1997 (America Only)

A Different Beat is the second studio album released by Irish boy band Boyzone.

Background[edit]

After the international success of "Said and Done", the release of A Different Beat occurred on a much bigger scale. As Said and Done was never released in France, when Love Me for a Reason was released as the group's debut single there, it ended up being included on A Different Beat, exclusively in the region. The first international single, "Words", was released pretty much worldwide, as were the two follow-up singles, "A Different Beat" and "Isn't It a Wonder". By this time, the album had been released in the UK and France, complete with each region's respective singles. However, the album had not yet been issued in Australia. Thus, by the time the release of A Different Beat arrived in the country, Picture of You had already been released as the lead single from Where We Belong in the UK, so the Australian market decided to include Picture of You on A Different Beat instead, releasing it as the fourth single from the album. Picture of You was also included on the Tour Souvenir Edition of the album, and the New Edition, which was marketed in certain areas of Europe. The United States became the last country to receive a release, as the band were asked by their US management to tweak the album for the US market. As such, Picture of You also became included on the US track listing, as well as a Spanglish version of Words, and an all-new track, "Mystical Experience", which was released in the US as the fifth and final single from the album. The album, however, was noted for including a cover of the Michael Jackson song "Ben". The album was certified 3× Platinum in the UK.[1] The limited edition version of the album released in the UK came encased in a slipcase, with five limited edition postcards, each containing one member of the band.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Paradise"   Ronan Keating, Ray Hedges, Martin Brannigan Ray Hedges 3:30
2. "A Different Beat"   Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch, Stephen Gately Hedges 4:10
3. "Melting Pot"   Roger Cook, Roger Greenway Phil Harding, Ian Curnow, Hedges 3:33
4. "Ben"   Don Black, Walter Scharf Ric Wake 2:44
5. "Don't Stop Looking For Love"   Billy Mann Wake 4:12
6. "Isn't It a Wonder"   Keating, Hedges, Brannigan Hedges 3:46
7. "Words"   Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb Harding, Curnow 3:55
8. "It's Time"   Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Duffy, Lynch, Gately Hedges 3:32
9. "Games of Love"   Gately, Hedges, Brannigan Hedges 3:55
10. "Strong Enough"   Keating, Ian Curnow, Julian Gallagher, Phil Harding Harding, Curnow 3:37
11. "Heaven Knows"   Keating, Hedges, Brannigan Hedges 4:02
12. "Crying in the Night"   Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Duffy, Lynch, Gately Hedges 3:03
13. "Give A Little"   Gately, Hedges, Brannigan, Hedges 3:20
14. "She Moves Through The Fair"   Traditional Phil Coulter 4:20
Japanese Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
15. "Angel"   Gately, Hedges, Brannigan Ray Hedges 3:43
16. "What Can You Do For Me?"   Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Mikey Graham Ray Hedges 3:03
French Bonus Track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
14. "Love Me for a Reason"   Wade Brown, David Jones Jr, Johnny Bristol Ray Hedges 3:43
New European Bonus Track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
15. "Picture of You"   Keating, Andrew Watkins, Paul Wilson, Eliot Kennedy Absolute 3:28
British Limited Edition Bonus Disc[2]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "A Different Beat – TOTP Interview"   Interviewer – Pete Lorraine Pete Lorraine 27:00
Australian Limited Edition Bonus Disc
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
15. "Picture of You"   Keating, Watkins, Wilson, Kennedy Absolute 3:28
16. "Words" (Spanglish Version) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb Ray Hedges 3:55
17. "Let the Message Run Free"   Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Graham, Gately Ray Hedges 5:03
Tour Souvenir Edition: Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
15. "Picture of You"   Keating, Watkins, Wilson, Kennedy Absolute 3:28
16. "Angel"   Gately, Hedges, Brannigan Ray Hedges 3:43
17. "What Can You Do For Me?"   Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Graham Ray Hedges 3:03
18. "Get Up and Get Over"   Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Graham Ray Hedges 3:14
19. "A Different Beat" (Remix) Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Duffy, Lynch, Gately Ray Hedges 6:45
American Version[3]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Mystical Experience"   Chein García-Alonso Ray Hedges 4:12
2. "A Different Beat"   Ronan Keating, Ray Hedges, Martin Brannigan, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch, Stephen Gately Ray Hedges 4:10
3. "Paradise"   Keating, Hedges, Brannigan Ray Hedges 3:30
4. "Melting Pot"   Roger Cook, Roger Greenway Ray Hedges 3:33
5. "Love Me for a Reason"   Wade Brown, David Jones Jr, Johnny Bristol Ray Hedges 3:43
6. "Ben"   Don Black, Walter Scharf Ray Hedges 2:44
7. "Isn't It a Wonder"   Keating, Hedges, Brannigan Ray Hedges 3:30
8. "Experiencia Religiosa" ("Mystical Experience" – Spanish Version) Chein García-Alonso Ray Hedges 4:12
9. "Picture of You"   Keating, Andrew Watkins, Paul Wilson, Eliot Kennedy Absolute 3:28
10. "Palabras" ("Words" – Spanish Version) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb Ray Hedges 3:55
11. "Give A Little"   Gately, Hedges, Brannigan Ray Hedges 3:20
12. "Don't Stop Looking For Love"   Billy Mann Jon Douglas 4:12

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996–97) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[4] 71
Austrian Albums Chart[5] 40
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[5] 37
Dutch Albums Chart[5] 78
European Albums Chart[6] 15
French Albums Chart[7] 11
German Albums Chart[8] 47
Irish Albums Chart[9] 2
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 44
Swiss Albums Chart[5] 21
Taiwanese Albums Chart[10] 8
UK Albums Chart[11] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] 3× Platinum 900,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[13] 1× Platinum 1,000,000*

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

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 18
Chart (1997) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 99

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British certifications – A Different Beat". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter A Different Beat in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Click Search
  2. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000024OS2
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00000161D
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "dutchcharts.nl – Boyzone – A Different Beat". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  6. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=vQkEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Ctitle=Hits of the World – Eurochart|work=Billboard|publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|date=16 November 1996
  7. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/Albums_Detail.php
  8. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Boyzone / Longplay". musicline.de. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  9. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?lr=&rview=1&id=ugkEAAAAMBAJ&q=boyzone#v=snippet&q=boyzone&f=false
  10. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/19990202153539/http://www.ifpi.org.tw/chart/1996/intl18.htm
  11. ^ "Archive Chart". theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Boyzone – A Different Beat". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter A Different Beat in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  13. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1997". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 
Preceded by
Blue Is the Colour by The Beautiful South
UK number one album
9–15 November 1996
Succeeded by
Spice by Spice Girls