Aquarium (Aqua album)

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Aquarium
Studio album by Aqua
Released 26 March 1997 (1997-03-26)
Recorded 1996–1997
Genre Bubblegum dance, Eurodance, Europop
Length 40:44
Label Universal
Producer Per Adebratt, Delgado, Tommy Ekman, Peter Hartman, Johnny Jam, Jan Langhoff, Claus Norreen, Søren Rasted
Aqua chronology
Aquarium
(1997)
Aquarius
(2000)
Singles from Aquarium
  1. "Roses Are Red"
    Released: 24 September 1996
  2. "My Oh My"
    Released: 11 February 1997
  3. "Barbie Girl"
    Released: 14 May 1997
  4. "Lollipop (Candyman)"
    Released: 25 November 1997
  5. "Doctor Jones"
    Released: 8 December 1997
  6. "Turn Back Time"
    Released: 18 May 1998
  7. "Good Morning Sunshine"
    Released: 14 December 1998

Aquarium is the debut studio album by Danish-Norwegian band Aqua. The album was released in Scandinavia on 26 March 1997 and in the United States on 9 September 1997. Although the group had been together for three years under their original name Joyspeed, their only release under that name was a single called "Itzy Bitsy Spider". The album is best known for including the successful singles "Barbie Girl", "Doctor Jones" and "Turn Back Time", the first of those being a huge hit across the globe. (The album was preceded by the two singles "Roses Are Red" and "My Oh My", with the latter re-released in 1998.)

The album's third single, "Barbie Girl" brought the group to international attention after reaching number one in both Denmark and Norway, as well as across Europe and in Australia and New Zealand. It would later peak at number 7 in the US. Its success helped the album reach number one in both the group's home countries, and make the top 10 in the UK and US. While not selling as highly "Barbie Girl", the album's fourth single "Doctor Jones" was released in late 1997/early 1998 and became a number one in Denmark, Norway, Australia and the UK. "Turn Back Time" would later give the group their third consecutive number one single in the UK, despite only reaching number 16 in Denmark. The final single, "Good Morning Sunshine" failed to chart highly and was only released in select regions like the earlier "Lollipop (Candyman)", the group's only other song to chart in the US. The album has sold 14 million copies worldwide.[1][2]

Chart performance[edit]

Aquarium debuted at number one in Denmark.[3] As of August 2001, the album had sold 430,000 copies in Denmark.[4] It is the third best-selling album in Denmark to date, only beaten by Danish recording artist Kim Larsen's 1983 album Midt om natten and his 1986 album Forklædt som voksen.[5][6] The album debuted at number 15 on the Bilboard 200 in the United States, and later peaked at number seven.[7] It would spend a total of 50 weeks on the album sales chart, and sold 1,7 million copies in 1997.[8] On March 4, 1999 the album was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of three million units, becoming the most successful eurodance album in the US since Ace of Base's The Sign (1993). Aquarium has been certified four times platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for shipments of four million copies inside Europe.


Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Happy Boys & Girls"  
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
3:37
2. "My Oh My"  
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
3:25
3. "Barbie Girl"  
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Nystrøm
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
3:16
4. "Good Morning Sunshine"  
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
4:03
5. "Doctor Jones"  
  • Anders Øland
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
3:22
6. "Heat of the Night"  
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Hartmann & Langhoff
3:33
7. "Be a Man"  
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Nystrøm
  • Tommy Ekman
  • Per Adebratt
4:22
8. "Lollipop (Candyman)"  
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Nystrøm
  • Dif
  • Hartmann & Langhoff
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
3:35
9. "Roses Are Red"  
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Nystrøm
  • Hartmann & Langhoff
Hartmann & Langhoff 3:43
10. "Turn Back Time"  
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
4:09
11. "Calling You"  
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Hartmann & Langhoff
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Hartmann & Langhoff (vocals)
3:33

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from album liner notes.[9]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Sweden[46] 1997 Universal
United States[47] 1997 MCA
Germany[48] 1997 Universal

References[edit]

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