Battleground (album)

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Battleground
Studio album by The Wanted
Released 4 November 2011 (2011-11-04)
Recorded January–September 2011
Genre Pop, dance-pop, electropop
Length 43:32
Label Island
Producer Steve Mac
The Wanted chronology
The Wanted
(2010)
Battleground
(2011)
The Wanted (EP)
(2012)
Singles from Battleground
  1. "Gold Forever"
    Released: 13 March 2011 (2011-03-13)
  2. "Glad You Came"
    Released: 10 July 2011 (2011-07-10)
  3. "Lightning"
    Released: 16 October 2011 (2011-10-16)
  4. "Warzone"
    Released: 26 December 2011 (2011-12-26)

Battleground is the second studio album by British-Irish boy band The Wanted. It was released on 4 November 2011 through Island Records.

Background[edit]

In January 2011, the group began work on their second studio album with previous songwriter and producer Steve Mac. In February 2011, it was revealed the group would be releasing the official Comic Relief single for 2011. In April 2011, the group embarked on their first headline tour, playing 16 dates in 12 different UK cities. The tour was in support of their debut album The Wanted but whilst on tour, the group previewed the song, "Lightning" from their new album. The track was co-written by the band and Ed Drewett. Max George confirmed on 28 September that the album was complete and the following day, Nathan Sykes confirmed the album would be released with the title Battleground.

In March 2012, Billboard reported that Battleground was "slated to arrive stateside this fall" as the band's second US release, after their debut EP.[1] This did not happen, however, and instead their first album to be released in the US will be their third overall album, Word of Mouth.

Singles[edit]

  • "Gold Forever" - Released on 13 March 2011, the lead single from the album was released as the official Comic Relief single for 2011. The track debuted at number three in the UK, number two in Scotland and number 13 in Ireland. It is currently their third most successful single, spending a total of eight weeks on the UK Top 75. The official video currently has over 8.1 million views on YouTube. Also released as the third single from the group's debut US album, The Wanted: The EP.
  • "Glad You Came" - Released on 10 July 2011, the second single became their second UK #1 and first #1 in Ireland, where it spent 5 weeks at the summit. The track is also their first to be successful on an international basis, charting at #20 in both Australia and New Zealand, number 12 in the Netherlands and also reached #2 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song is also a commercial success in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as of 29 March 2012. It is currently their second most successful single in the UK. The official video currently has over 73 million views on YouTube. Also released as the second single from the group's debut US EP The Wanted: The EP.
  • "Lightning" - Released on 16 October 2011, the third single reached number two in the UK and Scotland and number five in Ireland. In Australia, the track has peaked at number 79. The track is currently their fifth most successful single. The official video currently has over 10.2 million views on YouTube.
  • "Warzone" - Released on 26 December 2011, the track was confirmed as the album's fourth single in early November. The video was shot in New York and debuted on 10 November 2011. The official video currently has over 25 million views on YouTube.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
4Music 4/5 stars[3]
BBC Music positive[4]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[5]
OK! 3/5 stars[6]
Virgin Media 2/5 stars[7]
Media Essentials 3.5/5 stars[8]

The album received mostly favourable reviews from music critics. Jon O'Brien wrote for AllMusic that "Battleground, is disappointingly a little more pedestrian than its predecessor", writing that "Battleground should still consolidate their position as heirs to the boy band throne, but with the likes of One Direction now snapping at their heels, they'll have to rediscover their inventive streak in the future if they are to ever take the crown."[2] Nick Levine wrote for BBC that the album is "a solid pop platter that's not lacking in personality – even if the latter does manifest itself in a smattering of lyrics clunkier than testing day at the seat belt factory."[4] Robert Copsey wrote for Digital Spy that "Though the end result shows that they may have taken the battle of the boybands a touch too seriously, much to their credit they come out the other side largely unscathed."[5] David Griffiths wrote for 4Music that "it's an album which wisely leaves the listener wanting more and suggests that this is a band with a very bright future."[3] Matthew Horton wrote a mixed review for Virgin Media that "It's a curiously bloodless affair though, with none of the boys yet to establish an identity, and too much sails past without leaving an impression."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number four in Ireland, becoming their first top ten album in the country.[9] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number five.[10] It sold 47,530 copies in its first week. Although debuting at one position lower than their debut album, its sales were 22.91% copies higher.[11] It has since been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 100,000 copies in the UK.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Glad You Came"   Steve Mac, Wayne Hector, Ed Drewett Steve Mac 3:18
2. "Lightning"   Steve Mac, Wayne Hector, Ed Drewett Steve Mac 3:26
3. "Warzone"   Jack McManus, Harry Sommerdahl, Max George, Nathan Sykes Sommerdahl 3:38
4. "Invincible"   Fabian Torsson, MacManus, Max George, Nathan Sykes Torsson, MacManus 3:09
5. "Last to Know"   Heather Bright, Ciara Cleary, Pär Westerlund, Joakim Olovsson, Björn Olovsson Paro, Tortuga[13] 3:34
6. "I'll Be Your Strength"   Brian Higgins, Uzoechi Emenike, Matt Gray, Ciara Cleary, Owen Parker, Miranda Cooper, Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, Toby Scott Xenomania 3:25
7. "Rocket"   Diane Warren Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Mike Green 3:15
8. "I Want It All"   Guy Chambers, Siva Kaneswaran, Daniel Kaneswaran Guy Chambers 3:21
9. "The Weekend"   Tom Parker, Nathan Sykes, Chris Young Chris Young 3:08
10. "Lie To Me"   Tom Parker, Eliot Kennedy, Nina Woodford Eliot Kennedy 3:44
11. "Gold Forever"   Steve Mac, Wayne Hector, Claude Kelly Steve Mac 3:58

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland[17] 4 November 2011 CD, digital download Island Records
Hong Kong[18] 7 November 2011
United Kingdom[19]
Brazil[20] 22 November 2011 Universal Music

References[edit]

  1. ^ One Direction & The Wanted: The Billboard Cover Story | Billboard.com Billboard. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The Wanted - Battleground - Review - Allmusic". Allmusic. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "News: The Wanted - Battleground - 'The Wanted continue to break the boyband mould on their latest album'". 4music. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "BBC - Music - Review of The Wanted - Battleground". BBC. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "The Wanted: 'Battleground' - Album review - Music Review - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Review: The Wanted, Battleground". OK! Magazine. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "The Wanted - Battleground - Virgin Media". Virgin Media. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Review: The Wanted - Battleground". Media Essentials. 
  9. ^ a b "Chart Track". Irish Albums Chart. GfK. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  10. ^ a b "Archive Chart". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  11. ^ Jones, Alan (14 November 2011). "UK Album Chart Analysis: Susan Boyle LP sells 73k units". Music Week. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "British certifications – Wanted". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Wanted in the field Search. Select Artist in the field Search by. Click Go
  13. ^ Publishing/Producer Management | Mr Radar Music
  14. ^ a b The Wanted - Battleground - swisscharts.com
  15. ^ "Irish album certifications – Wanted – Battleground". Irish Recorded Music Association. 
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Wanted – Battleground". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Battleground in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  17. ^ iTunes - Music - Battleground by The Wanted
  18. ^ Wanted / Battleground - Hmv Hong Kong
  19. ^ iTunes - Music - Battleground by The Wanted
  20. ^ BATTLEGROUND | Livraria Cultura