Breathless (Shayne Ward album)

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Breathless
Studio album by Shayne Ward
Released 26 November 2007 (standard)
4 November 2008 (deluxe)
Recorded 2006–07
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 43:38
Label Sony BMG, Syco
Producer Rami Yacoub, Arnthor Birgisson, Jonas Jeberg, Cutfather, AJ Junior, Paul Meehan, Justin Trugman, Ryan Tedder
Shayne Ward chronology
Shayne Ward
(2006)
Breathless
(2007)
Obsession
(2010)
Alternative cover
Deluxe Edition cover
Singles from Breathless
  1. "If That's OK with You"
    Released: 19 August 2007
  2. "No U Hang Up"
    Released: 19 August 2007
  3. "Breathless"
    Released: 19 November 2007

Breathless is the second solo studio album by British pop singer and winner of The X Factor, Shayne Ward. Record label Syco Music released it in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2007.[1] The album is mostly written by Rami Yacoub, Arnthor Birgisson and Savan Kotecha. The album was commercially successful, debuting at number two on the UK Albums Chart. It sold 95,801 units within a week of release, although ultimately less successful than its predecessor, Ward's self-titled album.

Two singles were released from the album, one of which was a Double A-side. On 31 October 2007, an official Breathless DVD, which included exclusive interviews and five music videos, was released via Woolworths stores in the UK. The album has earned a platinum certification in the United Kingdom and went five times platinum in Ireland.

Background[edit]

Ward worked on the album for nearly a year and a half, longer than he had spent on his previous solo album and The X Factor put together. Ward described the album as a more "funky, sexy and different step from him."[2] Producers Rami Yacoub, Arnthor Birgisson, and Ryan Tedder also worked on the album.[3] The first single from the album, "If That's OK with You" / "No U Hang Up", was released to radio on September 7, 2007. The video for "If That's OK With You" were premiered on 18 August 2007. On 14 September, the single was released physically, and the video for "No U Hang Up" was released via Channel 4 and Ward's official YouTube page. The single reached number two in the Britain and number eleven in Ireland.

The second and final single from the album was "Breathless", which was released on November 19, 2007. Television promotion included appearances on the fourth series of The X Factor on 10 November 2007 and The Paul O'Grady Show on 19 November 2007. The single entered the UK Singles Chart at #2 on 25 November 2007. During the release of "Breathless", it was announced that Ward was planning a six-month long British tour to support the album. The tour started in Glasgow, Scotland on 12 May 2008 and eventually ended in Ireland on 29 December 2008, following extra dates being added. The tour visited cities such as London, Sheffield, Aberdeen and Manchester.

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

On 2 December 2007, the album reached number one in the Irish Albums Chart, knocking Leona Lewis off the top.[4] It debuted at number two in the UK Albums Chart selling 95,801 in its first week, being held off by Lewis[4][5] To date it has sold over 450,000 copies in the UK.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [7]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars [8]
The Times 3/5 stars [9]
Virgin Media 1.5/5 stars [10]
Yahoo! Music UK 2.5/5 stars [11]

The album has received mixed reviews from music critics. Times Online gave the album three out of five stars[12] stating "With chart battles involving producers rather than artists, poor Ward finds himself fighting it out with the big budget likes of Justin Timberlake in the sweet voice stakes."[12] The website also commented that the album was largely ballad-free, and the gleeful If That’s OK With You borrows deftly from Rihanna’s "Pon De Replay". "Damaged" and a cover of the SOS Band’s "Just Be Good to Me" eschew bland international R&B for the pop reggae that Ace of Base once sold by the million. Better still is "Stand by Your Side" and the soul stomper "Tangled Up", both reminiscent of George Michael’s finest, could signpost his future."[12] The BBC gave the album a mixed-to positive review, calling it "an album that sums up the predicament of the reality pop star. Having taken the fast track to the big time, Shayne has no style of his own and is open to the whims of his production team."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "No U Hang Up"   Rami Yacoub, Arnthor Birgisson, Savan Kotecha Rami, Arnthor 4:22
2. "Breathless"   Yacoub, Birgisson, Kotecha Rami, Arnthor 3:47
3. "If That's OK with You"   Birgisson, Kotecha, Max Martin Arnthor 3:36
4. "Damaged"   Yacoub, Birgisson, Kotecha Rami, Arnthor 4:03
5. "Stand by Your Side"   Remee, John Reid, Joe Belmaati, Mich Hansen Jonas Jeberg, Cutfather 3:39
6. "Until You"   Yacoub, Birgisson, Kotecha Rami, Arnthor 4:08
7. "Some Tears Never Dry"   Yacoub, Birgisson, Kotecha Rami, Arnthor 3:49
8. "Melt the Snow"   Yacoub, Birgisson, Kotecha Rami, Arnthor 3:47
9. "Tangled Up"   Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken Rami, Arnthor, AJ Junior 3:53
10. "Just Be Good to Me"   James Harris III, Terry Lewis Brian Rawling, Paul Meehan 3:45
11. "U Got Me So"   Yacoub, Birgisson, Kotecha Rami, Arnthor 3:38
12. "You Make Me Wish"   Yacoub, Birgisson, Kotecha Rami, Arnthor 3:56
13. "Tell Him"   Ryan Tedder, Justin Trugman, Kotecha, Ashraf Jannusi Justin Trugman, Ryan Tedder 3:59

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
Spirit by Leona Lewis
Irish Album Chart number one album
2 December 2007 - 20 December 2007
Succeeded by
Call Me Irresponsible by Michael Bublé

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition
United Kingdom[19] 26 November 2007 Standard Edition
Japan[20] 2 February 2008 Standard Edition
Asia[21] 4 November 2008 Special Edition

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Shayne Ward: Still leaving them Breathless video interview, November 2007
  3. ^ "Release date and producer confirmed". Hmv.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
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  5. ^ "EG 2008: SHAYNE WARD". Evening Post. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
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  13. ^ Long, Chris (2007-11-24). "BBC Talks about Breathless". Times Online. Times Online UK. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
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  17. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Albums Chart. GfK. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  18. ^ "Archive Chart". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  19. ^ "Shayne Ward: Breathless (2007): CD". hmv.com. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  20. ^ "Amazon.co.jp: ブレスレス: シェイン・ワード: 音楽". Amazon.co.jp. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  21. ^ "Amazon.co.jp: Breathless (Bonus Dvd): Shayne Ward: 音楽". Amazon.co.jp. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2010-10-19.