Closer (Josh Groban album)

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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 by vocalist Josh Groban, released in November 2003. Much like his first studio album, half of this album's songs are sung in English, with the remainder sung in various other languages (Italian, Spanish and French). Closer was the top selling classical album of the 2000s in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[3]

The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling about 375,000 copies in its first week.[4] In January 2004, the album rose from #11 to #1 in its ninth week on the chart, selling about 110,000 copies that week. This followed a sales campaign by Target.[5]

In Australia, Closer reached a peak position of #25 on the ARIA Albums Chart of Australia. On June 13, 2007, it re-entered the chart at #39.[6] As of June 2009, the album has sold over 5,759,000 copies in the US.[7] The track, "You Raise Me Up", charted at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The track, "Remember When It Rained", reached #15 on the AC chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Oceano"   Leo Z, Andrea Sandri, Mauro Malavasi 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 Afanasieff 4:16
7. "All'improvviso Amore"   Foster, Paul Schwartz, Frank Musker, Kaballa   3:38
8. "Broken Vow"   Afanasieff, Lara Fabian   4:34
9. "Caruso"   Lucio Dalla   5:07
10. "Remember When It Rained"   Groban, Eric Mouquet Mouquet 4:41
11. "Hymne à l'amour"   Edith Piaf, Marguerite Monnot, Geoffrey Parsons   4:04
12. "You Raise Me Up"   Rolf Løvland, Brendan Graham   4:52
13. "Never Let Go" (featuring Deep Forest) Deep Forest, Groban, Mouquet Mouquet 3:52

Chart and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Closer (Josh Groban album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Classical Albums | Billboard.com". billboard.com. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Todd Martens, "Back In 'Black': Jay-Z Swan Song Bows On Top", Billboard.com, November 19, 2003.
  5. ^ Todd Martens, "Groban Nets First No. 1 Album", Billboard.com, January 14, 2004.
  6. ^ June 13, 2007.
  7. ^ Chart Watch Extra: The Top 20 New Acts Of The 2000s
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Josh Groban – Closer". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ Paul Grein (June 5, 2013). "Week Ending June 2, 2013. Albums: The Return Of John Fogerty". Yahoo Music (Chart Watch). Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
Preceded by
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by OutKast
Billboard 200 number-one album
January 18–24, 2004
Succeeded by
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by OutKast