Corinne Bailey Rae (album)

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Corinne Bailey Rae
Studio album by Corinne Bailey Rae
Released 24 February 2006 (2006-02-24)
Recorded 2005–06; John Ellis's Place, Olympic Studios, Taxlight, The Idle Studio
(London, England)
Genre
Length 45:53
Label EMI
Producer
Corinne Bailey Rae chronology
Corinne Bailey Rae
(2006)
The Sea
(2010)
Alternative cover
Singles from Corinne Bailey Rae
  1. "Like a Star"
    Released: 7 November 2005
  2. "Put Your Records On"
    Released: 20 February 2006
  3. "Trouble Sleeping"
    Released: 24 April 2006
  4. "I'd Like To"
    Released: 12 February 2007
  5. "Breathless"
    Released: 30 November 2007

Corinne Bailey Rae is the eponymous debut album of English recording artist Corinne Bailey Rae, released 24 February 2006 by EMI. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. It has also sold 1.9 million copies in the United States and over four million copies worldwide.

Release and promotion[edit]

"Like a Star" was released as the album's lead single in a limited-edition format in 2005, peaking inside the UK Singles Chart at number thirty-four. When re-released in October 2006, "Like a Star" reached a new peak position of number thirty-two on the UK chart. The second single, "Put Your Records On", went straight to number two in February 2006. The follow-up single, "Trouble Sleeping", was released in May 2006, peaking at number forty in the UK.

The fourth and final single in the UK was "I'd Like To", released on 12 February 2007. Also on this date, the album was re-released with a bonus disc containing a few of the B-sides and remixes included on previous singles, as well as three new tracks—one of which, a cover of Björk's 1993 song "Venus as a Boy", only previously appeared on a covermount for Q magazine. Several songs from the album appear in the 2006 film Venus starring Peter O'Toole. In the US, "Breathless" was released as the fifth single in 2007.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
NME 6/10[7]
PopMatters 5/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[11]
Spin 3/5 stars[12]

Corinne Bailey Rae received generally positive reviews from music critics.[9] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 69, based on 13 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[9] While some critics perceived filler as a weakness of the album, Bailey Rae earned positive comparisons to female recording artists such as Billie Holiday, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, Minnie Riperton, and Macy Gray.[4][8][10][13][14] David Jeffries of AllMusic gave it 3½ out of 5 stars and called it "pleasingly homegrown, warm, and poignant in parts".[3] Los Angeles Times writer Natalie Nichols gave the album 3 out of 4 stars and compared Bailey Rae's music to that of Sade and Stevie Wonder.[6]

Corinne Bailey Rae received three nominations for the Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, for "Put Your Records On", and Best New Artist. The following year, Rae was nominated for another Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the single "Like a Star", and she won the award for Album of the Year for "River: The Joni Letters" album by Herbie Hancock along with Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae and Luciana Souza at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Rae won a MOBO Awards for Best UK Female, and Best UK Newcomer at the MOJO Awards, the won "Best New Act". The Bailey Rae nominated two 2007 Image Awards for Outstanding Album, Outstanding Female Artist and won Outstanding New Artist. Bailey Rae received a nomination for Best UK & Ireland Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2006. In 2008, ASCAP Awards won Song of the Year for the song "Put Your Records On". Bailey Rae in total she received 10 awards for work and 21 nominated for work.

Commercial performance[edit]

Corinne Bailey Rae debuted at number seventeen on the Billboard 200 in the United States, selling 40,000 copies in its first week.[15] On the issue dated 3 March 2007, it peaked at number four with 120,000 copies sold.[16] The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on 5 December 2006,[17] having sold 1.9 million copies in the US by January 2010.[18] As of October 2009, it had sold over four million worldwide.[19]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Like a Star"   Corinne Bailey Rae Steve Chrisanthou 4:01
2. "Enchantment"  
  • Rae
  • Rod Bowkett
  • Chrisanthou
  • Bowkett[a]
3:56
3. "Put Your Records On"  
3:34
4. "Till It Happens to You"  
  • Rae
  • Pamela Sheyne
  • Paul Herman
  • Herman
  • Justin Broad
4:36
5. "Trouble Sleeping"  
  • Rae
  • Beck
  • Chrisanthou
Chrisanthou 3:27
6. "Call Me When You Get This"  
  • Rae
  • Steve Bush
  • Bush
  • Chrisanthou[a]
5:02
7. "Choux Pastry Heart"   Andrew Hale 3:56
8. "Breathless"  
  • Rae
  • Marc Nelkin
Chrisanthou 4:13
9. "I'd Like To"  
  • Tommy D
  • Herman
4:05
10. "Butterfly"  
  • Rae
  • Bowkett
Chrisanthou 3:52
11. "Seasons Change"  
  • Rae
  • Steve Brown
  • RKW
  • Brown
  • Chrisanthou[a]
4:53
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Corinne Bailey Rae.[27]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Brazil (ABPD)[60] Gold 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[61] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[62] Gold 90,300[63]
Germany (BVMI)[64] Gold 100,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[65] 2× Platinum 30,000x
Netherlands (NVPI)[66] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[67] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[68] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[69] Gold 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[70] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,900,000[18]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[71] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Edition
Ireland[72] 24 February 2006 EMI Standard
United Kingdom[73] 27 February 2006
Germany[74] 3 March 2006
Australia[75] 17 March 2006
Canada[76] 20 June 2006
United States[77] Capitol Records
Japan[20][21] 12 July 2006 EMI
29 November 2006 Limited
United States[25] 6 February 2007 Capitol Records Deluxe
United Kingdom[22] 12 February 2007 EMI Special
Canada[26] 13 February 2007 Deluxe
Germany[24] 16 February 2007 Special

See also[edit]

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