Hotel Paper

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Hotel Paper
Studio album by Michelle Branch
Released June 24, 2003 (U.S.)
Recorded 2002-2003
Genre Pop rock
Length 47:05 (without bonus tracks)
Label Maverick
Producer
Michelle Branch chronology
The Spirit Room
(2001)
Hotel Paper
(2003)
Everything Comes and Goes
(2010)
Singles from Hotel Paper
  1. "Are You Happy Now?"
    Released: May 26, 2003
  2. "Breathe"
    Released: November 3, 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (57/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
PopMatters 4/10 stars[1][4]
Q 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[6]
Spin (6/10)[7]
Stylus Magazine C−[8]
Yahoo! Music UK 6/10 stars[9]

Hotel Paper is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Michelle Branch which was released on June 24, 2003.

Some of the major themes on Hotel Paper are leaving things behind, constantly being on the move, independence, the mysteries of bus stations and spirituality.[5] The album's cover is a photograph of Branch by Sheryl Nields.

Hotel Paper debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 157,000 copies in its first week—it was Branch's highest sales week and surpassed the peak position of her previous major label album, The Spirit Room (2001).[10] By December 2003, Hotel Paper was certified platinum by the RIAA.[11] The album had sold 1,116,000 copies in the U.S. as of March 2009.[12] Hotel Paper was certified gold in Canada for shipment of 50,000 copies.[13]

"Are You Happy Now?", the album's first single, peaked at number 16 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Branch's third nomination. The second single was "Breathe", which reached number 36 on the Hot 100 and became a top five club hit. A third single, "'Til I Get over You", was released with no music video and failed to chart.

The album received mixed reviews.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro"     0:12
2. "Are You Happy Now?"   3:50
3. "Find Your Way Back"   Branch 3:45
4. "Empty Handed"   Branch 4:50
5. "Tuesday Morning"   Branch 4:43
6. "One of These Days"   Branch 3:23
7. "Love Me Like That" (with Sheryl Crow)
  • Branch
  • Shanks
4:35
8. "Desperately"   Branch 3:06
9. "Breathe"  
  • Branch
  • Shanks
3:32
10. "Where Are You Now?"   Branch 3:26
11. "Hotel Paper"   Branch 4:19
12. "'Til I Get Over You"  
  • Branch
  • Shanks
4:10
13. "It's You" (Outro begins at 2:30) Branch 3:14

Singles[edit]

  • "Are You Happy Now?" (May 20, 2003)
  • "Breathe" (December 9, 2003)

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Josh Abraham, Rick DePofi, John Leventhal, John Shanks, Greg Wells
  • Engineers: Daniel Chase, Greg Collins, Rick DePofi, Marc DeSisto, Lars Fox, Chris Reynolds, Jeff Rothschild, Brian Scheuble, Ryan Williams
  • Assistant engineers: Chris Holmes, Brian Humphrey, Eric Reichers, Mark Valentine
  • Mixing: Josh Abraham, assistant: Jesse Gorman, Chris Lord-Alge, Roger Moutenot, Jim Scott
  • Mastering: Brian Gardner
  • A&R: Danny Strick
  • Assistant: Jorge Velez
  • Production coordination: Jill Dell'Abate
  • Programming: Josh Abraham
  • String arrangements: David Campbell
  • Photography: Sheryl Nields

Charts[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

Hotel Paper debuted at number 2 with 157,000 copies sold on Billboard 200.[14]

Album[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 18
Top Canadian Albums 4
New Zealand Albums Chart 4
UK Albums Chart 35
U.S. Billboard 200 2
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 2
Japan Oricon Album Chart 8[15]

Certifications[edit]

Territory Certification Sales
Canada Gold 50,000
Japan Gold[16] 100,000
United States Platinum 1,116,000

Singles[edit]

Single Chart (2003) Peak
position
"Are You Happy Now?" U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents 9
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 4
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 4
UK Singles Chart 31
Single Chart (2004) Peak
position
"Breathe" U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 27
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 36
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 18
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Chris Willman (June 27, 2003). "Hotel Paper Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ PopMatters review
  5. ^ a b Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2007)
  6. ^ Sal Cinquemani (June 25, 2003). "Michelle Branch: Hotel Paper". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ Spin review
  8. ^ Todd Burns (September 1, 2003). "Michelle Branch - Hotel Paper". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ Yahoo! Music UK review at the Wayback Machine (archived August 10, 2004)
  10. ^ Martens, Todd. "Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart". Billboard. July 2, 2003.
  11. ^ "Gold and Platinum – Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America.
  12. ^ Trust, Gary (2009-03-13). "Ask Billboard: Pink, Katy Perry". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  13. ^ "Search Certification Database". Canadian Recording Industry Association.
  14. ^ Martens, Todd (2003-07-02). "Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  15. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/282234/products/music/508843/1/
  16. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2003年1月~7月. RIAJ (in Japanese). 2003-08-10. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 

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