North (Matchbox Twenty album)

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North
Studio album by Matchbox Twenty
Released September 4, 2012
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock
Length 42:24
Label Emblem/Atlantic
Producer Matt Serletic
Matchbox Twenty chronology
Exile on Mainstream
(2007)
North
(2012)
Singles from North
  1. "She's So Mean"
    Released: June 12, 2012
  2. "Overjoyed"
    Released: August 28, 2012
  3. "Put Your Hands Up"
    Released: October 26, 2012
  4. "Our Song"
    Released: April 13, 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
American Songwriter 2/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound 1.5/5 stars[3]
Newsday B–[4]
PopMatters 5/10[5]
Q 1/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
USA Today 2/4 stars[8]

North is the fourth studio album by American pop rock band Matchbox Twenty. It was released on August 28, 2012 in Australia and September 4, 2012 through Atlantic Records worldwide. It is the first album from the band to debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 95,000 copies in its first week.[9] It is also the first album of all new material that the band has released since More Than You Think You Are in 2002, although they recorded six new songs for their 2007 compilation album Exile on Mainstream. It's also their first full length studio album since rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor's departure from the band in 2005.

Background and recording[edit]

On September 4, 2010, while on VH1's Top 20 Music Video Countdown, Thomas stated that Matchbox Twenty was planning to start working on their next studio album in mid-September of that year. Due to the band members living in different locations, their first recording sessions took place in New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville where Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, and Kyle Cook were living, respectively. As a result of the different recording environments, the group amassed a large amount of material of various styles which could have become multiple albums.[10]

During a three-month period when the group was living and recording in Nashville, record producer Matt Serletic visited the studio where the band was recording and it was decided to have Serletic produce the final album.[10] The band started with about 60 songs before spending three months in Nashville, which had dropped to around 20 songs when the band started recording at Serletic's Emblem Studios in Calabasas, California.[11]

The final album was cut down to 12 songs and was primarily recorded at Emblem Studios with additional recording at Electric Lady Studios, Studio Eleven:17, Sweatshop Studios, and Dark Horse Recording Studio.[12]

Release[edit]

The lead single from the album, "She's So Mean", was released on June 12, 2012.[13] A promotional video for the second single, "Overjoyed", was released on August 28, 2012. The third single, "Our Song", was released on April 13, 2013.

Promotion[edit]

In 2012, the band embarked on a worldwide tour, the North Tour, to promote the album.[14] The 2013 Summer Tour co-headlining tour with Goo Goo Dolls later took the band through the United States and Canada.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Parade"   Rob Thomas 4:09
2. "She's So Mean"   Thomas, Kyle Cook, Paul Doucette 3:50
3. "Overjoyed"   Thomas, Cook, Doucette 3:07
4. "Put Your Hands Up"   Thomas 2:52
5. "Our Song"   Thomas 3:01
6. "I Will"   Thomas, Cook, Doucette 4:03
7. "English Town"   Doucette 4:37
8. "How Long"   Cook 2:44
9. "Radio"   Thomas, Doucette 3:02
10. "The Way"   Cook, Doucette 3:17
11. "Like Sugar"   Thomas 3:46
12. "Sleeping at the Wheel"   Thomas 3:50
Total length:
42:24

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

It sold 95,000 copies in first week to debut number 1 on US Billboard 200. It has sold 292,000 copies in the US as of July 2013.[16]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[17] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[18] 9
Belgian Albums (Flanders) Chart[19] 159
Canadian Albums Chart[20] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[21] 45
German Albums Chart[22] 13
Irish Albums Chart[23] 19
Japanese Albums Chart[24] 156
New Zealand Albums Chart[25] 6
Scottish Albums Charts[26] 11
Spanish Albums Chart[27] 61
Swiss Albums Chart[28] 25
UK Albums Chart[29] 14
US Billboard 200[9] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[30] Platinum 70,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Allen, Eric (September 5, 2012). "Matchbox Twenty: North". American Songwriter. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ritt, Megan (August 27, 2012). "Album Review: Matchbox Twenty – North". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (August 31, 2012). "Matchbox Twenty's 'North' review". Newsday. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Lepore, Steve (September 19, 2012). "Matchbox Twenty: North | PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/north/matchbox-twenty/critic-reviews
  7. ^ Hunter, James (September 3, 2012). "North | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Jones, Steve; Shriver, Jery; Gundersen, Edna (September 4, 2012). "Listen Up: Dave Stewart, Matchbox Twenty, and more". USA Today. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith. "Matchbox Twenty Gets First No. 1 Album on 'Billboard 200 Charts". Billboard.com. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Greenwald, David (September 4, 2012). "Matchbox Twenty Q&A: 'We Had This No-Fear Rule'". Billboard.com. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ Coachman, Kirsten (September 3, 2012). "Interview: Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas Discusses the Band's New Album, North". Blogcritics.org. Technorati. p. 5. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ North (Media notes). Matchbox Twenty. Emblem/Atlantic Records. 2012. 531746-2. 
  13. ^ http://www.amazon.com/North-Matchbox-Twenty/dp/B0085KGGR8/
  14. ^ Williams, Nick (12 November 2012). "Matchbox Twenty Announce 'North' Tour 2013 Dates". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls Announce Co-Headlining North American Summer Tour; Multi-Platinum Selling Bands Set to Kick-Off Tour June 25th in Manchester, NH" (Press release). Marketwire. 18 March 2013. Archived from the original on 1 April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  16. ^ Grein, Paul (July 10, 2013). "Week Ending July 7, 2013. Albums: J. Cole Tops Kanye". Chart Watch. Yahoo!. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
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  18. ^ "Matchbox Twenty – North – Austriancharts.at". Austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Matchbox Twenty – North". Ultratop.be (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Albums". Billboard.com. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Matchbox Twenty – North". Dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Album – Matchbox Twenty, North". Charts.de (in German). Media Control. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Irish Music Charts Archive – Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending 6 September 2012". Chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  24. ^ "マッチボックス・トゥエンティのCDアルバムランキング、マッチボックス・トゥエンティのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
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  26. ^ "2012-09-15 Top 40 Scottish Albums Archive | Official Charts". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Top 100 Albums 12_36" (PDF). Promusicae.es (in Spanish). Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Matchbox Twenty – North – Hitparade.ch". Hitparade.ch (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  29. ^ "2012-09-15 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  30. ^ "ARIA Albums Chart - 17/12/2012". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012.