Nothing to Lose (Emblem3 album)

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Nothing to Lose
Studio album by Emblem3
Released July 30, 2013
Recorded 2013
Genre Pop, reggae, pop rock
Length 38:22 (standard)
53:23 (deluxe)
Label Syco, Columbia, Mr. Kanani
Producer Max Martin, Joel Madden, Benji Madden, Matt Rad, Kool Kojak, Peter Svensson
Singles from Nothing to Lose
  1. "Chloe (You're the One I Want)"
    Released: April 15, 2013
  2. "3000 Miles"
    Released: October 15, 2013[1]

Nothing to Lose is the debut studio album by American pop rock band Emblem3. It was released on July 30, 2013 through Syco Music, Columbia Records, and Mr. Kanani.[2] It debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200. It is the only album with the original line-up after Drew Chadwick announced his departure in June 2014.[3]

Background[edit]

Emblem3 found fame during the second season of The X Factor, and after placing fourth overall, the group was signed to Columbia Records and Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music. fun. band member Jack Antonoff helped write the song "Spaghetti."[4]

Promotion[edit]

The band promoted the album by opening for Selena Gomez during her Stars Dance Tour in 2013.[5]

Singles[edit]

The band's first single, "Chloe (You're the One I Want)", was released on April 15, 2013. It has since charted at number 25 on the US Pop Songs chart and number 93 at the Billboard Hot 100. The single has over 267,000 downloads as of August 1, 2013 [6]

The second single from the album, "3000 miles", impacted Top 40 radio on October 15, 2013.[1]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Nothing to Lose has received mixed reviews from music critics. Chuck Campbell for Knoxville gave the album 2.5 out of 5 stars, calling Emblem 3 "an alternative to boy bands as well as a poor man’s version of a boy band as well as a straight-up boy band", while complimenting the tracks "Just for One Day" and "Girl Next Door". However, Campbell noted that at the album's worst, it "exposes the disservice that network talent shows are doing to the music industry". Campbell also noted that Emblem3 was "undercooked" and likely not ready to be famous. Campbell said the album largely contained filler tracks, and stated that the album was at times "mundane"; particularly the tracks "Teenage Kings", "I Love LA", and "Sunset Blvd", which he described as "aggressively bad".[7]

Amy Sciarreto of PopCrush gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, comparing the band to Hot Chelle Rae and One Direction and praising the album's "golden melodies and saccharine harmonies". However, Sciarreto said the album was the equivalent "to a large cup of Pinkberry frozen yogurt", and noted that their "cheesy raps" often fell flat (comparing their rap verses to Karmin), and stated that Emblem3 was "about as edgy as a circle".[8] Brent Faulkner of Starpulse described the album as "mediocre", praising the album's production however criticizing its songwriting and calling the album "inconsistent", however noted that Nothing to Lose showed potential. Faulkner described the album's tracks as "gimmicky" and "annoying", and noted the quality of the album plummeted during its second half, however complimented Emblem3 for making mostly "catchy" songs that would appeal to the youthful demographic that they were targeting, and stated that the album had decent songs but generally lacked consistency.[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at #7 on the US Billboard 200, selling around 46,000 copies with its first week and the first X Factor USA act to have an album on the top 10.[10] The album also debuted at #21 on New Zealand Albums Chart.[11] As of August 22, 2013 the album has sold over 70,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Just for One Day"   Rickard Göransson, Sam Hollander, Martin Johnson Johnson, Kyle Moorman[a], Brandon Paddock[a] 3:15
2. "Spaghetti"   Drew Chadwick, Keaton Stromberg, Wesley Stromberg, Savan Kotecha, Jack Antonoff Matt Rad 2:57
3. "XO"   Chadwick, Benji Madden, Joel Madden, Louis Biancaniello, Michael Biancaniello The Madden Brothers, L. Biancaniello, M. Biancaniello 3:48
4. "Chloe (You're the One I Want)"   Chadwick, K. Stromberg, W. Stromberg, Kotecha, Allan Grigg, Peter Svensson Kool Kojak, Svensson 3:43
5. "Girl Next Door"   Chadwick, K. Stromberg, W. Stromberg, Eric Frederic, Evan Bogart Ricky Reed 3:37
6. "Nothing to Lose"   Max Martin, Jacob Kasher, Marco Borrero, Johan Carlsson Martin, Magnificent, Carlsson 3:44
7. "I Love LA"   Hollander, Johnson, Nick Bailey, Ryan Ogren Johnson, Bailey[b], Ogren[b] 3:32
8. "Sunset Blvd."   Chadwick, K. Stromberg, W. Stromberg Rad 3:23
9. "3000 Miles"   Ross Golan, Jon Levine, Anjulie Persaud Levine, Rad[b] 3:47
10. "Teenage Kings"   Chadwick, K. Stromberg, W. Stromberg, Kotecha, Bogart, Julian Bunetta, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub Falk, Yacoub, Bunetta[c] 3:19
11. "One Day"   Ari Levine, Philip Lawrence, Mathew Miller, Peter Gene Hearnandez Rad 3:17
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[c] signifies a vocal producer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard) 8
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 21
US Billboard 200 7
US Digital Albums (Billboard) 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Top 40/M Future Releases | Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release Dates". Allaccess.com. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Emblem3 Tour Dates Immediately Sell Out" (4 March 2013). Sony Columbia Records. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ http://emblem3.com/news/215833
  4. ^ "Emblem3 Have Nothing To Lose On 'Justin Timberlake Meets Sublime' Debut Album - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  5. ^ 6 MOS (2013-07-17). "Emblem3 Sets 'Nothing to Lose' Release Date Ahead of Selena Gomez Tour (Video)". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  6. ^ "Bubbling Under: Emblem3 Rises at Radio". Billboard. May 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "‘Tuned In’ review: Emblem3’s ‘Nothing’ has a little something going for it". Knoxville.com. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  8. ^ *Please enter your name. (2013-07-30). "Emblem3, 'Nothing to Lose' - Album Review". Popcrush.com. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  9. ^ "Review: Emblem3 Has ‘Nothing To Lose’". Starpulse.com. 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  10. ^ "Robin Thicke Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  11. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  12. ^ "Emblem3 – Nothing to Lose". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien.