Right Now (Atomic Kitten album)

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Right Now
Studio album by Atomic Kitten
Released 23 October 2000
Recorded 1998–2001
Genre Pop, dance-pop
Length 38:07 (original)
47:08 (re-issue)
41:02 (Japanese version)
Label Virgin
Producer Absolute, Trevor Steele, Ray Ruffin, Engine
Atomic Kitten chronology
Right Now
(2000)
Feels So Good
(2002)
Alternative covers
Re-issued cover
Singles from Right Now
  1. "Right Now"
    Released: 29 November 1999
  2. "See Ya"
    Released: 27 March 2000
  3. "I Want Your Love"
    Released: 5 June 2000
  4. "Follow Me"
    Released: 2 October 2000
  5. "Whole Again"
    Released: 29 January 2001
  6. "Eternal Flame"
    Released: 23 July 2001
  7. "You Are"
    Released: 26 November 2001

Right Now is the debut studio album by English girl group Atomic Kitten released originally on 23 October 2000 featuring original member Kerry Katona, following the departure of Katona the album was re-released on 6 August 2001 featuring vocals from Jenny Frost and the singles "You Are" and "Eternal Flame" with additional new tracks featured on the album. The first release of the album originally peaked at number 39 with the group being at risk of being dropped by the record label, the second release peaked at number 1.

Background[edit]

When Kerry Katona left the band she was replaced by Jenny Frost. At the same time "Whole Again" was climbing up the charts, so it was decided to shoot a new video. After the success of "Whole Again", the album was remastered and re-released with Jenny Frost. The album therefore made two appearances in the charts, with the first appearance being a moderate success and the second appearance going to number one with 47,000 copies sold in its first week of release. During every subsequently released single, the album re-entered the top 40 and even re-entered during the 2002 tour. Atomic Kitten had re-released Right Now to feature the vocals of Frost and add the new tracks "Eternal Flame", "You Are" and "Tomorrow and Tonight". "Cradle" and "Follow Me" kept the vocals of Katona, as did several other tracks including "See Ya" and "I Want Your Love", but the latter two were labeled bonus tracks and shifted to the end of the album. "Whole Again" and "Right Now" were re-recorded for the multi-platinum album.

There are three versions of the album—the original which peaked at number thirty-nine, the re-issue which topped the UK Albums Chart, and the rare original Japanese release.

Atomic Kitten embarked on an Asian tour early on in their career and the album was first released in Japan, where they had first number one hit with "Cradle". Due to this Asian success, Atomic Kitten rush-released the album there. Right Now was subsequently released in the United Kingdom on 23 October 2000 with a slightly modified track listing, but at first there were no plans to focus on the worldwide market. After the success of "Whole Again", the album and single were released globally except for the United States and it was decided to release the newly recorded cover song, "Eternal Flame", as well and make an additional single for the European, Australian, South African and New Zealand audiences, "You Are". A combination of their next album Feels So Good and Right Now was later released for the American audience and titled Atomic Kitten.

One of the early ideas for Atomic Kitten was that of a cartoon pop band influenced by Japanese manga comics. That is why many songs on the original version of Right Now are highly pop-oriented. Due to the success of "Whole Again", the re-issue of Right Now contained a more mature pop sound, as Atomic Kitten were leaving their old pop sound behind. Instead, ballad-based songs like "Eternal Flame", "Tonight and Tomorrow" and "You Are" were included on the album.

Track listing[edit]

Original UK release (2000)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Right Now"   Kershaw, McCluskey 3:35
2. "Follow Me"   Abbott, Eker, Joseph, Robson, Kearney 3:15
3. "Cradle"   Kershaw, McCluskey, Strudwick 3:45
4. "I Want Your Love" (Album version) Kershaw, McCluskey, McClarnon 3:15
5. "See Ya"   Kershaw, McCluskey, McClarnon 2:52
6. "Whole Again"   Kershaw, McCluskey, Godfrey, Padley 3:03
7. "Bye Now"   Kershaw, McCluskey 3:29
8. "Get Real"   Kershaw, McCluskey 3:39
9. "Turn Me On"   Kershaw, McCluskey 3:40
10. "Do What You Want"   Kershaw, McCluskey 4:02
11. "Hippy"   Kershaw, McCluskey 2:48
12. "Strangers"   Kershaw, McCluskey 2:44
UK reissue (2001)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Right Now" (1) Kershaw, McCluskey 3:35
2. "Follow Me" (2) Abbott, Eker, Joseph, Robson, Kearney 3:15
3. "Whole Again" (1) Kershaw, McCluskey, Godfrey, Padley 3:05
4. "Eternal Flame" (1) Steinberg, Kelly, Hoffs 3:30
5. "Tomorrow and Tonight" (1) Kershaw, McCluskey, Ruffin 3:26
6. "Get Real" (2) Kershaw, McCluskey 3:40
7. "Turn Me On" (2) Kershaw, McCluskey 3:42
8. "Hippy" (2) Kershaw, McCluskey 2:50
9. "You Are" (1) Mac, Hector, Tennant, Gendler 3:33
10. "Cradle" (2) Kershaw, McCluskey, Strudwick 3:50
11. "Bye Now" (1) Kershaw, McCluskey, Foster 3:32
12. "Strangers" (2) Kershaw, McCluskey 2:44
13. "See Ya" (2) Kershaw, McCluskey, McClarnon 2:52
14. "I Want Your Love" (2) Kershaw, McCluskey, McClarnon 3:15
Original Japan release (2000)[1]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Right Now"   Kershaw, McCluskey 3:35
2. "See Ya"   Kershaw, McCluskey, McClarnon 2:52
3. "Hippy"   Kershaw, McCluskey 2:50
4. "All the Right Things"   Kershaw, McCluskey, McClarnon, Cauty, Drummond, Lyte, Moross 3:19
5. "Whole Again"   Kershaw, McCluskey, Godfrey, Padley 3:19
6. "Cradle"   Kershaw, McCluskey, Strudwick 3:18
7. "Real Life"   Kershaw, McCluskey, Carr 3:18
8. "Do What You Want"   Kershaw, McCluskey 3:43
9. "Bye Now"   Kershaw, McCluskey 3:57
10. "Holiday"   Kershaw, McCluskey 3:05
11. "Strangers"   Kershaw, McCluskey 2:49
12. "Right Now" (Dance Man Remix) Kershaw, McCluskey 4:10

Notes:
1 Features vocals by Jenny Frost
2 Features vocals by Kerry Katona

Differences[edit]

There are three versions of the album: the original Japanese edition, the original UK edition (which were both released with the original line-up featuring Kerry Katona), and the re-issue (which was with the second line-up featuring Jenny Frost).

The original Japanese edition was released first and features rare versions of various tracks. The album features an exclusive song entitled "Real Life", the final mix version of "Holiday" (which was included as the B-side to the single "Whole Again" in demo form), a rare remix of "Cradle" and "Bye Now", the Japanese version of "I Want Your Love" titled "All the Right Things", the original version of "Whole Again" featuring Kerry Katona speaking all of the verses in the song (while all the Kittens sing the chorus), and an exclusive remix of "Right Now".

The original UK edition features a different track listing. Replacing "Holiday" and "Real Life" are "Get Real", "Turn Me On" and lead single (fourth overall) "Follow Me". Also included is a new mix of "I Want Your Love" (subtitled the "album version") that is closer to the single mix. This edition also features the version of "Whole Again" (where the verses are sung) that went to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart when released as a single (concurrent with Kerry Katona leaving the band). The Japanese edition was re-released to be more like the UK edition and featured a bonus cover of "Daydream Believer".

Due to the fact "Whole Again" was such a success and that Kerry Katona was no longer in the group, a re-issue was released in the UK featuring a new track order and re-recordings of songs to incorporate replacement Jenny Frost. Songs which featured a solo for Kerry, such as "Whole Again", "Turn Me On", "Bye Now" and "Right Now", were all re-recorded. A new mix of "Cradle" and a few other tracks were also included. "Do What You Want", a song that prominently features the vocals of Kerry Katona, is not included on the re-issue while "See Ya" and "I Want Your Love" were not re-recorded and were relegated to bonus tracks at the end of the album. "Do What You Want" and the placement of "See Ya" and "I Want Your Love" on the main album were replaced by new songs "Tomorrow & Tonight", "You Are" and, lead single for the re-issue (sixth overall), "Eternal Flame". "Eternal Flame" would become another big hit for the group, becoming their second No. 1.

The UK re-issue is the only edition available through digital outlets like iTunes. However, this edition replaces the ballad-like album version of "Eternal Flame" with the commercial single version ("You Are" remains the album version).

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Version
Japan 16 March 2000 Original
United Kingdom 23 October 2000
Europe 6 August 2001 Re-issue

Chart performance[edit]

The original version of the album debuted at number thirty-nine, dropping to seventy-four in its second week.[2] It spent a total of four weeks on the chart. It was re-issued due to the success of "Whole Again", where it topped the charts. It stayed in the top 100 for thirty-seven weeks.[2] It was eventually certified double platinum. In Switzerland, the album debuted at number twenty-six. However, it wasn't until fourteen weeks later that the album reached its peak position of number four. This was around the time of the release of "Eternal Flame". It was certified gold. The album was also peaked at number four and was certified gold in Denmark. The album also reached the top ten in Germany, Austria, Belgium, and the Republic of Ireland. In New Zealand the album was certified platinum in and it peaked at number twelve, managing to spend twenty-five weeks on the chart. In Australia, the album peaked at number eighty-six, something the group was not expecting after "Whole Again" was certified double platinum. The album peaked at sixty-one in France.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000–01) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 86
Austrian Albums Chart 8
Belgian Albums Chart 8
Danish Albums Chart 4
Dutch Albums Chart 44
European Albums Chart[3] 6
French Albums Chart 61
German Albums Chart 6
Irish Albums Chart 9
Japanese Albums Chart[4] 74
New Zealand Albums Chart 12
Swiss Albums Chart 4
UK Albums Chart 1
Preceded by
White Ladder by David Gray
UK number one album
18 August 2001 – 24 August 2001
Succeeded by
White Ladder by David Gray

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[5] Gold 25,000^
Germany (BVMI)[6] Gold 150,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[7] Platinum 15,000^
South Africa (RiSA)[8] Gold 25,000x
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[9] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] 2× Platinum 600,000^

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

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