Stages (Melanie C album)

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Stages
Studio album by Melanie C
Released 7 September 2012
Recorded 2012
Genre
Label Red Girl
Producer Peter-John Vettese
Melanie C chronology
The Sea
(2011)
Stages
(2012)
Singles from Stages
  1. "I Know Him So Well"
    Released: 11 November 2012

Stages is a cover album by English recording artist Melanie C. The record is Chisholm's sixth studio album, and the fourth to be made under her own independent record label Red Girl Records. The album features a collection of song covers from various musical theatre shows and films, which consequentially makes it Chisholm's first studio album where she holds no writing credits whatsoever to any of the tracks. The iTunes digital release of the album features a bonus track; a cover of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes".

Background[edit]

On 25 June 2012 it was announced on her official website that Chisholm was in the process of putting the finishing touches on her upcoming album, to be called Stages. The record was to be produced by her long time collaborator Peter-John Vettese,[1] and features a collection of songs from the theatre that have been important to Chisholm at various stages of her life.[2]

On 6 July 2012, after a succession of mysterious tweets between Chisholm and her former Spice Girls group mate Emma Bunton, it was revealed that the two had recorded a song together for Chisholm's upcoming album. The song "I Know Him So Well" from the musical Chess, was to be a duet featuring the two.[3]

Promotion[edit]

To increase the sales of the album, Chisholm held an album signing sessions on HMV. In September 2012 and October 2012, she visited six HMV stores to sign the copies of her album Stages.[4] Chisholm also performed the album track "I Don't Know How to Love Him" on Superstar and The Late Late Show.[5] Chisholm also performed at "Beats at the Beach" in Abu Dhabi on 1 November 2012 as part of Yasalam 2012.[6]

Singles[edit]

The first official single from the album, "I Know Him So Well" was released on 11 November 2012. The single features Emma Bunton, Chisholm's groupmate from the Spice Girls. Chisholm and Bunton performed the song on BBC Children in Need 2012 concert.[7] The b-side of the single is a cover of "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the musical Carousel.

Promotional singles[edit]

"I Don't Know How to Love Him", a song taken from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, was released on 18 July 2012 as the promotional single from the album. It was released through digital download on iTunes and various other digital outlets on 22 July 2012. The single became a top twenty hit on the Official UK Indie Chart, peaking at number nineteen.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

On the day of release of the album, it debuted straight into the Official iTunes Pop Album Chart in the UK at number 8. The album also reached peak positions on the day of release at number 21 on iTunes Official Album Chart in the UK, reaching number 1 in Spain's iTunes Pop Chart, 10 in Brazil and 14 in France. It also peaked at 19 on the Official iTunes Pop Albums Chart in Australia. Her most successful release in that country since her debut solo album. The album also placed in the top 200 on the US iTunes charts at number 195.[9] "Stages" reached number 27 on the Official Midweek Albums Chart in the United Kingdom, Chisholm's highest entry since the 2005 album Beautiful Intentions. Despite this, it made its debut entry at number 50, giving Chisholm her sixth consecutive top sixty album in UK Albums Chart. The album also reached the top ten on the Official UK Indie Album Chart, at number seven.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Stages.

No. Title Musical Length
1. "Maybe This Time"   Cabaret 3:37
2. "Another Hundred People"   Company 2:47
3. "I Know Him So Well" (featuring Emma Bunton) Chess 4:24
4. "Aren't You Kinda Glad We Did?"   The Shocking Miss Pilgrim 3:12
5. "I Don't Know How to Love Him"   Jesus Christ Superstar 5:22
6. "Both Sides Now"   Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 5:01
7. "Ain't Got No / I Got Life"   Hair 3:09
8. "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself"   Shout! The Mod Musical 3:24
9. "I Only Have Eyes for You"   Dames 3:20
10. "Tell Me It's Not True"   Blood Brothers 5:09
11. "My Funny Valentine"   Babes in Arms 2:57
12. "Something Wonderful"   The King & I 2:52

B-sides[edit]

Title Single Musical Length
You'll Never Walk Alone "I Know Him So Well" - CD, digital download Carousel 2:46

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Irish Albums Chart[10] 83
UK Albums Chart 50
UK Indie Albums Chart[11] 7

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United Kingdom 9 September 2012 Red Girl Records

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