Temptation (Monrose album)

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Temptation
Studio album by Monrose
Released December 8, 2006
Recorded October–November 2006;
Weryton Studios
(Munich, Germany)
Genre Pop, R&B, dance-pop
Length 45:29
Label Starwatch, Warner
Producer Bobbybass, Marcus Brosch, Toni Cottura, Dieter Falk, Edwin "Lil Eddie" Serrano, Jonas Jeberg, Jiant, Derek von Krogh, Major, Marc Mozart, J remy, Snowflakers, J. Worthy
Monrose chronology
Temptation
(2006)
Strictly Physical
(2007)
Singles from Temptation
  1. "Shame"
    Released: December 1, 2006
  2. "Even Heaven Cries"
    Released: March 2, 2007

Temptation is the debut studio album by German pop trio Monrose, released by Starwatch Music and Warner Music Group on December 8, 2006 (see 2006 in music) in German-speaking Europe, following the band's formation on the television talent show Popstars.

Recorded with all six finalists of the sixth Popstars season during October and November 2006, the album consisted of a main production by the show's jury member Dieter Falk and British production team Jiant, with additional contribution from Marcus Brosch, Toni Cottura and Marc Mozart and his Mozart & Friends team, among others.[1] One of the most successful debuts of the year, the album debuted on top of the charts in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and was certified platinum for more than 200,000 copies sold within its first week of release. By June 2007, Temptation had reached triple platinum status for more than 400,000 copies sold.[2]

With the number-one hit single "Shame" and the ballad "Even Heaven Cries", the album spawned two singles.

Production[edit]

Recording[edit]

In late October 2006 the six remaining finalists of the fifth installment of Popstars entered the recording studios for a total of three weeks to start working on alternate versions of the band's future debut album with judge Dieter Falk and his production team. While Falk and British duo Jiant contributed most to the album, the contestants also worked with producers Bobbybass, Marcus Brosch, Toni Cottura, Jonas Jeberg, Marc Mozart, Major, J remy, Snowflakers, Derek von Krogh and J. Worthy, and songwriters Edwin "Lil' Eddie" Serrano, Gary Barlow, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
CDStarts 4/10 stars[3]
laut.de 3/5 stars[4]
LetMeEntertainYou 2/5 stars[5]
Wooodz 4/5 stars[6]

Media reception for Temptation was generally positive, with laut.de's Stefan Johannesberg praising Monrose and their team for wisely finding a very "British and catchy" and authentic musical middle ground, simultaneously referring the trio as the "new Destiny's Dolls and Pussycat Childs" respectively.[7] Following its physical release, Temptation immediately debuted at number-one of the albums charts in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, making it one of the most successful debuts of the year.[2] The album was instantly certified platinum for more than 200,000 copies sold within its first week of release, and as of June 2007, has been certified three-time platinum for more than 400,000 copies sold worldwide.[2][8][9] It was eventually ranked 17th on the German Media Control year-end charts.

Although "Do That Dance" was planned to be released as the album's third single at times,[10] Temptation has spawned two singles only: The album's lead single, "Shame", reached number-one in Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland, making it one of the most successful debuts of the year. Outselling 3/4 of the German Top 100's singles sales combined, the song also emerged as the fastest selling CD single of 2006 and the biggest downloaded song since 2004. Follow-up single "Even Heaven Cries" was released in early March 2007 and moreover used as the band's competition song in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 pre-selection show Deutscher Vorentscheid 2007. While it reached the top 10 in Germany, the song also peaked within the top 20 in Austria, and Switzerland.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Shame"   Tim Hawes, Pete Kirtley, Christian Ballard, Andrew Murray[disambiguation needed] Jiant, Snowflakers 3:29
2. "Even Heaven Cries"   Robbie Nevil, Philip Denker, Lauren Evans, Jonas Jeberg, Jens Lumholt Jonas Jeberg 3:56
3. "Oh La La"   T. Hawes, P. Kirtley, Obi Mhondera Jiant 3:46
4. "No"   Holly James, Tim Goodacre, Stuart Roslyn Dieter Falk 2:58
5. "I'm Gonna Freak Ya"   Winston Sela, Roberto Martorell, N. Martorell M. Brosch, T. Cottura 3:27
6. "Love Don't Come Easy"   Toni Cottura, Marcus Brosch, Kim Zebrowski, Inessa Alessandrova Dieter Falk 4:38
7. "2 of a Kind"   Gary Barlow, Eliot Kennedy, Tim Woodcock D. Falk, Derek von Krogh, Marc Mozart, J. Worthy 3:12
8. "Your Love Is Right Over Me"   T. B. Andrews D. Falk 4:35
9. "Work It"   Anthony Little, Richard Kelly D. Falk 3:54
10. "Do That Dance"   Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby Jiant 3:26
11. "Live Life Get By"   J. Shorten, Niara Scarlett Jiant, Snowflakers 3:57
12. "Push Up on Me"   Jeremy Skaller, Robert Larrow, Thara Prashad, Edwin "Lil' Eddie" Serrano, George Adamas, Eritz Laues Bobbybass, M. Mozart, J remy 4:03
Musicload bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
13. "Butt Butt"   Jasmine Baird, Alex James Jiant 3:01
Samples
  • "Oh La la" is cover version of the same-titled 2005 song by British duo Boo2.
  • "Do That Dance" is an English remake of Kay Cee Dee's 2006 song "Bad Boy."
  • "Push Up on Me" is a cover version of Thara and Rupee's previously unreleased recording from 2006.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Bobbybass, Marcus Brosch, Dieter Falk, Toni Cottura, Jonas Jeberg, Jiant, Marc Mozart, Major, J remy, Snowflakers, Derek von Krogh, J. Worthy
  • Vocal assistance: Tara Harrison, Obi Mhondera, Niara Scarlett
  • Engineers: Tom Dokoupil, Christoph Terbuyken
  • Programming: Marcus Brosch, Copenhaniacs, Derek von Krogh, Marc Mozart, J. Worthy
  • Mixing: Christian Ballard, Tim Hawes, Pete Kirtley, Sven Kohlwage, Derek von Krogh, Jonas Jeberg, Ren Swan
  • Artwork: Claudia Macias
  • Photography: David Cuenca

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Certification
Austrian Albums Chart 1 Platinum[9]
European Top 100 Albums[11] 5 Gold (500.000)
German Albums Chart 1 2x Platinum[8]
Swiss Albums Chart 1 Platinum[12]

Year-end[edit]

End of year chart (2007) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[13] 9
German Albums Chart[14] 14
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Release: Temptation". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  2. ^ a b c dpa (2008-06-17). "Singen und tanzen - Popstars gesucht". n-tv.de. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  3. ^ CDStarts review
  4. ^ laut.de review
  5. ^ LetMeEntertainYou review
  6. ^ Wooodz review
  7. ^ Johannesberg, Stefan. "Temptation review". laut.de. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  8. ^ a b "IFPI Germany certification". Ifpi.de. Retrieved 2006-02-14. 
  9. ^ a b "IFPIP Austria certification". Ifpi.at. Retrieved 2006-02-14. 
  10. ^ "Kaiser Chiefs, Monrose und Tiziano Ferro beim Amadeus 2007". Amadeus Awards. Archived from the original on 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2007-05-01. 
  11. ^ U.S. Billboard European Top 100 Albums
  12. ^ "Swiss Certification". HitParade.ch. Retrieved 2006-02-14. 
  13. ^ http://austriancharts.at/2007_album.asp
  14. ^ http://www.mtv.de/charts/Album_Jahrescharts_2007
  15. ^ http://www.swisscharts.com/year.asp?key=2006

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