The Sign (album)

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The Sign
Studio album by Ace of Base
Released November 23, 1993
Recorded 1992—1993
Genre Pop, dance-pop, disco
Label Arista
Producer
Ace of Base chronology
Happy Nation
(1992)
The Sign
(1993)
The Bridge (1995)
Singles from The Sign
  1. "All That She Wants"
    Released: September 18, 1993
  2. "The Sign"
    Released: December 21, 1993
  3. "Don't Turn Around"
    Released: May 3, 1994
  4. "Living in Danger"
    Released: October 17, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[2]

The Sign is a 1993 album by Swedish pop group Ace of Base, released as the band's debut album in North America, Japan, and some Latin American countries by Arista Records. The Sign contains songs from Ace of Base's debut album, Happy Nation (1992) and the new songs "Don't Turn Around", "The Sign", and "Living in Danger" as well as revised versions of "Voulez-Vous Danser" and "Waiting for Magic". To coincide with the release of The Sign, Happy Nation was re-released in Europe, Mexico, and Australia as Happy Nation (U.S. Version) on September 25, 1993. These releases featured the new tracks and revised versions included on The Sign, as well the new track "Hear Me Calling" and a remix of "Happy Nation".

The Sign is listed among the Top 100 Best-selling Albums of All Time by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[3] The album was nominated for Best Pop Album at the 1995 Grammy Awards.

Track listing[edit]

The Sign – Standard version
No. Title Lyrics Music Producer(s) Length
1. "All That She Wants"  
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:30
2. "Don't Turn Around"  
  • Hammond
  • Warren
  • Per Adebratt
  • Tommy Ekman
3:51
3. "Young and Proud"  
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:54
4. "The Sign"  
  • Joker
  • Joker
3:09
5. "Living in Danger"  
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Ekman
  • Adebratt
  • T.O.E.C.[b]
3:44
6. "Dancer in a Daydream"  
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:39
7. "Wheel of Fortune"  
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • T.O.E.C.
3:54
8. "Waiting for Magic" (Total remix 7")
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:49
9. "Happy Nation"  
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
4:13
10. "Voulez-Vous Danser"  
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • T.O.E.C.
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:21
11. "My Mind" (Mindless mix)
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
4:10
12. "All That She Wants" (Banghra version)
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Denniz Pop
4:14
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies rap lyrics
  • ^[b] signifies pre-production

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Argentinian Albums Chart 1
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Japanese Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200[5] 1

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200[6] 34

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[citation needed] 4× Platinum 240,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[7] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Diamond 1,000,000^
Chile (IFPI)[citation needed] 2× Platinum 40,000
Japan (RIAJ)[citation needed] 4× Platinum 800,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[9] 3× Platinum 750,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] 9× Platinum 9,000,000^

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

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