7 is the second studio album by British pop group S Club 7. It was released by Polydor Records on 12 June 2000, and 14 November 2000 in North America. The album was primarily produced by Cathy Dennis and Simon Ellis. It received a mixed reception from music critics, but despite critical commentary, it became the group's most successful album release, and reached number one in the United Kingdom, where it was certified triple platinum. The album peaked at number sixty-nine on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified gold.
With the release of S Club's 2000 Children in Need single, "Never Had a Dream Come True", the album was re-released on 4 December 2000 with the radio edit of "Natural" (which was not on the original version), two extra tracks ("Never Had a Dream Come True" and a previously unreleased cover of Stevie Wonder's "Lately"), as well as CD-ROM videos of "Reach" and "Natural". The only other part of the album that was changed was the overall theme. The blue feel of the first album was changed to a mixture of purples. The rest of the album, including the "Thank Yous", remained unchanged.
In February 2000, the group won the 'British Breakthrough Act' award at the 2000 BRIT Awards. In April 2000, S Club's second TV series, L.A. 7 (renamed S Club 7 in L.A. in the US), was released. The series saw the group depart from Miami and move to Los Angeles to seek a record deal. It introduced the song "Reach", another retro-styled uptempo track, which was co-written by Cathy Dennis and aired as the main theme tune to the second series. "Reach" was released as a single in May 2000 and reached number-two in the UK charts. It arguably became one of the group's most successful singles, paving the way for the group's second album, 7 which was released on 12 June 2000. This album was a departure from the overtly pop stylings of S Club, with tracks styled more towards R&B than the traditional nineties pop sound of their debut album. It reached number-one in the UK charts becoming certified Triple Platinum, and a certified Gold record in the US. The second single from the album, '"Natural", featured Stevens as lead vocalist. It reached number-three in September 2000.
In November 2000, S Club 7 were invited to provide the official song for the UK's BBC Children in Need Campaign 2000, so a new song, the ballad "Never Had a Dream Come True", was recorded. The song became popular in the US market eventually taking the group to appear on MTV's TRL to perform the song and chosen to appear at the "Now That's What I Call Music" US Edition. After topping the UK charts in December 2000, the song was added to a re-release of the 7 album, along with another new track, a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Lately". After the album's re-release, remixes by Solaris and Almighty were commissoned for 'Bring The House Down'. This, along with the song being a fan favourite, indicated that the song was to be released as the next single. However, plans for this were scrapped and the band decided to focus on the next album. The almighty mix later received a commercial release on the 'You' single. "Spiritual Love" was originally recorded by Urban Species in 1994. The original version was used in TV ads of L'Oréal in the 1990s and in the movie Rainbow from 1996. "Stand By You" was originally performed by Danish duo S.O.A.P. in 1997. "Natural" is an adaptation of the song "Tous Les Maux D'Amour" by French singer Norma Ray. "Cross My Heart" was covered by Polish singer Edyta Górniak for her 2002 album Invisible. "Someday, Someway" is a cover of the original by Marshall Crenshaw.
^ abMick Jagger and Keith Richards (Songwriters) (13 December 1999). It's Only Rock 'n' Roll / Various Artists for Children's Promise (Audio CD/Cassette). Universal Music Group. Catalogue Numbers: 1566012 (CD1) / 1565982 (CD2) / 1565984 (Cassette).