A Town Called Paradise

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A Town Called Paradise
Tiesto - A Town Called Paradise.jpg
Studio album by Tiësto
Released 13 June 2014
Genre
Label
Producer
Tiësto chronology
Club Life: Volume Three Stockholm
(2013)
A Town Called Paradise
(2014)
Club Life: Volume Four New York City
(2015)
Singles from A Town Called Paradise
  1. "Red Lights"
    Released: 13 December 2013
  2. "Wasted"
    Released: 25 April 2014
  3. "Light Years Away"
    Released: 28 November 2014

A Town Called Paradise is the fifth studio album from Dutch electronic DJ Tiësto. It was released on 13 June 2014 by Musical Freedom, PM:AM Recordings, and Universal Music. It was preceded by two singles, "Red Lights" and "Wasted".

Singles[edit]

"Red Lights" was released as the lead single from the album on 13 December 2013. It was his first number 1 in Scotland, it also peaked to number 6 on the UK Singles Chart. The song reached the Top 10 in Australia, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

"Wasted" was released as the second single from the album on 25 April 2014. The song has peaked to number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. The song has reached the Top 10 in Sweden.

"Let's Go" was released on 13 May 2014 as the album's first promotional single. The track premiered through the commercial advert "Light It Up" presented by 7UP.[1]

"Light Years Away" was released as the album's third single on 28 November 2014.[2] The song features English group DBX. According to group member Pete Kirtley, the song is about "not giving up, even though the path ahead sometimes seems impossible and unreachable".[3]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 51/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[7]
PopMatters (4/10)[8]

Upon its release, A Town Called Paradise received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Christopher R. Weingarten of Rolling Stone gave the album a mixed review stating, "EDM has changed pop, and now pop is changing veteran DJ Tiësto. He's moved from the abrasively chilly trance of 2009's Kaleidoscope to embrace pianos and guitars, a warm sound like the 4 a.m. version of Taylor Swift or Coldplay. He's a consummate crowd-pleaser, but he's best when he gets weird: The warped grind of "Echoes" is a standout; "Wasted" might be one of 2014's best country songs."[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

On 19 June 2014 the album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number 22. The album entered the New Zealand Albums Chart at number 39. On 22 June 2014 the album debuted at number 22 on the UK Albums Chart. Debuted at #18 on Billboard 200 Album Chart and #2 on Billboard Dance Album Chart. Opened in the US with first week sales 15,013[10]

Track listing[edit]

Standard version[11]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Red Lights"  
  • Tiësto
  • Yacoub
  • Falk
  • John Amatiello[a]
  • Dean Gillard[a]
  • Matt Ward[a]
4:22
2. "Footprints" (featuring Cruickshank)
  • Verwest
  • Brandon Lowry
  • Freddy Wexler
  • Josef Cruickshank
  • Justin Prime
  • Ash Pournouri
  • Tiësto
  • Justin Prime
4:17
3. "Light Years Away" (featuring DBX)
  • Tiësto
  • DBX
  • Matt Nash
  • Dave Silcox
3:43
4. "A Town Called Paradise" (featuring Zac Barnett of American Authors)
  • Tiësto
  • Koma
  • Oscar Holter[a]
  • Karl-Ola Kjellholm[a]
  • Koma[b]
  • Dan Book[c]
4:09
5. "Written in Reverse" (with Hardwell featuring Matthew Koma)
  • Tiësto
  • Koma
  • Hardwell
  • Book[c]
4:28
6. "Echoes" (featuring Andreas Moe)
  • Verwest
  • Nash
  • Silcox
  • Andreas Moe
  • Hiten Bharadia
  • Tiësto
  • Nash
  • Silcox
4:59
7. "Last Train" (with Firebeatz featuring Ladyhawke)
  • Tiësto
  • Firebeatz
4:48
8. "Wasted" (featuring Matthew Koma)
3:10
9. "Let's Go" (featuring Icona Pop)
  • Tiësto
  • Holter
3:22
10. "The Feeling" (featuring Ou Est le Swimming Pool)
  • Tiësto
  • S. Janssen
  • W. Janssen
4:45
11. "Shimmer" (featuring Christian Burns)
  • Verwest
  • Christian Burns
  • Nicholas Ditri
  • Daniel Boselovic
  • Jonnie "Most" Davis
  • Paris Hampton
  • Tiësto
  • Disco Fries
3:32
12. "Rocky" (with Kaaze)
  • Verwest
  • Mick Kastenholt
  • Simon Gain
  • Tiësto
  • Kaaze
3:32
13. "Close to Me" (with Sultan + Ned Shepard featuring Quilla)
  • Tiësto
  • Sultan + Ned Shepard
4:20
14. "Set Yourself Free" (featuring Krewella)
  • Tiësto
  • S. Janssen
  • W. Janssen
  • Koma[b]
  • Book[c]
  • Alexei Misoul[c]
4:39
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[c] signifies an additional vocal producer

Personnel[edit]

  • Aaron Accetta - Vocal Engineer
  • John Amatiello - Additional Production
  • Ron Aniello - Composer
  • N. Audino - Composer
  • Zac Barnett - Featured Artist, Vocals
  • Hiten Bharadia - Composer
  • Gavin Bond - Photography
  • Dan Book - Engineer, Vocal Producer, Vocals
  • Danny Boselovic - Composer, Piano
  • Delbert Bowers - Assistant
  • Phillipa Brown - Composer
  • Christian Burns - Composer, Featured Artist, Vocals
  • Simon Christianssen - Engineer, Mixing
  • Sacha Collisson - Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Synthesizer
  • Cruickshank - Featured Artist, Vocals
  • Josef Cruickshank - Composer
  • Anna Luisa Daigneault - Composer
  • John Davis - Mastering Engineer
  • Jonnie Davis "Most" - Composer
  • DBX - Featured Artist, Producer
  • Disco Fries - Engineer, Producer, Programming
  • Nicholas Ditri - Composer, Piano
  • Tommy English - Vocal Engineer
  • Carl Falk - Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Instrumentation, Producer, Programming, Vocal Arrangement
  • Firebeatz - Engineer, Featured Artist, Mixing, Primary Artist, Producer
  • Simon Gain - Composer
  • Chris Galland - Assistant
  • Mike Gaydusek - Vocal Engineer
  • Dean Gillard - Additional Production, Instrumentation, Mixing, Programming, Vocal Mixing
  • Shep Goodman - Vocal Engineer
  • Charles Haddon - Composer, Engineer, Fender Rhodes, Vocals
  • Paris Hampton - Composer
  • Hardwell - Engineer, Featured Artist, Mixing, Primary Artist, Producer
  • Stuart Hawkes - Mastering Engineer
  • Wayne Hector - Composer
  • Caroline Hjeit - Composer
  • Oscar Holter - Additional Production, Composer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Piano, Producer
  • Lewis Hughes - Composer
  • Icona Pop - Featured Artist, Vocals
  • Sjoerd Janssen - Composer, Mixing, Producer, Programming
  • Wouter Janssen - Composer, Mixing, Producer, Programming
  • Aino Jawo - Composer
  • Kaaze - Featured Artist, Primary Artist, Producer
  • Anders Kallmark - Composer, Drums, Engineer, Piano
  • Mick Kastenholt - Composer, Programming
  • Pete Kirtley - Composer, Engineer, Piano, Strings
  • Karl-Ola S. Kjellholm - Additional Production, Engineer, Guitar
  • Matthew Koma - Bass, Composer, Engineer, Featured Artist, Guitar, Mixing, Producer, Programming, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer, Vocals
  • Krewella - Featured Artist, Vocals
  • Ladyhawke - Featured Artist, Vocals
  • Brandon Lowry - Composer
  • Jordan Loyd - Photography
  • Manny Marroquin - Mixing
  • Alexei Misoul - Engineer, Vocal Producer, Vocals
  • Andreas Moe - Composer, Featured Artist, Vocals
  • Matt Nash - Composer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer
  • John James Newman - Composer, Vocals
  • Ou Est le Swimming Pool - Featured Artist
  • Ash Pournouri - Composer
  • Justin Prime - Composer, Producer
  • Quilla - Featured Artist, Vocals
  • Eva Reistad - Assistant Engineer
  • Alx Reuterskiöld - Composer
  • James Reynolds - Mixing
  • Ossama Al Sarraf - Composer, Guitar
  • Markus Sepehrmanesh - Composer
  • Ned Shepard - Composer, Drums, Engineer, Featured Artist, Mixing, Piano, Producer
  • Dave Silcox - Composer, Drums, Engineer, Producer, Synthesizer
  • Tim Smulders - Composer
  • Nick Steinhardt - Design
  • Sultan - Drums, Engineer, Featured Artist, Mixing, Producer
  • Sultan & Shepard - Primary Artist
  • Tiësto - Engineer, Mixing, Primary Artist, Producer
  • Kristopher Trindl - Composer
  • Twice as Nice - Programming
  • Robbert van de Corput - Composer
  • Jurre Van Doeselaar - Composer
  • Tijs Verwest - Composer, Engineer
  • Matt Ward - Additional Production, Instrumentation, Mixing, Programming, Vocal Mixing
  • Freddy Wexler - Composer
  • Måns Wredenberg - Composer
  • Rami Yacoub - Composer, Engineer, Instrumentation, Producer, Programming, Vocal Arrangement, Vocal Editing
  • Jahan Yousaf - Composer
  • Yasmine Yousaf - Composer
  • Michel Zitron - Composer, Vocals

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[13]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014)
  • Peak
  • position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 18
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 22
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[16] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 26
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 15
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[19] 33
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[20] 11
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[21] 36
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 80
Irish Albums (IRMA)[23] 22
Italian Albums (FIMI)[24] 88
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[25] 39
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[26] 14
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[27] 82
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 12
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 22
US Billboard 200[31] 18
US Dance/Electronic Albums[32] 2
US Digital Albums[33] 7

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Netherlands[12] 13 June 2014 CD, digital download
United States[34][35] 16 June 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "7UP Presents Tiesto's A Town Called Paradise -- "Let's Go" featuring Icona Pop - Live". YouTube. Tiësto (officialtiesto). 8 July 2014. 
  2. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/light-years-away-remixes-feat./id940878361
  3. ^ http://www.tiestoblog.com/features/dbx-interview-light-years-away-was-our-baby
  4. ^ "A Town Called Paradise - Tiësto". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Jeffries, David. "A Town Called Paradise - Tiësto". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Brown, August. "Tiesto and Deadmau5 make full albums, stretch attention spans". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R. (17 June 2014). "'A Town Called Paradise' - Tiesto Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Olson, Benjamin. "Tiësto: A Town Called Paradise". PopMatters. PopMatters Media, Inc. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Tiesto 'A Town Called Paradise' Album Review | Album Reviews | Rolling Stone
  10. ^ citation needed
  11. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/a-town-called-paradise/id870584700
  12. ^ a b https://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/town-called-paradise-deluxe/id870659543
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  15. ^ "Tiësto – A Town Called Paradise" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  16. ^ "DJ Tiësto Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for DJ Tiësto. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
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  23. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 25, 2014". Chart-Track. IRMA.
  24. ^ "Artisti - Classifica settimanale WK 25 (dal 16-06-2014 al 22-06-2014)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Tiësto – A Town Called Paradise". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  26. ^ "Tiësto – A Town Called Paradise". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  27. ^ "Tiësto – A Town Called Paradise". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  28. ^ "Tiësto – A Town Called Paradise". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  29. ^ "Tiësto – A Town Called Paradise". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  30. ^ "2014-06-28 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  31. ^ "DJ Tiësto Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for DJ Tiësto. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  32. ^ "DJ Tiësto – Chart history: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. July 5, 2014. 
  33. ^ "DJ Tiësto – Chart history: Digital Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. July 5, 2014. 
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