Anastacia (album)

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Anastacia
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Studio album by Anastacia
Released March 29, 2004 (2004-03-29)
Recorded 2003–04
Studio
Genre
Length 48:39
Label
Producer
Anastacia chronology
Freak of Nature
(2001)
Anastacia
(2004)
Pieces of a Dream
(2005)
Singles from Anastacia
  1. "Left Outside Alone"
    Released: March 15, 2004
  2. "Sick and Tired"
    Released: July 19, 2004
  3. "Welcome to My Truth"
    Released: November 8, 2004
  4. "Heavy on My Heart"
    Released: March 5, 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[3]
The Independent 2/5 stars[4]
Stylus Magazine C[5]
Yahoo! Music 7/10 stars[6]

Anastacia is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Anastacia, released on March 29, 2004 by Epic Records following a successful recovery from breast cancer. The album marks a change in direction for the singer by incorporating pop-rock which was absent in her earlier work. It was a commercial success, peaking at the top of the albums charts in several countries, including Australia, Belgium, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and becoming one of the top ten biggest selling albums of the year in much of Europe. The album was never released in Anastacia's native United States, despite plans for an August 30, 2005 release,[7] which was ultimately canceled for unknown reasons.

Background[edit]

In January 2003, Anastacia had discovered that she had breast cancer when she was preparing for breast reduction surgery due to orthopedic reasons. Anastacia subsequently established the Anastacia Fund through The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to promote awareness of breast cancer amongst younger women.

After this traumatic experience, Anastacia entered recording studios in September 2003 to record the Anastacia album with Glen Ballard, Dallas Austin, and Dave Stewart for release in 2004. Anastacia was after more of a rock feel on the album, as noted in tracks such as "Seasons Change", "Time", and "I Do" (which features Sonny Sandoval from P.O.D.).

Anastacia explained on her website that her illness made it more difficult to record the album:

"... the experience was not pleasant. I usually look for the bright side of things, but so far nothing about making this record was positive for me. My doctor told me I'd be tired, not stupid. I could not focus on anything. I'd write a verse and then I couldn't write the chorus or I'd write the chorus but couldn't write the bridge. I couldn't talk, I couldn't think straight, I was totally out of it. The doctors said I'd be tired—but of course I had insomnia. It was tough..."

She struggled through the process to finish the album for release in March 2004.

Commercial performance[edit]

Anastacia proved to be a huge smash hit, reaching the top of the albums charts in eleven European countries, including Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as number two in Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The album's lead single "Left Outside Alone" proved to be equally successful, peaking at number one in Australia, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland, and reaching the top five in several other countries and on the European Hot 100 Singles chart. The album also spawned another three European hit singles: "Sick and Tired", "Welcome to My Truth", and "Heavy on My Heart". "Sick and Tired" was the biggest hit from the three, scoring top five single status across numerous European nations, almost matching the success of "Left Outside Alone". "Welcome to My Truth" earned Anastacia her best-selling single ever in Spain and gained moderate European airplay and sales success, while "Heavy on My Heart" fared slightly worse but proceeds from the single were donated to the Anastacia Fund.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Seasons Change"   Glen Ballard 4:17
2. "Left Outside Alone"  
  • Austin
  • Ballard
4:17
3. "Time"  
  • Anastacia
  • Ballard
  • Austin
  • Ballard
  • Austin
3:33
4. "Sick and Tired"  
  • Anastacia
  • Ballard
  • Austin
  • Ballard
  • Austin
3:30
5. "Heavy on My Heart"  
Ballard 4:26
6. "I Do" (featuring Sonny of P.O.D.)
  • Anastacia
  • DioGuardi
  • Lukas Burton
  • Danny Weissfeld
3:04
7. "Welcome to My Truth"  
Shanks 4:03
8. "Pretty Little Dum Dum"  
  • Anastacia
  • Ballard
  • DioGuardi
Ballard 4:37
9. "Sexy Single"  
Stewart 3:52
10. "Rearview"  
  • Anastacia
  • DioGuardi
  • Shanks
Shanks 4:12
11. "Where Do I Belong"  
Leonard 3:26
12. "Maybe Today"  
  • Anastacia
  • Stewart
Stewart 5:15
Notes

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[56] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[57] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Belgium (BEA)[58] Gold 25,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[59] Platinum 40,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[60] Platinum 35,089[60]
France (SNEP)[61] Gold 233,400[62]
Germany (BVMI)[63] 4× Platinum 800,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[20] Platinum 20,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[64] Gold 10,000^
Italy (FIMI)[65] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[66] Platinum 80,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[67] Platinum 40,000*
Portugal (AFP)[68] Gold 20,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[30] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[69] Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[70] 3× Platinum 120,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[71] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[72] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
United Kingdom March 29, 2004 [73]
Germany Sony [74]
Italy [75]
Japan June 9, 2004 [8]

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