Be Not Nobody

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Be Not Nobody
Vanessa Carlton - Be Not Nobody.jpg
Studio album by Vanessa Carlton
Released April 30, 2002 (2002-04-30)
Genre Pop, piano pop[1]
Length 45:51
Label A&M
Producer Ron Fair
Vanessa Carlton chronology
Be Not Nobody
Singles from Be Not Nobody
  1. "A Thousand Miles"
    Released: February 12, 2002 (2002-02-12)
  2. "Ordinary Day"
    Released: April 14, 2002 (2002-04-14)
  3. "Pretty Baby"
    Released: February 11, 2003 (2003-02-11)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]
Slant 3.5/5 stars[5]

Be Not Nobody is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton, released in 2002 on A&M Records.

"A Thousand Miles" was the first single from the album. It reached the top five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number one in Australia and the top ten in the United Kingdom. Be Not Nobody was certified gold by the RIAA in June 2002, and platinum the following October.[6]

"Ordinary Day" charted inside the top forty on the U.S. Hot 100. "Pretty Baby", which was nominated for a 2003 Teen Choice Award for "Choice Love Song",[7] did not appear on the Hot 100 or the UK top seventy-five. As of late 2004 the album had sold 1.38 million copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan,[8] and Variety magazine reported in July 2003 that it had sold 2.3 million worldwide.[9] Billboard magazine placed Carlton at number twenty-one on its year-end "Top Pop Artists" list for 2002.[10]

"Pretty Baby" was remixed and released as the album's third and final single in early 2003. After the single's release, subsequent pressings of the album contained the remixed single version of the song in place of its original album version.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Vanessa Carlton, except where noted

  1. "Ordinary Day" – 3:58
  2. "Unsung" – 4:20
  3. "A Thousand Miles" – 3:57
  4. "Pretty Baby" – 3:55
  5. "Rinse" – 4:31
  6. "Sway" – 3:57
  7. "Paradise" – 4:50
  8. "Prince" – 4:09
  9. "Paint It Black" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:30
  10. "Wanted" – 3:55
  11. "Twilight" – 4:49
  12. "Twilight (Live)" Japan Bonus Track
  13. "Wanted (Ripe Mix)" - 3:55 UK/Japan Bonus Track


  • Producer: Ron Fair
  • Executive producers: Vanessa Carlton, Ron Fair
  • Engineers: Tal Herzberg, Michael C. Ross, Bill Schnee
  • Assistant engineers: J.D. Andrew, Bryan Cook, Jim Danis, Jay Goin, Erik Reichers, Jeff Rothschild, Chris Steffen, Brian Vibberts, Chris Wonzer
  • Mixing: Hugh Padgham, Jack Joseph Puig, Michael C. Ross
  • Mastering: Eddy Schreyer
  • A&R: Ron Fair, Elisa Yastic
  • Digital Editing: Tal Herzberg
  • Arrangers: Vanessa Carlton, Ron Fair, Randy Kerber
  • Orchestral Arrangements: Ron Fair, David Campbell
  • Art Direction: Drew FitzGerald
  • Photography: Kurt Iswarienko, Alan Silfen, Jim "Big Jim" Wright
  • Illustrations: Drew FitzGerald
  • Stylist: Stephanie Woolf


Chart (2002) Peak
Australia ARIA Albums Chart[11] 13
Austria Albums Chart[12] 13
Belgium (Flanders) Albums Chart 17
Belgium (Wallonia) Albums Chart 24
Denmark Albums Chart[13] 20
Dutch Albums Chart 14
France Albums Chart[14] 17
Japan Oricon Albums Chart[15] 17
New Zealand Albums Chart[16] 23
Norway Albums Chart[17] 33
Sweden Albums Chart[18] 44
Switzerland Albums Chart[19] 15
UK Albums Chart[20] 7
U.S. Billboard 200[21] 5
Top Internet Albums (North America)[21] 5


Country Certification Physical Sales
Australia Gold 35,000+
Canada Gold 50,000+
Japan[22] Platinum 200,000+
United Kingdom Gold 100,000+
United States Platinum 1.38 million (as of late 2004.)


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