Chapman Square

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Chapman Square
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Studio album by
Released22 October 2012
RecordedMay 2011 - August 2013
GenrePop rock
Length43:03
LabelPolydor, Global Talent
ProducerJohn Shanks, Duck Blackwell, Ki Fitzgerald, Paddy Dalton, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub
Lawson chronology
Chapman Square
(2012)
Lawson
(2015)
Singles from Chapman Square
  1. "When She Was Mine"
    Released: 27 May 2012
  2. "Taking Over Me"
    Released: 5 August 2012
  3. "Standing in the Dark"
    Released: 14 October 2012
  4. "Learn to Love Again"
    Released: 1 February 2013
  5. "Brokenhearted"
    Released: 7 July 2013
  6. "Juliet"
    Released: 13 October 2013

Chapman Square is the debut studio album released by four piece British band Lawson. The album was released on 19 October 2012 via Polydor Records. The album includes their three top ten singles "When She Was Mine", "Taking Over Me" and "Standing in the Dark". The album was mainly produced by John Shanks with Duck Blackwell, Paddy Dalton, Ki Fitzgerald, Carl Falk, and Rami Yacoub.

The album was re-released in the autumn of 2013 as Chapman Square Chapter II, with the lead single from the re-release being "Brokenhearted", which features American rapper B.o.B.[1] As of July 2016, the album has sold 169,812 copies.[2]

Background[edit]

Guitarist Joel Peat said of the album: "We're all so excited to release our debut album, we've been building up to it for the past four years, and the album's title for us is special, because it is the first place that we played together as a band. Going out on tour to support the album is amazing too. Doing shows in our Hometowns feels like the perfect way to celebrate. Performing live is what we love the most, so to be able to play our biggest venues to date in the cities where we grew up is very special." Lawson have cited many inspirations for their debut album, including John Mayer and Taylor Swift. The album's track listing was confirmed by the band via their official website on 24 September 2012.[3]

The album is named after Chapman Square, Southfields, SW19.[4]

Singles[edit]

"When She Was Mine" was released as the band's first official single on 27 May 2012, reaching #4 on the UK Singles Chart.[5] Following the single release, the band undertook their second headline tour, in which they visited locations such as Glasgow, Sheffield, Nottingham, London and Birmingham.[6] "Taking Over Me" was released as the band's second single on 5 August 2012. The single performed even better than the band's debut, peaking at #3 on the UK Singles Chart. In support of the single, the band appeared at the Blackberry Summer Daze concert in August 2012. In August 2012, the band announced a Hometown Tour, during which they visited several towns and cities across Britain, including the hometowns of band members Andy, Adam, Ryan and Joel. "Standing in the Dark" was revealead as the album's third single in September 2012, before becoming available to purchase from 14 October 2012. The single peaked at #6 on the UK Singles Chart. "Learn to Love Again" was released as the fourth single from the album on 7 February 2013, peaking at #13 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the least successful single from the album overall. "Brokenhearted", featuring American rapper B.o.B, will be released as the lead single from the repackaged version of the album on 7 July 2013. A version without B.o.B has also been recorded.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Standing In the Dark"
3:23
2."Gone"BrownShanks4:10
3."Taking Over Me"
  • Brown
  • Shanks
Shanks3:10
4."Everywhere You Go"
3:14
5."Waterfall"
Shanks3:20
6."When She Was Mine"
  • Brown
  • Fitzgerald
  • Paddy Dalton
  • Duck Blackwell
  • Shanks
  • Blackwell
  • Dalton
3:38
7."Make It Happen"
  • Brown
  • Ashurst
Shanks3:46
8."Learn to Love Again"
  • Falk
  • Rami
3:25
9."Stolen"
  • Brown
  • Fitzgerald
  • Dalton
  • Blackwell
Shanks3:55
10."You'll Never Know"BrownShanks3:37
11."You Didn't Tell Me"BrownShanks3:26
12."The Girl I Knew"BrownShanks3:59
Total length:43:03

Chapman Square Chapter II[edit]

Standard edition[8]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Standing in the Dark"
3:23
2."Gone"BrownShanks4:10
3."Taking Over Me"
  • Brown
  • Shanks
Shanks3:10
4."Everywhere You Go"
3:14
5."Waterfall"
Shanks3:20
6."When She Was Mine"
  • Brown
  • Fitzgerald
  • Paddy Dalton
  • Duck Blackwell
  • Shanks
  • Blackwell
  • Dalton
3:38
7."Make It Happen"
  • Brown
  • Ashurst
Shanks3:46
8."Learn to Love Again" (Radio edit)
  • Falk
  • Rami
3:25
9."Stolen"
  • Brown
  • Fitzgerald
  • Dalton
  • Blackwell
Shanks3:55
10."You'll Never Know"BrownShanks3:37
11."You Didn't Tell Me"BrownShanks3:26
12."The Girl I Knew"BrownShanks3:59
13."Brokenhearted" (featuring B.o.B)
Harry Sommerdahl3:31
14."Juliet"
  • Brown
  • Falk
  • Turner
  • Zitron
Falk3:15
15."Love Locked Out"Schwartz3:37
16."Are You Ready?"
Blackwell3:34
17."Back To Life"
Sommerdahl3:15
18."Parachute"
Falk3:05
Total length:62:20
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies a vocal producer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Irish Albums Chart[10] 23
Scottish Albums Chart[11] 4
UK Albums Chart[12] 4

Release history[edit]

Regions Dates Format(s) Label(s)
Ireland 19 October 2012 CD, digital download Polydor Records, Global Talent Records
United Kingdom[13] 22 October 2012
Malaysia 5 November 2012 Universal, Geffen Records
Taiwan[14] 16 November 2012 Universal
Australia[15] 12 April 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Copsey. "Lawson discuss debut album repackage - watch video". Digital Spy.
  2. ^ Jones, Alan (17 July 2016). "Official Charts Analysis: Biffy Clyro in at no 1 with Ellipsis". Music Week. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.prettygooddigital.com. "Lawson Official". Lawsonofficial.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  4. ^ Lawson: "It Was Easy Choosing 'Chapman Square' tracklisting 27 Sep 2012 - In an interview with Capital FM, the band revealed that they chose which songs would feature on their new album while sitting in Chapman Square, the place in London that the album is named after. Joel said: "It wasn't that difficult really. We were doing some filming in Chapman Square, which is the place ...
  5. ^ "News - General - First listen: Lawson's When She Was Mine". 4Music. 29 March 2012. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Lawson Set To Tour In May". The Student Magazine. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Great Offer Store". universal-music.co.uk.
  8. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/album/chapman-square-chapter-ii/id699090361[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  10. ^ "Irish Music Charts Archive: Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending 24 October 2013". GFK Chart-Track. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Archive Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Chapman Square: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  14. ^ "查普曼廣場: books.com.tw: 音樂". books.com.tw. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  15. ^ "Buy Chapman Square: Deluxe Edition Lawson, Rock, CD". Sanity. Retrieved 6 April 2013.