Closer (Josh Groban album)

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Studio album by Josh Groban
ReleasedNovember 11, 2003
RecordedOctober 2002–September 2003
GenreClassical, Operatic pop, Classical crossover, Pop rock
Label143, Reprise
ProducerWalter Afanasieff, Klaus Derendorf, David Foster, Mark Hammond, Leo Z, Mauro Malavasi, Eric Mouquet, Mark Portmann, Jochem van der Saag
Josh Groban chronology
Josh Groban
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Boston Globe(favorable)[2]
The Village VoiceC+[3]

Closer is the second studio album by vocalist Josh Groban, released in November 2003. Much like his first studio album, half of this album's songs are sung in English, with the remainder sung in various other languages (Italian, Spanish and French). Closer was the top selling classical album of the 2000s in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[4]

The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling about 375,000 copies in its first week.[5] In January 2004, the album rose from #11 to #1 in its ninth week on the chart, selling about 110,000 copies that week. This followed a sales campaign by Target.[6]

In Australia, Closer reached a peak position of #25 on the ARIA Albums Chart of Australia. On June 13, 2007, it re-entered the chart at #39.[7] As of October 2015, the album has sold over 6.1 million copies in the US.[8] The track, "You Raise Me Up", charted at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The track, "Remember When It Rained", reached #15 on the AC chart.

Track listing[edit]

1."Oceano"Leo Z, Andrea Sandri, Mauro MalavasiDavid Foster, Leo Z, Malavasi4:03
2."My Confession"Richard PageFoster, Jochem van der Saag[a]4:56
3."Mi Mancherai (Il Postino)" (featuring Joshua Bell)Luis Bacalov, Marco MarinangeliFoster6:04
4."Si Volvieras a Mi"Klaus Derendorf, Mark Portmann, Claudia BrantFoster, Derendorf[a], Portmann[a]4:19
5."When You Say You Love Me"Mark Hammond, Robin ScoffieldFoster, Hammond[a]4:32
6."Per Te"Marinangeli, Walter Afanasieff, Josh GrobanAfanasieff4:16
7."All'improvviso Amore"Foster, Paul Schwartz, Frank Musker, KaballaFoster, Schwartz[b]3:38
8."Broken Vow"Afanasieff, Lara FabianFoster, Afanasieff[b], William Ross[b]4:34
9."Caruso"Lucio DallaFoster5:07
10."Remember When It Rained"Groban, Eric MouquetMouquet4:41
11."Hymne à l'amour"Edith Piaf, Marguerite Monnot, Geoffrey ParsonsFoster4:04
12."You Raise Me Up"Rolf Løvland, Brendan GrahamFoster4:52
13."Never Let Go" (featuring Deep Forest)Deep Forest, Groban, MouquetMouquet3:52


  • ^a signifies an additional producer
  • ^b signifies a co-producer

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Chart and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Latham, Aaron. "Closer- Josh Groban". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. ^ [1] Archived March 23, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 2, 2003). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot 2003". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "Classical Albums |". Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  5. ^ Todd Martens, "Back In 'Black': Jay-Z Swan Song Bows On Top",, November 19, 2003.
  6. ^ Todd Martens, "Groban Nets First No. 1 Album",, January 14, 2004.
  7. ^ June 13, 2007.
  8. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (October 23, 2015). "Josh Groban's 'Stages' Hits Half-Million in U.S. Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  9. ^ " – Josh Groban – Closer". Hung Medien.
  10. ^ " – Josh Groban – Closer". Hung Medien.
  11. ^ " – Top 100 Longplay". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  12. ^ " – Josh Groban – Closer". Hung Medien.
  13. ^ " – Josh Groban – Closer". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ " – Josh Groban – Closer". Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Josh Groban Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Josh Groban – Closer". Music Canada.
  19. ^ "Irish album certifications – Josh Groban – Closer". Irish Recorded Music Association.
  20. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Josh Groban – Closer". Recorded Music NZ.
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Josh Groban – Closer". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Closer in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Josh Groban – Closer". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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