Crossroads (Tracy Chapman album)

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Crossroads
Tracy Chapman - Crossroads.jpg
Studio album by Tracy Chapman
Released October 3, 1989
Genre Contemporary folk
Length 42:32
Label Elektra
Producer Tracy Chapman, David Kershenbaum
Tracy Chapman chronology
Tracy Chapman
(1988)
Crossroads
(1989)
Matters of the Heart
(1992)

Crossroads is the second album by singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). It was Chapman's first album she helped produce.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tracy Chapman. The song "Freedom Now" is dedicated to Nelson Mandela.

  1. "Crossroads" – 4:11
  2. "Bridges" – 5:24
  3. "Freedom Now" – 4:02
  4. "Material World" – 3:02
  5. "Be Careful of My Heart" – 4:39
  6. "Subcity" – 5:09
  7. "Born to Fight" – 2:46
  8. "A Hundred Years" – 4:20
  9. "This Time" – 3:43
  10. "All That You Have Is Your Soul" – 5:16
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Tracy Chapman, David Kershenbaum

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 9
1989 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 72
1989 Swedish Albums Chart 8

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Crossroads" Mainstream Rock Tracks 26
1989 "Crossroads" Modern Rock Tracks 7
1989 "Crossroads" The Billboard Hot 100 90

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[4] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[5] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[7] Gold 30,906[7]
France (SNEP)[8] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[9] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[10] Gold 10,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[11] Platinum 15,000^
Sweden (GLF)[12] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[13] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Crossroads at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review Archived August 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1989 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  5. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Tracy Chapman – Crossroads" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved October 15, 2012.  Enter Tracy Chapman in the field Interpret. Enter Crossroads in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  6. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Tracy Chapman – Crossroads". Music Canada. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Tracy Chapman" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "French album certifications – Tracy Chapman – Crossroads" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Tracy Chapman; 'Crossroads')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1990". IFPI Hong Kong. 
  11. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Tracy Chapman – Crossroads". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Tracy Chapman; 'Crossroads')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Tracy Chapman – Crossroads". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 15, 2012.  Enter Crossroads in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Tracy Chapman – Crossroads". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 15, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
The Seeds of Love by Tears for Fears
UK number one album
October 14, 1989 – October 20, 1989
Succeeded by
Enjoy Yourself by Kylie Minogue