Eoghan Quigg (album)

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Eoghan Quigg
Studio album by Eoghan Quigg
Released 3 April 2009
Recorded Early 2009
Genre Pop
Label RCA, Sony
Singles from Eoghan Quigg
  1. "28,000 Friends"
    Released: April 2009 (Airplay only)

Eoghan Quigg is the only studio album by Irish pop singer Eoghan Quigg, released on 6 April 2009. Quigg, who finished third in the fifth series of the UK television talent show The X Factor, was the first of the finalists from that series to release a studio album. The record predominantly features cover versions of songs that Quigg performed on The X Factor, and one original song, "28,000 Friends".

On its release, the album was described by multiple critics as the worst ever recorded.[1] Its commercial failure led to Quigg being dropped by RCA Records.[2]


After finishing third in The X Factor in 2008, Quigg was signed by record label RCA Records. He was initially due to be signed by Simon Cowell's Syco label, but was instead signed to RCA when Cowell decided to focus entirely on X Factor winner Alexandra Burke.[3] Quigg began work on the album in London in early 2009, and was given a week to record it.[4] The album was recorded at Sphere Studios in Battersea and released on 6 April 2009 in the UK.[5] Quigg described the album's musical direction as drawing inspiration from Busted,[6] and two songs from the album were written by ex-Busted band members, "Year 3000" being written by James Bourne and Charlie Simpson, and "28,000 Friends" by Bourne.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1/5 stars[7]
Daily Record 2/5 stars[8]
Digital Spy 1/5 stars[9]
Express 2/5 stars[10]
The Guardian (unfavourable)[11]
The Mail on Sunday 2/5 stars[12]
Orange 1/5 stars[13]
Popjustice (unfavourable)[14]
Q 1/5 stars[15]
Star 2/5 stars[16]

Eoghan Quigg was savaged by critics,[17] who observed "a new standard of dreadfulness".[18] Jon O'Brien of AllMusic described the album as "bad karaoke", with deficient production values failing to hide Quigg's "limited ability" and "bum notes".[7] Nick Levine of Digital Spy called it "amateurish as well as utterly redundant".[9] One track singled out for criticism by multiple reviewers was the cover of Take That's "Never Forget",[7][9][13] the vocal performance on which was described by Levine as "positively wince-inducing".[9] Gigwise placed the record at number one in their "The 20 Worst Albums of 2009" in December of that year.[19]

The album has been called the worst ever made.[1] A Popjustice reviewer predicted that it would garner a lasting legacy as such, having been "recorded so cheaply and with such little regard for the art of pop that the final product simply does not count as music."[14] Peter Robinson of The Guardian, who also considered the record to be the worst in history, called it an "album so bad that it would count as a new low for popular culture were it possible to class as either culture... or popular".[11]

Chart performance[edit]

The album was initially a commercial success in Ireland where it debuted at no 1 on the Irish Albums Chart, knocking Lady Gaga's The Fame off the top spot. The album dropped from no 2 on its second week to no 20 on its third week, and spent a total of eight weeks on the chart.[20] In the UK the album peaked at no 14,[21] and exited the Top 100 after three weeks.

Pointing to the record's lacklustre chart performance in the UK, Gail Walker of the Belfast Telegraph predicted that the public "may have seen the last of Eoghan Quigg".[1] His album considered a failure, Quigg was dropped by RCA Records.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "28,000 Friends" James Bourne 2:59
2. "We're All in This Together" Matthew Gerrard / Robbie Nevil; from the High School Musical soundtrack 3:52
3. "All About You" Tom Fletcher 3:05
4. "Learn to Fly" Christian Ingebrigtsen / Chris Porter 4:08
5. "Does Your Mother Know" Benny Andersson / Björn Ulvaeus 3:04
6. "Home" Michael Bublé / Alan Chang 3:40
7. "When You Look Me in the Eyes" Raymond Boyd / Joe Jonas / Nicholas Jonas 3:53
8. "Year 3000" James Bourne / Matthew Fletcher / Charlie Simpson 3:24
9. "She's the One" Karl Wallinger 4:16
10. "Ben" Don Black / Walter Scharf 2:32
11. "Never Forget" Gary Barlow 4:11
12. "Imagine" (iTunes Bonus Track)" John Lennon 3:22


Chart (2009) Peak
Sales Certification
UK Albums Chart 14[21] 25,000+
Irish Albums Chart 1[22] 6,000


  1. ^ a b c Walker, Gail (21 April 2009). "Don't you worry Eoghan, it hasn't all gone pop just yet". Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. His [Quigg] eponymous debut album, released a couple of weeks ago, has been met with universal hoots of derision. Indeed, with the album charting at a disappointing 14 in the UK (No 1 in Ireland though), it is confidently predicted that we may have seen the last of Eoghan Quigg...it is widely described as the worst album ever. 
  2. ^ a b Coleman, Maureen (May 13, 2010). "Eoghan Quigg’s early fame ‘led bosses to make a quick kill'". Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Eoghan Quigg and JLS have both secured record deals after X Factor Simon Cowell snubbed them". The Sun. 17 January 2009. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  4. ^ McElroy, Naomi (12 September 2010). "Eoghan: Just don't make the same mistakes as me; EXCLUSIVE". The Mirror. Archived at The Free Library. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "One To Watch: Eoghan Quigg". femalefirst.co.uk. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  6. ^ McGarry, Gerard (6 April 2009). "Unreality TV interviews Eoghan Quigg". Unreality TV. Archived from the original on 20 May 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Eoghan Quigg. AllMusic. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  8. ^ Fulton, Rick (14 April 2009). "ALBUMS; singles and albums". Daily Record. The Free Library. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d Eoghan Quigg: 'Eoghan Quigg'. Digital Spy. Retrieved 10-04-2009.
  10. ^ Spellman, Robert (3 April 2009). "Eoghan Quigg's debut reviewed". Express. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Robinson, Peter (18 April 2009). "Factored out". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  12. ^ McElhinney, Danny (19 April 2009). "Albums". The Mail on Sunday. Associated Newspapers. It is all characterised by lamentably poor production, with reedy backing vocalists aiding Eoghan little. This will probably be a brief but enjoyable whirlwind for Eoghan, which includes a Boyzone support slot, then he'll most likely be back at school for his exams. 
  13. ^ a b Kraines, Talia (16 June 2009). "Eoghan Quigg - Eoghan Quigg". Wayback Machine. Orange. Archived from the original on July 15, 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "The Eoghan Quigg album: it’s turned out not to be very good" Popjustice. 6 April 2009
  15. ^ Cullen, Jason (May 2009). "New Albums: Eoghan Quigg – Eoghan Quigg". Q. Bauer Media Group. [A]nother vacuous, completely unnecessary record from a pop 'star' whose name we'll be struggling to remember by the end of the year. 
  16. ^ "Eoghan Quigg - Eoghan Quigg". Star. 7 April 2009. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  17. ^ McCreary, Matthew (21 April 2009). "Will Eoghan Quigg survive his public flogging?". The Independent. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  18. ^ Smith, Lizzie (1 May 2009). "Is it fair to describe X Factor Eoghan Quigg's debut album as 'the worst ever made'?". Mail Online. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "The 20 Worst Albums of 2009". Gigwise. 16 December 2009. Archived from the original on July 9, 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  20. ^ Eoghan Quigg Chart Statistics on aCharts.us Retrieved on 06-06-09.
  21. ^ a b "Official Charts: Eoghan Quigg". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Top 100 Individual Artist Albums". Irish Recorded Music Association. 9 April 2009. Archived from the original on 1 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 

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