Forget the World (Afrojack album)

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Forget the World
Afrojack Forget the World.jpg
Studio album by Afrojack
Released 19 May 2014 (2014-05-19)
Genre
Label
Producer
Afrojack chronology
It's a Matter Of...
(2013)It's a Matter Of...2013
Forget the World
(2014)
NLW EP
(2015)NLW EP2015
Singles from Forget the World
  1. "As Your Friend"
    Released: 13 February 2013
  2. "The Spark"
    Released: 11 October 2013
  3. "Ten Feet Tall"
    Released: 3 February 2014
  4. "Dynamite"
    Released: 17 April 2014

Forget the World is the debut studio album by Dutch music producer and DJ Afrojack. It was released on 16 May 2014.[1] Afrojack said of the album title, "It's basically a message not just to my fans, but also to myself, to always remember to keep following your heart, keep following your path, and never try to let the things around you get you down."[2]

Singles[edit]

"As Your Friend" featuring Chris Brown was released on 13 February 2013. It reached number 21 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] The song appears on the album as a bonus track on the deluxe version.

"The Spark" featuring Spree Wilson was released as the album's lead single on 11 October 2013. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 17.[4]

"Ten Feet Tall" featuring Wrabel was released on 3 February 2014, as the album's second single. It was released in the UK on 18 May 2014, alongside the David Guetta remix[5][6] 2 days after the album's release.

"Dynamite" featuring Snoop Dogg was released on 17 April 2014, as the album's third single.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 49/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]
The Guardian 1/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
USA Today 3/4 stars[11]
Paste (3.3/10)[12]

At Rolling Stone, Christopher R. Weingarten rated the album three stars out of five, stating that "anything that's not glowing with Afrojack's trademark explosions and monster melodies... is a blown opportunity."[10] David Jeffries of AllMusic rated the album three stars out of five, writing that "Forget the World plays more like a collection of 12"s than a well-tempered album."[8] At USA Today, Elysa Gardner rated the album three stars out of five, saying that "these new tracks represent EDM at its most breezily accessible".[11] Paul McInnes of The Guardian rated the album one star out of five, stating that the release has only "one truly poignant moment."[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, the album debuted at number 32 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 8,000 copies. It also debuted at number two on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Standard version[14]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Ten Feet Tall" (featuring Wrabel) Afrojack 3:49
2. "Illuminate" (with Matthew Koma)
  • van de Wall
  • Koma
Afrojack 4:37
3. "Born to Run" (featuring Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees)
4:53
4. "Freedom" (with D-Wayne featuring Jack McManus)
  • Afrojack
  • D-Wayne
4:03
5. "The Spark" (featuring Spree Wilson) Afrojack 4:00
6. "Dynamite" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  • Afrojack
  • DJ Buddha[a]
  • Polow da Don[a]
3:48
7. "Too Wild" (featuring Wiz Khalifa and Devin Cruise)
Afrojack 3:53
8. "Three Strikes" (featuring Jack McManus)
  • van de Wall
  • McManus
Afrojack 4:56
9. "Catch Tomorrow" (featuring Sting)
  • van de Wall
  • Andy Sherman
  • Dorothy Sherman
  • Vargas
  • Bilal Hajji
  • Andrew Kierszenbaum
  • Paulo "Shirazi" Prudencio
  • Tiërce Person
  • Afrojack
  • Andrew Kierszenbaum[a]
  • Tearce Kizzo[a]
3:06
10. "We'll Be OK" (featuring Wrabel)
Afrojack 5:19
11. "Mexico" (featuring Shirazi)
  • Shirazi
  • van de Wall
  • Vargas
  • Jones
  • Afrojack
  • DJ Buddha[a]
  • Polow da Don[a]
4:51
12. "Keep Our Love Alive" (with Matthew Koma)
  • Nicholas Audino Twice as Nice
  • Lewis Hughes Twice as Nice
  • van de Wall
  • Koma
  • Vargas
Afrojack 4:12
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies a remixer
  • "Freedom" features a sample from "Hero" by Nas.

Personnel[edit]

  • Afrojack - primary artist, all instrumentation (drums, keyboards), all programming (drum, keyboard, MIDI), orchestral arrangements, arranger, engineer, mixing, producer, remixing, additional production
  • DJ Buddha - executive producer, all programming (drum, keyboard, MIDI), arranger, engineer, mixing, co-producer
  • Polow da Don - executive producer, all programming (drum, keyboard, MIDI), arranger, engineer, mixing, co-producer
Technical production
  • Falco Borsboom - arranger, engineer
  • Ruud Peeters - arranger, orchestral arrangements
  • Ron Cuijpers - arranger
  • Guido Dieteren - arranger
  • Duncan Fuller - assistant (^)
  • Dan Grech-Marguerat - engineer, mixing, mixing engineer (^)
  • Randy Urbanski - engineer, mixing, vocal engineer
  • Rob Mathes - engineer, vocal producer
  • Jamie Siegel - engineer, vocal producer
  • Tom Hough - engineer (^)
  • Patrick Mühren - engineer (^)
  • Paulo "Shirazi" Prudencio - engineer
  • Jamie Schefman - engineer
  • Jelle van der Voet - engineer
  • D-Wayne - keyboard programming, MIDI programming
  • Dave Kutch - mastering
  • John Hanes - mixing engineer (^)
  • Serban Ghenea - mixing (^)
  • Dave Fridmann - programming (^)
  • Matthew Koma - vocal engineer, vocal producer
  • Greg Kurstin - vocal engineer, vocal producer
  • Andrew Drucker - vocal engineer
  • Jarett Holmes - vocal engineer
  • Mark Evan Maxwell - vocal engineer
  • Jesse Shatkin - vocal engineer
  • Brian Springer - vocal engineer (^)
  • Tim Pagnotta - vocal producer
Additional musicians
  • Rob Zeguers - double bass
  • Tim McEwan - guitar
  • Dennis van Leeuwen - guitar
  • Andrew Kierszenbaum - keyboards, piano
  • Tearce Kizzo - keyboards, piano
  • Guido Dieteren - orchestra leader
  • Matthew Koma - vocals, guitar
  • Wrabel - vocals, piano
  • Paulo "Shirazi" Prudencio - background vocals, vocals
  • Chris Brown - vocals
  • Devin Cruise - vocals
  • Tyler Glenn - vocals
  • Jack McManus - vocals
  • Snoop Dogg - vocals
  • Spree Wilson - vocals
  • Sting - vocals
  • Wiz Khalifa - vocals
  • Keane
    • Jesse Quin - backing vocals, bass, keyboards, percussion
    • Richard Hughes - backing vocals, drums, percussion
    • Tim Rice-Oxley - backing vocals, piano, percussion, keyboards
    • Tom Chaplin - lead vocals, keyboards
Guido's Orchestra
  • Judith Groen - cello
  • Marije de Jong - cello
  • Nele Stuyck - cello
  • Guido Rooyakkers - horn
  • Cleo Simons - horn
  • Lars Wachelder - horn
  • Nadia al Hajjar - viola
  • Anna Dushkina - viola
  • Nadine Hilkens - viola
  • Kim de Beer - violin
  • Mariam Buzghulashvili - violin
  • Ewelina Krysiak - violin
  • Marta Lemanska - violin
  • Annelieke Marselje - violin
  • Marleen Matser - violin
  • Julia Rusanovsky - violin
  • Aleksandra Stadniczenko - violin
  • Anne van Eck - violin
Other personnel
  • Dean Gillard - A&R
  • Daniel Werner - A&R
  • Todd Russell - art direction, design
  • Jasja Heijboer - booking
  • Joel Zimmerman - booking
  • Ryan Gillmor - digital editing
  • Thomas Deelder - executive producer, management
  • Hugo Langras - executive producer, management
  • Dawn Miller - public relations

(^) = deluxe version

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[16][17]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 30
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 49
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 64
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[22] 4
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 195
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 46
Italian Albums (FIMI)[25] 51
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[26] 26
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 33
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[28] 96
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 76
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[31] 8
US Billboard 200[32] 32
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[33] 2
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[34] 12

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Germany 16 May 2014 [1]
France 19 May 2014 [35]
Spain [36]
United Kingdom [37]
United States [38]
Canada 20 May 2014 [39]
Italy [40]

References[edit]

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