Hotel Paper

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Hotel Paper
Michelle Branch - Hotel Paper.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 24, 2003 (US)
Recorded2002–2003
GenrePop rock
Length47:05
LabelMaverick
Producer
Michelle Branch chronology
The Spirit Room
(2001)
Hotel Paper
(2003)
Everything Comes and Goes
(2010)
Singles from Hotel Paper
  1. "Are You Happy Now?"
    Released: May 26, 2003
  2. "Breathe"
    Released: November 25, 2003
  3. "'Til I Get Over You"
    Released: February 9, 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic57/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Blender3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC[3]
PopMattersMixed[4]
Q3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[7]
Spin6/10[8]
Stylus MagazineC−[6]
Yahoo! Music UK6/10 stars[9]

Hotel Paper is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Michelle Branch. It was released on June 24, 2003 through Maverick. The production on the album was handled by a variety of record producers such as Josh Abraham, Rick DePofi, John Leventhal, John Shanks & Greg Wells.

Hotel Paper was supported by three singles: "Are You Happy Now?", "Breathe" and "'Til I Get over You". The album received mixed critical reviews and debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 157,000 copies in its first week.[10] The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in December 2003.[11]

Background[edit]

Some of the major themes on Hotel Paper are leaving things behind, constantly being on the move, independence, the mysteries of bus stations and spirituality.[5] The album's cover is a photograph of Branch by Sheryl Nields.

Singles[edit]

"Are You Happy Now?", the album's first single, peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Branch's third nomination. The second single was "Breathe", which reached number 36 on the Hot 100 and became a top five club hit. A third single, "'Til I Get over You", was released with no music video and failed to chart.

Commercial performance[edit]

Hotel Paper debuted at number two on US Billboard 200 chart, selling 157,000 copies in its first week.[10] This became Branch's first US top-ten debut and highest first-week sales to date.[10] In its second week, the album dropped to number four on the chart, selling an additional 85,000 copies.[12] In its third week, the album dropped to number six on the chart, selling 65,000 more copies.[13] On December 9, 2003, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of over a million copies.[11] As of March 2009, the album had sold 1,116,000 copies in the United States.[14]

In Canada, the album peaked at number four on the Canadian Album Chart and was certified gold for shipments of over 50,000 copies.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Michelle Branch, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Intro" 0:12
2."Are You Happy Now?"
3:50
3."Find Your Way Back" 3:45
4."Empty Handed" 4:50
5."Tuesday Morning" 4:43
6."One of These Days" 3:23
7."Love Me Like That" (with Sheryl Crow)
  • Branch
  • Shanks
4:35
8."Desperately" 3:06
9."Breathe"
  • Branch
  • Shanks
3:32
10."Where Are You Now?" 3:26
11."Hotel Paper" 4:19
12."'Til I Get Over You"
  • Branch
  • Shanks
4:10
13."It's You" (Outro begins at 2:30) 3:14
International edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Everywhere"
  • Branch
  • Shanks
3:36
14."The Game of Love" (with Santana)4:15
15."It's You" 3:14
Digital deluxe edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."It's You" (Outro excluded) 2:29
14."Wanting Out" 3:48
15."Lay Me Down"
3:14
16."A Case of You"Joni Mitchell4:15
17."'Til I Get Over You" (Acoustic live from AOL Sessions)
  • Branch
  • Shanks
4:06
18."Are You Happy Now?" (Music video) 4:02
19."Breathe" (Music video) 3:32

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Josh Abraham, Rick DePofi, John Leventhal, John Shanks, Greg Wells
  • Engineers: Daniel Chase, Greg Collins, Rick DePofi, Marc DeSisto, Lars Fox, Chris Reynolds, Jeff Rothschild, Brian Scheuble, Ryan Williams
  • Assistant engineers: Chris Holmes, Brian Humphrey, Eric Reichers, Mark Valentine
  • Mixing: Josh Abraham, assistant: Jesse Gorman, Chris Lord-Alge, Roger Moutenot, Jim Scott
  • Mastering: Brian Gardner
  • A&R: Danny Strick
  • Assistant: Jorge Velez
  • Production coordination: Jill Dell'Abate
  • Programming: Josh Abraham
  • String arrangements: David Campbell
  • Photography: Sheryl Nields

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 18
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 4
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 79
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 43
Irish Albums (IRMA)[20] 53
Japan (Oricon Albums Chart)[21] 8
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[22] 4
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 34
UK Albums (OCC)[24] 35
US Billboard 200[25] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Billboard 200[26] 86

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[27] Gold 50,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[28] Gold 10,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[29] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Chris Willman (June 27, 2003). "Hotel Paper Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  4. ^ PopMatters review
  5. ^ a b "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on December 23, 2007. Retrieved December 10, 2006.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ Todd Burns (September 1, 2003). "Michelle Branch - Hotel Paper". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  7. ^ Sal Cinquemani (June 25, 2003). "Michelle Branch: Hotel Paper". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Spin review
  9. ^ "Yahoo! Music UK review". Archived from the original on August 10, 2004. Retrieved September 16, 2012.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. ^ a b c Martens, Todd (July 2, 2003). "Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 2, 2009.
  11. ^ a b c "American album certifications – Michelle Branch – Hotel Paper". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  12. ^ "Ashanti Returns To No. 1 With 'Chapter II'". Billboard. July 9, 2003. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  13. ^ "Ashanti, Beyonce Albums Remain On Top". Billboard. July 16, 2003. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  14. ^ Trust, Gary (March 13, 2009). "Ask Billboard: Pink, Katy Perry". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 2, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  15. ^ "Search Certification Database" Archived April 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Canadian Recording Industry Association.
  16. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Michelle Branch – Hotel Paper". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  17. ^ "Michelle Branch Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Michelle Branch – Hotel Paper". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  19. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Michelle Branch – Hotel Paper" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  20. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week {{{week}}}, {{{year}}}". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  21. ^ "「ホテル・ペイパー」 ミシェル・ブランチ│オリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  22. ^ "Charts.nz – Michelle Branch – Hotel Paper". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Michelle Branch – Hotel Paper". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  24. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  25. ^ "Michelle Branch Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  26. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2003". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  27. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Michelle Branch – Hotel Paper". Music Canada.
  28. ^ "香港唱片銷量大獎 2003". IFPI Hong Kong. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  29. ^ "Gold disc certification". Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved February 4, 2021. Note: Select 2003年7月 in the "Certification date" dropdown menu.

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