Hotel Paper

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Hotel Paper
Hotel Paper.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 24, 2003 (US)
GenrePop rock
Michelle Branch chronology
The Spirit Room
Hotel Paper
Everything Comes and Goes
Singles from Hotel Paper
  1. "Are You Happy Now?"
    Released: May 26, 2003
  2. "Breathe"
    Released: August 1, 2003 (US)
  3. "'Til I Get Over You"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Blender3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC[3]
Q3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[7]
Stylus MagazineC−[6]
Yahoo! Music UK6/10 stars[9]

Hotel Paper is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Michelle Branch which was released on June 24, 2003.

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.

Hotel Paper debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 157,000 copies in its first week—it was Branch's highest sales week and surpassed the peak position of her previous major label album, The Spirit Room (2001).[10] By December 2003, Hotel Paper was certified platinum by the RIAA.[11] The album had sold 1,116,000 copies in the US as of March 2009.[12] Hotel Paper was certified gold in Canada for shipment of 50,000 copies.[13]

"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.

The album received mixed reviews.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Michelle Branch, except where noted.

1."Intro" 0:12
2."Are You Happy Now?"
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
8."Desperately" 3:06
  • Branch
  • Shanks
10."Where Are You Now?" 3:26
11."Hotel Paper" 4:19
12."'Til I Get Over You"
  • Branch
  • Shanks
13."It's You" (Outro begins at 2:30) 3:14


  • "Are You Happy Now?" (May 20, 2003)
  • "Breathe" (September 23, 2003)
  • "'Til I Get Over You" (2004)



  • 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


Commercial performance[edit]

Hotel Paper debuted at number two with 157,000 copies sold on Billboard 200.[14]


Chart (2003) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 18
Top Canadian Albums 4
New Zealand Albums Chart 4
UK Albums Chart 35
US Billboard 200 2
US Billboard Top Internet Albums 2
Japan Oricon Album Chart 8[15]


Territory Certification Sales
Canada Gold 50,000
Japan Gold[16] 100,000
United States Platinum 1,116,000


Single Chart (2003) Peak
"Are You Happy Now?" US Billboard Adult Top 40 3
US Billboard Hot 100 16
US Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents 9
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 4
US Billboard Top 40 Tracks 4
UK Singles Chart 31
Single Chart (2004) Peak
"Breathe" US Billboard Adult Contemporary 27
US Billboard Adult Top 40 13
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 2
US Billboard Hot 100 36
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 18
US Billboard Top 40 Tracks 20


  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ Martens, Todd. "Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart". Billboard. July 2, 2003.
  11. ^ "Gold and Platinum – Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America.
  12. ^ Trust, Gary (March 13, 2009). "Ask Billboard: Pink, Katy Perry". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 2, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "Search Certification Database" Archived April 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Canadian Recording Industry Association.
  14. ^ Martens, Todd (July 2, 2003). "Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 2, 2009.
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  16. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2003年1月~7月. RIAJ (in Japanese). August 10, 2003. Retrieved November 13, 2010.

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