Love (Michael Bublé album)

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Love
MichaelBubleLove.png
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
RecordedLate 2017-Mid 2018
StudioChartmaker, Capitol Studios, Warehouse Recording, EastWest Recording, The Village Recorder, Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios and Angel Studios
Length38:23
LabelReprise
ProducerDavid Foster[1]
Michael Bublé chronology
Nobody but Me
(2016)
Love
(2018)
Singles from Love
  1. "When I Fall in Love"
    Released: September 27, 2018
  2. "Love You Anymore"
    Released: October 10, 2018

Love (stylized as the red heart emoji ❤️[2]) is the tenth studio album and eighth major label studio album by Canadian singer Michael Bublé, released on November 16, 2018, by Reprise Records.[3] It is supported by the lead single "When I Fall in Love".[3]

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Bublé was quoted as saying that love would be his final album and that he would no longer do interviews, as his son's cancer diagnosis and subsequent remission made him re-evaluate what was important to him, and that as he has made "the perfect album", he can retire from music "at the very top".[4] His management subsequently dismissed these as "tabloid" rumours, denying that Bublé would be retiring.[5]

Background and writing[edit]

love is Bublé's first release of any kind in two years, following his eldest son Noah being diagnosed with liver cancer, which he has said made him consider "never returning to music".[3] He later returned to write and record songs in the studio as his son's condition improved.[3] On his approach to the album, Bublé stated: "My end game for the new record was to create a series of short cinematic stories for each song I chose and have it stand on its own."[6] Once the rough outline of his album concept was formed he pitched the idea to his band members while they were visiting his Vancouver home for a casual jam session and video games.[7]

For the album, Bublé wrote the original song "Forever Now", and co-wrote the track "Love You Anymore" with Charlie Puth.[6] The singer coaxed his mentor David Foster out of retirement from studio projects to oversee projection of much of the album.[7] Bublé originally thought he would title the album My Romance in reference to his rekindled romance with music, but decided against it because he felt the title would involve frequent contextual explanation.[8]

Promotion[edit]

Bublé announced the album in a Facebook Live stream, where he acknowledged the time he had spent away from music.[3] The album was also called his "most romantic record to date".[3] He performed a section of "Love You Anymore" on Carpool Karaoke for Stand Up to Cancer on October 26, 2018.[9] He performed on The Graham Norton Show on November 9 and The X Factor on November 11.[10][11]

Singles[edit]

The first single from the album, "When I Fall in Love",[12] was released on September 27, 2018. It was followed by the original song, "Love You Anymore", on October 12,[13] and finally "Such a Night" on November 9, one week before the album's release.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Canada, Love debuted at number 2 on the Canadian Albums Chart with 26,000 album-equivalent units. It is Bublé's seventh top-two debut in the country.[15] In his second week, Love reached number one on the chart, with 21,000 equivalent units.[16]

In the United States, Love debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 with 111,000 units, 105,000 of which were pure album sales. It became Bublé's eighth top 10 album and sixth top two on the Billboard 200.[17]

In the United Kingdom, Love debuted at number one with sales of 66,794 (88% of the sales being physical CDs), making it Bublé's fourth chart-topping record on the UK Albums Chart.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."When I Fall in Love"4:03
2."I Only Have Eyes for You"
  • Bublé
  • Foster
  • Saag
3:22
3."Love You Anymore"
  • Bublé
  • Foster
  • Saag[13]
3:02
4."La Vie en rose" (featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant)
  • Bublé
  • Foster
  • Saag
3:49
5."My Funny Valentine"
  • Bublé
  • Foster
  • Saag
4:25
6."Such a Night"
  • Bublé
  • Foster
  • Saag[14]
3:17
7."Forever Now"
  • Bublé
  • Foster
  • Saag
3:40
8."Help Me Make It Through the Night" (featuring Loren Allred)Kris Kristofferson
  • Bublé
  • Foster
  • Saag
3:42
9."Unforgettable"Irving Gordon
  • Bublé
  • Foster
  • Saag
3:08
10."When You're Smiling"
  • Bublé
  • Foster
  • Saag
2:50
11."Where or When" 3:05
Total length:38:23
Deluxe edition bonus tracks[19]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."When You're Not Here"
  • Bublé
  • Alan Chang
  • Jason "Spicy G" Goldman
3:38
13."I Get a Kick Out of You"Cole Porter
  • Bublé
  • Foster
  • Saag
2:57
Total length:44:58

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 2
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 13
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[16] 1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[24] 22
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[25] 20
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[26] 4
Estonian Albums (Eesti Ekspress)[27] 28
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[28] 15
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 60
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30] 6
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[31] 4
Irish Albums (IRMA)[32] 4
Italian Albums (FIMI)[33] 5
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[34] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[35] 31
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[36] 10
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[37] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[38] 1
Slovak Albums (ČNS IFPI)[39] 17
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[40] 7
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[41] 27
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[42] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[43] 1
US Billboard 200[17] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Gold 100,000^

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

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