Lukas Graham (2015 album)

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Lukas Graham
Lukas Graham Blue Album.jpg
Studio album by
Released16 June 2015
GenrePop
Length
  • 40:02 (standard version)
  • 39:59 (2016 international version)
Label
Producer
Lukas Graham chronology
Lukas Graham
(2012)
Lukas Graham
(2015)
3 (The Purple Album)
(2018)
Singles from Lukas Graham
  1. "Mama Said"
    Released: 23 June 2014
  2. "Strip No More"
    Released: 16 June 2015
  3. "7 Years"
    Released: 18 September 2015
  4. "You're Not There"
    Released: 13 May 2016
  5. "Take the World by Storm"
    Released: 16 September 2016
Alternative cover
2016 international version cover
2016 international version cover

Lukas Graham (also known as Blue Album) is the second studio album by Danish band Lukas Graham. It was released in Denmark on 16 June 2015 through Copenhagen Records. The album includes the singles "Mama Said", "Strip No More" and "7 Years". A version of the album incorporating "Drunk in the Morning" and "Better Than Yourself (Criminal Mind Pt 2)" from the band's debut (while removing "Hayo", the interlude and "Playtime") was released internationally on 1 April 2016, serving as the band's debut album in the United States and United Kingdom.

Artwork[edit]

The original Danish cover of the album takes its artwork from The Lady with the Bottles, a 1992 painting by Danish artist Lars Helweg that is based on a nude picture of the Swedish actress Anita Ekberg that appeared in the magazine Playboy during the 1950s. The American cover was designed to be less risqué; it shows a boy looking at Helweg's painting, with his arm bent in a way that covers up the woman's breasts.[1]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Boston Globefavourable[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
The New York Timesfavourable[6]

Lukas Graham received mostly favourable reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, it received an average score of 75, based on 5 reviews.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Denmark, Lukas Graham was released on 16 June 2015 without any promotion. The album entered the Danish Albums Chart at number one and spent 22 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart. It has spent 163 weeks on the whole chart, including 95 weeks in the top 10, with the last one being in its 163rd charting week [7]. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, with first-week sales of 24,093 copies, becoming the highest-charting album by a Danish act.[8][9] Lukas Graham debuted at number one on the Australian Albums Chart, becoming the first number-one album by a Danish act since Aqua's Aquarium peaked at number one in 1998.

The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 in the United States, selling 34,000 copies. It is the highest charting album by a Danish act.[10] Danish singer Coco O previously charted at number two with the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby (2013).[11]

In Canada, the album debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 5,300 copies.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Standard version
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."7 Years"
  • Future Animals
  • Pilo
3:57
2."Take the World by Storm"
  • Future Animals
  • Pilo
3:11
3."Mama Said"
  • Forchhammer
  • Ristorp
  • Forrest
  • Pilegaard
  • Future Animals
  • Pilo
3:26
4."Happy Home"
3:37
5."Hayo"
  • Forchhammer
  • Ristorp
  • Forrest
  • Pilegaard
  • Magnus Larsson
  • Christopher Steven Brown
  • Future Animals
  • Pilo
  • Brown[b]
2:52
6."When I Woke Up… (Interlude)"
  • Forchhammer
  • Ristorp
  • Forrest
  • Pilegaard
  • David Greenbaum
  • Future Animals
  • Pilo
0:49
7."Don't You Worry 'Bout Me"
  • Future Animals
  • Pilo
3:10
8."What Happened to Perfect"
  • Forchhammer
  • Ristorp
  • Forrest
  • Pilegaard
  • Steven Brown
  • Golan
  • Future Animals
  • Pilo
  • Brown[b]
3:56
9."Playtime"
  • Forchhammer
  • Ristorp
  • Pilegaard
  • Jim Duguid
  • Future Animals
  • Pilo
4:12
10."Strip No More"
  • Forchhammer
  • Ristorp
  • Forrest
  • Sebastian Fogh
  • Pilegaard
  • Larsson
  • Brandon Beal
  • Steven Brown
  • Mark Falgren
  • Future Animals
  • Pilo
  • Brown[b]
3:27
11."You're Not There"
  • Forchhammer
  • Ristorp
  • Forrest
  • Pilegaard
  • James Alan
  • Future Animals
  • Pilo
3:21
12."Funeral"
  • Forchhammer
  • Ristorp
  • Forrest
  • Pilegaard
  • Steven Brown
  • Golan
  • Future Animals
  • Pilo
  • Brown[b]
4:04
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies a co-producer

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[44] 9× Platinum 180,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[45] Gold 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[46] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[48] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Format Label Ref.
Denmark 17 June 2015
  • CD
  • digital download
Copenhagen [49]
United Kingdom 1 April 2016 Warner Bros. [50]
United States [13]
Australia [51]

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