Nobody but Me (Michael Bublé album)

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Nobody but Me
Michael Buble Nobody But Me.jpg
Studio album by Michael Bublé
Released October 21, 2016
Recorded September 8, 2015 – August 2016
Los Angeles, California and Vancouver, British Columbia
Studio Warehouse Recording, Capitol Studios, Henson Recording Studios
Genre
Length 34:38
Label Reprise
Producer
Michael Bublé chronology
To Be Loved
(2013)To Be Loved2013
Nobody but Me
(2016)
❤️
(2018)❤️2018
Singles from Nobody but Me
  1. "Nobody but Me"
    Released: August 19, 2016 (2016-08-19)
  2. "I Believe in You"
    Released: February 10, 2017 (2017-02-10)

Nobody but Me is the ninth studio album and seventh major label studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Michael Bublé. The album was released on October 21, 2016 by Reprise Records.[1] It features three original songs co-written by Bublé, including the lead single "Nobody but Me", and nine cover versions.[1]

Background[edit]

Bublé said of the album, "I don't know that I've ever had this much fun working on an album. It was especially thrilling to collaborate with my band who understand that I want to sound better than I've ever sounded. I'm also very proud of the new songs. Having the opportunity to co-produce was a joy for me personally."[2]

The album features "Someday", a duet with Meghan Trainor, which was written by Trainor and Harry Styles. It marks the first time Bublé has recorded an original song not written by himself.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Evening Standard3/5 stars[5]

Nobody but Me received mostly positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic's Matt Collar wrote: "not surprisingly, he keeps the dance going with his slick, superbly executed ninth studio album, 2016's Nobody but Me. Co-produced by Bublé along with a cadre of big-name pop producers including Johan Carlsson, Alan Chang, Jason "Spicy G" Goldman, and the Monsters & Strangerz, the album is not dissimilar from the Canadian artist's past works. Here, we get a handful of well-curated standards, from a jaunty reading of the Matt Monro classic "My Kind of Girl" to a lush, orchestral take on "The Very Thought of You" to a brightly swinging, Sinatra-esque version of "My Baby Just Cares for Me." And while it's Bublé's finely honed talent for delivering these urbane, time-tested songs that remains the foundation of his appeal, he continues to defy easy categorization with his various forays into newly penned, modern radio-ready pop. Cuts like the crisp, '50s rock-meets-2000s-hip-hop title track, the twangy and soulful "Today Is Yesterday's Tomorrow," and the ukulele-accented duet with Meghan Trainor "Someday," are peppy anthems that make the most of Bublé's charm. Ultimately, that Bublé can successfully transition on Nobody But Me from the uber-earnest acoustic guitar boy band romance of "I Believe in You" to the giddy, mandolin-soaked, Dean Martin-pastiche of "On an Evening in Roma (Sotter Celo de Roma)" and make both work is at the least an enviable skill and at best, a kind of pop magic. Very few of his contemporaries can do that and nobody but Bublé can own it like he does here.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Canada, Nobody but Me debuted at number three on the Canadian Albums Chart with 15,300 album-equivalent units. It is Bublé's sixth top three debut in the country.[6] The following week, it ascended to number two.[7] On December 7, 2016, Nobody but Me was certified Platinum by Music Canada for shipments of 80,000 copies in the country.[8]

In the United States, Nobody but Me debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 with 91,000 units, 85,000 of which were pure album sales.[9] The album sales dropped by 73% to 25,000 units in the second week, consequently it fell to number 10 on the Billboard 200.[10]

In the United Kingdom, Nobody but Me debuted at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart with 55,087 sales.[11] In its second week Nobody but Me dropped to number three with 25,350 sales.[12] With his three-year-old son diagnosed with cancer, Buble benefited from a boost to his sales given by his primetime special, Bublé at the BBC.[13] On January 9, 2017 the album was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipping 300,000 units in the country.[14] According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), Nobody But Me was the 12th best-selling album of 2016, selling 1.2 million copies that year.[15]

Track listing[edit]

Nobody but Me – Standard version[16]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Believe in You"
  • Bublé
  • Chang
  • Johan Carlsson
3:21
2."My Kind of Girl"Leslie Bricusse
4:06
3."Nobody but Me" (featuring Black Thought)
  • Bublé
  • Chang
  • Bryan Lipps
  • Erik Kertes
  • Jason "Spicy G" Goldman
  • Bublé
  • Chang
  • Spicy G
  • Carlsson
2:59
4."On an Evening in Roma (Sotto er cielo de Roma)"
  • Nan Fredricks
  • Sandro Taccani
  • Umberto Bertini
  • Bublé
  • Chang
2:42
5."Today Is Yesterday's Tomorrow"Ross GolanCarlsson3:24
6."The Very Thought of You"Ray Noble
  • Bublé
  • Chang
3:31
7."I Wanna Be Around"
  • Bublé
  • Chang
  • Spicy G
3:42
8."Someday" (featuring Meghan Trainor)
3:23
9."My Baby Just Cares for Me"
  • Bublé
  • Chang
  • Spicy G
3:15
10."God Only Knows"
  • Bublé
  • Chang
  • Spicy G
4:15

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[50] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Platinum 80,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[51] Platinum 6,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[52] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Platinum 300,000^
United States 205,000[9]
Summaries
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 1,200,000[15]

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

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