Now or Never (Nick Carter album)

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Now or Never
Now or Never (album).jpg
Studio album by Nick Carter
Released October 29, 2002 (US)
Recorded February[1]-September 2002[2]
Genre Pop, pop rock
Length 43:42
Label Jive
Producer Per Aldeheim, Martin Brammer, Gary Clark, Matthew Gerrard, Steve Mac, Max Martin, The Matrix, Rami, Josh Schwartz, Mark Taylor, Brian Kierulf
Nick Carter chronology
Before the Backstreet Boys 1989–1993
(2002)
Now or Never
(2002)
I'm Taking Off
(2011)
Singles from Now or Never
  1. "Help Me"
    Released: June 24, 2002
  2. "Do I Have to Cry for You?"
    Released: August 2002
  3. "I Got You"
    Released: February 14, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly (C)[4]

Now or Never is the debut solo album by Nick Carter, best known as a member of the Backstreet Boys, released on October 29, 2002 by Jive Records. The album debuted at #17 in its first week on the Billboard 200,[5] selling some 70,000 copies during first week in U.S. It fell out of the top 50 in its second week, but sold well enough to be certified Gold by the RIAA in December 2002.[6] Two singles were released from the album, neither of which had any impact on the US charts. The first single, "Help Me", did reach #9 on the Canadian Singles Chart.[7] "I Got You" was a major hit in Europe and Southeast Asia. Aaron Carter gave sneak previews of three of the songs from the album on his album Another Earthquake.

Background[edit]

In 2002, when the Backstreet Boys expressed a strong desire to leave their management company, The Firm, Carter chose to remain with them to manage his solo career. As the group began recording their new album without him, he started working on his first solo album.[8] Now or Never was released on October 29, 2002, and it reached No. 17 on Billboard 200 and was certified gold, both in the United States and Canada. The lead single, "Help Me" achieved considerable worldwide success while the other single, "I Got You" was a minor hit in Europe. The album made the charts in many countries as well. He also launched a worldwide tour in support of the album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Help Me" Matthew Gerrard • Michele Vice-Maslin Matthew Gerrard 3:09
2. "My Confession" Nick Carter • Gary ClarkMartin Brammer Gary Clark • Martin Brammer 3:50
3. "I Stand for You" Carter • Brian Kierulf • Josh Schwartz Brian Kierulf • Josh Schwartz 3:07
4. "Do I Have to Cry for You?" Carter • Kierulf • Schwartz Brian Kierulf • Josh Schwartz 3:37
5. "Girls in the USA" (featuring Mr. Vegas) Carter • Kierulf • Schwartz Steve Mac 4:07
6. "I Got You" Max MartinRami Yacoub Max MartinRami Yacoub 3:57
7. "Is It Saturday Yet?" Carter • Clark • Brammer • Stephen Lunt Gary Clark • Martin Brammer 3:14
8. "Blow Your Mind" Martin • Yacoub • Per Aldeheim Max Martin • Rami Yacoub • Per Aldeheim 3:34
9. "Miss America" Anna-Lena Gibson • Mark Taylor • Steve Lee Mark Taylor 3:55
10. "I Just Wanna Take You Home" Martin • Yacoub • Aldeheim Max Martin • Rami Yacoub • Aldeheim 2:55
11. "Heart Without a Home (I'll Be Yours)" Steve Mac • Wayne Hector Steve Mac 4:46
12. "Who Needs the World?" Charlie Midnight • Graham Edwards • Lauren Christy • Scott Spock The Matrix 3:30

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Now or Never adapted from AllMusic.[9]

  • Per Aldeheim – engineer, guitar, guitar engineer, producer
  • Alex G. – digital editing
  • Dave Arch – string arrangements
  • Keith B. Armstrong – mixing assistant
  • Elan Bongiorno – make-up
  • Martin Brammer – engineer, mixing, Pro Tools, producer, programming, vocals (background)
  • Michael Brauer – mixing
  • Nick Carter – illustrations, vocals (background)
  • Alison Clark – vocals (background)
  • Gary Clark – bass, engineer, guitar, keyboards, mixing, Pro Tools, producer, programming, vocals (background)
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Michelle John Douglas – vocals (background)
  • Geoff Dugmore – drums
  • Rickard Evensand – drums
  • Nick Friend – assistant
  • Elisa Garcia – art direction, design
  • Paul Gendler – guitar
  • Matthew Gerrard – arranger, engineer, instrumentation, producer, programming, vocal arrangement
  • Stefan Glaumann – mixing
  • Steve Harvey – percussion
  • Wayne Hector – vocals (background)
  • Peter Kahm – bass
  • Fridrik Karlsson – guitar
  • Brian Kierulf – engineer
  • Peter Kvint – guitar
  • Chris Laws – drums, engineer
  • Steve Lee – guitar (acoustic), vocals (background)
  • Chris Lord-Alge – mixing
  • Steve Mac – arranger, keyboards, mixing, producer
  • Anthony Mandler – photography
  • Max Martin – engineer, mixing, producer, vocal engineer, vocals (background)
  • The Matrix – arranger, engineer, mixing, producer
  • Pablo Munguia – vocal engineer
  • Jackie Murphy – art direction
  • Esbjörn Öhrwall – guitar
  • Steve Pearce – bass
  • Adam Phillips – guitar (electric)
  • Daniel Pursey – assistant engineer, percussion
  • Rami – engineer, mixing, producer
  • Cesar Ramirez – assistant engineer, assistant vocal engineer
  • Brandy St. John – stylist
  • Christian Saint Val – assistant engineer
  • Sank – engineer
  • Andrew Scarth – engineer
  • José Carlos Schwartz – bass, engineer, producer, vocals (background)
  • Mark Taylor – engineer, mixing, producer
  • Matt Tryggestad – vocal arrangement
  • Michael Tucker – engineer
  • Jeff Vereb – assistant engineer
  • Jong Uk Yoon – assistant engineer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[10] 66
Dutch Albums Chart[10] 41
German Albums Chart[10] 25
Italian Albums Chart[10] 44
Japan Oricon Albums Chart[11] 4
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 41
Swiss Albums Chart[10] 85
UK Albums Chart 91
U.S. Billboard 200[12] 17
U.S. Top Internet Albums[12] 17

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[14] Gold[15] 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nick Carter Talks Plea Bargain, Solo Stuff & Backstreet". popdirt.com. 2002-02-25. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  2. ^ "Nick Carter Said Backstreet Boys Had Become Boring". popdirt.com. 2002-09-24. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  3. ^ Now or Never at AllMusic
  4. ^ David Browne (2002-10-28). "Now or Never Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  5. ^ allmusic.com - Now or Never > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  6. ^ a b "American album certifications – Nick Carter – Now or Never". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  7. ^ allmusic.com - Now or Never > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles
  8. ^ Strauss, Neil (August 18, 2002). "MUSIC; The Lost Boys: How a Pop Sensation Came Undone". New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Now or never – Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Steffen Hung. "Nick Carter - Now Or Never". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  11. ^ "ニック・カーターのリリース一覧" [A Look at Nick Carter's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Now or Never at AllMusic
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Nick Carter – Now or Never". Music Canada. 
  14. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Nick Carter – Now or Never" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2002年10月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. October 2002 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 517: 10. December 10, 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 24, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2014.