Now or Never (Nick Carter album)

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Now or Never
Now or Never (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 29, 2002 (US)
RecordedFebruary[1]-September 2002[2]
GenrePop, pop rock
Length43:42
LabelJive
ProducerPer 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
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 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.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Help Me"Matthew Gerrard • Michele Vice-MaslinMatthew Gerrard3:09
2."My Confession"Nick Carter • Gary ClarkMartin BrammerGary Clark • Martin Brammer3:50
3."I Stand for You"Carter • Brian Kierulf • Josh SchwartzBrian Kierulf • Josh Schwartz3:07
4."Do I Have to Cry for You?"Carter • Kierulf • SchwartzBrian Kierulf • Josh Schwartz3:37
5."Girls in the USA" (featuring Mr. Vegas)Carter • Kierulf • SchwartzSteve Mac4:07
6."I Got You"Max MartinRami YacoubMax MartinRami Yacoub3:57
7."Is It Saturday Yet?"Carter • Clark • Brammer • Stephen LuntGary Clark • Martin Brammer3:14
8."Blow Your Mind"Martin • Yacoub • Per AldeheimMax Martin • Rami Yacoub • Per Aldeheim3:34
9."Miss America"Anna-Lena Gibson • Mark Taylor • Steve LeeMark Taylor3:55
10."I Just Wanna Take You Home"Martin • Yacoub • AldeheimMax Martin • Rami Yacoub • Aldeheim2:55
11."Heart Without a Home (I'll Be Yours)"Steve Mac • Wayne HectorSteve Mac4:46
12."Who Needs the World?"Charlie Midnight • Graham Edwards • Lauren Christy • Scott SpockThe Matrix3:30

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 (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[10] 66
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[10] 41
German Albums (Media Control)[10] 25
Italian Albums (FIMI)[10] 44
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[11] 4
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[12] 25
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 41
Swiss Albums (Swiss Hitparade)[10] 85
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 91
US Albums (Billboard)[14] 17

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Gold 50,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[17] Gold[16] 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. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  13. ^ "Nick Carter Chart History Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  14. ^ Now or Never at AllMusic
  15. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Nick Carter – Now or Never". Music Canada.
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Nick Carter – Now or Never" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved January 17, 2014.