Oxygen (Avalon album)

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Oxygen
OxygenAlbum.jpg
Studio album by Avalon
Released May 22, 2001
Recorded 2000
Genre CCM, Inspirational
Length 54:10[1]
Label Sparrow
Producer Brown Bannister, Grant Cunningham
Avalon chronology
Joy: A Christmas Collection
(2000)
Oxygen
(2001)
O2: Avalon Remixed
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Oxygen is Avalon's fifth studio album, released on May 22, 2001, and produced by Brown Bannister and Grant Cunningham. The project was strongly supported by Christian radio, containing six No. 1 radio singles[2]—the most of any Avalon album to date. Oxygen is the first (and so far, only) album by the group to release alongside a Collector's Edition, which features a hidden bonus track, "Beyond the Clouds".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wonder Why" – 4:00 Sung by Janna and Jody
  2. "The Best Thing" – 4:55 Sung by Michael and Cherie
  3. "By Heart, by Soul" (feat. Aaron Neville) – 4:08 All split lead
  4. "Undeniably You" – 3:57 Sung by Cherie
  5. "I Don't Want to Go" – 5:25 Sung by Janna
  6. "Never Givin' Up" – 4:26 All split lead
  7. "Make It Last Forever" – 3:23 Sung by Michael, Jody and Cherie
  8. "The Glory" – 5:02 Sung by Jody and Cherie
  9. "Oxygen" – 4:53 Sung by Michael and Janna
  10. "Love Remains" – 4:31 Sung by Jody
  11. "Come and Fill My Heart" – 5:09 Sung by Michael
  12. "Beyond the Clouds" (Hidden track) – 4:21 Sung by Janna and Cherie

Personnel[edit]

Radio Singles[edit]

  • "The Glory" +
  • "Make It Last Forever" +
  • "Wonder Why" +
  • "Come and Fill My Heart" +
  • "I Don't Want To Go" +
  • "Undeniably You" +

+ Denotes #1 Radio Hit

Audience Reaction[edit]

Radio[edit]

Oxygen received a warm welcome from Christian radio, as the album now boasts six No. 1 radio hits[2]—the most of any Avalon album to date. Highlights include:

  • "The Glory", the first AC single from Oxygen, received 41 adds from all 41 reporting stations its debut week—the first single at radio to ever achieve 100% participation its first week. "Make It Last Forever", the single issued to CHR, received an initial 14 adds out of 19 reporting stations, giving Avalon a total of 55 adds in just one week. This is an unprecedented mark in not only Avalon's radio history, but for Christian radio as well.[2]

Sales[edit]

Riding the momentum of its radio successes, Oxygen was an out-of-the-box bestseller. It sold more than 33,400 copies its first week of release,[3] debuting at #37 on the Billboard 200[4] and #1 on Billboard's Christian albums chart.[5] Both chart positions represent the highest performances on their respective charts in the group's illustrious career.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kittle, Ashleigh. "Review: Oxygen". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Avalon - EMICMG Fact Sheet
  3. ^ Price, Deborah. "Higher Ground". Google Books. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Avalon - Chart History". Billboard. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Magazine, Vol. 113 No. 23". Google Books. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 14 June 2015.