Paint the Sky with Stars

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Paint the Sky with Stars
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Greatest hits album by Enya
Released 3 November 1997
Genre
Length 57:50
Label
Producer
Enya chronology
The Memory of Trees
(1995)
Paint the Sky with Stars
(1997)
A Box of Dreams
(1997)
Singles from Paint the Sky with Stars
  1. "Only If..."
    Released: 3 November 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[2]

Paint the Sky with Stars – The Best of Enya is the first compilation album by Irish singer, songwriter and musician Enya, released on 3 November 1997 by Warner Music internationally and on 11 November 1997 by Reprise Records in the United States. Following her worldwide promotional tour in support of her previous album The Memory of Trees (1995), Enya began selecting tracks for a compilation album in early 1997 as her recording contract with Warner permitted her to do so. The album contains songs from her debut studio album Enya, released in 1987, to The Memory of Trees and two new tracks, "Paint the Sky with Stars" and "Only If...".

Paint the Sky with Stars received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success, reaching number four in the United Kingdom and number thirty on the Billboard 200 in the United States. In the latter territory, the album continued to sell over the next eight years, reaching four million copies shipped in 2005. In Japan, it became the first non-Japanese album under the Warner label to receive a Japan Gold Disc Award in the Grand Prix Album category for selling over one million copies.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Paint the Sky with Stars received universal acclaim from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic rated the album five stars out of five and says that Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya is an excellent 16-song overview of Enya's career, containing 14 selections from The Celts, Watermark, Shepherd Moons, and The Memory of Trees -- including "Caribbean Blue", "Anywhere Is", "Marble Halls", "Book of Days" and, of course, "Orinoco Flow" -- as well as two previously unreleased songs ("Only If...", "Paint the Sky with Stars") that fit comfortably with her past work.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Roma Ryan, except for "Marble Halls", all music composed by Enya and all songs produced by Nicky Ryan.

No. Title From the album Length
1. "Orinoco Flow"   Watermark 4:26
2. "Caribbean Blue"   Shepherd Moons 3:58
3. "Book of Days"   Shepherd Moons 2:56
4. "Anywhere Is"   The Memory of Trees 3:46
5. "Only If..." (previously unreleased)   3:19
6. "The Celts"   Enya 2:57
7. "China Roses"   The Memory of Trees 4:40
8. "Shepherd Moons"   Shepherd Moons 3:40
9. "Ebudæ"   Shepherd Moons 1:52
10. "Storms in Africa"   Watermark 4:11
11. "Watermark"   Watermark 2:26
12. "Paint the Sky with Stars" (previously unreleased)   4:15
13. "Marble Halls"   Shepherd Moons 3:55
14. "On My Way Home" (Single Version) The Memory of Trees 3:38
15. "The Memory of Trees"   The Memory of Trees 4:19
16. "Boadicea"   Enya 3:28

Singles[edit]

"Only If..." was also released as a single the same year with the previously unreleased "Willows on the Water" along with the Oíche Chiúin ("Silent Night") as accompanying tracks.

"Boadicea" was sampled by The Fugees on their UK No. 1 hit "Ready or Not"; it was also sampled by Mario Winans on his UK No. 1 and US No. 2 hit "I Don't Wanna Know".

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Nicky Ryan
  • Arranged by Enya and Nicky Ryan
  • Lyrics by Roma Ryan
  • Marble Halls (Traditional) arranged by Enya and Nicky Ryan
  • All tracks published by EMI Songs Ltd
  • Principal photography: David Scheinmann
  • Calligraphy and Design: Brody Neuenschwander (vls)
  • Mastered by Arun

Accolades[edit]

Japan Gold Disc Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1998 Paint the Sky with Stars Best International Pop Albums of the Year[4][6] Won

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[36] 4× Platinum 240,000*
Australia (ARIA)[37] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[38] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[39] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[40] 2× Platinum 500,000*
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[41] Gold 23,900[41]
Germany (BVMI)[42] Platinum 500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[43] Platinum 20,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[44] Million 1,078,000[45]
Netherlands (NVPI)[46] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[47] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[48] Platinum 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[49] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[50] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[51] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[52] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[53] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[54] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*
Worldwide 12,000,000[55]

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Worldwide 3 November 1997 Warner Music
United States 11 November 1997 Reprise Records

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