Promises and Lies

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Promises and Lies
Promises and Lies.jpg
Studio album by
Released27 July 1993
GenreReggae
Length47:09
LabelVirgin/DEP
ProducerUB40
UB40 chronology
Labour of Love II
(1989)
Promises and Lies
(1993)
Guns in the Ghetto
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]
Q4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(dud)[4]

Promises and Lies is the tenth album by the British reggae band UB40, released in 1993. It includes the hit from the soundtrack of the 1993 movie Sliver, "Can't Help Falling in Love", originally sung by Elvis Presley. The album reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 6 in the United States. It is the band's best-selling album (over 9 million copies).[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by UB40 (Brian Travers, Ali Campbell, Earl Falconer, Jimmy Brown, Norman Hassan, Robin Campbell, Mickey Virtue and Terence Wilson), unless otherwise noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."C'est La Vie" 4:31
2."Desert Sand" 4:48
3."Promises and Lies" 3:38
4."Bring Me Your Cup" 5:41
5."Higher Ground" 4:21
6."Reggae Music" 4:06
7."(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You"Luigi Creatore; Hugo Peretti; George David Weiss3:27
8."Now and Then" 3:40
9."Things Ain't Like They Used to Be" 4:01
10."It's a Long Long Way" 4:29
11."Sorry" 4:27
Total length:47:09

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1993 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
1993 United Kingdom Albums Chart 1
1993 Billboard Hot 100 Reggae Albums 1

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[7] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Platinum 100,000^
Colombia[9] 40,000
France (SNEP)[10] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[11] Platinum 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[12] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[9] 72,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[13] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF)[14] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[15] Platinum 50,000^
South Africa[9] 150,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly
  3. ^ Q Magazine
  4. ^ Robert Christgau
  5. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (2 October 2018). "A Primer on UB40, the Band Brett Kavanaugh for Some Reason Wanted to Fight". Vulture. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  7. ^ "Austrian album certifications – UB 40 – Promises" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – UB 40 – Promises". Music Canada. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Sexton, Paul (14 August 1993). "Honeymoon Continues with UB40". Billboard. p. 11. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  10. ^ "French album certifications – UB 40 – Promises" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (UB 40; 'Promises + Lies')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Dutch album certifications – UB 40 – Promises" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 11 March 2019. Enter Promises in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  13. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 935. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  15. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (UB 40; 'Promises')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – UB 40 – Promises and lies". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 11 March 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Promises and lies in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – UB-40 – Promises and lies". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 11 March 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.