Sing (Gary Barlow album)

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Sing
Studio album by Gary Barlow
Released 25 May 2012 (2012-05-25)
Recorded 2012
Genre Pop
Length 26:07
Label Decca
Producer Steven Baker, Gary Barlow, Ryan Carline, Jon Cohen, Eliot Kennedy, Steve Power
Gary Barlow chronology
Twelve Months, Eleven Days
(1999)
Sing
(2012)
Since I Saw You Last
(2013)
Singles from Sing
  1. "Sing[1]"
    Released: 28 May 2012

Sing is the third solo album released by British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow. The album was released through Decca Records on 25 May 2012 and features The Commonwealth Band which was created by Barlow to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

Background[edit]

With Take That on a hiatus after the completion of their record breaking Progress Live tour in 2011, Gary Barlow was approached by the Queen's advisers to discuss Barlow writing an original song which would become the official song of the Diamond Jubilee. Barlow then begun to shape ideas before enlisting the help of Andrew Lloyd Webber who was also asked to create a piece of music for the celebrations.[2]

Release[edit]

Once the title track, "Sing", was written; Barlow then re-recorded his version of "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles, which was used previously in a UK advertising campaign for Marks & Spencer, and added it to the release. Further to this he then worked with other singers and recorded new versions of older songs which were also included.

Chart performance[edit]

The album entered the UK Album Charts at number 1 with sales of 40,020,[3] becoming Gary Barlow's second solo number 1 album since Open Road which was released in May 1997.[4] The album now holds the record for the shortest playing number one album in chart history.[3] The album also reached number 1 in the Scottish Album Charts, and number 61 in Ireland. The album remained at number 1 in the UK Album Chart the following week selling 75,538 copies - the third highest weekly sale by any artist album this year, and the highest for 16 weeks.[5] Sing also rose from 11 to number 1, making Barlow the first artist in 2012 to be number 1 in the album and singles chart in the same week.[6] Upon the announcement of the album entering at number 1, Barlow said "I couldn't have wished for anything more on this momentous weekend!" in reference to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, co-writer of lead single 'Sing', added: "I'm absolutely thrilled, this is a burst of sunshine on a rainy Sunday".[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Sing" (Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band featuring Military Wives) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gary Barlow Eliot Kennedy, Gary Barlow, Ryan Carline 4:35
2. "Sing" (Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gary Barlow Ryan Carline, Gary Barlow 4:01
3. "Here Comes the Sun" (Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band) George Harrison Steve Power 2:42
4. "Amazing Grace" (Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band featuring Hayley Westenra) John Newton Ryan Carline, Gary Barlow 3:12
5. "Stronger As One" (Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band featuring Laura Wright) Robert Hartshorne Steven Baker 3:28
6. "Land of Hope and Glory" (Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band featuring Alfie Boe and Military Wives) Edward Elgar, A. C. Benson Steven Baker 3:30
7. "God Save the Queen (National Anthem)" (Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band featuring Laura Wright) Thomas Arne Jon Cohen 2:39

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Irish Albums (IRMA)[8] 61
Scottish Albums(OCC)[9] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 1
UK Download (OCC Download)[11] 1

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Gold 200,000^
Summaries

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Ireland[13] 25 May 2012 CD, digital download Decca Records
United Kingdom 28 May 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/gary-barlow-set-for-official-charts-diamond-double-1435/ 6 June 2012. Official Charts Company - Gary Barlow set for Official Charts Diamond double!06/06/2012
  2. ^ Jubilee Official, Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber to create a Diamond Jubilee song-Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber are to write a song together to mark 60 years of The Queen's reign
  3. ^ a b http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=1049803&c=1 Worlds album chart : Gary Barlow LP sells 40k. 21:21 | Sunday June 3, 2012 By Alan Jones
  4. ^ Official Charts Company Gary Barlow At Number 1 in Albums Chart. June, 3 2012
  5. ^ http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=1049854&c=1 Official Charts Analysis: Gary Barlow tops Album and Singles lists 10:02 | Monday June 11, 2012By Alan Jones
  6. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/gary-barlow-tops-the-official-singles-and-official-albums-chart-with-sing-1438/ Gary Barlow tops the Official Singles AND Official Albums Chart with Sing 10 June 2012
  7. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a385175/gary-barlow-grabs-first-solo-no1-album-since-1997-with-sing.html Digital Spy - Gary Barlow grabs first solo No.1 album since 1997 with 'Sing'Published Sunday, Jun 3 2012, 19:00 BST | By Tom Eames
  8. ^ " Stats – Gary Barlow". Chart Stats. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  9. ^ "Gary Barlow lands Official Number 1 album for Diamond". Scottish Album Chart Archive June 16, 2012 Official Chart Company. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  10. ^ "Gary Barlow lands Official Number 1 album for Diamond ". Gary Barlow lands Official Number 1 album for Diamond Official Chart Company. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  11. ^ "UK Album Downloads Top 40 - 9th June 2012 ". UK Album Downloads Top 40 - 9th June 2012 Official Chart Company. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Gary Barlow – Sing". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Sing in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  13. ^ iTunes - Music - Sing by Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band