Someone to Watch Over Me (album)

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Someone to Watch Over Me
Studio album by Susan Boyle
Released 1 November 2011
Recorded 2010–11
Genre Operatic pop, adult contemporary, crossover
Length 33:36
Label Syco, Columbia (US)
Producer Steve Mac[1]
Susan Boyle chronology
The Gift
(2010)The Gift2010
Someone to Watch Over Me
Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage
(2012)Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage2012
Singles from Someone to Watch Over Me
  1. "You Have to Be There"
    Released: 20 September 2011
  2. "Enjoy the Silence"
    Released: 30 September 2011
  3. "Unchained Melody"
    Released: 14 October 2011
  4. "Autumn Leaves"
    Released: 25 October 2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 56/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Someone to Watch Over Me is the third album by Scottish singer Susan Boyle, which was released on 7 November 2011 in the United Kingdom and 1 November 2011 in the United States. The album has been described as a "diverse mix of music" which includes songs inspired by the stories of Boyle's fans who write letters to her.


Boyle announced the album title and release date on 1 September 2011. Boyle announced the news on the semi-final results show of America's Got Talent, after performing a track from the record called "You Have to Be There", the song was written by ABBA legends Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and is taken from their popular Swedish musical Kristina från Duvemåla. After Boyle performed "You Have to Be There" on America's Got Talent she said: "I'm so pleased the audience enjoyed the song. I really loved performing that big number. I was also a little nervous introducing something new. America's Got Talent - it's where I started with my first album, so it was wonderful to be back and for the support."[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the album debuted in the top position of the UK Albums Chart, her third consecutive album to do so.[5] It sold 72,000 copies in its debut week.[6] As of 22 December 2011, the album has sold 416,000 copies in the US.[7]

In Australia, the album debuted in the top position of the Australian Album Chart, so far it has been certified double platinum.

In the United States, the album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, becoming her third top five album on the chart. It sold 132,000 copies in its first week.[8] In its second week, the album was number seven selling 72,000 copies.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
1. "You Have to Be There" Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus Helen Sjöholm, from Kristina från Duvemåla 3:53
2. "Unchained Melody" Hy Zaret, Alex North Todd Duncan, from Unchained 3:47
3. "Enjoy the Silence" Martin Gore Depeche Mode 4:11
4. "Both Sides, Now" Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell 3:29
5. "Lilac Wine" James Shelton Hope Foye, from Dance Me a Song 3:15
6. "Mad World" Roland Orzabal Tears for Fears 4:00
7. "Autumn" Jim Duguid Paolo Nutini 2:54
8. "This Will Be the Year" Emeli Sandé, Josh Kear, Shahid Khan Original Composition 3:53
9. "Return" Steve Mac, Wayne Hector Original Composition 2:58
10. "Someone to Watch Over Me" George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin Gertrude Lawrence, from Oh, Kay! 1:17
  • The album is also available in a Special Edition that features a bonus DVD with music videos of the songs "You Have to Be There", "Unchained Melody", "Autumn Leaves", and "Perfect Day".[12]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[24] 7 November 2011 CD, digital download Syco Music, Sony Music Entertainment
United States 1 November 2011 Columbia Records
Japan[10] 2 November 2011 Sony Music
Germany[25] 4 November 2011 Syco, Sony Music


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