Steptacular

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Steptacular
Steptacular.jpg
Studio album by Steps
Released 25 October 1999
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Pop
Length 55:25
Label Jive
Producer Mark Topham, Karl Twigg, Pete Waterman, Andrew Frampton, Dan Sanders, W.I.P
Steps chronology
Step One
(1998)
Steptacular
(1999)
Buzz
(2000)
Singles from Steptacular
  1. "Love's Got a Hold on My Heart"
    Released: 12 July 1999
  2. "After the Love Has Gone"
    Released: 11 October 1999
  3. "Say You'll Be Mine"
    Released: 13 December 1999
  4. "Deeper Shade of Blue"
    Released: 3 April 2000
  5. "When I Said Goodbye"
    Released: 3 July 2000

Steptacular is the second studio album by British pop group Steps, released in the United Kingdom on 25 October 1999, through Jive Records.[1] The album was preceded by five singles "Tragedy", "Love's Got a Hold on My Heart", "After the Love Has Gone", "Say You'll Be Mine", "Deeper Shade of Blue" and "When I Said Goodbye" all hitting the UK top 5, making Steptacular the first album to contain 6 consecutive UK top 5 hits.

Steptacular debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart where it remained on the position for three weeks, selling 260,000 copies in the same time frame.

Background and release[edit]

Like the group's debut album, Steptacular also contains covers, including a song originally released by female pop group Bananarama entitled "Movin' On", "Make It Easy On Me" originally recorded by Sybil and "Deeper Shade of Blue" originally recorded by Tina Cousins. The album also includes the group's version of Tragedy, which was originally recorded for the Bee Gees tribute album "Gotta Get A Message To You", which was released shortly after Step One. Early UK copies of the album featured a holographic silver "STEPS" logo on front. It was also released in cardboard and tin boxed sets, internationally.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Yahoo! Music UK 4/10 stars[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

On 31 October 1999, the album debuted at number one in the United Kingdom and remained for three consecutive weeks.[4][5][6] The album sold 84,000 units in its first week – only 1,000 copies ahead of Westlife's debut album, Westlife, beating the Irish boy band.

Track listing[edit]

Steptacular[7]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tragedy" 4:30
2. "After the Love Has Gone"
4:35
3. "Love's Got a Hold on My Heart"
3:19
4. "Say You'll Be Mine"
  • Frampton
  • Waterman
3:33
5. "I Think It's Love" (Claire solo)
  • Topham
  • Twigg
  • Ellington
4:28
6. "Make It Easy on Me" (Lisa solo)
  • Stock Aitken Waterman
  • Mike Stock
  • Matt Aitken
  • Waterman
3:34
7. "Deeper Shade of Blue"
  • Topham
  • Twigg
4:16
8. "Movin' On" 3:29
9. "Never Say Never Again"
  • Frampton
  • Waterman
3:51
10. "When I Said Goodbye"
  • Topham
  • Twigg
3:30
11. "I Surrender"
  • Topham
  • Twigg
3:42
12. "Since You Took Your Love Away" (Faye solo)
  • Frampton
  • Waterman
4:35
13. "My Best Friend's Girl" (H solo)
  • Topham
  • Twigg
  • Ellington
3:40
14. "You're Everything That Matters to Me" Jackie James 4:23

Notes

  • "Steptacular" was released in Australia with a revised track listing, including two bonus tracks.
  • "Steptacular" was released in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan in a boxed set limited edition, containing the UK track list of the album and the CD single for "After the Love Has Gone".

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label Catalogue
Japan[24] 13 October 1999 Standard edition (CD + bonus tracks) Jive / AVEX AVCZ-95126
UK 25 October 1999 Limited Edition/Holographic logo (CD) Jive / Ebul 0519442
Standard edition (CD) 051994-2
Standard edition (cassette) 051994-4
Australia[24] 25 October 1999 Limited edition (CD + collector card and sticker) Jive / Zomba 051956-2
Netherlands[24] 25 October 1999 Standard edition (CD) Jive / EBUL 051994-2
Hong Kong[24] November 1999 Limited edition (2 CD + cardboard boxed set) ROD 9145-4
Taiwan[24] November 1999 Limited edition (2 CD + tin boxed set)
Canada[24] 22 February 2000 Standard edition (CD + bonus tracks) Jive / EBUL 01241-44167-2
Germany[24] 20 March 2000 Standard edition (CD)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steps - Steptacular". Discogs. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Strickland, Andy (1999-10-21). "Yahoo Music UK review". Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Official Albums Chart Top 100 31 October 1999 - 6 November 1999". Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 7 November 1999 - 13 November 1999". Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 14 November 1999 - 20 November 1999". Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Steptacular by Steps". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Steps - Steptacular (Canada Edition)". Discogs. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Steps - Steptacular (Japanese Edition)". Discogs. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Steps - Steptacular (Australian Edition)". Discogs. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Steps - Steptacular (Taiwan Edition)". Discogs. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Steps - Steptacular (Malaysian Edition)". Discogs. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Steps - Steptacular (Hong Kong Edition)". Discogs. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Australian Charts > Steps". australian-charts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  15. ^ "Belgian Charts > Steps". ultratop.be Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  16. ^ "Irish Charts > Steps". irish-charts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  17. ^ "Oricon Style". Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  18. ^ "Dutch Album Chart > Steps". dutchcharts.nl Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 19 December 1999 - 25 December 1999". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  20. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 1999". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Steps – Seps One". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2011-09-28.  Enter Seps One in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  22. ^ Gumble, Daniel (6 March 2017). "Steps confirm comeback album, tour and ABBA-penned new song". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  23. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1999". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  24. ^ a b c d e f g "Steptacular release dates, editions, tracks and information" gensteps.co.uk Retrieved 6 March 2010
  • "AllMusicGuide". Track listings, formats and chart positions. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
Preceded by
Come on Over by Shania Twain
All the Way... A Decade of Song by Celine Dion
UK number-one album
6 November 1999 – 26 November 1999
4 December 1999 – 10 December 1999
Succeeded by
All the Way... A Decade of Song by Celine Dion
Come on Over by Shania Twain