The Piano Guys (album)

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The Piano Guys
The Piano Guys album cover.jpg
Studio album by The Piano Guys
ReleasedOctober 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)
Recorded2011–12; Draper, Utah (TPG Studios); Sandy, Utah (Big Idea Studios); Salt Lake City, Utah (MetCom Studios)[1]
GenreClassical crossover
Length52:51
LabelPortrait, Sony Masterworks
ProducerAl van der Beek, Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt[1]
The Piano Guys chronology
Hits Volume 1
(2011)
The Piano Guys
(2012)
The Piano Guys 2
(2013)

The Piano Guys is the second studio album, and first on a major record label, by American musical group The Piano Guys. It was released on October 2, 2012 through Sony Masterworks. The album is composed primarily of covers and mashups of classical and popular music.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Arranger(s)Length
1."Titanium / Pavane" ([A])Sia Furler, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, Nick Van De Wall, Gabriel FauréAl van der Beek, Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson4:50
2."Peponi (Paradise)"Guy Berryman, Jonathon Buckland, William Champion, Brian Eno, Chris Martin, Alex Boyé[B]van der Beek, Boyé, Nelson4:10
3."Code Name Vivaldi" ([C])John James Powell, Antonio Vivaldivan der Beek, Schmidt, Nelson4:06
4."Beethoven's 5 Secrets" ([D])Ryan B. Tedder, Ludwig van BeethovenNelson, van der Beek, Kayson Brown5:09
5."Over the Rainbow / Simple Gifts" ([E])Harold Arlen, Joseph Brackettvan der Beek, Schmidt, Nelson3:44
6."Cello Wars"John Williamsvan der Beek, Nelson3:31
7."Arwen's Vigil"van der Beek, Schmidt, Nelson 3:55
8."Moonlight" ([F])Nelson, van der Beek, Beethovenvan der Beek, Nelson3:28
9."A Thousand Years"David Hodges, Christina Perrivan der Beek, Schmidt, Nelson4:36
10."Michael Meets Mozart"van der Beek, Schmidt, Nelson 5:20
11."The Cello Song" ([G])Johann Sebastian Bach, Nelson, van der Beekvan der Beek, Nelson3:16
12."Rolling in the Deep" ([H])Adele Adkins, Paul Epworthvan der Beek, Schmidt, Nelson3:52
13."What Makes You Beautiful"Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoubvan der Beek, Schmidt, Nelson2:54
Total length:52:51
Notes[1]

  1. ^ Inspired by Fauré: Pavane
  2. ^ Swahili lyrics by Alex Boyé
  3. ^ Inspired by Vivaldi: Double Concerto in G Minor, RV 531
  4. ^ Inspired by Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
  5. ^ Inspired by Brackett: Simple Gifts
  6. ^ Inspired by Beethoven: "Moonlight" Sonata and Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Second movement
  7. ^ Inspired by Bach: Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude
  8. ^ Contains elements of The Planets "Jupiter Theme" by Gustav Holst; Inspired by Holst: The Planets "Jupiter Theme"

Personnel[edit]

Per liner notes[1]

The Piano Guys
Additional musicians
  • Alex Boyé - lead vocals on "Peponi (Paradise)"
  • Julie Ann Nelson - additional vocals on "Beethoven's 5 Secrets"
  • Matthew John Nelson - additional vocals on "Beethoven's 5 Secrets"
  • Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra - orchestration on "Beethoven's 5 Secrets"
  • Kayson Brown - conducting on "Beethoven's 5 Secrets"

Commercial performance[edit]

As of June 2013, the album had sold more than 135,000 copies in the United States.[2]

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[11] October 2, 2012 CD, Digital download Sony Masterworks
Canada[12] October 23, 2012
Europe[13] January 18, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The Piano Guys (CD liner notes). The Piano Guys. Sony Masterworks. 2012.
  2. ^ Billboard (2013-06-27). "The Piano Guys Cover Adele & Taylor Swift in Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  3. ^ "Austrian chart history for The Piano Guys". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  4. ^ "German chart overview - The Piano Guys". musicline.de (in German). media control. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Billboard Chart history for The Piano Guys". Billboard. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  6. ^ Billboard (2013-12-31). "Classical Albums - Year-End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  7. ^ Billboard (2013-12-31). "New Age Albums - Year-End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  8. ^ Billboard (2014-12-31). "Classical Albums - Year-End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  9. ^ Billboard (2014-12-31). "New Age Albums - Year-End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – The Piano Guys – The Piano Guys". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  11. ^ "The Piano Guys: Amazon.com: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  12. ^ "The Piano Guys: Amazon.ca: Music". Amazon.ca. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  13. ^ "The Piano Guys [+digital booklet]: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2013.