The Sign (album)

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The Sign
AceofBaseTheSignAlbumcover.jpg
Studio album by Ace of Base
Released November 23, 1993
Recorded 1992–93
Length 45:24
Label Arista
Producer
Ace of Base chronology
Happy Nation
(1992)Happy Nation1992
The Sign
(1993)
The Bridge
(1995)The Bridge1995
Singles from The Sign
  1. "All That She Wants"
    Released: September 18, 1993
  2. "The Sign"
    Released: December 21, 1993
  3. "Don't Turn Around"
    Released: May 3, 1994
  4. "Living in Danger"
    Released: October 17, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[3]

The Sign is a 1993 album by Swedish pop group Ace of Base, released as the band's debut album in North America, Japan, and some Latin American countries by Arista Records. The Sign contains songs from Ace of Base's debut album, Happy Nation (1992) and the new songs "Don't Turn Around", "The Sign", and "Living in Danger" as well as revised versions of "Voulez-Vous Danser" and "Waiting for Magic". To coincide with the release of The Sign, Happy Nation was re-released in Europe, Mexico, and Australia as Happy Nation (U.S. Version) on September 25, 1993. These releases featured the new tracks and revised versions included on The Sign, as well the new track "Hear Me Calling" and a remix of "Happy Nation".

The Sign is listed among the Top 100 Best-selling Albums of All Time by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[4] with sales in excess of 23 million copies.[5] The album itself earned Arista Records 42 million USD,[5] and was nominated for Best Pop Album at the 1995 Grammy Awards. The Sign was ranked top three on the Billboard 200 chart for 26 consecutive weeks. The album, and the single of the same name, are the only single or album by a Swedish act to rank number one on Billboard's annual overall Year-End lists.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

The Sign – Standard version
No. Title Lyrics Music Producer(s) Length
1. "All That She Wants"
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:30
2. "Don't Turn Around"
  • Hammond
  • Warren
  • Per Adebratt
  • Tommy Ekman
3:48
3. "Young and Proud"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:54
4. "The Sign"
  • Joker
  • Joker
3:08
5. "Living in Danger"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Ekman
  • Adebratt
  • T.O.E.C.[b]
3:44
6. "Dancer in a Daydream"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:39
7. "Wheel of Fortune"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • T.O.E.C.
3:54
8. "Waiting for Magic" (Total remix 7")
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Buddha
  • Stonestream
3:49
9. "Happy Nation"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
4:13
10. "Voulez-Vous Danser"
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • T.O.E.C.
  • Joker
  • Buddha
3:21
11. "My Mind" (Mindless mix)
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
4:10
12. "All That She Wants" (Banghra version)
  • Joker
  • Buddha[a]
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Joker
  • Buddha
  • Denniz Pop
4:14
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies rap lyrics
  • ^[b] signifies pre-production

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Argentinian Albums Chart 1
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Japanese Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200[7] 1

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200[8] 34

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[citation needed] 4× Platinum 240,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[9] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Diamond 1,000,000^
Chile (IFPI)[citation needed] 2× Platinum 60,000
Japan (RIAJ)[citation needed] 4× Platinum 800,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[11] 3× Platinum 750,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] 9× Platinum 9,000,000^

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

The Sign
Video by Ace of Base
Released 1994 (1994)
Genre pop

Video Album[edit]

Some songs from the album were also released as an Ace of Base video collection released in the summer of 1994 on VHS video in North America. Laserdisc editions appeared in Japan as well.

Contents[edit]

  1. All That She Wants
  2. The Sign
  3. Don't Turn Around Studio Documentary
  4. Don't Turn Around
  5. Living In Danger Studio Documentary
  6. Happy Nation
  7. Wheel of Fortune

References[edit]