To Be Loved is the eighth studio album by Canadian vocalist and songwriter Michael Bublé. The album was released in the United Kingdom on April 15, 2013, before issuing in Canada on April 22 and the United States on April 23. The album was preceded by the release of the lead single, the original composition "It's a Beautiful Day", released on February 25, 2013. The album features four original songs and ten cover versions.
In an interview posted on his official website, Bublé stated: "My new record is about love, happiness, fun and yummy things. Getting to work with my friend and longtime collaborator Bob Rock, who was also responsible for "Call Me Irresponsible", "Crazy Love" and "Christmas", and produced the entire album, was very exciting. We’re a good team. I love the songs we selected this time out. It was also terrific working once again with my songwriting partners". Bublé is scheduled to perform ten dates at London’s O2 Arena from June 30, 2013 in promotion of the album.
"It's a Beautiful Day" was released as the album's lead single on February 25, 2013. Short audio clips of the track were posted to Bublé's official YouTube account, before the full track was released via iTunes. A music video for the track premiered February 28, 2013.
"Close Your Eyes" was released as the album's second single on July 1, 2013. The music video premiered on July 8, as a tribute to Bublé's wife. The video features Bublé performing the track in the studio.
"After All" was released as the album's third single on September 23, 2013. The single was announced on August 17, 2013, with the music video due to premier the first week in September.
"You Make Me Feel So Young" was released as the album's fourth single on December 2, 2013. The single was only released as a promotional single for UK radio, with a music video filmed live at London's Air Studios was released on November 7, 2013. A second music video, with Bublé walking in an animated world was released on December 3, 2013.
"To Love Somebody" was released as the album's fifth single in March 2014. The single was only released as a promotional single for UK and European radio stations. A music video was released on February 5, 2014.
As of October 4, 2013, the album has sold 630,000 copies in the United States. In the United Kingdom, To Be Loved had sold 631,224 copies as of December 2013, thus becoming the third best-selling album of the year. In Canada it sold 139,000 copies in 2013.
To Be Loved received mostly positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic's Matt Collar found that the album "isn't just a perfect showcase for Bublé's voice, it's also one of his most diverse and enjoyable albums." At The Canberra Times, James Baldwin told that Bublé "has a lot to deliver to keep both fans and critics impressed", which he noted that "Michael's voice seems to be getting better and better with each release", and called the release "perfect." Colin Stutz of Idolator said that "his performance is ever strong and mature" because "Buble uses that power to carry the album poignantly, be it songs he wrote or those by others." At The Oakland Press, Gary Graff stated that this effort is "indeed a buoyant affair, marked by love songs sung in his distinctive manner, something altogether different from the classical bombast of a Josh Groban or the crooner stylings of Bublé’s big band-fronting forebears."The Scotsman alluded to how "Buble’s slick vocals cannot be faulted throughout". Elysa Gardner of USA Today evoked how "Bublé sounds like a man in love on this new collection of pop and soul standards and original tunes", and that allows "his clear, limpid voice is as technically supple as ever, and there's more genuine verve (and grit) in his delivery."
Peter Goddard of the Toronto Star wrote that the album is "Sure not about making any musical breakthrough[s]". AW for the Shields Gazette called the " music formulated for minimal offence, watered down with minimal risk, and, as such, failing to provoke any form of emotion", which is the "embodiment of the colour beige; painfully safe, somewhat dull and seemingly dreamt up as an ideal kitchen decoration." At The Vancouver Sun, Francois Marchand called the album "exactly what it should be: A middle-of-the-road jazz-pop crooner record that sparkles in your ears like a million little fizzy sugar-pop bubbles and is just cookie-cutter enough to please the masses."Virgin Media's Matthew Horton told that "the majority of To Be Loved boils down to straight retreads of admittedly great songs", and "that's just the way it goes. You don't come to Bublé for post-dubstep glitch experiments. You come for the polar opposite, delivered with style."