To Be Loved

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To Be Loved
Michael Bublé- To Be Loved Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Michael Bublé
Released April 22, 2013
Recorded June 2012 – January 2013
Genre
Length 56:58
Language English
Label 143, Reprise
Producer Bob Rock
Michael Bublé chronology
Christmas
(2011)Christmas2011
To Be Loved
(2013)
Nobody but Me
(2016)Nobody but Me2016
Singles from To Be Loved
  1. "It's a Beautiful Day"
    Released: February 25, 2013
  2. "Close Your Eyes"
    Released: July 1, 2013
  3. "After All"
    Released: September 23, 2013
  4. "You Make Me Feel So Young"
    Released: December 2, 2013
  5. "To Love Somebody"
    Released: March 24, 2014

To Be Loved is the eighth studio album and sixth major label 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.[1] The album has approximately sold over 4,5 million copies worldwide.

Background[edit]

To Be Loved was commissioned by Michael's record label after the success of his fifth studio album, and seasonal record, Christmas, which became the second biggest selling album of 2011, selling more than seven million copies worldwide. The album was entirely produced by Bob Rock, and was recorded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Los Angeles. The album includes ten standards and four original songs all co-written by Bublé, three with longtime collaborators Bob Rock, Alan Chang and Amy Foster-Gillies. "After All", one of the four original tracks, was written by Bryan Adams, Alan Chang, Steven Sater and Jim Vallance, and co-performed with Bryan Adams. The album also features appearances from actress Reese Witherspoon on "Somethin' Stupid", Naturally 7 and The Puppini Sisters, and includes covers of songs such as the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody", Dean Martin's "Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)", the Miracles' "Who's Lovin' You", Jackie Wilson's "To Be Loved", and Scotty Wiseman's "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?"

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 was scheduled to perform ten dates at London’s O2 Arena from June 30, 2013 in promotion of the album.[1]

Singles[edit]

  • "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.
  • "You've Got a Friend in Me" became a U.S. Adult Contemporary chart hit, spending 14 weeks on the chart and peaking at number 10.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

To Be Loved debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 197,000 copies in the first week in the United States.[3] As of September 20, 2016, the album has sold 881,000 copies in the United States.[4] 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.[5] As of October 2016, the album had sold 784,420 copies in the UK.[6] In Canada it sold 139,000 copies in 2013.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]
The Canberra Times5/5 stars[9]
Idolator3.5/5 stars[10]
The Oakland Press2.5/4 stars[11]
The Scotsman4/5 stars[12]
Shields Gazette5/10[13]
Toronto Star2/4 stars[14]
USA Today3/4 stars[15]
The Vancouver Sun3/5 stars[16]
Virgin Media3/5 stars[17]

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."[8] 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."[9] 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."[10] 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."[11] The Scotsman alluded to how "Buble’s slick vocals cannot be faulted throughout".[12] 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."[15]

Peter Goddard of the Toronto Star wrote that the album is "Sure not about making any musical breakthrough[s]".[14] 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."[13] 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."[16] 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."[17]

Tour[edit]

The To Be Loved Tour began on June 30, 2013 in London.

Set list[edit]

  • Orchestral Introduction
  • "Fever"
  • "Haven't Met You Yet"
  • "Try a Little Tenderness"
  • "You Make Me Feel So Young"
  • "Moondance"
  • "Come Dance with Me"
  • "Feeling Good"
  • "Instrumental (Team Buble)"
  • "I've Got the World on a String"
  • "Everything"
  • "That's All"
  • "Close Your Eyes"
  • "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
  • "Home"
  • "Get Lucky"
  • "Who's Loving You"
  • "I Want You Back"
  • "To Love Somebody"
  • "All You Need Is Love"
  • "Burning Love"
  • "It's a Beautiful Day"
    Encore
  • "Cry Me a River"
  • "After All" (With special guest Bryan Adams on July 7)
  • "A Song for You"
  • Track listing[edit]

    No.TitleWriter(s)Length
    1."You Make Me Feel So Young"Mack Gordon and Josef Myrow3:06
    2."It's a Beautiful Day"Michael Bublé, Amy Foster and Alan Chang3:19
    3."To Love Somebody"Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb3:15
    4."Who's Lovin' You"William "Smokey" Robinson2:56
    5."Somethin' Stupid" (featuring Reese Witherspoon)Clarence Carson Parks2:58
    6."Come Dance with Me"Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn2:46
    7."Close Your Eyes"Michael Bublé, Alan Chang and Jann Arden Richards3:33
    8."After All" (featuring Bryan Adams)Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Bryan Adams, Steven Sater and Jim Vallance3:38
    9."Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" (with Naturally 7)Scotty Wiseman3:26
    10."To Be Loved"Berry Gordy Jr., Gwendolyn Gordy Fuqua and Tyran Carlo3:41
    11."You've Got a Friend in Me"Randy Newman3:26
    12."Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)" (featuring The Puppini Sisters)Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby2:56
    13."I Got It Easy"Michael Bublé, Tom Jackson (songwriter)3:39
    14."Young at Heart"Johnny Richards and Carolyn Leigh3:43

    Charts[edit]

    Certifications[edit]

    Region Certification Certified units/Sales
    Australia (ARIA)[67] 2× Platinum 140,000^
    Austria (IFPI Austria)[68] Platinum 15,000*
    Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[69] Gold 20,000*
    Canada (Music Canada)[70] 4× Platinum 320,000^
    Europe (IFPI)[71] Platinum 1,000,000*
    France (SNEP)[72] Gold 0*
    Germany (BVMI)[73] 3× Gold 300,000^
    Hungary (MAHASZ)[74] Platinum 6,000^
    Ireland (IRMA)[75] 2× Platinum 30,000^
    Italy (FIMI)[76] Gold 30,000*
    Mexico (AMPROFON)[77] Gold 30,000^
    New Zealand (RMNZ)[78] Platinum 15,000^
    Poland (ZPAV)[79] Gold 10,000*
    United Kingdom (BPI)[80] 3× Platinum 784,420[6]
    United States (RIAA)[81] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

    *sales figures based on certification alone
    ^shipments figures based on certification alone
    double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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