Together (Michael Ball and Alfie Boe album)

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Together
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe - Together.jpg
Studio album by
Released4 November 2016 (2016-11-04)
Recorded2016
GenreTraditional pop, musical theatre
Length57:45
LabelDecca
ProducerNick Patrick
Michael Ball chronology
If Everyone Was Listening
(2014)
Together
(2016)
Together Again
(2017)
Alfie Boe chronology
Serenata
(2014)
Together
(2016)
Together Again
(2017)
Singles from Together
  1. "Somewhere"
    Released: 14 October 2016[1]

Together is a collaborative album by English singers Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. It was released on 4 November 2016 through Decca Records. The album peaked at number one the UK Albums Chart, becoming Ball's second UK number one album and Boe's first. Together has been certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of 600,000 copies in the UK.

Background[edit]

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe first met in 2007 while both starring in Kismet at the London Coliseum. The pair first performed together in the summer of 2007 at two BBC Proms concerts. Together was recorded in New York City and Prague with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.[2] Ball has said of the album: "We went into the project thinking we can play to our strengths and feel our way a bit, do the songs we love and find a way of re-presenting them. There are songs we’ve both done as solo artists and I much prefer singing them with Alfie. Something sonically happens when we’re both doing what we do. It’s unexpected and really moves me."[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

Together debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart on 11 November 2016, selling 44,860 copies in its first week.[4] In its fifth week on the chart, the album moved up to number one on the chart dated 16 December 2016, selling 96,643 copies.[5] Together is Michael Ball's second UK number one album (the first being his 1992 debut album) and Alfie Boe's first.[5] Together has become a commercial success, having sold over 40,000 copies for five consecutive weeks, the most for any album in 2016.[6][5] Alfie Boe and Michael Ball are the oldest duo to top the UK Albums Chart, at 43 and 54 years old, respectively.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Les Miserables Suite" (medley of "Bring Him Home", "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables", and "I Dreamed a Dream")6:12
2."Somewhere"3:15
3."Music of the Night"4:57
4."Anthem"3:25
5."Speak Softly Love"3:59
6."Tell Me It's Not True"Willy Russell4:30
7."Incurably Romantic"4:19
8."Stairway to Paradise"3:24
9."Wonderful World" / "Over the Rainbow"4:01
10."For Once in My Life"
3:26
11."A Thousand Years"4:12
12."When You Wish upon a Star"3:46
13."You'll Never Walk Alone"4:15
14."I'll Be Home for Christmas"4:01

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Somewhere - Michael Ball". Qobuz. 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Alfie Boe and Michael Ball join forces for album and premiere video for Together". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group.
  3. ^ Woodward, Clair (30 October 2016). "Singers Michael Ball and Alfie Boe on new album Together and touring". Daily Express. Northern & Shell.
  4. ^ Jones, Alan (11 November 2016). "Official Charts Analysis:Official Charts Analysis: Robbie Williams scores 12th album chart-topper". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Jones, Alan (16 December 2016). "Official Charts Analysis: Ball & Boe hit top spot on albums chart". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  6. ^ Jones, Alan (2 December 2016). "Official Charts Analysis: Little Mix hold No.1 spot with Glory Days". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  7. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ White, Jack (30 December 2016). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Albums of 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  11. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  12. ^ Paine, Andre (3 November 2017). "Ball & Boe beat Stereophonics by just 35 copies in albums chart battle". Music Week. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Alfie Boe and Michael Ball – Alfie". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Alfie in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.