Wildfire (Rachel Platten album)

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Wildfire
Rachel Platten - Wildfire (Official Album Cover).png
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1, 2016 (2016-01-01)
Recorded2015
GenrePop[1]
Length40:48
Label
Producer
Rachel Platten chronology
Fight Song
(2015)
Wildfire
(2016)
Waves
(2017)
Singles from Wildfire
  1. "Fight Song"
    Released: February 19, 2015
  2. "Stand by You"
    Released: September 11, 2015
  3. "Better Place"
    Released: March 24, 2016

Wildfire is the third studio album and the first major record label debut album by American singer and songwriter Rachel Platten. It was released on January 1, 2016, by Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment.[2] The album debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200, with 45,000 album-equivalent units (29,000 from pure album sales) in its first week. On March 9, 2016, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and streaming equivalent units of 500,000 units.

The album includes "Fight Song", released in February 2015, which peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in Scotland and the United Kingdom. The album's second single, "Stand by You", was released on September 11, 2015.[3] The album's third single, "Better Place", was released on March 24, 2016.

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

On February 19, 2015, "Fight Song" was released as the lead single from Platten's Fight Song EP. "Fight Song" peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the UK Singles Chart. "Stand by You" was released as the lead single from Wildfire on September 11, 2015.[3] It has since peaked at number thirty seven on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] The songs "Lone Ranger", "Beating Me Up", and "Congratulations" were available as pre-order singles (previously released as part of the Fight Song EP), as well as "Better Place". On March 24, 2016, "Better Place" was released as the third single from the album.

Tour[edit]

To promote the album, Platten embarked on her first headlining concert tour, entitled The Wildfire Tour. The tour began on February 26, 2016, in Dallas, Texas[5] and ended in November 2016 in Los Angeles.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic52/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[7]
The Boston GlobePositive[8]
Digital JournalA[9]
The Guardian2/5 stars[10]
The Herald-StandardPositive[11]
The Irish Times3/5 stars[1]
Starpulse3/5 stars[12]
The Red and BlackPositive[13]

Wildfire received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 52 out of 100, which indicates "mixed or average reviews" based on four reviews.[6] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated the album three out of five stars and states: "Platten specializes in skyscraping melodies and big, bombastic surfaces and these are the elements that not only fuel Wildfire, they distinguish it from the singer/songwriter's clear antecedents."[7] At Digital Journal, Markos Papadatos rated the album an "A", affirming that "Rachel Platten has set the bar high already with her brand new album, Wildfire. There are no filler tracks on this release. It garners an A rating."[9] Tony Clayton-Lea of The Irish Times rated the album three stars out of five and states the songs are "Pop songs built to withstand a wrecking ball."[1] In a positive review for The Red and Black, Emma Korstanje writes the album "is made memorable by her juxtaposition of sassy, confident songs with others featuring raw emotion."[13]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[2]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Stand by You"Levine3:39
2."Hey Hey Hallelujah" (featuring Andy Grammer)Levine2:56
3."Speechless"Levine3:19
4."Beating Me Up"Levine3:09
5."Fight Song"Levine3:24
6."Better Place"Levine2:56
7."Lone Ranger"
West3:10
8."You Don't Know My Heart"
  • Platten
  • Robert Hawkins
Levine3:34
9."Angels in Chelsea"
  • Platten
  • Nash Overstreet
  • West
  • Levine
  • West
3:56
10."Astronauts"
  • Platten
  • Bassett
Levine3:37
11."Congratulations"Levine3:46
12."Superman"Levine3:22
Total length:40:48

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[31] Gold 500,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Version Format Label Ref.
Worldwide January 1, 2016 Standard Sony Music [2]
United States Deluxe CD Columbia [14]
Japan April 13, 2016
  • Digital download
  • CD
Sony Music Japan [15]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Worldwide release of the standard edition of Wildfire:
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  5. ^ Gracie, Bianca (December 3, 2015). "Rachel Platten Unveils Wildfire Album Cover Art & Tracklist". Idolator. United States: SpinMedia. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
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  7. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Wildfire - Rachel Platten — Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  8. ^ Johnston, Maura (January 7, 2016). "Album review: Rachel Platten, 'Wildfire'". Boston Globe. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Papadatos, Markos (December 31, 2015). "Review: Rachel Platten amazing on new 'Wildfire' studio album". Digital Journal. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  10. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (January 7, 2016). "Rachel Platten: Wildfire review – the soundtrack to a thousand teen dramas". The Guardian. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "Music review: Rachel Platten- 'Wildfire'". The Herald-Standard. January 7, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  12. ^ Faulkner, Brent M (January 4, 2016). "Rachel Platten Warms Up January With Her Empowering 'Wildfire'". Starpulse.com. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  13. ^ a b Korstanje, Emma (January 6, 2016). "Rachel Platten on the cusp of greatness with new album 'Wildfire'". The Red and Black. Natalie McClure. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
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  27. ^ "Weekly Top 20 – Five Music Chart 2016/05/27 – 2016/06/2" (in Chinese). Five Music. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
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  30. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  31. ^ "American album certifications – Rachel Platten – Wildfire". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 24, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.