Wizards of Waverly Place (soundtrack)

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Wizards of Waverly Place
WWP soundtrack album cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released August 4, 2009
Recorded 2007–2009
Genre Soundtrack, children's music, pop[1][2][3] pop rock
Length 37:12
Label Walt Disney
Singles from Wizards of Waverly Place
  1. "Magic"
    Released: July 21, 2009

Wizards of Waverly Place is the soundtrack album from the Disney Channel Original Series of the same name. The album was released as a physical CD, enhanced CD and digital on August 4, 2009, under Walt Disney Records.[1][2][3][4] The album includes songs from and inspired by the television series and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.[4][5]

Background[edit]

In an interview with Disney Channel's commercial-segment, Disney 365, Selena Gomez discussed her interpretations of the songs on the soundtrack saying: "Disappear is more of a romantic song. It's basically talking about how a girl likes a guy and they [she] don't want him to disappear, and then Magical is about casting a spell on a guy and this song, Magic, ties into Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie".[5] Although recorded for the episode, "Make It Happen" doesn't appear on the album, for an unknown reason.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

In response to the soundtrack, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic recognized Wizards for its "teen revamps of boomer classics that parents can enjoy too". He also stated that the album is "agreeable" and that Selena Gomez "inevitably stands out from the pack". However, Erlewine said: "the dang-awful version of America's "You Can Do Magic" by Drew Seeley is sunk by its hyper-claustrophobic rhythms, the biggest rearrangement of a tune here and easily the worst cut."[3]

Singles[edit]

"Magic" by Selena Gomez is a digital single on the iTunes Store. The song was released on July 21, 2009 as part of the Radio Disney iTunes Pass.[6] "Magic" premiered on Radio Disney and a music video to Disney Channel on July 24. The song's music video has Gomez singing into a microphone with bright and flamboyant background, as well as including clips from Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.[4][7] "Magic" debuted at no. 61 in the Billboard Hot 100 with 42,000 downloads.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Standard Edition[1]
No. Title Writer(s) Recording Artist(s) Length
1. "Disappear"   Selena Gomez 3:39
2. "Magical"   Selena Gomez 2:54
3. "Magic*" (Originally by Pilot) David Paton, William Lyall Selena Gomez 2:49
4. "Strange Magic" (Originally by Electric Light Orchestra)   Steve Rushton 3:20
5. "Magic**" (Originally by The Cars) Ric Ocasek Honor Society 3:51
6. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (Originally by The Police) Sting Mitchel Musso 3:44
7. "Magic Carpet Ride" (Originally by Steppenwolf)   KSM 2:57
8. "Magic***" (Originally by Olivia Newton-John) John Farrar Meaghan Jette Martin 4:08
9. "You Can Do Magic" (Originally by America) Russ Ballard Drew Seeley 3:33
10. "Some Call It Magic" Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil, Raven-Symone Raven-Symoné 3:13
11. "Do You Believe in Magic" (Originally by The Lovin' Spoonful) John Sebastian Aly & AJ 2:13
12. "Everything Is Not What It Seems" (Theme Song)   Selena Gomez 0:51
Bonus track (Mexican Edition)[9]
No. Title Recording Artist(s) Length
13. "Nada Es Aquí Lo Que Es" (Everything Is Not What It Seems) (Spanish Version) Romina Marroquín Payró 0:50
Bonus track (Greek Edition)
No. Title Length
13. "Min Pisteveis Panta Oti Deis" (Everything Is Not What It Seems) (Greek Version) 0:50

Bonus content[edit]

Bonus content for the physical CD for Wizards of Waverly Place includes exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with Gomez and also the new music video for "Magic".[1]

Charts and sales[edit]

The album debuted at #24 on the Billboard 200, selling 18,000 units in its first week. It has sold 105,000 copies in the U.S. to date.[10]

Charts (2009) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 24
U.S. Top Soundtracks[12] 4
U.S. Kid Albums 3
Mexican Albums Top 100[13] 32
Norway Albums Top 40[14] 27
UK Soundtracks Albums 1

International release[edit]

The soundtrack was released in the UK on October 5, 2009, although not stocked up in most of the UK, and in Mexico released on August 14, 2009.

Personnel[edit]

Credits[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Amazon.com: Wizards of Waverly Place". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Target - Wizards of Waverly Place Soundtrack". Target.com Merchandise. Retrieved August 3, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e Thomas Erlewine, Stephen (August 3, 2009). "Wizards of Waverly Place: Songs from and Inspired by the Hit TV Series > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 3, 2009. ,
  4. ^ a b c Kelly Grant, Brenda (July 23, 2009). "SELENA GOMEZ'S "MAGIC" MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES FRIDAY, JULY 24 ON DISNEY CHANNEL". Disney Channel. Archived from the original on September 2, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Disney 365 - Wizards Soundtrack". Disney.com. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Radio Disney iTunes Pass". Apple (iTunes Store). Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Disney.com: Selena Gomez - Magic". Disney.com. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  8. ^ Ben-Yehuda, Ayala & Trust, Gary (August 13, 2009). "Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz Tie Records on Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved August 14, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Mixup Music Store". Mixup.com.mx. 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  10. ^ "WCharts - World Charts : Bb200 30/10/09 - Em sua segunda semana, Trilha de Lua Nova assume o topo". Wcharts.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  11. ^ "The Billboard 200 - Wizards of Waverly Place". Billboard.com. 
  12. ^ "Soundtracks". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  13. ^ Mexico Albums Top 100
  14. ^ Norway Albums Top 40

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