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Shades of Purple

Shades of Purple is the debut album from Norwegian pop duo, M2M. It was released in 2000 and reached No. 7 in Norway, No. 89 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Heatseekers chart. Over 1.5 million copies of the album were sold worldwide. It was nominated for best pop album at the 2000 Spellemannprisen awards.

Three singles were released from the album, including Don't Say You Love Me, which had already been released as the lead single of the Pokémon: The First Movie soundtrack.

Contents

  • Production 1
  • Release and reception 2
  • Singles 3
  • Accolades and sales 4
  • Track listing 5
  • Charts and certifications 6
  • References 7

Production

The album was recorded in London, Sweden and New York,[1] when Raven was 14 and Larsen was 15.[2] Raven and Larsen co-wrote most of the songs on the album; "Girl of Your Dreams" was the first song Raven had ever written.[3] The pair wrote over 30 songs in anticipation of recording; 16 of these were recorded, and 13 made it onto the album. One of the unreleased songs, The Feeling is Gone, was released as a B-side on the European single version of Don't Say You Love Me.[4]

The track "Our Song" uses the chorus of the Bee Gees' hit single "Too Much Heaven" as its own chorus.[4][5] Raven and Larsen had previously been unaware of "Too Much Heaven"; the chorus was added at the suggestion of their producer. According to M2M, the Bee Gees listened to "Our Song" and liked it.[4]

When questioned about the album title, M2M replied it was chosen "Because our favourite colour is purple. And we want to get a title that expressed that the album is us and through our eyes."[4]

Release and reception

The album was released in the US on 7 March 2000.[6] Its release was delayed in Sweden due to a dispute with a local band there that also used the name "M2M".[7]

The album received critical acclaim. Robert Christgau gave it an A-, concluding "even when the writing is ordinary, the quality teenpop, some assembly-line and some personalized, is transfigured by the duo's singing. If the result isn't brazen or fizzy enough to suit the marketplace, then nuts to the marketplace."[8] Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B, saying M2M's "precise Euro-dance pop is fun, fun, fun, and behind the lip gloss is enough insecurity to charm."[9] Heather Phares from AllMusic said "Overall, Shades of Purple is a strong debut from a young group that still sounds fresh and innocent ... something of a rarity in teen pop."[10] Michael Paoletta from Billboard gave a favourable review, saying "The 13 tracks on display here showcase a seasoned singing style that is, quite frankly, the antithesis of teen sensations like Britney Spears", concluding "Beautifully sun-kissed, Shades of Purple is poised to be the soundtrack of spring/summer 2000.[5]

Singles

The first single from the album was Don't Say You Love Me, which had already been released as the lead song from the Pokémon: The First Movie soundtrack. There was a minor lyric change between the versions, as the original version contained the lyrics "then you start kissing me", which was deemed inappropriate for Pokémon's young viewers and was changed to "then you say you love me". The original version was retained on Shades of Purple.[11] Promoted by a "nonstop marketing effort", advanced airing on Radio Disney and the affiliation with Pokémon, the single was very successful.[12] It charted in over a dozen countries, including at No. 2 in Norway, No. 4 in both Australia and New Zealand,[13] No. 16 in the UK[14] and No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.[15] It was certified gold in both Australia[16] and the US,[17] and was nominated for the year's best song at the 2000 Spellemannprisen awards.[18]

The second single from the album was Mirror Mirror, which reached No. 30 in Australia,[19] No. 13 in Canada and No. 62 on the Billboard Hot 100.[20] It was certified gold in the US.[21] The album's final single was "Everything You Do", which reached No. 21 on the US Hot Dance Singles Sales.[22] All of the singles on the album appeared on M2M's 2003 best-of album The Day You Went Away.[23]

Accolades and sales

Shades of Purple had sold 268,000 copies in the US by March 2000.[24] Over 1 million copies of the album had been sold worldwide by September 2001,[25] and over 1.5 million copies by January 2002.[26]

The album was nominated for the best pop album at the 2000 Spellemannprisen awards.[27]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Say You Love Me"   Jimmy Bralower, Marit Larsen, Marion Raven, Peter Zizzo 3:46
2. "The Day You Went Away"   Larsen, Raven, Matt Rowe 3:43
3. "Girl in Your Dreams"   Raven 3:31
4. "Mirror Mirror"   Dave Deviller, Sean Hosein, Pamela Sheyne 3:21
5. "Pretty Boy"   Bottolf Lødemel, Nora Skaug 4:40
6. "Give a Little Love"   Larsen, Raven, Rowe 3:59
7. "Everything You Do"   Lars Aass, Larsen, Raven 4:02
8. "Don't Mess with My Love"   Larsen, Shelly Peiken, Raven, Guy Roche 3:44
9. "Dear Diary"   Larsen, Raven, Sheyne, Greg Wells 3:58
10. "Do You Know What You Want"   Full Force, Larsen, Raven 4:06
11. "Smiling Face"   Larsen, Raven, Rowe 4:15
12. "Our Song"   Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Robert Jazayeri, Larsen, Sean "Mystro" Mather, Raven 3:54
13. "Why"   Larsen, Raven, Seger 4:20

Charts and certifications

Chart Peak position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[28] 63
Jananese Singles Chart[29] 97
Norwegian Singles Chart[30] 7
US Billboard 200[31] 89
US Top Heatseekers[31] 1
Country Certification Sales
Chile Gold 10,000
Indonesia 7× Platinum 280,000
Malaysia 3× Platinum 110,000
Norway Gold 20,000
Philippines 4× Platinum 90,000
Singapore 2× Platinum 30,000
South Korea Platinum 30,000
Taiwan Platinum 70,000
Thailand 8× Platinum 500,000

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