Aquarius (Aqua album)

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Aquarius
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Studio album by
Released28 February 2000
RecordedJanuary–November 1999;
RastedNorreen Mobile Studio,
(Mölle, Sweden and Somerset, England);
Studio 2 at Swedish National Radio and Polar Studios,
(Stockholm, Sweden)
GenreEurodance, Europop
Length46:44
LabelUniversal
ProducerSøren Rasted, Claus Norreen
Aqua chronology
Aquarium
(1997)
Aquarius
(2000)
Cartoon Heroes: The Best of Aqua
(2002)
Singles from Aquarius
  1. "Cartoon Heroes"
    Released: February 1, 2000
  2. "Around the World"
    Released: May 30, 2000
  3. "Bumble Bees"
    Released: August 9, 2000
  4. "We Belong to the Sea"
    Released: January 9, 2001
  5. "Freaky Friday"
    Released: August 11, 2017[1]

Aquarius is the second studio album by Danish-Norwegian band Aqua. The album was released on 28 February 2000 by Universal.

Singles[edit]

The lead single, "Cartoon Heroes", peaked at number one in Denmark and Norway, reached number 7 in the UK in February 2000 and later received top 10 positions globally except for the US where it failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100; the second single, "Around the World", also peaked at number one in Denmark, but only made number 26 in UK and did not sell highly in most regions. It was the last release in most territories before the band split in 2001.

Scandinavia and other European countries saw further releases of "Bumble Bees" and "We Belong to the Sea" during late 2000, both achieving only moderate success.

"Freaky Friday" was meant to be released as a single back when the band was still promoting the album, but it ended up being cancelled. The song was then released 16 years later, in 2017, through an EP of remixes.[2][3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one in Denmark and Norway while peaking inside the top ten in seven countries, it sold 39,000 copies in its first week in Denmark, becoming the fastest-selling album of the decade.[4] The album became the second best-selling album of 2000, selling 174,523 copies;[5] as of August 2001, Aquarius had sold 265,000 copies in Denmark.[6] It became the third best-selling album of the 2000s in Denmark.[7]

In the United States, the album debuted at number 82 on the Billboard 200 and spent six weeks on the chart. This is a significant drop from their previous album Aquarium (1997), which peaked at number seven and spent 50 weeks on the chart. Aquarius has been certified platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for shipments of one million copies inside Europe. Worldwide, the album has sold four million copies.[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and produced by Søren Rasted and Claus Norreen, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Cartoon Heroes"3:38
2."Around the World"3:28
3."Freaky Friday"3:45
4."We Belong to the Sea"4:18
5."An Apple a Day"3:37
6."Halloween" (writers: Rasted, Norreen, René Dif)3:49
7."Good Guys"3:58
8."Back from Mars"4:03
9."Aquarius"4:21
10."Cuba Libre" (writers: Rasted, Norreen, Dif)3:36
11."Bumble Bees"3:52
12."Goodbye to the Circus"3:59

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from album liner notes.[10]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[19] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[20] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[21] 4× Platinum 200,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[22] Platinum 200,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[23] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[24] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Sweden (GLF)[25] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[26] Gold 25,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[27] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide[28] February 28, 2000 CD / Cassette Universal Music
United States[29] March 28, 2000 MCA Records

References[edit]

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  15. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Albums Chart. GfK. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
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  18. ^ Ritzau (7 September 2001). "Danskere storforbrugere af musik-cd'er - Nyheder - BT.dk". B.T. (in Danish). Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  20. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Aqua – Aquarius". Music Canada.
  21. ^ Drejer, Dennis (26 February 2000). "Aqua er de største - Nyheder - BT.dk". B.T. (in Danish). Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  22. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Aqua – Aquarius" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  23. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
  24. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 947. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  25. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2000" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  26. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Aqua; 'Aquarius')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  27. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2000". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
  28. ^ Ferro, Charles (18 December 1999). "Music Pulse". Billboard. 111 (51): 71. ISSN 0006-2510.
  29. ^ Garrity, Brian (12 February 2000). "Artists & Music: Bubble-Gum Popsters". Billboard. 112 (7): 14. ISSN 0006-2510.