Battleground (album)

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Battleground
All the band's members standing on grass. The orange sky is seen along with the background. The hill is seen in the picture. Along with that, we see the band's name and the album's title underneath in white. From left to right, we see Jay McGuinness, Nathan Sykes, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, and Tom Parker.
Studio album by
Released4 November 2011 (2011-11-04)
RecordedJanuary–September 2011
Genre
Length43:32
LabelIsland
Producer
The Wanted chronology
The Wanted
(2010)
Battleground
(2011)
The Wanted EP
(2012)
Singles from Battleground
  1. "Gold Forever"
    Released: 13 March 2011
  2. "Glad You Came"
    Released: 10 July 2011
  3. "Lightning"
    Released: 16 October 2011
  4. "Warzone"
    Released: 26 December 2011

Battleground is the second studio album by British-Irish boy band The Wanted. It was released on 4 November 2011 through Island Records.

Background[edit]

In January 2011, the group began work on their second studio album with previous songwriter and producer Steve Mac. In February 2011, it was revealed the group would be releasing the official Comic Relief single for 2011. In April 2011, the group embarked on their first headline tour, playing 16 dates in 12 different UK cities. The tour was in support of their debut album The Wanted but whilst on tour, the group previewed the song, "Lightning" from their new album. The track was co-written by the band and Ed Drewett. Max George confirmed on 28 September that the album was complete and the following day, Nathan Sykes confirmed the album would be released with the title Battleground.

In March 2012, Billboard reported that Battleground was "slated to arrive stateside this fall" as the band's second US release, after their debut EP.[1] This did not happen, however, and instead their first album to be released in the US will be their third overall album, Word of Mouth.

Singles[edit]

"Gold Forever" was released as the lead single from the album on 13 March 2011. It was also the official Comic Relief single for 2011. The track debuted at number three in the UK, number two in Scotland and number 13 in Ireland. It is currently their third most successful single, spending a total of eight weeks on the UK top 75. It was also released as the third single from the group's debut US album, The Wanted: The EP.

"Glad You Came" was released on 10 July 2011 as the second single. It became their second UK number one and first number one in Ireland, where it spent five weeks at the summit. The track is also their first to be successful on an international basis, charting at number 20 in both Australia and New Zealand, number 12 in the Netherlands and also reached number one on the Canadian Hot 100. The song is also a commercial success in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as of 29 March 2012. It is currently their most successful single in the UK.[2] It was also released as the second single from The Wanted: The EP.

"Lightning" was released on 16 October 2011 as the third single. It reached number two in the UK and Scotland and number five in Ireland. In Australia, the track has peaked at number 79. The track is currently their third most successful single.[2] "Warzone" was confirmed as the album's fourth single in early November. It was released on 26 December 2011.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
4Music4/5 stars[4]
BBC Musicpositive[5]
Digital Spy4/5 stars[6]
OK!3/5 stars[7]
Virgin Media2/5 stars[8]
Media Essentials3.5/5 stars[9]

The album received mostly favourable reviews from music critics. Jon O'Brien wrote for AllMusic that "Battleground, is disappointingly a little more pedestrian than its predecessor", writing that "Battleground should still consolidate their position as heirs to the boy band throne, but with the likes of One Direction now snapping at their heels, they'll have to rediscover their inventive streak in the future if they are to ever take the crown."[3] Nick Levine wrote for BBC that the album is "a solid pop platter that's not lacking in personality – even if the latter does manifest itself in a smattering of lyrics clunkier than testing day at the seat belt factory."[5] Robert Copsey wrote for Digital Spy that "Though the end result shows that they may have taken the battle of the boybands a touch too seriously, much to their credit they come out the other side largely unscathed."[6] David Griffiths wrote for 4Music that "it's an album which wisely leaves the listener wanting more and suggests that this is a band with a very bright future."[4] Matthew Horton wrote a mixed review for Virgin Media that "It's a curiously bloodless affair though, with none of the boys yet to establish an identity, and too much sails past without leaving an impression."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 4 in Ireland, becoming their first top ten album in the country.[10] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 5.[11] It sold 47,530 copies in its first week. Although debuting at one position lower than their debut album, its sales were 22.91% copies higher.[12] The album has since been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[13]

Tour[edit]

The Wanted embarked on their first arena tour across the UK and Ireland in February and March 2012 to promote the album.

Date City Country Venue
The Code Tour:
15 February 2012 Nottingham England Capital FM Arena
17 February 2012 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
18 February 2012 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
20 February 2012 Brighton Brighton Centre
23 February 2012 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
24 February 2012 Liverpool England Echo Arena Liverpool
25 February 2012 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
27 February 2012 Glasgow Scotland S.E.C.C
28 February 2012 Aberdeen A.E.C.C
1 March 2012 Birmingham England LG Arena
2 March 2012 Bournemouth Bournemouth International Centre
3 March 2012 London The O2 Arena
5 March 2012 Brighton Brighton Centre
6 March 2012 Bournemouth Bournemouth International Centre
8 March 2012 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
9 March 2012 Dublin Ireland The O2

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Glad You Came"Mac3:18
2."Lightning"
  • Mac
  • Hector
  • Drewett
Mac3:26
3."Warzone"
Sommerdahl3:09
4."Invincible"
  • McManus
  • Sommerdahl
  • George
  • Sykes
  • Kaneswarren
Sommerdahl3:38
5."Last to Know"
  • Paro
  • Tortuga
3:34
6."I'll Be Your Strength"Xenomania3:25
7."Rocket"Diane Warren
3:15
8."I Want It All"Chambers3:21
9."The Weekend"
Young3:08
10."Lie to Me"Kennedy3:44
11."Gold Forever"
Mac3:58
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."Dagger"
  • S. Kaneswaran
  • Sykes
  • Andrew Frampton
Frampton3:49
13."Rock Your Body"
  • George
  • Sykes
  • S. Kaneswaran
  • Parker
  • McGuiness
  • Young
Young3:54
14."Turn It Off"
  • Jay McGuiness
  • S. Kaneswaran
  • Sommerdahl
  • Brittany Burton
  • Sommerdahl
  • Phat Fabe
3:33
15."Where I Belong"
  • S. Kaneswaran
  • Kennedy
  • James Jayawardena
  • Kennedy
  • Jayawardena
  • Ash Howes
4:07

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland[20] 4 November 2011 Island
Hong Kong[21] 7 November 2011
United Kingdom[22]
Brazil[23] 22 November 2011 Universal

References[edit]

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  11. ^ a b "Archive Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
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  15. ^ Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company
  16. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 2011". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts - 2012 Certification Awards - Gold". Irish Recorded Music Association.
  18. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Type Wanted in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and Battleground in the box under TÍTULO
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Wanted – Battleground". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Battleground in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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  21. ^ "Wanted / Battleground - Hmv Hong Kong". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
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