Eleven (Tina Arena album)

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Eleven
Eleven by Tina Arena album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released30 October 2015 (2015-10-30)
RecordedMelbourne, Sydney, London, Stockholm, Paris
Genre Pop
Length44:40
Label
  • Positive Dream
  • EMI
Producer
Tina Arena chronology
Reset
(2013)
Eleven
(2015)
Greatest Hits & Interpretations
(2017)
Singles from Eleven
  1. "I Want to Love You"
    Released: 4 September 2015
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Eleven is the eleventh studio album (9 in English, 2 in French) released by Australian singer and songwriter Tina Arena. The album was released in Australia on 30 October 2015. [4] The first single and only single, "I Want to Love You" was released on 4 September 2015. Arena described Eleven as a "personal album" that was "joyous to make". Arena hinted at a tour, saying "I'm looking forward to playing the songs for you live soon". [5] This was further confirmed in a radio interview on 3AW on 1 September when Arena stated she would be on the road February–March 2016. [6] The album was certified gold in Australia in 2016. [7] [8]

Contents

The album has been nominated for ARIA Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album at the ARIA Music Awards of 2016.

Background

Following on from her 2013 platinum selling release Reset and tour, Arena announced the release of her new album in August 2015.

In an interview on Today with Richard Wilkins on 2 September 2015, Arena confirmed the album was recorded in Melbourne, Sydney, London, Stockholm and Paris. [9] The album is described as a beautiful, complex, state-of-the-art collection of emotive, electronica-based songs. [10] The album became available for pre-order on 4 September 2015. The digital version came with two instant download tracks; "Overload" and "I Want to Love You".

Arena has co-written tracks on the album with a number of people including Jon Hume, Hayley Warner and Tania Doko. On the song "Unravel Me" Arena tackles confusion and fear about the state of the world in general and social media in particular. She says “I’m quite bewildered by how much the human being has changed. How disconnected and isolated we've become. It saddens me. Part of the light in human beings has gone.” [11]

The title refers to the total number of studio albums Arena has released in her career spanning 40 years. The tally includes her first studio album with John Bowles, 1977's Tiny Tina and Little John to 2013's Reset and her two in French.

Singles

Promotion

Arena debuted the first new material from the album on 9 August 2015 when she performed an acoustic version of "Overload" live during an interview with Terry Wogan on his BBC Radio 2 program Weekend Wogan . During the same interview, she also performed an acoustic cover of Kate Bush's "The Man with the Child in His Eyes", which appeared on Arena's seventh studio album Songs of Love & Loss released in 2007. [12]

On 6 September 2015, Arena performed "I Want to Love You" on Dancing with the Stars . To promote its release she sold signed CDs at a music store in Melbourne. [13] She told Cameron Adams of News Corp Australia that "The registers were awfully complicated. When you're in a situation like this you realise you can't make mistakes." [13]

Track listing

Standard edition [14]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Unravel Me"
Jon Hume 4:27
2."Overload"
Jon Hume3:23
3."I Want to Love You"
Jon Hume5:14
4."Colours"
Alex Sheild3:54
5."Not Still in Love with You"Jon Hume3:57
6."When You’re Ready"
  • Arena
  • Hume
  • Miller-Heidke
Jon Hume3:40
7."Wouldn’t Be Love If It Didn’t"
  • Arena
  • Argyle
  • Warner
Youth 3:52
8."Magic"
  • Arena
  • Argyle
  • Warner
Youth and Howes3:31
9."Lie in It"
  • Arena
  • Warner
  • Hume
Jon Hume4:00
10."Karma"Michael Rendall4:41
11."Love Falls"
  • Arena
  • Wollbeck
  • Lindblom
Youth4:01
Deluxe edition bonus tracks [15]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."Heaven"
Michael Fatkin3:38
13."No Filter"
Joseph Cross3:58
14."Walk with You"
  • Arena
  • Hume
  • Nixon
Jon Hume3:40

Charts

Eleven debuted at number 2 in Australia, behind If I Can Dream by Elvis Presley.

Weekly charts

Chart (2015)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [16] 2
Australian Artists Albums (ARIA)11

1 Chart only recognises sales by Australian artists.

Year-end charts

Chart (2015)Position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [17] 59

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [18] Gold35,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history

List of release dates, showing region, formats, label and editions
RegionDateFormat(s)LabelEdition(s)
Worldwide30 October 2015 EMI Records
  • Standard edition
  • Deluxe edition

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