Sleep Through the Static

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Sleep Through the Static
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Studio album by Jack Johnson
ReleasedFebruary 5, 2008
Genre Folk rock, soft rock
Label Brushfire, Universal
Producer J.P. Plunier
Jack Johnson chronology
Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George
Sleep Through the Static
En Concert
Singles from Sleep Through the Static
  1. "If I Had Eyes"
    Released: December 17, 2007
  2. "Sleep Through the Static"
    Released: December 2007
  3. "Same Girl"
    Released: February 2008 (Brazil-exclusive)
  4. "Hope"
    Released: May 2008
  5. "Go On"
    Released: November 2008 (Radio-exclusive single)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Billboard (positive) [2]
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The Boston Globe (mixed) [4]
Entertainment Weekly (B+) [5]
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Sleep Through the Static is the fourth studio album by singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, released in the United States on February 5, 2008. The album was announced on Johnson's website as renovation began for the release of the album. It was recorded at the Los Angeles Solar Powered Plastic Plant, which makes it Johnson's first album made outside of Hawaii. It was produced by JP Plunier.

Jack Johnson (musician) American musician

Jack Hody Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and former professional surfer. Johnson is known primarily for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. Johnson has reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart with his albums Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George in 2006, Sleep Through the Static in 2008, To the Sea in 2010, and From Here to Now to You in 2013. Johnson's In Between Dreams album peaked at number 2 on the chart in 2005 and again in 2013.


The album was played live for the first time at the BBC in December for a select number of fans. Despite having been reviewed mostly unenthusiastically by professional music critics, worldwide sales of the album were on par with Johnson's previous albums.

The first single, "If I Had Eyes", was released via Johnson's MySpace page on December 17, 2007. The second single from the album was "Hope" and was released on September, peaking at number No. 30 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.

If I Had Eyes Jack Johnson song

"If I Had Eyes" is the first single from Hawaiian singer-songwriter Jack Johnson's album Sleep Through the Static. It was released exclusively on November 29. The official iTunes single was released on December 11, 2007.

Hope (Jack Johnson song) Jack Johnson song

"Hope" is the second official single from American musician Jack Johnson's album Sleep Through the Static. It was released in May 2008 as a digital download.

Alternative Songs is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. It lists the 40 most-played songs on alternative and modern rock radio stations. The chart was introduced as a companion to the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and its creation was prompted by the explosion of alternative music on American radio in the late 1980s. During the first several years of the chart, it regularly featured music that did not receive commercial radio airplay anywhere but on a few modern rock and college rock radio stations. This included many electronic and post-punk artists. Gradually, as alternative rock became more "mainstream", the Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock Songs charts began featuring more of the same songs. However, the formats would differentiate themselves by the late 2000s. Today, the Alternative Songs chart favors more indie rock, indie pop, and synth-pop bands while the Mainstream Rock Songs chart favors more hard rock and heavy metal music.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling about 375,000 copies in its first week, including 139,000 digital downloads. This was a record high for weekly digital album sales. [11] It also debuted at number one on the Worldwide chart with sales of 577,000. It held the record at iTunes for most digital downloads in a single day, until Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends set a new record.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Coldplay British pop band

Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members, lead singer and pianist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman, and drummer Will Champion were at University College London, and came together from 1996 to 1998, during which time the band changed names from Pectoralz, to Starfish, then Coldplay. Creative director and former manager Phil Harvey is often referred to as the fifth member by the band. They recorded and released two EPs: Safety in 1998 and The Blue Room in 1999. The latter was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone.

<i>Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends</i> Coldplay album

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, often referred to as simply Viva la Vida, is the fourth studio album by British rock band Coldplay, released on 12 June 2008 on the Parlophone label. The album was named after a Spanish phrase that best translates into English as "Long live life", or simply, "Live life". Lyrically, the album contains references to love, life, death and war.

Sleep Through the Static remained at number one on the Billboard 200 in its second week of release, by which time it had sold over 180,000 copies, [12] as well as its third week, in which it sold 105,000 copies. [13] It fell from the number one spot in its fourth week, in which it placed third with about 92,000 copies sold. [14] The album was made #45 in Q's 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008. [15]

Q is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1986 by the journalists and broadcasters Mark Ellen and David Hepworth, who were presenters of the BBC television music series Whistle Test.

Track listing

All songs written by Jack Johnson, except where noted.

  1. "All at Once" – 3:38
  2. "Sleep Through the Static" – 3:43
  3. "Hope" (Jack Johnson, Zach Rogue) – 3:42
  4. "Angel" – 2:02
  5. "Enemy" – 3:48
  6. "If I Had Eyes" – 3:59
  7. "Same Girl" – 2:10
  8. "What You Thought You Need" – 5:27
  9. "Adrift" – 3:56
  10. "Go On" – 4:35
  11. "They Do, They Don't" – 4:10
  12. "While We Wait" – 1:26
  13. "Monsoon" (Jack Johnson, Merlo Podlewski) – 4:17
  14. "Losing Keys" – 4:28
  15. "Home* (Acoustic) (*Bonus track on some versions e.g. Australian release)" – 3:30



Weekly charts

Chart (2008)Peak
Australian Albums Chart [16] 1
Austria Albums Chart [16] 3
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders) [17] 8
Belgium Albums Chart (Wallonia) [17] 34
Canadian Albums Chart [18] 1
Danish Albums Chart [17] 5
Dutch Albums Chart [16] 4
French Albums Chart [17] 6
German Albums Chart [19] 2
Greek Albums Chart [20] 9
Irish Albums Chart [16] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart [16] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart [16] 17
Portuguese Albums Chart [17] 3
Spanish Albums Chart [17] 14
Swedish Albums Chart [16] 13
Swiss Albums Chart [17] 2
UK Albums Chart [16] 1
US Billboard 200 [16] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2008)Position
Austrian Albums Chart [21] 49
German Albums Chart [22] 42


RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) [23] Platinum70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria) [24] Gold10,000*
Germany (BVMI) [25] Gold100,000^
Ireland (IRMA) [26] Gold7,500^
Japan (RIAJ) [27] Gold100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) [28] Platinum15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [29] Gold100,000^
United States (RIAA) [30] Platinum1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Sleep Through the Static: Remixed
Remix album by Jack Johnson
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2008
Genre Folk rock


Sleep Through the Static: Remixed is a 2008 remix album of songs from Sleep Through the Static.

A remix album is an album consisting of remixes or rerecorded versions of an artists' earlier released material. The first act who employed the format was American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. As of 2007, the best-selling remix album of all time was Michael Jackson's Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix (1997).

Track listing


  1. "Hope" (Nightmares on Wax Remix)
  2. "Losing Keys" (Katalyst Remix)
  3. "Monsoon" (Money Mark Casio Remix)
  4. "Angel" (Kid Koala Remix)
  5. "They Do, They Don't" (DJ Tropikal Remix)
  6. "Hope" (Mario C. Remix)
  7. "If I Had Eyes" (Culver City Dub Collective Remix)
  8. "Enemy" (Worst Friends Remix)


  1. "Adrift" (live studio session)
  2. "Enemy" (live studio session)
  3. "Sleep Through the Static/I Love You and Buddha Too" (live studio sessions)

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  2. Billboard review
  3. Blender review
  4. The Boston Globe review
  5. Entertainment Weekly review
  6. Rolling Stone review
  7. The Guardian review
  8. The Observer review
  9. Slant Magazine review
  10. Yahoo! Music UK review
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