Tiffany (album)

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Tiffany
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 15, 1987
Recorded1984–1987
Genre
Length39:08
Label MCA
Producer George E. Tobin
Tiffany chronology
Tiffany
(1987)
Hold an Old Friend's Hand
(1988)
Singles from Tiffany
  1. "Danny"
    Released: July 1987
  2. "I Think We're Alone Now"
    Released: August 1987
  3. "Could've Been"
    Released: November 1987
  4. "I Saw Him Standing There"
    Released: February 1988
  5. "Feelings of Forever"
    Released: May 1988

Tiffany is the debut studio album by American singer Tiffany, released on September 15, 1987, by MCA Records. Prior to signing a recording contract with MCA Records in 1987, Tiffany had begun working with manager and record producer George Tobin several years earlier, possibly with some of the tracks recorded as early as when she was 12 years old. Initially, "Danny" was her first single released from her self-titled studio album; however the single failed to chart. To support the album and create a buzz for herself, Tiffany embarked on a shopping mall tour entitled "The Beautiful You: Celebrating the Good Life Shopping Mall Tour '87". The tour included Tiffany performing in shopping malls across the United States; at first to small audiences but by the end to much larger crowds as her popularity grew. [1]

Contents

As her popularity grew during her tour, radio stations began to play Tiffany's cover version of Tommy James & the Shondells' song "I Think We're Alone Now". The song was quickly released as the album's second single; Tiffany's cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" became the singer's first No. 1 single both in the United States and United Kingdom. The album's follow-up single "Could've Been" became the singer's second No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and her first on the Adult Contemporary chart. With the help of those two singles, the album peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Pop Albums chart, staying for two weeks; replacing George Michael's Faith . At the age of 16 years, Tiffany became the youngest female artist to achieve a No. 1 album, the first female solo and third artist to chart on the Billboard 200 under the age of 18, and the youngest to have two consecutive No. 1 singles. [2] Tiffany's rendition of the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" retitled "I Saw Him Standing There" provided a final success from the album. The album was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on April 5, 1988. [3]

The album's final single, "Feelings of Forever" failed to reprise the success of Tiffany's three previous singles.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Record Mirror Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [5]
Robert Christgau B [6]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [7]

Upon its initial release, Tiffany received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics. Anthony Decurtis of Rolling Stone gave the album an unfavorable review, describing the album as an "artificial construction that Tiffany occupies with neither authority nor uniqueness." The reviewer criticized the production, songwriting, and management for "letting Tiff down" and described her cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" as "sterile" compared to the original and "I Saw Her Standing There" as a "conceptual disaster". [7] Chris Tworney of Record Mirror was a bit more positive, reviewing the singer, at the time, as the "latest in seemingly inexhaustible supply of virgin prunes to dominate [the] charts." [5] In a retrospective review, Bryan Buss of AllMusic described the material as "enjoyable without being schlocky", and reviewed tracks "Kid on a Corner," "Should've Been Me," "Johnny's Got the Inside Moves," and "Danny" as "all inoffensive, mid-tempo tunes that are more than just filler." Concluding the review, he states that even though this is a "fair debut for a young singer with a voice she'd grow into," her follow-up, Hold an Old Friend's Hand , is "more consistently realized." [4]

Music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "B", describing it as "a fantasy album about the growing pains of a wholesome California teen, flexing her sexuality slightly as she moons over that soulful Mexican boy, with two schlock classics of its own." [6]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Should've Been Me"Mark Paul3:39
2."Danny"Jody Moreing4:00
3."Spanish Eyes"
  • Donna Weiss
  • John Duarte
  • Lauren Wood
3:56
4."Feelings of Forever"
  • Paul
  • Duarte
3:52
5."Kid on a Corner"4:02
6."I Saw Him Standing There" Lennon–McCartney 4:12
7."Johnny's Got the Inside Moves"
  • Jon McElroy
  • Ned McElroy
3:20
8."Promises Made"
  • Paul
  • Duarte
4:50
9."I Think We're Alone Now" Ritchie Cordell 3:48
10."Could've Been"Lois Blaisch3:31

B-sides

Personnel

Production

Charts

Certifications and sales

Certifications and sales for Tiffany
RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia100,000 [26]
Canada (Music Canada) [27] 5× Platinum500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong) [28] Platinum20,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ) [29] Platinum15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [30] Gold100,000^
United States (RIAA) [3] 4× Platinum4,000,000^
Summaries
Worldwide7,000,000 [31]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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