Aquarium (Aqua album)

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Aquarium
Aquariumcover.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 March 1997 (1997-03-26)
Recorded1996–1997
GenreEurodance[1]
Length40:44
LabelUniversal
ProducerPer Adebratt, Delgado, Tommy Ekman, Peter Hartman, Johnny Jam, Jan Langhoff, Claus Norreen, Søren Rasted
Aqua chronology
Aquarium
(1997)
Aquarius
(2000)
Singles from Aquarium
  1. "Roses Are Red"
    Released: 24 September 1996
  2. "My Oh My"
    Released: 11 February 1997
  3. "Barbie Girl"
    Released: 14 May 1997
  4. "Lollipop (Candyman)"
    Released: 25 November 1997
  5. "Doctor Jones"
    Released: 8 December 1997
  6. "Turn Back Time"
    Released: 18 May 1998
  7. "Good Morning Sunshine"
    Released: 14 December 1998

Aquarium is the debut studio album by Danish-Norwegian band Aqua. The album was released in Scandinavia on March 26, 1997 and in the United States on September 9, 1997. Although the group had been together for three years under their original name Joyspeed, their only release under that name was a single called "Itzy Bitsy Spider". The album is best known for including the successful singles "Barbie Girl", "Doctor Jones" and "Turn Back Time", the first of those being a huge hit across the globe. (The album was preceded by the two singles "Roses Are Red" and "My Oh My", with the latter re-released in 1998.)

The album's third single, "Barbie Girl" brought the group to international attention after reaching number one in both Denmark and Norway, as well as across Europe and in Australia and New Zealand. It would later peak at number 7 in the US. Its success helped the album reach number one in both the group's home countries, and make the top 10 in the UK and US. While not selling as highly "Barbie Girl", the album's fourth single "Doctor Jones" was released in late 1997/early 1998 and became a number one in Denmark, Norway, Australia and the UK. "Turn Back Time" would later give the group their third consecutive number one single in the UK, despite only reaching number 16 in Denmark. The final single, "Good Morning Sunshine" failed to chart highly and was only released in select regions like the earlier "Lollipop (Candyman)", the group's only other song to chart in the US. The album has sold 16 million copies worldwide.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Aquarium debuted at number one in Denmark.[3] As of August 2001, the album had sold 430,000 copies in Denmark.[4] It is the third best-selling album in Denmark to date, only beaten by Danish recording artist Kim Larsen's 1983 album Midt om natten and his 1986 album Forklædt som voksen.[5][6] The album debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and later peaked at number seven.[7] It would spend a total of 50 weeks on the album sales chart, and sold 1,7 million copies in 1997.[8] On March 4, 1999 the album was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of three million units, becoming the most successful Eurodance album in the US since Ace of Base's The Sign (1993). Aquarium has been certified four times platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for shipments of four million copies inside Europe.

Track listings[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[9]
Entertainment WeeklyC[10]
Village Voice(dud)[11]
NME1/10[12]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Happy Boys & Girls"
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
3:37
2."My Oh My"
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
3:25
3."Barbie Girl"
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Nystrøm
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
3:16
4."Good Morning Sunshine"
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
4:03
5."Doctor Jones"
  • Anders Øland
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
3:22
6."Heat of the Night"
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Hartmann & Langhoff
3:33
7."Be a Man"
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Nystrøm
  • Tommy Ekman
  • Per Adebratt
4:22
8."Lollipop (Candyman)"
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Nystrøm
  • Dif
  • Hartmann & Langhoff
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
3:35
9."Roses Are Red"
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Nystrøm
  • Hartmann & Langhoff
Hartmann & Langhoff3:43
10."Turn Back Time"
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
4:09
11."Calling You"
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Hartmann & Langhoff
  • Rasted
  • Norreen
  • Dif
  • Hartmann & Langhoff
  • Johnny Jam (vocals)
  • Delgado (vocals)
3:33

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from album liner notes.[13]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Denmark[58] 26 March 1997 CD Universal
Sweden[59] 1997
United States[60] 9 September 1997 MCA
Germany[61] 1997 Universal
Europe 22 April 2017 LP

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