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Don't Stop is the second studio album by Norwegianmarker electropop singer Annie, released on 19 October 2009 in the UKmarker and on 17 November 2009 in the U.S.marker. The album features production work from previous collaborators Timo Kaukolampi and Richard X, as well as Xenomania and Paul Epworth.

Background

In May 2008, Popjustice called the album "a complete modern masterpiece", revealed the title (Don't Stop) and gave the first tracklisting. Pitchfork Media posted a different tracklisting two months later. It excluded a track entitled "Perfectly Honest", while "Misery" was renamed "I Can't Let Go".

Girls Aloud initially provided backing vocals for "My Love is Better". Annie received tabloid attention when various publications wrote that Girls Aloud requested "My Love is Better" be removed from the album. Producer Brian Higgins was reported to have included vocal tracks from a Girls Aloud demo in the song without their permission. Annie told Digital Spy in an interview that "it's not as dramatic as they said in the papers", citing problems with the record company. "Brian asked them if they'd like to help out. They were really up for it and came into my studio and it was really fun." The issue was resolved and the song will remain on Annie's album.

Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand plays guitar on "My Love is Better" and "Loco". "I Can't Let Go" is a duet with Fredrik Saroea of Datarock.

Promotion and release

The first single was initially going to be a cover of Stacey Q's 1986 single "Two of Hearts", backed with "Songs Remind Me of You". The release is listed as "still forthcoming" on producer Richard X's official website. It was suggested that the album could see an April 2008 release.

An album sampler was released in April for promotional purposes. The sampler featured the songs "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me", "My Love is Better", "When The Night", "Marie Cherie", and "Songs Remind Me Of You". A megamix containing samples of the album's songs was subsequently released.

Prior to the release of "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me", "Loco" was released as a digital only single. The album's actual first single "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me" was released on 14 July 2008. The song was described as "sweet, scrumptious electropop" by Digital Spy. Pitchfork Media said the song had "the slinky electro-pop strut" of Saint Etienne and Annie's previous single "Chewing Gum". The music video, directed by Sarah Chatfield, appeared online in late April 2008.

On 25 September 2008 it was reported that the album's release had been pushed back to April 2009 so Island Records have more time to promote the album.

Annie reported in a MySpace blog post in October 2008 that "Two of Hearts" would be released as the next single from 'Don't Stop' on 27 October 2008 but was cancelled last minute due to legal issues with Island Records.

In November 2008, with an official release date still unannounced, Annie left Island Records taking the masters of the album with her. She subsequently announced that 'Don't Stop' would be released in 2009 with a different track listing from the one leaked onto the Internet.

The album finally saw a release on 19 October 2009 with a revised track listing and new artwork.

New songs "Hey Annie", title track "Don't Stop" and "I Don't Like Your Band" were added to the album's final track listing. Meanwhile, "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me" and "Anthonio" were released on a bonus disc, entitled the All Night EP, among "Sweet", "I Can't Let Go" and new song "All Night".

Track listings

The final track listing was revealed by Pitchfork on 12 August 2009.
Standard Edition
  1. "Hey Annie" (Annie, P. Epworth, H. Bjornsdottir) Produced by Paul Epworth
  2. "My Love Is Better" (Annie, B. Higgins, M. Cooper, N. Coler, T. Powell) Produced by Xenomania
  3. "Bad Times" (Annie, B. Higgins, M. Cooper, N. Coler, T. Powell) Produced by Xenomania
  4. "Don't Stop" (Annie, P. Epworth, H. Bjornsdottir) Produced by Paul Epworth
  5. "I Don't Like Your Band" (Annie, P. Epworth, H. Bjornsdottir) Produced by Paul Epworth
  6. "Songs Remind Me of You" (H. Robinson, Richard X) Produced by Richard X
  7. "Marie Cherie" (Annie, T. Kaukolampi, Y. Saetre, H. Robinson) Produced by Timo Kaukolampi
  8. "Take You Home" (Annie, T. Kaukolampi) Produced by Timo Kaukolampi
  9. "The Breakfast Song" (Annie, T. Kaukolampi) Produced by Timo Kaukolampi
  10. "Loco" (Annie, B. Higgins, M. Cooper, N. Coler, T. Powell) Produced by Xenomania
  11. "When the Night" (Annie, B. Higgins, M. Cooper, N. Coler, T. Powell) Produced by Xenomania
  12. "Heaven and Hell" (Annie, B. Higgins, M. Cooper, N. Coler, T. Powell) Produced by Xenomania
  13. "My Love Is Better (Justin Robertson Remix)" (U.S. iTunes bonus track)


All Night EP (Special Edition Bonus Disc)
  1. "All Night" (Annie, P. Epworth) Produced by Paul Epworth
  2. "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me" (Annie, H. Robinson, Richard X, T. Kaukolampi) Produced by Richard X
  3. "Anthonio" (Annie, H. Robinson, Richard X) Produced by Richard X
  4. "I Can't Let Go" (Annie, T. Kaukolampi) Produced by Timo Kaukolampi
  5. "Sweet" (Annie, B. Higgins, M. Cooper, N. Coler, T. Powell) Produced by Xenomania


Outtakes

  • "Danny, Danny" (B-side to "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me") (Annie, B. Higgins, M. Cooper, N. Coler, T. Powell) Produced by Xenomania
  • "Two of Hearts" (J. Mitchell, S. Gatlin, T. Greene) Produced by Richard X
  • "Ferret Summer" (B-side to "Anthonio") (Annie, H. Robinson, Richard X) Produced by Richard X
  • "Perfectly Honest" (Annie, B. Higgins, M. Cooper, N. Coler, T. Powell) Produced by Xenomania


Chart performance

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums Chartmarker 25
UK Albums Chart 126
UK Indie Albums 15


References

  1. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gxfpxzwald0e
  2. http://myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=17680418&blogID=439153455
  3. http://pitchfork.com/news/36189-annies-idont-stopi-finally-coming-out/
  4. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dont-stop-bonus-track-version/id336032474



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