Lindsey Stirling (album)

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Lindsey Stirling
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Studio album by Lindsey Stirling
Released 18 September 2012 (iTunes)
25 September 2012 (CD) United States
Recorded 2010–12
Genre Dubstep, classical crossover
Length 45:11
Label BridgeTone
Producer
  • AFSHeeN
  • FIXYN
  • Marko G
  • Poet Name Life
Lindsey Stirling chronology
Lindsey Stomp
(2010)Lindsey Stomp2010
Lindsey Stirling
(2012)
Shatter Me
(2014)Shatter Me2014
Singles from Lindsey Stirling
  1. "Crystallize"
    Released: 23 February 2012 (US)

Lindsey Stirling is the debut studio album by violinist and artist Lindsey Stirling, whose popularity grew from her appearance on America's Got Talent and a large following on YouTube. Her first album of original compositions, it topped the category of Classical Albums and Dance/Electronic Albums in Billboard and reached number 79 on the Billboard 200. It also was a success in Europe, earning gold certifications in Poland and Switzerland and platinum certifications in Austria and Germany.[1]

On October 29, 2013 the album was re-released worldwide with bonus tracks and achieved its highest-selling week in the United States, reaching number 23 on the Billboard 200 by selling 10,000 copies.[2] Stirling's single "Crystallize" was certified gold by the RIAA. As of May 2014, Lindsey Stirling has sold 327,000 copies in the United States.[3]

Background and release

The album was recorded over the two years after Lindsey Stirling's appearance on America's Got Talent and was released in 2012.[4] Although Stirling is largely known for her covers, the album is composed almost entirely of her original compositions,[4] featuring Stirling playing violin and backing electronic music on each track created by Stirling and her producers. The album reached number seventy-nine on the Billboard 200,[5] while topping the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums and Classical Albums charts in the US.[6][7] It also charted within the top five in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.[8][9][10] By April 2013, it had sold 108,000 copies.[11] On October 29, 2013 the album was re-released in the US with 2 bonus tracks, as a Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition with bonus tracks had 3 more exclusive bonus tracks at Target.com and Target retail locations in the US.[12] On February 26, Stirling's album was released in France were it entered in number 17 by selling 4,900 copies.[13]

Lindsey's album proved to be a success in Europe as it won platinum certification in Germany and Austria as well as golden certification in Poland and Switzerland. On February 4 Lindsey won her first RIIA golden certification in her single: "Crystallize".[14]

Stirling has attributed the success of her album to its multitude of original tracks, rather than covers.[4]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Polari 3/5 stars[15]
AllMusic favorable[16]

AllMusic's James Christopher Monger wrote that the album "carves out a unique new niche in the classical crossover genre," and called the lead single, "Crystallize", "engaging."[16]

Accolades

The album was nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album for the Billboard Music Awards.

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Electric Daisy Violin" 3:15
2. "Zi-Zi's Journey" 3:16
3. "Crystallize" 4:18
4. "Song of the Caged Bird" 3:05
5. "Moon Trance" 3:55
6. "Minimal Beat" 3:35
7. "Transcendence" 3:45
8. "Elements" 4:07
9. "Shadows" 3:43
10. "Spontaneous Me" 3:29
11. "Anti Gravity" 3:56
12. "Stars Align" 4:47
Total length: 45:11

Tracks 4, 7, and 10 previously appeared on Stirling's 2010 EP, Lindsey Stomp. Tracks 1, 3, and 9 had been released as standalone digital singles in 2011, 2012, and 2012, respectively.

Re-release

On October 29, 2013, Lindsey Stirling's self-titled studio album was re-released in the US, almost a year after its first official release. The second version of the album consisted mainly of the original setlist, in addition to bonus tracks. The album had some special added bonus tracks if it had been pre-ordered or bought at Target.com or Target retail locations in the US.

On November 8, 2013 Billboard announced that Stirling's studio album had its best sales week ever; by selling 10,000 copies of the extended version of the album; it re-peaked at number 23, passing its previous peak of 79.[2] By May 2014, the album had sold 327,000 copies in total in the United States.[3]

Target bonus tracks

No. Title Length
13. "Crystallize*" (orchestral version) 4:35
14. "Transcendence" (orchestral version) 4:22
15. "Elements" (orchestral version) 4:08
16. "Crystallize Mashup" (Remix by Wild Children) 4:47
17. "My Immortal*" 4:11
Total length: 1:06:34

Widespread bonus tracks

No. Title Length
13. "Elements" (orchestral version) 4:08
14. "Crystallize Mashup" (Remix by Wild Children) 4:47
Total length: 54:08

Tracks 4, 7, and 10 previously appeared on Stirling's 2010 EP, Lindsey Stomp. Tracks 1, 3, and 9 had been released as standalone digital singles in 2011, 2012, and 2012, respectively.

Songs with * are exclusive at Target.com and Target retail locations in the US.

Personnel

Credits for Lindsey Stirling adapted from liner notes.[17]

  • Lindsey Stirling – violin, vocals, executive producer
  • AFSHeeN – producer (2)
  • Creative Regime – album art
  • FIXYN – producer (5)
  • Marko G – producer (1, 3, 4, 6–11)
  • Devin Graham – photography
  • Scott Jarvie – photography
  • Poet Name Life – producer (12)
  • Chebacca – producer (12)
  • Ryan Wyler – executive producer

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[38] Platinum 15,000*
Germany (BVMI)[39] 3× Gold 300,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[40] Gold 10,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[41] Gold 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[42] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s) Notes
"Spontaneous Me" 2011 Devin Graham Uses an abridged version of the song
"Transcendence" Nathan D. Lee Featuring Dalton Skinner as the Computer Tech
"Electric Daisy Violin" Devin Graham Choreographed by Natalie Vilos
"Shadows" 2012 Lindsey Stirling
Devin Graham
 
"Crystallize" Filmed at the Ice Castles in Silverthorne, Colorado
"Elements" Makeup by Laura Watkin (water), Joanna Bishop (fire), and Alexandria Murillo (wind)
"Moon Trance" Nathan D. Lee Featuring Stirling's live band members Jason Gaviati and Drew Steen.
Makeup by Dale Flink, Joanna Bishop, Shiloh White, Emily Jacobsen
"Song of the Caged Bird" Production designer: Erin Rowley
Gaffer: Brandon Moss
"My Immortal" 2013 Mason Johnson/Klepticenter Lighting design: Jole Reiff.
"Elements (Orchestral Version)" NBC and "Dracula" The video was made in order to promote the TV series Dracula that premiered in October 2013.
"Minimal Beat" Mason Johnson/Klepticenter Filmed throughout Stirling's 2013 world tour.
"Stars Align" 2014 Nathan D. Lee Producer: Jared Cardon.
Choreography: Anze Skrube
Effects: PlayfightVFX
Filmed at: YouTube Space LA
"Transcendence (Orchestral Version)" Micah Merill Featuring: Landfill Harmonic.
Choreography: Bonnie Story

See also

References

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