Category Archives: Album Release Celebration

14 years of Classifed

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Can you believe that 14 years ago today that Classifed was released? Yes, back in 2001, this would be the second studio album but would be the first outing for new vocalist, Jade Villalon.

All but two of the tracks on the album had roots in classical pieces (Boyfriend took inspiration from Gonna Fly Now otherwise known as the Theme to Rocky while Every Time had no influence at all)

4 singles would spawn from the album: For The Lonely (the only single to be released in Japan), Cinderella, Boyfriend Trying to be Me. For The Lonely had a UK promo with a version that, until 2007, wasn’t available anywhere else (the track was available as part of the download in Korea for Greatest Hits) while Korea had a Trying To Be Me promo.

Do you have a favourite track from this album? Or maybe it’s one of the remixes that you prefer? Why not pop over to our twitter and share your favs?

Below you can see the videos for the singles:

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A Decade On & Still Shining Bright

My how time flies! Seems only yesterday that we were celebrating 9 years since the release of this album and now we’re celebrating a decade since it first graced our ears!

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Yes of course we are talking about After The Lights. We’ve seen the album sometimes be referred to as Sweetbox Presents a Very Sweet Christmas because of the inclusion of 4 Christmas tracks, but in fact, this album had darker tones to it. It is one of the first (if not the only) album NOT to feature any classical sampling on any of the tracks.

In Korea, the album was released on October 4th 2005 but without the 4 Christmas themed tracks. In place of these were I Don’t Want To Kill You & Crown Of Thorns originally released on the Japanese Greatest Hits album earlier that year and with the additional European version of Killing Me DJ. Exactly a year since the Japanese release, the Korean version was re-released as a Christmas Special package which added an additional CD with the 4 Christmas themed tracks.

There was, in theory no videos for this release (More Than Love did receive a video but this wouldn’t be seen until the Taiwanese release of 13 Chapters)

If you’re not familiar with how the album looks, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards. And of course there’s the obligotory sing-along with the lyric videos over on YouTube

What’s you’re favourite track(s) from the album? Share them with us and we’ll share them with everyone else!

9 Years Of Raw Goodness

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It’s that time of year again. It’s the only release that we can never be truly sure when it was released. We know for definite that it was around the start of November and that it was one of the first releases from back in 2005 when the then web shop opened.

This originally started out as a ‘European’ exclusive and gave demo versions of songs that appeared or were scheduled to appear on albums from the start of then frontwoman Jade’s career (2000). These were subsequently introduced by Jade giving some insight into the process of bringing an album together. It also gave insight into Jade’s work before Sweetbox.

The album would subsequently be released 3 years later in Japan & Taiwan under the name of Rare Tracks. The difference between this and Raw Treasures was the omission of the spoken introductory tracks, and the inclusion of the versions of Addicted and World Without Frontiers that were used on the Subaru adverts in Japan as well as the piano version of For The Lonely from Live album.

So what’s you’re favourite memory of Raw Treasures? Why not share them with us over on our Twitter feed and we’ll share with everyone else!

12 Years Old & Still A Gem!

26th September 2002 – the album Jade is released in Japan. This would mark the 3rd studio album for the group, 2nd for Jade a front woman and the 1st to be released on the Avex label.

The album would go on to be released in other Korea, Taiwan & Hong Kong. We suspect too that it may have been planned for a 2003 release in Europe after coming across a 5 track sampler featuring tracks known to have appeared on this album. In fact, this would be the only album from Jade’s era not to be released in Europe.

There were no singles released for this album, save the promotional ones of Read My Mind, Unforgiven & Lighter Shade Of Blue apart from the European single of the latter, known as Here On My Own (Lighter Shade of Blue) (again, adding to speculation of the album reaching Europe 2003). You can check the videos out below.

Read My Mind

Unforgiven

Lighter Shade of Blue

There were of course variations of two of the videos: a wintery themed Read My Mind known as Crystal Edition and an alternative version of Here on My Own (Lighter Shade of Blue) (see video below)

Here on my Own (Lighter Shade of Blue) – Alternative

Got a fav track or memory from the album? Why not share with us on Twitter?

p.s. Answers to the song anagrams on Twitter this week (in order posted)
Human Sacrifice, Unforgiven & Read My Mind

The Time Is…One Year Ago Today

It’s the 3rd of July and 2 years since the last studio album and several months since we revealed a startling fact that there would be more than one member, several weeks since they’d been revealed….have we missed anything important?

We are of course talking about the 9th studio album, #Z21 or #Zeitgeist21 (take your pick on what version you want, we’re not fussy!) that was release one year ago today…unless you bought it from iTunes Japan in which case you’d have been enjoying it for the past week! The rest of the world would have to wait a few more weeks before getting our hands on the release everywhere else.

Of course, the first we heard from Miho Fukuhara & LogiQ Pryce came in from of a cover of Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors with David Choi.

Naturally, the first video to be released from the album was the title track, #Z21, which still carried the signature theme of sampling classical music, in this case, Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra (it’s most famous appearance is probably in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey)

And was then followed by another two purchasable singles, Nothing Can Keep Me From You & LogiQ’s version of Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, pre-shortened for us as, yep, EGBA

The final video that was released from the album was All 4 Love (Skyfall) but it never released as a single

So there we have it. We think we’ve covered everything for this first year anniversary. If you think we’ve missed anything, let us know on Twitter! And while you’re there, share with us your favourite tracks from the album too!

5 Years Ago The Next Generation Began

June 10th 2009 and after almost a 3 year silence, the 7th studio album is upon us. Whilst being the 7th studio album overall, The Next Generation would be the debut release for the newest vocalist Jamie Pineda.

In Japan, two promotional singles were released; We Can Work It Out & Crash Landed whilst Korea would have the digital singles Everything Is Nothing and Crash Landed.

This release would also be the first to be digitally released internationally, making the music more accessible than ever.

So what’s your favourite track from the album? Share it with us and the rest of the Sweetbox Haven community!

Our Little Diamond Is 3 Years Old

It’s been 2 years since the release of 7th studio album, The Next Generation but now, in 2011, the next album is ready to be released. Step forward Diamond Veil.

Yes on the 25th May, Diamond Veil was released. This would be the 2nd and sadly the last album from vocalist Jamie Pineda.

The lead single from it was the ballad Remember This Dance. This was followed by the news that album track I Know You’re Not Alone was to feature in the live action adaption of the manga Paradise Kiss.

In Korea, the tracks Echo & I Don’t Give A Damn appeared in another manga adaption, City Hunter, whilst the only single to be released there was Minute By Minute

Got any favourites from the album? Why not share them with us here or over on twitter?