|Studio album by|
|Released||4 November 2003|
|Recorded||August 2002 – 2003|
|Sarah McLachlan chronology|
|Singles from Afterglow|
Afterglow is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. Released on 4 November 2003 on Nettwerk in Canada and 4 November 2003 on Arista Records in the United States, it was her first album of new material in six years, after the success of Surfacing and the Lilith Fair festival.
Unlike past albums where she went to an isolated cottage to write the songs, she wrote the songs for Afterglow in her family home mainly before the birth of her child. She wrote the songs entirely on piano, which was also a departure from her previous albums which she wrote on guitar. Longtime collaborator Pierre Marchand produced the album. McLachlan wrote eight of the 10 songs herself and co-wrote the other two with Marchand.
Afterglow was released on 4 November 2003 and was a success in North America, reaching number two on the Billboard 200, selling 361,000 copies in its first week of release and number one on the Canadian charts. It reached #33 in the UK (McLachlan's biggest success there thus far) and the top 50 in Australia in 2004. The first single, "Fallen", reached the top ten on the Adult Top 40 Billboard charts and a remix reached top ten in the United States dance charts. A second single, "Stupid" was released in March 2004.
McLachlan was nominated in five Juno Award categories in Canada, including Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year for Afterglow, and Songwriter of the Year for the songs on the album. The awards were announced on 4 April 2004. The album was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Pop Vocal Album field in 2005.
Although not as successful as Surfacing, Afterglow has sold over 2.3 million copies in the US (as of November 2004) and went two times platinum. Worldwide, the album has sold more than four million copies (as of October 2006).
|2.||"World on Fire"||McLachlan, Pierre Marchand||4:22|
|9.||"Perfect Girl"||McLachlan, Marchand||4:43|
|10.||"Dirty Little Secret"||McLachlan||3:55|
|Canada (Music Canada)||5× Platinum||500,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,300,000|
^shipments figures based on certification alone