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The Real Thing is the fourth studio album by American singer Sherlyn O'Sullivan. It was released on October 23, 2015 through Hear Music. It serves as the follow-up to her succesfull third studio album Let Yourself (2012). Began to be planned during the end of its second concert tour.

Throughout the project, she worked with her longtime producer Zach Ziskin, also collabored with Benny Blanco, Ben Roulston, and Salaam Remi. The album resulted in a primarily elements of pop, contemporary R&B and soft rock, occasionally dips into elements of disco, dance, house, pop country, reggae, trip hop, and hip hop. She described the album as "a fun way to play with musical genres".

The Real Thing received generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised her variety sound production, and was ranked as one of the best albums of 2015 by Billboard, Time, and Rolling Stone. It debuted in the top five spots of every major chart, including the Billboard 200, giving third second consecutive chart-topper in the U.S. with first-week sales of 2.1 copies was the second-biggest debut in history for a female artist. The album eventually became the second world's best-selling album of 2015 with 15 million copies sold within the year. It was seven eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of 7 million copies in the United States, making she only artist of the 2010s to sold more than 5 million copies in United States in three consecutive albums, and has sold 20 million copies as of May 2017, making it one of the best selling albums worldwide.

Six singles were released in total from the album, incluiding the U.S number one singles—"Hair on Fire", and "The Sweetest Life", featuring Pharrel Williams. "Hair on Fire", resuted Record of the Year, and Best Music Video winner at 58th Annual Grammy Awards, while "The Sweetest Life" won for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The country inspired song "Glue Your Blue Jeans on Me" also was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance. The album was nominated for Album of the Year, and for Pop Vocal Album at 59th Annual Grammy Awards, but lose for Adele 25's album, and promote the album on her third concert tour The Real Thing Tour, which grossed $295.8 million in 2016.

Track listing Edit

Standard edition

  1. "The Real Thing" – 3:36
  2. "Angels" – 3:17
  3. "Remember When" – 3:48
  4. "Hair on Fire" – 3:51
  5. "The Sweetest Life" (featuring T.I)– 3:57
  6. "Breathe" – 4:02
  7. "Screw You" – (featuring Sam Hunt) – 3:42
  8. "Glue Your Blue Jeans on Me" – 4:02
  9. "Overdose" – 3:09
  10. "Midnight Stories" – 3:45
  11. "Promises" – 3:33
  12. "Thousand Stars" – 3:43
  13. "Come On Boy" – 3:51
  14. "Turn to You" – 3:22

Japan edition bonus track

  1. "Into Me" – 3:41

Deluxe version bonus tracks

  1. "Better Place" – 3:12
  2. "If" – 3:06
  3. "Satisfied" – 4:05

Deluxe version bonus tracks (exclusive to Target in US and Canada)

  1. "I'll Be Right Here" – (featuring Nas) – 3:54
  2. "Into Me" – 3:41
  3. "Satisfied" – 4:51
  4. "Fallin" – (demo version) – 3:38
  5. "The Real Thing" – (a capella version) – 3:16

Singles Edit

1. "Hair on Fire"

Released: July 3, 2015

2. "Come On Boy"

Released: September 25, 2015

3. "The Sweetest Life'"

Released: November 13, 2015

4. "Glue Your Blue Jeans on Me"

Released: March 4, 2016

5. "Screw You"

Released: August 26, 2016

6. "The Real Thing'"

Released: November 4, 2016

Charts Edit

Weekly charts

Chart (2015) Position
Argentina Albums Chart 1
Australian Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart 3
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 1
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Croatian Albums Chart 1
Czech Albums Chart 1
Danish Albums Chart 1
Dutch Albums Chart 1
Finnish Albums Chart 1
French Albums Chart 1
German Albums Chart 1
Greek Albums Chart 1
Hungarian Albums Chart 1
Irish Albums Chart 2
Italian Albums Chart 1
Japanese Albums Chart 1
Mexican Albums Chart 1
New Zealand Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 1
Polish Music Charts 1
Portuguese Albums Chart 1
Russian Music Charts 1
Scottish Albums Chart 1
Spanish Albums Chart 1
Swedish Albums Chart 1
Swiss Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2015) Position
Argentina Albums Chart 2
Australian Albums Chart 2
Austrian Albums Chart 3
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 7
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 4
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Croatian Albums Chart 2
Czech Albums Chart 3
Danish Albums Chart 3
Dutch Albums Chart 2
Finnish Albums Chart 4
French Albums Chart 3
German Albums Chart 3
Hungarian Albums Chart 5
Irish Albums Chart 5
Italian Albums Chart 3
Mexican Albums Chart 4
Japanese Albums Chart 3
Norwegian Albums Chart 3
Polish Music Charts 4
Portuguese Albums Chart 5
Russian Music Charts 3
Scottish Albums Chart 7
Spanish Albums Chart 2
Swedish Albums Chart 3
Swiss Albums Chart 3
Taiwanese Albums Chart 8
UK Albums Chart 3
US Billboard 200 2
Chart (2015) Position
Argentina Albums Chart 6
Australian Albums Chart 3
Austrian Albums Chart 3
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 11
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 9
Canadian Albums Chart 3
Croatian Albums Chart 8
Czech Albums Chart 7
Danish Albums Chart 5
Dutch Albums Chart 9
Finnish Albums Chart 8
French Albums Chart 4
German Albums Chart 6
Hungarian Albums Chart 8
Irish Albums Chart 9
Italian Albums Chart 6
Mexican Albums Chart 6
Japanese Albums Chart 7
Norwegian Albums Chart 8
Polish Music Charts 9
Portuguese Albums Chart 14
Russian Music Charts 13
Scottish Albums Chart 9
Spanish Albums Chart 10
Swedish Albums Chart 11
Swiss Albums Chart 13
Taiwanese Albums Chart 7
UK Albums Chart 5
US Billboard 200 4

CertificationsEdit

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF) 2× Platinum 100,000^
Australia (ARIA) Diamond 580,000^
Austria (IFPI) 2× Platinum 30,000^
Belgium (BEA) 2× Platinum 50,000^
Brazil (ABPD) Diamond 300,000^
Canada (MC) Diamond 694,000
Denmark (IFPI Denmark) 4× Platinum 90,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat) Platinum 30,000^
France (SNEP) Diamond 500,000^
Germany (BVMI) 3× Platinum 694,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ) Platinum 8,000^
Ireland (IRMA) 5× Platinum 85,000^
Italy (FIMI) 6× Platinum 300,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON) Diamond 400,000^
Japan (RIAJ) Million 1,803,000^
Netherlands (NVPI) 7× Platinum 300,000^
New Zealand (RIAMZ) 5× Platinum 85,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway) Gold 20,000^
Philippines (PARI) Diamond 200,000^
Poland (ZPAV) 2× Platinum 60,000^
Portugal (AFP) 3× Platinum 40,000^
Russia (NFPF) Platinum 10,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 7× Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF) 3× Platinum 130,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) 10× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) 6× Platinum 1,989,000^
United States (RIAA) 7× Platinum 7,672,000^

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