Heavy Nova (album)

Heavy Nova is the ninth studio album by English singer Robert Palmer, released in 1988. His first album for EMI Records after a 15-year association with Island Records, it followed Palmer's very successful album Riptide (1985).

Heavy Nova
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Studio album by
Released22 June 1988
Recorded1987
StudioLogic Studios (Milan, Italy); Compass Point Studios (Nassau, The Bahamas)
Genre
Length38:29
LabelEMI, Manhattan
ProducerRobert Palmer
Robert Palmer chronology
Riptide
(1985)
Heavy Nova
(1988)
Addictions: Volume 1
(1989)
Singles from Heavy Nova
  1. "Simply Irresistible"
    Released: 30 May 1988
  2. "She Makes My Day"
    Released: October 1988
  3. "Early in the Morning"
    Released: October 1988 (USA)
  4. "Change His Ways"
    Released: May 1989
  5. "It Could Happen to You"
    Released: 14 August 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Heavy Nova continued Palmer's popularity with the single "Simply Irresistible", which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the United States. The name Heavy Nova derives from Palmer's love of both heavy metal and bossa nova rhythms.

The album was recorded at Logic Studios in Milan, Italy and Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas.

The album peaked at No. 13 in the US, No. 17 in the UK and No. 15 in The Netherlands. The album was certified US Platinum by RIAA in November 1988 and UK Gold by BPI in November 1988. It remains Palmer's second most successful album worldwide, behind his 1985 album Riptide.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Robert Palmer, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Simply Irresistible" 4:14
2."More Than Ever" 3:25
3."Change His Ways" 2:56
4."Disturbing Behaviour" 3:45
5."Early in the Morning"
4:42
6."It Could Happen to You"2:32
7."She Makes My Day" 4:23
8."Between Us" 4:49
9."Casting a Spell" 3:57
10."Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming"3:46

PersonnelEdit

ProductionEdit

  • Robert Palmer – producer, art direction
  • David Harper – executive producer
  • Richard Cobble – production coordinator
  • Tim Kramer – engineer
  • Bookie Epsie – assistant engineer
  • Scott Forman – assistant engineer
  • Roy Sweeting – assistant engineer
  • Eric Thorngren – mixing
  • Henry Marquez – design
  • Terence Donovan – photography
  • Tony Baglio – management
  • Pino Pischetola – management

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[13] 2× Platinum 300,000[14]
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Heavy Nova" on AllMusic Guide. Retrieved on 13 August 2009
  2. ^ a b "This Robert Palmer video is proof the British are funnier than Americans". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Robert Palmer – Heavy Nova". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Robert Palmer – Heavy Nova" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Robert Palmer – Heavy Nova" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Robert Palmer – Heavy Nova". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Robert Palmer – Heavy Nova". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Robert Palmer | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Robert Palmer Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  10. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums for 1988". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1988". Billboard. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  12. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums for 1989". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  13. ^ "1989 ARIA Albums Chart". ARIA.
  14. ^ "Pacing the Majors" (PDF). Billboard. 20 January 1990. p. A-10. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  15. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Robert Palmer – Heavy Nova". Music Canada. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Robert Palmer – Heavy Nova". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Robert Palmer – Heavy Nova". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 10 October 2020.

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