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Hotel Paper
Studio album by Michelle Branch
Released June 24, 2003 (U.S.)
Recorded August 2002[1]–June 24, 2003
Genre Pop rock, alternative
Length 46:57
Label Maverick
Producer Josh Abraham, Rick DePofi, John Leventhal, John Shanks, Greg Wells
Professional reviews
Michelle Branch chronology
The Spirit Room
Hotel Paper
Everything Comes and Goes
Singles from Hotel Paper
  1. "Are You Happy Now?"
  2. "Breathe"
  3. "'Til I Get Over You"

Hotel Paper is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Michelle Branch which was released on June 24, 2003.

Some of the major themes on Hotel Paper are leaving things behind, constantly being on the move, independence, the mysteries of bus stations and spirituality.[2] The album's cover is a photograph of Branch by Sheryl Nields.

Hotel Paper debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 157,000 copies in its first week—it was Branch's highest sales week and surpassed the peak position of her previous major label album, The Spirit Room (2001).[3] By September 2003, Hotel Paper was certified gold by the RIAA.[4] The album sold 1,116,000 copies in the U.S. up to March 2009.[5] Hotel Paper was certified gold in Canada for shipment of 50,000 copies.[6]

"Are You Happy Now?", the album's first single, peaked at number sixteen on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Branch's third nomination. The second single was "Breathe", which reached number thirty-six on the Hot 100 and became a top five club hit. A third single, "'Til I Get over You", was released with no music video and failed to chart.


Track listing

All songs were written by Michelle Branch, except where noted.

  1. "Intro" – 0:12
  2. "Are You Happy Now?" (Michelle Branch, John Shanks) – 3:50
  3. "Find Your Way Back" – 3:45
  4. "Empty Handed" – 4:50
  5. "Tuesday Morning" – 4:43
  6. "One of These Days" – 3:23
  7. "Love Me Like That" [with Sheryl Crow] (Branch, Shanks) – 4:35
  8. "Desperately" – 3:06
  9. "Breathe" (Branch, Shanks) – 3:32
  10. "Where Are You Now?" – 3:26
  11. "Hotel Paper" – 4:19
  12. "'Til I Get Over You" (Branch, Shanks) – 4:10
  13. "Everywhere" (Branch, Shanks) – 3:36 (International bonus track)
  14. "The Game of Love" [with Santana] (Alex Ander, Rick Nowels) (International bonus track)
  15. "It's You" - 3:14

Digital Deluxe Edition

  1. "Wanting Out" – 3:48
  2. "Lay Me Down" (Branch, Jessica Harp, Greg Wells) – 3:14
  3. "A Case Of You" – 4;15
  4. "'Til I Get Over You (Acoustic Live from AOL Sessions)" – 4:06
  5. "Are You Happy Now (Video)" – 4:02
  6. "Breathe (Video)" – 3:32


  • "Are You Happy Now?" May 20, 2003
  • "Breathe" December 9, 2003
  • "'Til I Get Over You"



  • Producers: Josh Abraham, Rick DePofi, John Leventhal, John Shanks, Greg Wells
  • Engineers: Daniel Chase, Rick DePofi, Marc DeSisto, Lars Fox, Chris Reynolds, Jeff Rothschild, Brian Scheuble, Ryan Williams
  • Assistant engineers: Chris Holmes, Brian Humphrey, Eric Reichers, Mark Valentine
  • Mixing: Josh Abraham, assistant: Jesse Gorman, Chris Lord-Alge, Roger Moutenot, Jim Scott
  • Mastering: Brian Gardner
  • A&R: Danny Strick
  • Assistant: Jorge Velez
  • Production coordination: Jill Dell'Abate
  • Programming: Josh Abraham
  • String arrangements: David Campbell
  • Photography: Sheryl Nields




Chart (2003) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 18
Top Canadian Albums 4
UK Albums Chart 35
U.S. Billboard 200 2
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 2


Single Chart (2003) Peak
"Are You Happy Now?" U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents 9
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 4
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 4
UK Singles Chart 31
Single Chart (2004) Peak
"Breathe" U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 27
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 36
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 18
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 20


  1. ^ Armstrong, Mark. "Michelle Branch To Begin Recording New Album In August". Yahoo! Music. July 16, 2002.
  2. ^ Sheffield, Rob. "Michelle Branch - Hotel Paper". Rolling Stone. RS 926, July 10, 2003.
  3. ^ Martens, Todd. "Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart". Billboard. July 2, 2003.
  4. ^ "Gold and Platinum - Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America.
  5. ^ Trust, Gary (2009-03-13). "Ask Billboard: Pink, Katy Perry". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 2009-03-19.  
  6. ^ "Search Certification Database". Canadian Recording Industry Association.


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