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Only by the Night
Studio album by Kings of Leon
Released 19 September 2008
(Release history)
Recorded February–June 2008
Genre Alternative rock, rock, Southern rock
Length 42:55
Label RCA
Producer Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King
Professional reviews
Kings of Leon chronology
Because of the Times
(2007)
Only by the Night
(2008)
Alternate cover
Alternate album cover
Singles from Only by the Night
  1. "Sex on Fire"
    Released: 15 September 2008
  2. "Use Somebody"
    Released: 8 December 2008
  3. "Revelry"
    Released: 2 March 2009
  4. "Notion"
    Released: 29 June 2009
  5. "Crawl"
    Released: 27 October 2009

Only by the Night is the fourth studio album by American rock band Kings of Leon, released worldwide in September 2008. Writing for the band's fourth album commenced just days after the release of their third, Because of the Times. The album was recorded by producers Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King through February 2008 in Nashville's Blackbird Studios.

Only by the Night experienced remarkable commercial success, peaking inside the top 10 of over 10 different countries. The album was certified the best-selling album in Australia, certified nine times platinum. It also went on to be the Highest selling album of 2008 in Australia and the third best selling album of 2008 in the UK also winning two Brit Awards.[1] Furthermore, two singles from the album have found high chartings, "Sex on Fire" coming in at number one in Ireland, the UK, Australia, and on the United States' Hot Modern Rock Tracks, and at number two in New Zealand. The album's second single "Use Somebody" also charted at number two in the UK, and at number two in Australia, along with being the bands first top 10 hit in the U.S. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 51st Grammy Awards with the song "Sex on Fire" receiving two nominations itself.[2]

"Sex on Fire" came number one in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2008, "Use Somebody" number three, "Closer" number 24 and "Crawl" number 70.

Contents

Production and recording history

In September 2007, lead singer Caleb Followill confirmed to NME that tracks were already being worked on for a fourth album,[3] only a few days after the release of the band's third album, Because of the Times. Recording began in February 2008 in Nashville's Blackbird Studios. On June 23, 2008, the release date of September 22, 2008 was set, and also the new title was announced.

Release

"Crawl" was released via the band's website as a free download for a short time, although it was not the first proper single. The first single "Sex on Fire", was released on 15 September 2008. The same day, music website Last.fm was the first to make the entire album available for streaming.[4] The music video for "Sex on Fire" was later made available to stream on their website and YouTube channel. The song "Use Somebody" was announced as the second single, which was released in December 2008. The song was a massive hit in the United States, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was a hit in the UK, Australia and several other countries. The third single released from the album was "Revelry", released on 2 March 2009.

"Notion" is the fourth single from the album. The video was released on June 1 and the song appear on radios on June 29.[5] The song has been another success from the group, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs.

In Australia, the song "Manhattan" was released to radio as the fourth single. The song spent four weeks on the singles chart and peaked at number 38[6] and reached number two on the National Airplay Chart.[7] The song has also had heavy rotation on UK radio station's such as Xfm.

Reception

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Critics

The album was met with mixed reviews. Metacritic's average rating settled on a 63/100,[8] counting a drastic range of ratings between North America and UK press. The U.S. online publications Pitchfork Media, PopMatters and JustPressPlay gave the album a 3.8/10, 2/10 and 4/10 respectively, while the album received ratings of 5/5 and 4.5/5 from the UK's The Observer and Virgin Media. Record sales showed it chasing Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends for the fastest selling album of the year in Ireland and the UK.[9]

Awards and accolades

Only by the Night received a nomination for Best Rock Album at the 51st Grammy Awards with the single "Sex on Fire" receiving two nominations for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song.[2] "Sex on Fire" was awarded with the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals on February 8.

At the 52nd Grammy Awards the song "Use Somebody" won the Record of the Year, Best Rock Song and the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

The album was also awarded "2008 Album of the Year" by the UK's Q Magazine,[10] as well as Rolling Stone voting it as the 20th best album out of their top 50 Best Albums of 2008.[11] The album was also awarded Best International Album at the BRIT Awards.

Chart performance and sales

At the end of September 2008, the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number one, with first week sales of over 220,000 copies.[12] In February 2009, it was announced that Only by the Night is currently the biggest selling digital album of all-time in the UK, surpassing Amy Winehouse's Back to Black. The album managed three separate number one runs over two years, achieving 5x Platinum BPI certification with sales of over 1.5 millions . In the UK, Only By The Night has spent over a year in the charts, without dropping out of the top 22. Sales for 2008 was 1,181,640 and a simliar level of 1,078,555 for 2009.[13]

In Australia, the album has been certified 8x Platinum, selling over 560,000 copies.[14] The album was the highest selling album of 2008 in Australia.[15]The album has also been a hit in New Zealand, spending over thirty consecutive weeks in the top ten, including nine non-consecutive weeks at number one. It finished 2008 as the second highest selling album and has been certified 4x Platinum by RIANZ.[16]

In South Africa, the album climbed to a peak of #2 being kept off the top spot by the South African release of Now That's What I Call Music! 50.[17]

In the U.S. the album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, but fell to twenty the following week. It then dropped as low as seventy-eight, but then gradually moved back up the chart. After almost fifty weeks on the chart, the album actually managed to beat its debut position, peaking at #4. It also had managed to achieve a platinum certification[18]. Worldwide sales of the album exceed 6.2 million copies, according to a press release for their 2010 summer gig at Hyde Park which will see the band play to its largest headlining audience of 65,000 in London.[19]

IFPI cetifications Only by the night in europe is 3 times platinum.

Track listing

All songs written by Kings of Leon; produced by Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King unless otherwise specified.

# Title Length
1. "Closer"   3:57
2. "Crawl"   4:06
3. "Sex on Fire"   3:23
4. "Use Somebody"   3:50
5. "Manhattan"   3:24
6. "Revelry"   3:21
7. "17"   3:05
8. "Notion"   3:00
9. "I Want You"   5:07
10. "Be Somebody"   3:47
11. "Cold Desert"   5:34
42:55

Personnel

Charts

Country Provider(s) Peak position Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Australia[20] ARIA 1 9× Platinum

630,000+

Austria[21] Music Control Europe 20
Belgium (Flanders)[22] Ultratop 50 1 Platinum [23]

30,000+

Belgium (Wallonia) Ultratop 4 [24]
Canada[25] Nielsen SoundScan 2 3x Platinum

300,000+

Denmark[26] IFPI Danmark 5 Platinum

30,000+

Finland[27] GLF 6
France[28] SNEP / IFOP 38
Germany [29] IFPI 38 Platinum[30]

200,000+

Italy[31] FIMI 51
Ireland[32] IRMA 1 5× Platinum
Mexico[33] AMPROFON 27
Netherlands[34] MegaCharts 10
New Zealand[35] RIANZ 1 4× Platinum

60,000+

Norway[36] VG-lista 8
South Africa[17] RSG 2
Sweden[37] Sverigetopplistan 4 Gold

20,000

Switzerland[38] Media Control Europe 10 Gold

10,000 +

United Kingdom[39] OCC 1 7× Platinum[40]

2,270,720+

United States[41][42][43][44][45] Billboard 200 4 Platinum[18]

1,625,000+[46]

Billboard Top Digital Albums 1
Billboard Top Modern Rock / Alternative Albums 1
Billboard Top Rock Albums 1

Singles chart positions

Single Chart Peak position
"Sex on Fire" Australian ARIA Singles Chart[20] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[35] 2
UK Singles Chart[39] 1
Irish Singles Chart[39] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[47] 56
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[47] 1
US Billboard Hot Digital Songs[47] 38
"Use Somebody" Australian ARIA Singles Chart[20] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart[35] 5
UK Singles Chart[39] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[47] 4
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[47] 1
US Billboard Hot Digital Songs[47] 2
"Revelry" Australian ARIA Singles Chart[20] 21
New Zealand Singles Chart[35] 19
UK Singles Chart[39] 29
"Manhattan" Australian ARIA Singles Chart[20] 38
"Notion" Australian ARIA Singles Chart[20] 47
UK Singles Chart[39] 107
Irish Singles Chart[39] 50
New Zealand Singles Chart[35] 25
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[47] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[47] 99
  • Although it was not released as an official single "Manhattan" became a massive radio hit in Australia peaking at #2 on the Australian airplay charts.[48]

Release history

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
Australia / Republic of Ireland September 19, 2008 Sony / Sony BMG CD, download 88697327122
United Kingdom September 22, 2008 Columbia / RCA CD, download 88697351992
RCA Victor Europe LP 732712
United States September 23, 2008 RCA CD, download 88697-32712-2
Control 2xLP 40243
Brazil October 24, 2008 Sony BMG CD, download 886973271223

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