| 12 November 2002|
4 November 2002
| Pop music, Adult contemporary music, Country pop|
Olivia Newton-John, Charles Fisher, Richard Marx, Rick Nowels
Olivia Newton-John albums, Pop music albums
(2) is the nineteenth studio album by Australian pop singer Olivia Newton-John, released on 12 November 2002 in Australia. A duets album, the majority of tracks are with Australian artists, along with two American performers (Richard Marx and Michael McDonald). The Peter Allen and Johnny O'Keefe duets are built around archive recordings, with new vocals added by Newton-John.
The album was planned to include the song True to Yourself, a Vanessa Amorosi song, re-recorded as a duet and it was as meant to track two. However, the track was dropped at the last minute due to contractual disagreements between Amorosi's Transistor Music and Newton-John's Universal Music labels. Both women declared to feel very sad about this situation and have been quick to say that there is no problem between them, but that it is simply a contractual matter.
The album was a great success in Australia, reaching the top 10 in the ARIA Charts, being certified Platinum. A TV special for the album promotion, A Night with Olivia, also aired in the country, featuring John Farnham and Tina Arena as special guests.
The Australian leg of Newton-John's Heartstrings World Tour also served in the promotion of album. These were the first solo concerts in Australia of Olivia since 1982 and were very well received by the public and critics. New Idea magazine published an article of "the comeback of queen" in 2002, highlighting the success of the album and tour, as well as its induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
Newton-John's 2008 duets album, A Celebration in Song, contains two songs originally released on (2): "Never Far Away" and "Sunburned Country".
1Sunburned CountryKeith Urban5:382 (Olivia Newton-John album) Wikipedia
2Lift Me UpDarren Hayes4:00
3I'll Come Runnin'Tina Arena4:26