The Sweet Escape Released 7 Years Ago

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Everyone at Beacon Street Online would like to wish Gwen and her second solo album, The Sweet Escape, a very happy 7th anniversary! The Sweet Escape came out on this day back in 2006 and spawned the singles “Wind It Up”, “The Sweet Escape”, “Early Winter”, “4 In The Morning” and “Now That You Got It” (which featured a new remix version featuring Damian Marley). The album features some of Gwen’s most gorgeous ballads (including “Wonderful Life”, which was used in her L fragrance commercial) and hip-hop beats (in both “Orange County Girl” and “Breakin’ Up”).

After the success of her debut solo album, Gwen was encouraged to get back into the studio (after giving birth to her first son, Kingston) and ended up releasing what was said as leftover tracks from the first record. With a working title of L.A.M.B. Part 2, Gwen again joined up with Pharrell Willams (after the success of “Hollaback Girl”) in July of 2005.

The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts selling 243,000 copies in it’s first week. The Sweet Escape has sold close to 1.7 million so far in the US alone. A successful world tour also followed, which brought Gwen solo overseas for the first time due to her first pregnancy after the US leg of the Harajuku Lovers Live tour.

What’s your favorite track off the album?

16 Comments

  1. NDLOVER says:

    Wind It Up, Early Winter and 4 In The Morning are top favourites.

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  2. David says:

    Early winter is my favorite :)

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  3. Sarah says:

    I saw her on the Sweet Escape tour in the UK and it remains one of the most special, magical moments of my life.

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  4. Matthew says:

    She should release the Sweet Escape tour dvd!!

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  5. David B. says:

    I would LOVE to have a TSE DVD.

    Do you guys remember that April Fool’s joke someone pulled about the release of TSE dvd?

    Screw that person!
    ;)

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  6. du says:

    Wonderful life and 4 in the morning!

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  7. Anthony says:

    I disliked the 4itm video– very boring…

    EW is my #1 on this album– but many good songs.

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  8. du says:

    I think 4 in the morning video so simple but so beautiful.

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  9. NDLOVER says:

    4 In The Morning is a classic now. Such a beautiful tune and video.

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  10. Anthony says:

    considering how emotional and heartfelt the lyrics and singing are in 4itm– i felt the video was anticlimactic.

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  11. Sue says:

    Wow hard to believe that this album was released 7 years ago already.
    The Sweet Escape, Early Winter and 4 In The Morning are my favourites.

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  12. yeahyeahyeah says:

    Can’t believe it’s been seven years already… Wonderful album/era! The only thing that always bothered me is that the videos were quite weak compared to the L.A.M.B. videos.

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  13. Cynthia says:

    Du, that is called friendship.
    Side note… that Fendi bag was worn a lot while she was pregnant with Kingston. Spy bag, if I’m not mistaken.

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  14. lil says:

    Early Winter is such a beautiful song. So I picked that one. I really hope she will perform it with No Doubt someday because that song was epic live.

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