Chasing Lights

Chasing Lights
Studio album by The Saturdays
Released 27 October 2008
Recorded May–June 2008
Genre Pop, electropop, dance-pop, R&B
Length 42:06
Label Fascination
  • Cutfather
  • Chris Braide
  • David Eriksen
  • Thomas Eriksen
  • Josef Larossi
  • Andreas Romdhane
  • Ina Wroldsen
The Saturdays chronology
Chasing Lights
Singles from Chasing Lights
  1. "If This Is Love"
    Released: 28 July 2008
  2. "Up"
    Released: 5 November 2008
  3. "Issues"
    Released: 5 January 2009
  4. "Just Can't Get Enough"
    Released: 2 March 2009
  5. "Work"
    Released: 29 June 2009

Chasing Lights is the debut album by English-Irish girl group The Saturdays. It was released in the United Kingdom through Fascination Records on 27 October 2008[1] The album was re-issued on 16 March 2009 to include their cover of Depeche Mode's 1981 song "Just Can't Get Enough".[2] The album has sold over 400,000 copies.

Album information

The Saturdays started production of their debut album in May 2008 while supporting Girls Aloud—with whom they shared the same record label—on their Tangled Up Tour. The Saturdays were also reportedly offered the chance to record songs rejected by Girls Aloud.[3] Band member Mollie King told the Daily Star, "We all thought it was a bit of a cheek. Why would we want their rejects? [...] It's bad enough with all the comparisons being made."[3] The last track of Chasing Lights, "Why Me, Why Now" was originally a demo written and recorded by Alex Cartana, but later picked up by The Saturdays. Unlike on their subsequent albums, the members of The Saturdays have no writing credits on the record.


Professional ratings
Review scores
BBC Music(positive)[5]
Digital Spy[6][7]
The Guardian[8]
The Sun[11]
The Times[12]
Virgin Media[13]

Critical response

Chasing Lights received remarkably positive reception from music critics. Often being compared to other British female acts such as the Sugababes and Girls Aloud, they have been praised for their debut album.

The Saturdays have carved out an enviable niche for themselves with this consistently enjoyable debut album. Their sassy, modern, chart-ready pop is more straightforward than most Girls Aloud singles and younger than the music Sugababes are now recording. The world, or at least the top ten, should be their oyster.[14]

Some critics even referred to Chasing Lights as "A definite contender for pop album of the year." Most also appreciated the fact that The Saturdays are able to be in the same league as their fellow UK pop acts after less than a year of being together. The album was number four on Popjustice's 2008 year-end chart of the best albums.

Commercial performance

In the UK, Chasing Lights debuted at number eleven while in Ireland it debuted at number forty-nine. By April 2009, the album reached a new peak of number thirty-four in Ireland. The album climbed from number fourteen to number nine on 25 January 2009, marking the album's first time inside the UK top ten. The album was certified Platinum in the UK on 6 November 2009.[15]


Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "If This Is Love"  
2. "Up"  Quiz & Larossi 4:05
3. "Keep Her"  
  • David Eriksen
  • Wroldsen
  • Thomas Eriksen
  • D. Eriksen
  • T. Eriksen
4. "Issues"  
  • Evan Rogers
  • Carl Sturken
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
5. "Lies"  
  • D. Eriksen
  • Wroldsen
  • T. Eriksen
  • D. Eriksen
  • T. Eriksen
6. "Work"  
  • Harry Sommerdahl
  • Wroldsen
  • Kalle Engstrom
  • Sommerdahl
  • Engstrom
7. "Chasing Lights"  
Braide 4:01
8. "Set Me Off"  
  • D. Eriksen
  • Wroldsen
  • T. Eriksen
  • D. Eriksen
  • T. Eriksen
9. "Fall"  
  • D. Eriksen
  • T. Eriksen
10. "Vulnerable"  
  • Gillard
  • Ward
11. "Why Me, Why Now"  Statham 3:46
12. "Up" (Wideboys Remix Edit) (UK bonus track)
  • Romdhane
  • Wroldsen
  • Larossi
  • Quiz & Larossi
  • The Wideboys
Total length:

Other recorded tracks

Charts and certifications


Chart (2008) Peak
European Top 100 Albums[17] 46
Irish Albums Chart[18] 34
UK Albums Chart[19] 9


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] 2× Platinum 686,721[21]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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