|Release the Stars|
|Studio album by Rufus Wainwright|
|Released||May 15, 2007|
|Producer||Rufus Wainwright, Neil Tennant|
|Rufus Wainwright chronology|
Release the Stars is the fifth studio album by Rufus Wainwright, released on May 15, 2007. PopMatters is an international Webzine of cultural criticism Its scope is broadly cast on all things pop culture Want Two is the fourth album by American-Canadian Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall is Rufus Wainwright 's sixth album A studio album is an original collection of new tracks by a recording artist Events 1252 - Pope Innocent IV issues the Papal bull Ad exstirpanda, which authorizes but also limits the Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. "Going to a Town" was the first single. Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant executive produced the album, which was mixed with the assistance of producers Marius De Vries and Andy Bradfield. Neil Francis Tennant (born 10 July 1954 is a English Musician, singer and songwriter who with his colleague Chris Lowe, make up the successful Marius de Vries (born Marius van Wyk de Vries is an English Music producer.  The album features guest stars Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle, Neil Tennant, Joan Wasser, and Sian Phillips. Richard John Thompson (born 3 April 1949 in Notting Hill Gate, West London) is a British songwriter Guitar player Teddy Thompson (born February 19, 1976 in London, England) is a British folk and rock musician Martha Wainwright (born May 8, 1976) is a Canadian-American folk - rock Singer - Songwriter. Kate and Anna McGarrigle Kate McGarrigle (born February 6 1946, Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian Neil Francis Tennant (born 10 July 1954 is a English Musician, singer and songwriter who with his colleague Chris Lowe, make up the successful Joan Wasser (born July 26, 1970, in Biddeford Maine) is a violinist and singer/songwriter in the Indie rock world Siân Phillips CBE (pronounced ʃɑːn 'fɪlɪps born Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips; May 14, 1933) is a Welsh actress 
"Going to a Town" was released as a single on April 3, 2007 on the iTunes music store and quickly became one of Wainwright's best selling tracks online. Events 1043 - Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England. The iTunes Store is a software-based online Digital media store operated by Apple Inc It also achieved B list status on the BBC Radio 2 playlist.  "Low Grade Happiness" is a B-side offered on the May 7 release of the single in the UK.
Release the Stars debuted at number 23 on the U. S. Billboard 200, Wainwright's highest debut chart position to date, selling about 24,000 copies in its first week. The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard  The album also achieved Wainwright's highest chart position in the UK album chart The Official UK Charts Company debuting at #2 with sales approaching 30,000 in the first week alone. The Official UK Charts Company ( OCC) previously called the Chart Information Network ( CIN) compiles various "official" UK record charts 
The song "Tulsa" was written after Wainwright met The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers in a bar. The Killers are an American rock band from Las Vegas Nevada. Formed in 2002 the group consists of Brandon Flowers ( vocals, keyboards Brandon Richard Flowers (born June 21 1981 is the American Vocalist, Keyboardist and occasional Bassist of the Las Vegas -based rock "Sanssouci" was inspired by 18th century Prussian monarch Frederick the Great's Rococo summer palace outside Berlin. " Sanssouci " is the name of a song written by Rufus Wainwright, appearing as a track on his album Release the Stars. Frederick II (Friedrich II January 24 1712 August 17 1786) was a King of Prussia (1740&ndash1786 from the Rococo is a style of 18th century French art and Interior design. Sanssouci is the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, at Potsdam, near Berlin is the capital city and one of sixteen states of Germany. Sans Souci literally means 'without care' in French, and is thought by some to be used in this song to represent some of Rufus' darker liaisons in the period leading up to his temporary blindness. The last 30 seconds of "Between My Legs" contains the opening notes of the title song from Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. "The Phantom of the Opera" is a song from the Stage musical of the same name composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics written by Charles Hart The Phantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the book written by the French novelist Gaston Leroux
The images on the front cover, back cover, and liner notes of the album are from the famous gigantomachy frieze at the Pergamon Altar, currently in Berlin. See Gigantes y cabezudos for the giant figures of Spanish culture The Great Altar of Pergamon, a massive stone podium about one hundred feet long and thirty-five feet high was originally built in the 2nd century BCE in the Ancient Greek The photos were taken by Wainwright.
The song "Nobody's Off the Hook" was later covered in July 2007 by Japanese duo Nichika and released on their single Genius Party. 
The CD included a download card.
Bonus DVD with album commentary and live performances of "Vibrate", "The Art Teacher", "Rebel Prince", and "Gay Messiah".
|UK Album Chart||2||100,000+|
|Irish Albums Chart||9|
|U. Siân Phillips CBE (pronounced ʃɑːn 'fɪlɪps born Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips; May 14, 1933) is a Welsh actress Neil Francis Tennant (born 10 July 1954 is a English Musician, singer and songwriter who with his colleague Chris Lowe, make up the successful Teddy Thompson (born February 19, 1976 in London, England) is a British folk and rock musician Martha Wainwright (born May 8, 1976) is a Canadian-American folk - rock Singer - Songwriter. S. Billboard 200||23||24,000+|
|United World Chart||14||160,000+|