Limitless Album is by The Piano Guys, the American classical crossover group. The album was released on the 9th of November 2018 under the record label Portrait, a subsidiary of Sony Masterworks.
The album features thirteen tracks of uplifting interpretations of classical music pieces, original works, rock, pop, love songs and modern-day cover versions of tracks from The Greatest Showman, Ed Sheeran and BTS, the K-pop group.
The Limitless album generally received positive reviews in the music press. John Todd, writing for Stageandcinema praised the record overall saying it had a ” great sound, ” with ” heart-tugging electronica and mash-ups of classical and pop. “
The most popular single, ” Epiphany “, was released in November 2018. The single is a Piano and Cello Cover of a song by the South Korean boy band, BTS. The original was released on the 25th of August 2018 under the Big Hit Entertainment record label.
It reached number thirty on the Gaon Chart and peaked at number five on the K-pop Hot 100 in South Korea. In the United Kingdom it made number fifty-three, and in the United States, it peaked at number four on the Billboard World Digital Songs Chart. The single also reached sixty-one on the French Downloaded Singles SNEP Chart and thirty on the Hungary Single Top 40.
In a press release, circulated via Sony, the Piano Guys said of their cover version ” Every so often the inspiration for a music project is such that we know exactly what to do and things come together very quickly. Such was the case with ‘Epiphany.’ In a time when so many people are battling feelings of self-doubt and worthlessness as they navigate a social media world, the positive message of this BTS song is so important: I’m the one I should love. “
The video for The Piano Guys cover version of ” Epiphany ” was filmed on location at The Fifth Floor, a Venue and Photo Studio in the historic Kiesel building in Kiesel Avenue, Utah, United States.
The Limitless album has become a success for The Piano Guys. In the United States, the album peaked at number two on the 24th of November 2018 and to date has spent two weeks on the Billboard Classical Albums Chart.
On the Billboard 200, it reached number fifty-eight and at the time of writing has remained on the chart for one week.
On the Billboard New Age Albums, the Limitless album took the top spot, which it held for two weeks. Other Billboard Chart positions are twenty-two on Digital Albums and sixteen on Top Albums Sales.
The album has not charted in the United Kingdom. In Australia, it didn’t make the main ARIA Albums. However, it did reach number thirty-four on the ARIA Digital Albums Chart.
About The Piano Guys
The Piano Guys are an American classical musical group made up of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson and Al van der Beek.
The four musicians found fame through video-sharing website YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of favourite songs and classical music. In August 2016 the group passed the one billion views mark on their YouTube channel, they now have over 5 million subscribers.
The group were initially set up to promote Paul Anderson’s piano store, The Piano Guys, in St. George, Utah, United States. The group’s USP ( unique selling point ) is to mash-up classical, contemporary and rock and roll for their compositions, using piano and cello.
The members are all middle-aged family men who had other interests before their music career took off. Jon Schmidt had a solo musical career, releasing eight albums and writing seven piano books. Steven Sharp Nelson was the proprietor a real estate agency, Paul Anderson was a piano store owner and Al van der Beek ran a recording studio in his home. After they signed with Sony in 2012, they became professional musicians, leaving their previous careers.
To date, their Album releases are eight studio, one live and one compilation.
Limitless Album Track Listing:
1. Something Just Like This / Hungarian Rhapsody
2. Rewrite the Stars
3. A Million Dreams
4. In My Blood / Swan Lake
7. Walking the Wire / Largo
11. North Cape
12. First Dance