Reason album cover (2003). Released in March 2003, Reason was Melanie C's second solo album, and the follow up to the critical and commercial success of Northern Star.
The lead single from Reason was the Marius DeVries produced "Here It Comes Again" (UK #7), which helped push the album to an initial #5 placing, though it was to sink quickly.
Other singles from the album were "On The Horizon" (UK #14, written with Gregg Alexander, former frontman of New Radicals), "Let's Love" in Japan (where the song accompanied a Toyota commercial), "Yeh Yeh Yeh" in mainland Europe and, finally, a UK double A-side of "Melt" and "Yeh Yeh Yeh" which achieved a disappointing chart position of #27. The failure of the "Melt" / "Yeh Yeh Yeh" single has often been put down to Melanie's inability to complete thorough promotion, due to a knee injury acquired whilst competing in the UK Channel 4 reality TV series, The Games.
After this disappointment, the "Reason" project seemed to Virgin to have reached it limit, and despite it actually selling half a million copies worldwide, they terminated Melanie's contract in late 2003. It is still hotly contested as to whether different choices of singles (such as the title track or "Positively Somewhere"), to promote the album could have saved the project, as it fared well with the critics, and remains popular with Melanie's fans.
Beautiful Intentions: Beautiful Intentions album cover (2005). Audio sample of "First of My Life" (help·info)
Melanie spent much of 2004 working on new material and setting up her own record company, Red Girl Records. Now without major label backing, all of Melanie's activities are decided upon and funded by herself, alongside her business partner and manager, Nancy Phillips.
In April 2005 Melanie released her third album, Beautiful Intentions. The album received favourable reviews, some claiming it to be her strongest work yet. The Adam Argyle penned Next Best Superstar was chosen as the lead single and was released simultaneously in the UK, Europe, and Australia. The single peaked at number ten in UK. The album debuted at #24 and quickly fell off the charts. It would eventually go on, however, to be a success throughout other parts of Europe.
A second single, Better Alone, was announced for UK release - but later restricted to purchase from iTunes (for digital download) and her official online shop (for two physical CDs and a DVD single). It was also available on Amazon for some reason, and it became the second best selling Cd on their website that week, suggesting that it may have fared well on the UK charts. The third single from her third album was First Day Of My Life, a previously unheard Melanie C recording. First Day Of My Life topped the charts in many European countries except the UK where it has never been released.
It topped the charts in Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Portugal to name some, managing to outsell acts such as Madonna, Robbie Williams and Sugababes. The single became one of the biggest hits of 2005 in parts of Europe, selling over 300,000 copies. It was nominated as The Hit Of The Year in Echo Music Awards 2006 on March 12th. As the result of this success, Beautiful Intentions has been certified Gold (100,000 sales) in Germany. It has been certified Platinum (20.000 copies) in Portugal (+38.000 sold) and reached the #1 spot on the album charts on its second week of release (9 weeks at number one). Better Alone (accompanied by a different video to the initial Mary McCartney shoot for the proposed UK release) was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on February 24. The song appeared to have been slightly remixed.
On May 15th, First Day Of My Life was released in Australia. The "Beautiful Intentions" era concluded with the radio release of Je Suis Nee Pour Toi (French version of First Day Of My Life) to francophone radio stations. A clip of it can be heard on her official website and some french radios.
Melanie announced recently in an interview for the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, that Beautiful Intentions outsold her 2nd album Reason (which sold approximately 500,000 copies).
In a news statement on her official website (14th July 2006), it was confirmed that Melanie C is working on her next studio album with 'familiar names', to be released in Spring 2007. The first single, according to Chisholm herself, will get a release sometime before the end of 2006.
In a recent Australian interview Chisholm stated that she is hoping to tour Australia in the Southern Hemisphere Summer tour season.