Badly Drawn Boy
Damon Michael Gough, known by the stage name Badly Drawn Boy, is an English indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Gough chose his stage name from the title character in the show Sam and his Magic Ball, which he saw on TV at a party in Trafford, Manchester, in 1995. Before he thought of using this name he made some business cards, each one unique, with a printed picture of a drawing by his nephew and a small collage by Gough. A chance meeting with Andy Votel at the Generation X bar in Manchester, where Gough's friends Scott Abraham and Damon Hayhurst were contributing to an exhibition by the Space Monkey Clothing Company and Votel was DJing, led to the foundation of Twisted Nerve Records. In 2002, Q magazine named Badly Drawn Boy in their list of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die", although this was as part of a sub-list of "5 Bands That Could Go Either Way" on account of Gough's tendency to talk and tell stories for extended periods in concert rather than play songs & dance.
Gough grew up in the Breightmet area of Bolton, England. He cites American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen as his music hero, his recording career began in September 1997 with the five track vinyl release "EP1". This was distributed among friends and family members. In April 1998, Gough released his second EP, "EP2"; this had one track less than its predecessor but twice. The highlight track, "I Love You All", was transferred to a music box, released alongside the EP; the box plays eleven seconds of the song and is considered much rarer than the record itself due to its limited production. Gough's third EP, "EP3", was released in November 1998 on both CD and vinyl formats, was the first release in what became a long-term partnership with XL Recordings. In the same year he collaborated with Unkle for their first album Psyence Fiction. "Road Movie" was released as a live recording with Gough's fellow Mancunians Doves. The B-side to the single was another track from My Friend Cubilas. Music videos were recorded for both tracks.
He opened the Bolton Branch of Fostering Solutions It Came from the Ground was the next EP, released in March 1999 on CD and vinyl. The style of this recording focused on woodland environments, an aspect displayed in both the cover art and the title track's video. Released during this period was the single "Whirlpool". An instrumental was released on vinyl in April 1999. Gough's last EP, Once Around the Block, was released in August 1999 in two vinyl formats and one CD edition; the release is short enough to be considered a single. Following the success of his early EPs, Gough's first album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, was released in June 2000, accompanied by four singles; the album was critically acclaimed and Badly Drawn Boy was successful in winning the 2000 Mercury Music Prize, beating his contemporaries Doves to the £20,000 prize. The album sold well and is considered to be his defining work; the Badly Drawn Boy band throughout this successful period consisted of Matt Wardle, Robin File, Sean Mcann latterly replaced by the ex-Smiths bass guitarist Andy Rourke, Dave Verner.
After a short break, Gough returned to score the film adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel About a Boy. Impressed by his past work, the Weitz brothers asked Gough to score the film, a task which he undertook alone, with the assistance of producer Steve McLaughlin. Three singles from the album were released during 2002, his third album, Have You Fed the Fish?, introduced more guitars and an mainstream pop sound, not welcomed by all critics. The album is a play on Gough's minor celebrity status. Another three singles and a long American tour accompanied the album; the single "You Were Right" received heavy airplay on BBC Radio 2, became his first UK top ten single and includes lyrical references to music icons such as Madonna and John Lennon. After his long spell in America, Gough suffered from homesickness and decided to record his next album closer to home. Recorded at Moolah Rouge studios in Stockport, Greater Manchester, One Plus One Is One was a portrait of his personal life. Documenting a death of a close friend and the loss of a grandfather in the Battle of Normandy, the album was released in 2004.
It was not a great commercial success, Gough decided to leave his contract with XL Recordings after only one single was released. He signed to EMI. Two years went by before Born in the U. K. which aimed to explain Gough's experience of growing up in the United Kingdom. The album was promoted with a small UK tour, profits from which were donated to Oxfam, a charity which "offers the chance for thousands of people to use music to achieve something together, an idea that gets me excited", said Gough. Gough toured the US behind the album; the album Is There Nothing We Could Do?, with music taken from and inspired by the film, The Fattest Man in Britain, was released on his own BDB Records label in 2009. His seventh album, It's What I'm Thinking Pt.1 – Photographing Snowflakes, the first of a planned trilogy of albums all to be released under the title It's What I'm Thinking, was released in October 2010. In 2011, a portrait of Gough painted by British artist Joe Simpson was exhibited around the UK including a solo exhibition at The Royal Albert Hall.
In March 2012 he released another soundtrack, for Being Flynn, directed by Paul Weitz who had worked with Gough on the soundtrack album About a Boy. In July 2015 to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the release of The Hour of the Bewilderbeast Gough undertook a short UK tour with dates in Bristol, London, Gateshea
Sarah Ann McLachlan, is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range. As of 2009 she had sold over 30 million albums worldwide. McLachlan's best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians on an unprecedented scale; the Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, resumed in the summer of 2010. On May 6, 2014, she released her first album of original music in four years, titled Shine On. McLachlan was born on January 28, 1968, in Halifax, Nova Scotia and placed with the McLachlan family who legally adopted her, she played music from a young age, beginning with the ukulele at age four. She would go on to study classical guitar, classical piano, voice at the Maritime Conservatory of Music through the curriculum of The Royal Conservatory of Music; when she was 17 years old and still a student at Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax, she fronted a short-lived rock band called The October Game.
One of the band's songs, "Grind", credited as a group composition, can be found on the independent Flamingo Records release Out of the Fog and the CD Out of the Fog Too. It has yet to be released elsewhere, her high school yearbook predicted that she was "destined to become a famous rock star". Following The October Game's first concert at Dalhousie University opening for Moev, McLachlan was offered a recording contract with Vancouver-based independent record label Nettwerk by Moev's Mark Jowett. McLachlan's parents insisted she finish high school and complete one year of studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before moving to Vancouver and embarking on a new life as a recording artist, she signed to Nettwerk two years before having written a single song. A mutual acquaintance introduced her to her birth mother. McLachlan was ambivalent about meeting her. In 1994 McLachlan was sued by Uwe Vandrei, an obsessed fan from Ottawa, who alleged that his letters to her had been the basis of the single "Possession".
The lawsuit was challenging for the Canadian legal system: Vandrei was an admitted stalker whose acknowledged goal in filing the lawsuit was to be near McLachlan. Precautions were taken to ensure McLachlan's safety if she had to be in the same location as Vandrei. Before the trial began however, Vandrei was found dead in an apparent suicide. Vandrei's preoccupation with McLachlan was explored at length in Canadian author Judith Fitzgerald's book, Building a Mystery: The Story of Sarah McLachlan & Lilith Fair. In 1997, McLachlan married Ashwin Sood, in Jamaica. While she was pregnant with her first child, her mother died from cancer in December 2001. While working on her next album, she gave birth to daughter India Ann Sushil Sood in Vancouver on April 6, 2002. On June 22, 2007, she gave birth to Taja Summer Sood, in Vancouver. McLachlan announced her separation from Ashwin Sood in September 2008 and they divorced the same year; the signing with Nettwerk prompted McLachlan to move to British Columbia.
There she recorded her first album, Touch, in 1987, which received both critical and commercial success and included the song "Vox". During this period she contributed to an album by Moev, provided vocals on Manufacture's "As the End Draws Near," and embarked on her first national concert tour as an opening act for The Grapes of Wrath, her 1991 album, was her mainstream breakthrough in Canada, spawning the hit singles "The Path of Thorns" and "Into the Fire". Solace marked the beginning of her partnership with Pierre Marchand. Marchand and McLachlan have been collaborators since, with Marchand producing many of McLachlan's albums and co-writing songs. 1993's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy was an immediate hit in Canada. From her Nettwerk connection, her piano version of the song "Possession" was included on the first Due South soundtrack in 1996. Over the next two years, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy became McLachlan's international breakthrough as well, scaling the charts in a number of countries. In 1993, Darryl Neudorf filed a lawsuit against McLachlan and her label, alleging that he had made a significant and uncredited contribution to the songwriting on Touch, alleging that he was not paid properly for work done on Solace.
The judge in this suit ruled in McLachlan's favour on the songs. The judge ruled in Neudorf's favour on the payment issue. Following the success from Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, McLachlan returned in 1997 with Surfacing, her best-selling and best-known album to date; the album earned her two 1998 Grammy Awards, one for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and one for Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, four Juno Awards, including Album of the Year for Surfacing and Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for "Building a Mystery". The album has since sold over 16 million copies worldwide and brought her much international success. Still in the spotlight from the album, McLachlan launched the popular Lilith Fair tour, her song "Angel"—inspired by the fatal overdose of Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin—made sales skyrocket. One of the songs from Surfacing, Full of Grace, features in the season 2 finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Becoming. Fellow adoptee Darryl McDaniels was so touched by "Angel" that it inspired him to reassess his life and career.
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When She Loved Me
"When She Loved Me" is a song written by Randy Newman for Pixar's animated film Toy Story 2, recorded by Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan. The song reveals the backstory of Jessie, a toy cowgirl, as she reflects upon her now-defunct relationship with her original owner, by whom she was outgrown. Heard in the film during a flashback sequence, the filmmakers decided to incorporate a song into the montage during which Jessie details her backstory to Woody after multiple attempts to show the character explaining her traumatic experience verbally proved unsuccessful. Newman felt that the song was not suitable for the film because he doubted that children would be interested in listening to it; the song was offered to McLachlan after Newman and the filmmakers agreed that the ballad would be more appropriate for a female artist. Despite some hesitation from her management, McLachlan enjoyed the ballad and agreed to record it upon hearing Newman's demo, finding herself drawn towards its melancholy nature.
Musically, "When She Loved Me" is an emotional pop ballad backed by simple piano accompaniment. Various interpretations about the song's lyrics and themes have been offered. "When She Loved Me" has garnered positive reviews from film and music critics, who found the song to be both moving and heartbreaking, praising Newman's songwriting and McLachlan's vocal performance. "When She Loved Me" won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. The song was nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards for Best Original Song but lost both to "You'll Be in My Heart" from Disney's animated film Tarzan. "When She Loved Me" has since earned a reputation as one of the saddest sequences in both Pixar and Disney films, as well as one of the saddest film songs written. The song has been covered by several recording artists, including Steve Tyrell, Bridgit Mendler and the musical group Steps. Beginning with Toy Story, director John Lasseter had long decided that the Toy Story films would not be musicals in which the characters spontaneously perform songs but agreed that musician Randy Newman would write original songs about certain "moment in the story", most of which he would sing himself.
The filmmakers had considered having Jessie, a toy cowgirl explain her backstory verbally. Lasseter identified the addition of "When She Loved Me" as the most significant change made to the film during production. Newman doubted that "When She Loved Me" would work thinking that the filmmakers were mistaken by incorporating it into the film, due to the song being about the difference between feeling loved and unloved; the songwriter called the ballad a risk due to the studio's history of fearing slowing down films too much and losing the audience's interest in the process. Newman continued to doubt that children would be able to sit through the song until he observed their behavior during an initial screening; the songwriter was surprised to find that the youngest children in the audience remained attentive during the song despite its slow tempo and mature, emotional themes. Newman joked that the song was not "the first time knew better than I did", explaining, "I wrote something that must have worked or the kids would have been running up the aisle."
Lasseter admitted that he is most proud of the way in which "When She Loved Me" was used in the film. Alongside "Woody's Roundup", "When She Loved Me" was one of two new songs Newman wrote for the film. Entitled "Jessie's Song", Newman's demo is shorter in length and features lyrics that differ from the final film version. Newman considers "When She Loved Me" to be among his favorite film compositions, found the film assignment easier than writing music for standard music albums because the filmmakers were "clear what they want to have said", as opposed to "pulling something out of the air". Pixar explained to Newman that his assignment involved writing a song "about life and her disappointment with her relationship with her owner, they grew up", with the songwriter knowing only the length required for the song and that it was expected to be sung by a female at that time. Although Newman maintains that the song is exclusively about the relationship between a doll and her estranged owner, he admitted that "Inevitably some of my own experience seeps in there."
Unlike the songs he had written for Toy Story, Newman does not sing ``. Newman compared writing for a singing voice like McLachlan's as opposed to himself to "writing for a different instrument", explaining, "I have a blues-oriented voice... She has a different kind of contralto, or whatever the hell she has. Soprano. It's a voice that can hold notes, so I can write with that in mind."Still a new artist at the time, McLachlan claims that, when she was first sent the song, her management warned her that she might not like it. However, she began crying immediately upon hearing "When She Loved Me" for the first time, describing herself as "a sucker" for sad, melancholy songs. Newman's performa
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy film directed by John Lasseter and produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is the second film in the Toy Story franchise. In the film, Woody is stolen by a toy collector, prompting Buzz Lightyear and his friends to vow to rescue him, but Woody is tempted by the idea of immortality in a museum. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jim Varney, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris and Laurie Metcalf all reprise their character roles from the original film, they are joined by Joan Cusack, Jodi Benson, Kelsey Grammer, Estelle Harris, Wayne Knight, who voice some of the new characters introduced. Disney envisioned Toy Story 2 as a direct-to-video sequel; the film began production in a building separated from Pixar, on a small scale, as most of the main Pixar staff were busy working on A Bug's Life. When story reels proved promising, Disney upgraded the film to theatrical release, but Pixar was unhappy with the film's quality.
Lasseter and the story team redeveloped the entire plot in one weekend. Although most Pixar features take years to develop, the established release date could not be moved and the production schedule for Toy Story 2 was compressed into nine months. Despite production struggles, Toy Story 2 opened on November 24, 1999 to wildly successful box office numbers grossing over $497 million, it received critical acclaim, with a rare 100% rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes. It is considered by critics to be one of few sequel films superior to the original and is featured on lists of the greatest animated films made; the film has seen multiple home media releases and a theatrical 3-D re-release in 2009, 10 years after its initial release. Toy Story 3 was released in 2010 a critical and commercial success. Toy Story 4 is scheduled to be released on June 2019, directed by Josh Cooley. Andy prepares to go to cowboy camp with Woody, but while playing with Woody and Buzz, he accidentally tears Woody's arm.
Andy's mom puts Woody on a shelf, Andy leaves without Woody. The next day, after having a nightmare of being thrown away, Woody finds Wheezy, a squeeze toy, shelved for months due to a broken squeaker; when Andy's mother puts Wheezy in a yard sale, Woody rescues him, but is stolen by a greedy toy collector. From a commercial, Andy's toys identify the thief as owner of Al's Toy Barn. Buzz, Hamm, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex set out to rescue Woody. At Al's apartment, Woody learns that he is based on a 1950s black-and-white television puppet show called Woody's Roundup, that along with Jessie and Stinky Pete the Prospector, he is set to be sold to a toy museum in Tokyo. While the others are excited about going, Woody intends upsetting Jessie. Stinky Pete explains that the museum is only interested in the collection if it is complete, without Woody, they will be returned to storage. After Woody's arm is torn off his attempt to retrieve it is foiled when Al's television set turns on, he blames Jessie when he finds the TV remote in front of her.
The next morning, Woody's arm is fixed by a toy repair specialist. He learns that Jessie once belonged to a girl named Emily, who outgrew and donated her. Stinky Pete warns Woody that the same fate awaits him when Andy grows up, whereas he will last forever in the museum. Hearing this, Woody decides to go to Japan. Meanwhile and the other toys reach Al's Toy Barn. While searching for Woody, Buzz is imprisoned by a Utility Belt Buzz, who believes that Buzz is a rogue space ranger. After discovering Al's plan, they go to his apartment, while Andy's Buzz escapes and pursues them, accidentally freeing an Emperor Zurg toy, who follows him with the intent of destroying him. After the toys find Woody, Buzz rejoins them and proves that he is Andy's Buzz, but Woody refuses to go home. Buzz reminds Woody that a toy's true purpose is to be played with, which he would never experience in a museum. After seeing a boy play with him on a Woody's Roundup episode, Woody changes his mind, asks the Roundup gang to come home with him and Andy's toys.
However, Stinky Pete, who has never been loved or played with and wants to go to Japan, stops them, revealing that he was responsible for foiling Woody's escape attempt, framed Jessie for it. Al returns, takes the gang in a suitcase, leaves for the airport. Andy's toys pursue Al, but are caught by Zurg, who battles Utility Belt Buzz and reveals himself as Buzz's father. After Rex inadvertently knocks Zurg off an elevator, Utility Belt Buzz chooses to remain behind with Zurg. Accompanied by three toy Aliens, Andy's toys steal a Pizza Planet delivery truck and follow Al to the airport, where they sneak into the baggage handling system and find Al's suitcase. Stinky Pete rips Woody's arm during a struggle, but Andy's toys stuff him into a little girl's backpack, they free Bullseye, only for Jessie to end up on the plane bound for Japan. Assisted by Buzz and Bullseye, Woody frees Jessie, the toys return home in a stolen baggage carrier; when Andy returns from camp, he accepts Jessie and the Aliens as his new toys repairs Woody's arm.
Al is upset in a new commercial after losing the Roundup Gang, while Wheezy's squeaker is fixed. Woody tells Buzz that he is no longer worried about Andy outgrowing him because, when he does, they will still have each other for company. Tom Hanks as Woody Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear Joan Cusack as Jessie Kelsey Grammer as Stinky Pete Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head Jim Varney as Slinky Dog Wallace Shawn as Rex John Ratzenberger as Hamm Annie Potts as Bo P
Titanic (1997 film)
Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed, written, co-produced and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. Cameron's inspiration for the film came from his fascination with shipwrecks. Production began in 1995; the modern scenes on the research vessel were shot on board the Akademik Mstislav Keldysh, which Cameron had used as a base when filming the wreck. Scale models, computer-generated imagery, a reconstruction of the Titanic built at Baja Studios were used to re-create the sinking; the film was funded by Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox. It was the most expensive film made at the time, with a production budget of $200 million. Upon its release on December 19, 1997, Titanic achieved commercial success. Nominated for 14 Academy Awards, it tied All About Eve for the most Oscar nominations, won 11, including the awards for Best Picture and Best Director, tying Ben-Hur for the most Oscars won by a single film.
With an initial worldwide gross of over $1.84 billion, Titanic was the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark. It remained the highest-grossing film of all time until Cameron's Avatar surpassed it in 2010. A 3D version of Titanic, released on April 4, 2012, to commemorate the centennial of the sinking, earned it an additional $343.6 million worldwide, pushing the film's worldwide total to $2.18 billion and making it the second film to gross more than $2 billion worldwide. In 2017, the film was re-released for its 20th anniversary and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. In 1996, treasure hunter Brock Lovett and his team aboard the research vessel Akademik Mstislav Keldysh search the wreck of RMS Titanic for a necklace with a rare diamond, the Heart of the Ocean, they recover a safe containing a drawing of a young woman wearing only the necklace dated April 14, 1912, the day the ship struck the iceberg. Rose Dawson Calvert, the woman in the drawing, is brought aboard Keldysh and tells Lovett of her experiences aboard Titanic.
In 1912 Southampton, 17-year-old first-class passenger Rose DeWitt Bukater, her fiancé Cal Hockley, her mother Ruth board the luxurious Titanic. Ruth emphasizes that Rose's marriage will resolve their family's financial problems and retain their high-class persona. Distraught over the engagement, Rose considers suicide by jumping from the stern. Discovered with Jack, Rose tells a concerned Cal that she was peering over the edge and Jack saved her from falling; when Cal becomes indifferent, she suggests to him. He invites Jack to dine with them in first class the following night. Jack and Rose develop a tentative friendship, despite Ruth being wary of him. Following dinner, Rose secretly joins Jack at a party in third class. Aware of Cal and Ruth's disapproval, Rose rebuffs Jack's advances, but realizes she prefers him over Cal. After rendezvousing on the bow at sunset, Rose takes Jack to her state room, they evade Cal's bodyguard, Mr. Lovejoy, have sex in an automobile inside the cargo hold. On the forward deck, they witness a collision with an iceberg and overhear the officers and designer discussing its seriousness.
Cal discovers Jack's sketch of Rose and an insulting note from her in his safe along with the necklace. When Jack and Rose attempt to inform Cal of the collision, Lovejoy slips the necklace into Jack's pocket and he and Cal accuse him of theft. Jack is arrested, taken to the master-at-arms' office, handcuffed to a pipe. Cal puts the necklace in his own coat pocket. With the ship sinking, Rose flees Cal and her mother, who has boarded a lifeboat, frees Jack. On the boat deck and Jack encourage her to board a lifeboat. After Rose boards one, Cal tells Jack; as her boat lowers, Rose decides that she jumps back on board. Cal takes his bodyguard's pistol and chases Rose and Jack into the flooding first-class dining saloon. After using up his ammunition, Cal realizes he gave his coat and the necklace to Rose, he boards a collapsible lifeboat by carrying a lost child. After braving several obstacles and Rose return to the boat deck; the lifeboats have departed and passengers are falling to their deaths as the stern rises out of the water.
The ship breaks in half. Jack and Rose ride it into the ocean and he helps her onto a wooden panel buoyant enough for only one person, he assures her. Jack dies of hypothermia but Rose is saved. With Rose hiding from Cal en route, the RMS Carpathia takes the survivors to New York City where Rose gives her name as Rose Dawson. Rose says she read that Cal committed suicide after losing all his money in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Back in the present, Lovett decides to abandon his search after hearing Rose's story. Alone on the stern of Keldysh, Rose takes out the Heart of the Ocean – in her possession all along – and drops it into the sea over the wreck site. While she is asleep or has died in her bed, photos on her dresser depict a life of freedom and adventure in
Kissing You (Des'ree song)
"Kissing You" is a song by British singer Des'ree. It was written by the singer with Timothy Atack for Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film Romeo + Juliet; the song was Des ` ree's third studio album, Supernatural. A pop ballad set in the key of A minor, the record uses a simple instrumentation consisting only of piano and string instruments. "Kissing You" featured in Romeo + Juliet. The song was well received by critics for toned-down production. First released as a single in Australia on 24 February 1997, it appeared on the ARIA Singles Chart and the UK Singles Chart. A music video accompanied the single. "Kissing You" has been covered by Taylor Dayne and Stan Walker. Beyoncé filmed a music video for her rendition, which she retitled "Still in Love"; the change of title and music video went against copyright terms, thus Des'ree's publishers filed a lawsuit against Beyoncé and her representatives. Infringing albums were recalled, both sides agreed that the case be settled out of court. In January 2019, Atack announced that Des'ree would be re-recording "I'm Kissing You" with conductor Matt Dunkley and engineer Geoff Foster.
"Kissing You" was written by Des'ree and Timothy Atack, was produced by Nellee Hooper. The string instruments were arranged by Craig Armstrong, while Andy Todd and Jim Abbiss engineered the record; the pop ballad uses string instrumentation. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by T C F Music Publishing, Inc. "Kissing You" is set in 12/8 time with a moderately slow tempo of 112 beats per minute. Written in the key of A minor, it has a sequence of Dm7–Am7–G/B–C–G/B–Am7–C/G as its chord progression. Des'ree's voice spans from the low note of A3 to the high note of D5."Kissing You" is featured during Romeo + Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann, when Romeo and Juliet first meet at a ball at the Capulets' mansion. The song was featured on the film's soundtrack album, was included on Des'ree's third studio album, Supernatural. Sony Music released the single via compact disc on 18 June 1997. "Kissing You" was sold as the B-side to "Life" in the UK. The musical interlude in the middle of "Kissing You" was used to promote the UEFA Euro 2004.
New Statesman's Lisa Jardine noted "Kissing You" as "a high point" of the film. J. D. Considine wrote for The Baltimore Sun that "the tremulous intensity of Des'ree's'Kissing You' has more emotional impact than many films". In a review of Supernatural for Entertainment Weekly, Considine commended the "throaty emotionalism" with which Des'ree sang "Kissing You". Jim Farber from the Daily News noted the song as the standout track from Supernatural and claimed that it "stands as the only track to deepen the mood, bringing out the indigo pleasures of her voice." The Richmond Times-Dispatch's Kate Lipper called the record "an excellent slow song that you can play nonstop". However, Ann Powers from The New York Times wrote that Des'ree is too melodramatic on "Kissing You". In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Charlotte Church described the song as one of her favourites: "This is one of the most beautiful songs I've heard. It's an original sound and they sing it so well. There's no beat, it's just a lovely, lulling song.""Kissing You" debuted on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart at number 42 on the week ending 9 March 1997.
It rose to its peak position of number 17 on 20 April 1997, slipped of the chart in June, having spent 13 weeks on the chart. In December 2010, "Kissing You" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 137. In 2013 Abbey Clancy waltzed to "Kissing You" on the 11th series of Strictly Come Dancing, the song reentered the UK Singles Chart and reached a new peak of number 91; the music video for "Kissing You" features scenes of Romeo + Juliet those when Romeo and Juliet first meet at the Capulets' ball. Interspersed are clips of Des ` ree singing the song with water on the floor. Towards the end of the video, some of the final scenes of the film are displayed, the building that Des'ree is in is illuminated through the windows; the video was included on the film's special edition DVD, released in 2002. CD single"Kissing You" – 4:56 "You Gotta Be" – 4:06 "Warm Hands, Cold Heart" – 4:35 "Sword of Love" – 4:03 "Livin' in the City" – 7:46 New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra covered "I'm Kissing You" for her 2007 album Prayer.
"Kissing You" was covered by Taylor Dayne, whose version appears as the eighth track on her fifth studio album, Satisfied. Her recording contains slow jam drums and backing singers. Australian Idol winner Stan Walker recorded his rendition of the song as the twelfth track on his second studio album, From the Inside Out. Allmusic's Jon O'Brien called it "a faithful rendition"; the New Zealand Herald's Kara Scott noted that his cover was "a little over-wrought and soppy, it shows the true range and quality of Walker's voice." Cameron Adams of The Daily Telegraph noted that "for those who want to hear that voice sing something familiar, the lush but simple cover of Des'ree's'Kissing You' will cause jaws to drop." "Kissing You" was covered by American R&B singer Beyoncé under the title "Still in Love" replaced with other track "If". Beyoncé's rendition was included on the 2007 deluxe edition of her second studio album, B'Day. Beyoncé contributed to the writing and production processes, it was one of the last tracks to be added to the album.
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You Must Love Me
"You Must Love Me" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Madonna. It was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, for the 1996 film adaptation of the musical, based on the life of Argentinian leader Eva Perón; the song was released on October 27, 1996, by Warner Bros. as the lead single from the film's soundtrack. After years of not working together due to their individual projects and Rice collaborated on creating a new track for the film, with the hopes of obtaining an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. According to Webber, the song's purpose was to showcase Perón's emotional state at the time as well as her relationship with her husband Juan Perón. Madonna, who starred in the title role of the film, had tried to change the lyrics of the track to create a sympathetic portrayal of Perón, but was unsuccessful, she undertook vocal lessons to record the songs for the film. "You Must Love Me" features instrumentation from cello and piano which accompanies Madonna's vocals.
The song garnered positive response from music critics, many of them highlighting Madonna's enhanced singing ability. It went on to win the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1997. Commercially, "You Must Love Me" became a top-ten hit in some countries including Finland and the United Kingdom, while reaching the top-twenty in the United States, it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 500,000 physical units. A music video, directed by Alan Parker, was released as promotion for the single. Madonna has performed the song at the 69th Academy Awards and on her 2008 -- 09 Sweet Tour. In 1996, Madonna starred in the film Evita, playing the role of Eva Perón, the Spiritual Leader of the Nation of Argentina. For a long time, Madonna had desired to play Perón and wrote a letter to director Alan Parker, explaining how she would be perfect for the part. After securing the role, she underwent vocal training with coach Joan Lader since Evita required the actors to sing their own parts.
Lader noted. Evita is real musical theater — its operatic, in a sense. Madonna developed an upper register that she didn't know she had.""You Must Love Me" was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who had reunited for Evita after a ten-year creative separation due to their individual projects. It was written for the film, so that it would contain new material and be eligible for an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Madonna noted it as her favorite song from the film, recalling that the idea for "You Must Love Me" grew when Parker re-arranged the ending of the film from the original play, with the hopes of reuniting Rice and Webber to create new music. According to Webber, the purpose of the song was to showcase Perón's emotional state at the time as well as her relationship with her husband Juan Perón. One reason she is saying, is out of desperation. She's saying,'You must love me because you must have always loved me', so it's a little word play, I guess, which Tim Rice has written", he explained.
It was released as the soundtrack's first official single on October 27, 1996. Since its release, the song has been included in several productions of the play, including the 2006 London production and the 2012 Broadway revival. Recording sessions for the film's songs and soundtrack began in September 1995, took place at the CTS Studios in London. However, trouble arose as Madonna was not comfortable with laying down a "guide vocal" with an 84 piece orchestra inside the studio, she was used to singing over a pre-recorded track and not have musicians listen to her. Unlike her previous soundtrack releases, she had little to no control over the project. An emergency meeting was held between Parker and Madonna where it was decided that the singer would record her part in a more contemporary studio while the orchestration would take place somewhere else, she had alternate days off from the recording. "You Must Love Me" starts with the sound of orchestra and piano, as Madonna sings the opening verses.
She continues singing the lyrics, which talk about Perón's discovery that her husband Juan had loved her all along and not seen her as a political prop. Madonna disliked the lyrics since she wanted to portray Perón as a sympathetic figure, rather than the "shrewd manipulator" that Parker had in mind, she was concerned about her own image, was successful in getting many portions of the script altered. However, Rice declined to change the song's lyrics, but rewrote its instrumentation five or six times, he recalled, "I remember taking the lyrics to Madonna and she was trying to change them... The scene can be interpreted in different ways, but my lyrics were kept, thank God!"Other instrumentation for the song includes cello, played by a live orchestra. As the song moves towards the chorus, the piano sounds stop and the cello plays with Madonna belting out the lyrics: "Deep in my heart, I'm concealing, Things that I'm longing to say, Scared to confess what I'm feeling, Frightened you'll slip away", when the piano and the orchestra sounds come back again.
It proceeds in the same way and fades out. "You Must Love Me", with a moderate tempo of 92 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of B♭ major, with Madonna's vocals spanning f