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"Heaven"
Single by Bryan Adams
from the album Reckless
B-side "Heaven" (live) (US)
"Diana" (UK)
Released April 9, 1985 (1985-04-09)
Format 7", 12"
Recorded The Power Station, New York City, June 6–7, 1983
Genre Rock, soft rock, pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 4:04
Label A&M
Writer(s) Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance
Producer Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain
Certification Gold (Canada)
Bryan Adams singles chronology
"Somebody"
(1985)
"Heaven"
(1985)
"Summer of '69"
(1985)

"Heaven" is a power ballad written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and performed by Bryan Adams. The song first appeared on the A Night in Heaven soundtrack album in 1983 and was later included on Adams' album Reckless in 1984. It was released as the third single from Reckless and reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1985, over a year and a half after the song first appeared on record. The single was certified Gold in Canada in 1985.[1]

Contents

Writing and recording

Adams recorded "Heaven" at The Power Station in New York City on June 6 and 7, 1983.[2]

Adams didn't think "Heaven" was suitable for Reckless,[3] a feeling that was echoed by producer Jimmy Iovine, who was working with Adams at the time.[3] Iovine thought the song was too 'light' for the album and recommended that Adams not include it.[3] At the last moment, Adams changed his mind.[3]

Half way through the recording session drummer Mickey Curry announced that he had to leave since he committed in advance to a Hall & Oates session.[3] Curry had warned Adams about his limited availability that day.[3] The recording session for "Heaven" was running behind schedule and Adams called Journey drummer Steve Smith.[3] Smith happened to be in New York at the time and he filled Curry's drumming position.[3]

While writing "Heaven", Adams and Vallance were influenced by Journey's music and lyrical style, particular their song "Faithfully".[3]

Reception

In 1984 "Heaven" won the Procan Award (Performing Rights Organization of Canada) for Canadian radio airplay, in 1985 it won the BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Citation of Achievement for U.S. radio airplay and ten years later it won a Socan Classics Award for more than 100,000 Canadian radio performances.[3]

Track listings

  • US 7" (A&M 2729)
  1. "Heaven"
  2. "Heaven" (live)
  • US 12" promo (A&M SP-17318)
  1. "Heaven"
  2. "Heaven" (live)/"Kids Wanna Rock" (live)
  • UK 7" (A&M AM256)
  1. "Heaven"
  2. "Diana"
  • UK 12" (A&M AMY256)
  1. "Heaven"/"Diana"
  2. "Heaven" (live)/"Fits Ya Good"

Live tracks recorded at the Hollywood Palladium on February 1, 1985.

Chart performance

"Heaven" first appeared on the A Night in Heaven soundtrack album in 1983 and received substantial airplay on album-oriented rock radio stations, reaching number 9 on Billboard's Top Tracks chart in early 1984. It was released as the third single from the album Reckless in April 1985 and reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also re-entered the Top Rock Tracks chart in 1985, peaking at number 27. "Heaven" also peaked at number 12 on the Adult Contemporary chart during its second run, becoming Adams' second single to reach that chart after "Straight from the Heart" in 1983, and his biggest AC hit until 1991.

In Canada "Heaven" was officially released to radio on January, 1985.[2] The song reached the top twenty on the Canadian Singles Chart and remained in the top twenty for another month. "Heaven" was the highest charting single from Reckless.[4]

The song was released in Australia, Europe and New Zealand in 1985. "Heaven" reached the UK top forty.[5] "Heaven" continued the trend of higher-charting singles when it debuted and peaked at top twenty in most of the European countries in which it charted. Adams' previous singles had charted much weaker in Europe and "Heaven" would be Adams' first single to chart in mainland Europe.

Although "Heaven" reached the top ten in Sweden and Norway and then the top twenty in Austria, Ireland, Switzerland and Sweden, it was a moderate top hundred success in Germany where it peaked at number 62.[6][7][8][9][10]

Music video

The music video was shot in London, England, and was directed by Steve Barron.[11] It features Adams singing the song in a live concert setting; behind him, stacked video monitors show his band playing along. Video monitors also occupy each seat of the otherwise empty theater. The video was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography.[12]

Personnel

[1]

Chart positions

Chart Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 1
US Billboard Top Tracks[4] 9
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 11
UK Singles Chart[5] 38
Irish Singles Chart[10] 11
Swedish Singles Chart[7] 8
German Singles Chart[8] 28
Norwegian Singles Chart[6] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[9] 14

Cover versions

DJ Sammy version

"Heaven"
Single by DJ Sammy and Yanou featuring Do
from the album Heaven and Do
Released May 21, 2002 (U.S.)
October 28, 2002 (UK)
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Techno, Vocal Trance
Length 3:52
Label Robbins/Sony BMG
Writer(s) Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance
DJ Sammy singles chronology
"Sunlight"
(2002)
"Heaven"
(2002)
"The Boys of Summer"
(2002)
Yanou singles chronology
- "Heaven"
(2002)
"On & On"
(2003)
Do singles chronology
- "Heaven"
(2002)
"Love Is Killing Me"
(2004)
Alternate cover
Single cover for the "Candlelight Mix" version of the song

In 2002 DJ Sammy and Yanou released a dance cover of Heaven with vocals by Do. It was the second single of the album Heaven and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. It re-entered the chart on the week of November 17, 2007. This version was sampled by Nina Sky in their 2009 hit, "Beautiful People". On October 28, 2009, over seven years after its release, the song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 500,000.[13]

Versions

Candlelight Mix

Because of the dance version's popularity, a stripped-down, ballad-like "Candlelight Mix" version was made and sang by Do, and received airplay on Adult Contemporary radio stations as well as CHR stations.

9/11 Remix

An unauthorized remix of the "Candlelight Mix" was also made by KISS FM in Bakersfield, California to commemorate the September 11 terrorist attacks. The song features a little girl talking about her father who presumably died in the attacks, with the original chorus intermittently playing. A popular Flash animation plays out this version of the song.[14] The little girl's vocal was actually the daughter of the program director at the time. He simply read her the lines and had her repeat them for him, with a little emotional prompting. Then he edited himself out of the voice track. This was one of the most requested songs in the station's history, and had all of the local market talking. It even crossed over to Clear Channel's other stations for a wider audience.

List of remixes
  • Overhead Champion Remix
  • S'n'Y Radio Edit
  • S'n'Y Extended Mix
  • Green Court Remix
  • Candlelight Mix
  • Commander Tom Remix
  • Simon & Shaker Remix
  • Anastacia Remix
  • Martin Eyerer Remix
  • Original Mix
  • Flip & Fill Remix
  • Radio Edit
  • Extended Mix
  • Friday Night Posse Remix
  • Clubstar Remix
  • Scott Mac Remix
  • Kuhbumser Extratone Remix

Music video

The music video for the single features Yanou, DJ Sammy and Do viewed briefly from a TV. It was directed by Oliver Bradford. The video features two Asian girls, androgynous people and a black man. There is a second version, with extended scenes of a stationary Do singing.

Charts, peaks and certifications

Charts
Chart (2002-2004) Peak
position[15]
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 4
Austrian Singles Chart 16
Dutch Singles Chart 4
French Singles Chart 5
Norwegian Singles Chart 8
Swedish Singles Chart 17
Swiss Singles Chart 39
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
Chart (2000-2009) Position
UK Singles Chart 77[16]
Sales and certifications
Provider Sales Certification
United States 500,000+[13] Gold[17]

Other versions

"Heaven" has been covered by numerous artists. One of the first cover recordings was by rock artist Gerd Rube on The Way I Feel (1992). Eyra Gail covered the song identically to DJ Sammy on the album Eyra Gail (2002). R&B singer Kate DeAraugo covered the song on A Place I've Never Been (2005). Scottish singer-actor John Barrowman's version appears on his cover album Another Side (2007). Ruben Studdard also recorded a version as a bonus track for his fourth studio album, Love Is. Italian singer Martina Stavolo covered the song on her debut EP "Due Cose Importanti". DJ Manian covered the song with a series of remixes featuring Alia on the album Heaven (2007). David Archuleta beautifully sang "Heaven" as a part of Hollywood Week during American Idol Season 7. The original DJ Sammy radio edit was sampled in 2009 to create Nina Sky's single "Beautiful People". In November 2009, Pitbull released "Pearly Gates", produced by Jim Jonsin, on the mixtape International Takeover: The United Nations which covers the "Heaven" chorus sang by Nayer.

References

  1. ^ "CRIA Certifications". Canadian Recording Industry Association. http://www.cria.ca/cert_db_search.php?page=1&wclause=WHERE+artist_name+like+%27%25Bryan+Adam%25%27+ORDER+BY+cert_date%2C+cert_award+&rcnt=63&csearch=40&nextprev=1. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Album notes for Anthology by Dave Marsh (CD booklet). A&M Records (A&M 5613).". 2005-10-18. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j ""Heaven". JimVallance.com. http://jimvallance.com/01-music-folder/songs-folder-may-27/pg-song-adams-heaven.html. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Artist Chart History (singles) - Bryan Adams". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=BRYANADAMS&sql=11:fifpxqw5ldae~T51. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  5. ^ a b "Bryan Adams". Chart Stats. http://www.chartstats.com/. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Norwegian Chart". norwegiancharts.com. http://www.norwegiancharts.com//showinterpret.asp?interpret=Bryan%20Adams. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  7. ^ a b "Swedish Chart". swedishcharts.com. http://www.swedishcharts.com//showinterpret.asp?interpret=Bryan%20Adams. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  8. ^ a b "Chartverfolgung / BRYAN ADAMS / Single" (in German). musicline.de. http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/ADAMS%2C+BRYAN/single. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  9. ^ a b "Swiss Chart". hitparade.ch. http://www.hitparade.ch//showinterpret.asp?interpret=Bryan%20Adams. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  10. ^ a b "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Charts. http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  11. ^ "Steve Barron - Heaven". Clipland. http://www.clipland.com/Summary/944433655/. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  12. ^ "VMA - 1985". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/1985/. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  13. ^ a b "RIAA - Recording Industry Association of America". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinum.php?content_selector=criteria. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  14. ^ Newgrounds.com
  15. ^ "Heaven", in various Singles Charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved December 21, 2007)
  16. ^ Radio 1 Chart of the Decade, as presented by Nihal on Tuesday 29th December 2009
  17. ^ RIAA Heaven Certification. RIAA. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
Preceded by
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears
Bryan Adams version
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single

June 29, 1985
Succeeded by
"Sussudio" by Phil Collins
Preceded by
"Dilemma" by Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
DJ Sammy version
UK number-one single

November 3, 2002 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Unbreakable" by Westlife







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