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"Love Like This"
Single by Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston
from the album Pocketful of Sunshine
B-side "Stepping Stone"
Released 20 September 2007 (North America)
7 April 2008 (Ireland, UK)
Format CD single, digital download, vinyl single
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:42 (Album/Single Version)
3:36 (Solo Version)
Label Phonogenic, Epic (US)
Writer(s) The Runaways/Louis Biancaniello/Rico Love/Ryan Tedder/Sam Watters/Wayne Wilkins/Kisean Anderson
Producer Runawayz
Certification Platinum (RIAA)[1]
Natasha Bedingfield US singles chronology
"The One That Got Away"
(2006)
"Love Like This"
(2007)
"Pocketful of Sunshine"
(2008)
Natasha Bedingfield European chronology
"Say It Again"
(2007)
"Love Like This"
(2008)
"Pocketful of Sunshine"
(2008)
Sean Kingston chronology
"Me Love"
(2007)
"Love Like This"
(2007)
"Big Girls Don't Cry (remix)"
(2007)

"Love Like This" is a pop/R&B song performed by Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston. The song writing credits are shared by The Runaways, Louis Biancaniello, Rico Love, Ryan Tedder, Sam Watters, Wayne Wilkins and Kisean Anderson.[2] It was included on Bedingfield's second North American album Pocketful of Sunshine (2008). Its lyrics discuss finding love with a person who has "been there all your life and has always loved you, but you've never noticed it until now".[3]

The song was released in North America on 2 October 2007 to mixed reviews from critics. It was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 7 April 2008. The song was a commercial success, reaching the top 20 on the majority of the charts it entered, and topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States.[4][5] On 12 March 2008, "Love Like This" was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[1]

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Background and writing

In 2007, Bedingfield began writing and recording new material for her second North American album Pocketful of Sunshine. While working with producer J. R. Rotem she was introduced to rapper Sean Kingston, who was also recording with Rotem. Bedingfield decided to work with Kingston because she "just Liked his thing".[3] In an interview with Digital Spy, she said that she respected rappers and seemed to "have a little thing with rappers" since she had previously worked with Estelle, Eve and Bizarre from D12.[3]

In the song, Bedingfield discusses finding love with a person who has always "been there all your life", but that "you've never noticed it until now". According to her, it is all about realizing how that person is actually the "love of your life".[3]

The song is written in the key of F major and set in 4/4 time. Bedingfield's vocals span from C4 to F5. A solo version exists with a new bridge in place of Sean Kingston's rap. Kingston can still be heard in the background.

Critical reception

"Love Like This" received mixed reviews from critics. Chuck Taylor in a review for Billboard described the song as a "jaunty, youthful track that clears home base and should propel Nat forward",[6] while Chris Boeckmann of Stylus Magazine called it "useless" and a "dud".[7] Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly found the song left him "feeling absolutely nothing". Slezak was unimpressed with the pairing of Bedingfield and Kingston, writing "it's as if two people who I'm not entirely convinced can sing got together and recorded a heavily focus-grouped song, then ran their vocals through a giant computer".[8]

In a review for About.com, Bill Lamb called the song "irrepressibly sunny, but forgettable".[9] In another review of the song, Lamb wrote that Kingston's vocals "serve no purpose other than providing an extra element for the single's marketing campaign".[10]

Music video

The music video was directed by Gil Green and produced by Merge @ Crossroads.[11] Filmed in Los Angeles, California, the video features Bedingfield reuniting with a love from her past.[12] The video begins with Bedingfield singing in a park. She then meets up with a boyfriend (played by model Josh Slack) from her past. The two then remember the good times they had together while sitting on a picnic bench. The video concludes with Bedingfield singing and dancing at a house party. Scenes of Kingston in front of an ice cream truck and at the house party are intercut throughout the video.

The video premiered on Bedingfield's official US website on 27 October 2007.[13] In 2008, the video reached number 2 on VH1's VSpot Top 20 Countdown in the U.S.[1]

Chart performance

"Love Like This" was officially solicited to radio in the United States on 20 September 2007.[14] The song was released as a download on 2 October 2007, and debuted at number 19 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[15] The following week the song rose to number 4,[16] before debuting on the Hot 100 chart at number 94.[4] Fifteen weeks later "Love Like This" reached number 11.[4] The song did well on pop-oriented charts, reaching number 10 on the Pop 100 chart and number 10 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart.[17] The single had crossover success in the dance charts, reaching number 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart and number 17 on the Hot Dance Airplay chart.[5] The song has sold over 1 million digital downloads and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[1]

Elsewhere, "Love Like This" was largely successful, and reached number 9 in Canada and number 5 in New Zealand.[4] In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number 27 on 25 March 2008.[18] Four weeks later, it reached number 20 and remained on the singles chart for 7 weeks.[4]

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Love Like This".

US vinyl single
(88697227731-S1; Released 2007)

  1. "Love Like This" (Johnny Vicious Club Vox) - 9:47
  2. "Love Like This" (Johnny Vicious Radio Mix) - 3:53
  3. "Love Like This" (Kings of Tomorrow Club Mix) - 6:31
  4. "Love Like This" (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Mix) - 5:42

Digital download single
(Released 3 October 2007)

  1. "Love Like This" – 3:45

Digital EP
(Released 15 January 2008)

  1. "Love Like This" (Johnny Vicious Club Vox) - 9:43
  2. "Love Like This" (Johnny Vicious Radio Mix) - 3:53
  3. "Love Like This" (Kings of Tomorrow Club Mix) - 6:31
  4. "Love Like This" (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Mix) - 5:44

German CD single
(886972-996028; Released 4 April 2008)

  1. "Love Like This" – 3:45
  2. "Love Like This" (Natasha only) - 3:43

German Maxi-CD single
(886972-959429; Released April 4, 2008)

  1. "Love Like This" – 3:45
  2. "Love Like This" (Natasha only) - 3:43
  3. "Love Like This" (Johnny Vicious Radio Remix) - 3:53
  4. "Love Like This" music video

UK CD single
(88697287252; Released 7 April 2008)

  1. "Love Like This"
  2. "Stepping Stone"

Charts

Chart (2008)[4][5] Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[19] 77
Vietnam Hot 10 @ 10 7
Canadian Hot 100 9
German Singles Chart 33
Irish Singles Chart 34
New Zealand Singles Chart 5
UK Singles Chart 20
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 10

Personnel

  • Natasha Bedingfield – lead vocals
  • Sean Kingston – vocals
  • Ravaughn Brown - backing vocals
  • Keith Gretlein, Nate Hertweck, Matt Serrecchio - assistant engineer
  • Greg Ogan - vocal engineering
  • The Runawayz - mixing
  • David Kutch - mastering

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d "Natasha Bedingfield's Pocketful of Sunshine Blazes Onto Billboard's Top 200 at #3". Yahoo!. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  2. ^ Cd Liner Notes: Now That's What I Call Music! 27 (U.S. series)
  3. ^ a b c d Levine, Nick. "Interview: Natasha Bedingfield". Digital Spy. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Love Like This World Charts". aCharts.us. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  5. ^ a b c "Billboard Artist Singles Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  6. ^ Taylor, Chuck. "'Love Like This' Single Review". Billboard.com. Retrieved 18 October 2007.
  7. ^ Boeckmann, Chris. "'Love Like This' Single Review". Stylus Magazine. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2007.
  8. ^ Slezak, Michael. "Snap judgment: New singles from Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Sweet". Entertainment Weekly. 9 October 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2007.
  9. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine: Missing the Creative Fire We've Heard From Natasha Bedingfield". About.com. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  10. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Natasha Bedingfield feat. Sean Kingston - Love Like This". About.com. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  11. ^ "Music Video News: September 9, 2007 - September 15, 2007". VideoStatic.com. Retrieved 20 September 2007.
  12. ^ "Gil Directs Natasha Bedingfield Video "Love Like This"". GilGreen.com. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2008.
  13. ^ "'Love Like This Video Now Live!". NatashaBedingfield.com. 27 October 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  14. ^ "Release Schedule". FMQB.com. Retrieved 20 September 2007.
  15. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Week of Oct 20 2007)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  16. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Week of Oct 27 2007)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  17. ^ "Natasha Bedingfield > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 February 2008.
  18. ^ "UK Singles Top 75 (Tuesday March 25th, 2008)". aCharts.us. Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  19. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles - Week Commencing 17th March 2008". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 13 July 2009.

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Preceded by
"Taking Chances" by Celine Dion
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
9 February 2008
Succeeded by
"Just Fine" by Mary J. Blige

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