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"Taking Chances"
Single by Platinum Weird
Released February 6, 2007 (2007-02-06)
Format Music download
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop/rock
Length 4:06
Label Interscope, Weapons of Mass Entertainment
Writer(s) Kara DioGuardi, David A. Stewart
Producer John Shanks
Platinum Weird singles chronology
"Taking Chances"
"Taking Chances"
Single by Céline Dion
from the album Taking Chances
Released October 24, 2007 (2007-10-24)
Format Music download, CD single
Recorded Henson Recording Studio, Studio at The Plants, The Studio
Genre Pop/rock
Length 4:04
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Kara DioGuardi, David A. Stewart
Producer John Shanks
Certification Gold (Canada)
Céline Dion singles chronology
"On s'est aimé à cause"
"Taking Chances"
"Eyes on Me"

"Taking Chances" is a single by songwriter Kara DioGuardi and ex-Eurythmics member Dave Stewart's band Platinum Weird, taken from their unreleased self-titled album. The song was originally released in February 2007, and later made famous by a cover version by Céline Dion, released in September 2007. It was also featured in an episode of Fox Network's new show Glee with lead vocals by Lea Michele.


Platinum Weird version

DioGuardi described this song in an interview prior to the release of the band's debut album, Make Believe, in BC Magazine:

There is one song called "Taking Chances," which is basically us looking at each other and going we don't really know each other that well, we made a great job of this music, this is kind of wild but let's give it a go.[1]

Music and structure

The line 'Talk to me, like lovers do, walk with me, like lovers do' is originally from the Eurythmics' 1984 song "Here Comes the Rain Again" written by David A. Stewart and Annie Lennox.

Music video

The music video for "Taking Chances" is simple, featuring Stewart and DioGuardi performing the song with a band indoors in monochrome. This music video is shot in the same style as Platinum Weird's two former videos, "Happiness" and "Will You Be Around."

Uses in popular culture

The song was featured in an episode of Jennifer Lopez's MTV reality TV show, DanceLife.[2][3]

An extended version of the song was used to great effect in the Video submission from Dave's hometown football (soccer) club, Sunderland AFC for their 2018 World Cup venue bid. http://www.safc.com/news/sunderland-2018-video-online-now-20091214_2256213_1905031

Céline Dion version

Céline Dion covered "Taking Chances" as the lead single and the title track from her 2007 English language album Taking Chances.[4] The song premiered on the radio on September 10, 2007[4] and was released as a music download on September 18, 2007 in the United States and Europe. "Taking Chances" CD single was released on October 24, 2007 in Japan,[5] between October 25[6] and November 12, 2007 in Europe,[7] and on November 3, 2007 in Australia and New Zealand.[8]

Dion's version was recorded on April 7, 2007 and produced by Grammy Award-winner John Shanks.[4][9]

Kara DioGuardi also wrote and co-produced with Emanuel Kiriakou "Surprise Surprise" for the Taking Chances album.[10] She has already written few songs for Céline Dion in the past, including "One Heart." The latter was co-written and co-produced by John Shanks and Kara DioGuardi, and released as a single in 2003. John Shanks also produced five other songs on Taking Chances.

The track "Taking Chances" was included later on the 2008 greatest hits My Love: Essential Collection.

The song was nominated for the Single of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2009.


On October 27, 2007 Céline Dion appeared on the fourth series of the British talent contest, The X Factor, as a mentor to the show's contestants. She also performed "Taking Chances" on the live show which was the world exclusive debut and her first UK performance for five years.[11] Later, on November 18, 2007 she performed the song live at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.[12]

"Taking Chances" became also a part of the Taking Chances Tour set list.

Chart performance

As of Billboard issue dated March 1, 2008, the digital single has sold 263,217 copies in total in the U.S. and peaked at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100. On November 5, 2007 the song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 58 on download sales alone, after the CD release was cancelled. It peaked at number 40 the next week.

The single was successful on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, peaking at number 1 and becoming Dion's second song to do so, after "Misled" in 1994. It reached also the top position on the Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart, and was a top 10 hit in Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, France, and Canada where it was certified gold for selling over 20,000 digital downloads.[13] "Taking Chances" also peaked at number 6 on the U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, giving Dion ownership of the most top 10 hits at the format with 21 during the last two decades.

Music video

The music video, directed by Paul Boyd, was filmed in three days, between September 15-17, 2007 in several different locations, in the Las Vegas area. The video is narrative heavy, as only one of the three shoot days was spent on performance. It includes a guest appearance by Platinum Weird member Dave A. Stewart.[14] He described his cameo appearance as playing "a kind of enigmatic 'boss' character from a James Bond movie," and also commented that it was about 100°F during filming.[15]

The video was released on October 16, 2007. Amazon.com and Columbia Records released also on September 10, 2007 the exclusive premiere of the new Céline Dion song and in-studio video "Taking Chances" on Amazon's website.[16]

Both, the music video and the recording sessions can be found on the Japan only released Ultimate Box.

In early 2008, the video was re-edited to fit the club remix, called Jason Nevins radio edit.

Uses in popular culture

On CBS in the United States, Dion's version of "Taking Chances" was featured as a theme music for the promotional trailers for Moonlight TV series.

It was later used in 2009 on the show So You Think You Can Dance Canada on the Top 20 performance show as a number choreographed by Stacey Tookey and danced by Melanie Mah and Cody Bonnell.

In the episode, titled Preggers, of the TV show Glee, the character of Rachel, played by Lea Michele covered the song. The episode aired September 23, 2009 on FOX.

In the film Superhero Movie, to raise the spirits of the Dragonfly, Stephen Hawking recites the "If there is one lesson my life can teach" lyrics. Dragonfly points out that they are "Celine Dion lyrics", to which Hawking replies "Whatever. It's still true."

Formats and track listings

Canadian/European digital single

  1. "Taking Chances" – 4:04

European CD single/digital single

  1. "Taking Chances" – 4:04
  2. "Map to My Heart" – 4:15

Japanese CD single

  1. "Taking Chances" – 4:04
  2. "To Love You More" (radio edit) – 4:42

Australian/European digital EP

  1. "Taking Chances" – 4:04
  2. "Map to My Heart" – 4:15
  3. "Taking Chances" (I-Soul extended remix) – 7:32

Australian/European CD maxi single

  1. "Taking Chances" – 4:04
  2. "Map to My Heart" – 4:15
  3. "Taking Chances" (I-Soul extended remix) – 7:32
  4. "Taking Chances" (in-studio video) – 4:11

French CD single/digital EP

  1. "Taking Chances" – 4:04
  2. "Immensité" – 3:35
  3. "Map to My Heart" – 4:15

French digital EP

  1. "Taking Chances" – 4:04
  2. "Immensité" – 3:35
  3. "Map to My Heart" – 4:15
  4. "Taking Chances" (I-Soul extended remix) – 7:32

French CD maxi single

  1. "Taking Chances" – 4:04
  2. "Immensité" – 3:35
  3. "Map to My Heart" – 4:15
  4. "Taking Chances" (I-Soul extended remix) – 7:32
  5. "Taking Chances" (in-studio video) – 4:11

Official versions

  1. "Taking Chances" (I-Soul radio remix edit) – 3:32
  2. "Taking Chances" (I-Soul radio remix) – 3:54
  3. "Taking Chances" (I-Soul extended remix) – 7:33
  4. "Taking Chances" (I-Soul extended remix instrumental)
  5. "Taking Chances" (I-Soul dub mix)
  6. "Taking Chances" (Jason Nevins radio edit) – 3:43
  7. "Taking Chances" (Jason Nevins extended mix) – 6:22
  8. "Taking Chances" (Matt Piso's radio edit) – 3:52
  9. "Taking Chances" (Matt Piso's mixshow) – 4:51
  10. "Taking Chances" (Matt Piso's club mix) – 7:13
  11. "Taking Chances" (Ralphi Rosario & Craig J. radio edit) – 3:41
  12. "Taking Chances" (Ralphi Rosario & Craig J. full vocal radio edit) – 4:08
  13. "Taking Chances" (Ralphi Rosario & Craig J. vocal mix) – 9:00
  14. "Taking Chances" (Ralphi Rosario & Craig J. thick dub mix) – 8:04
  15. "Taking Chances" (radio edit) – 3:54
  16. "Taking Chances" (album version) – 4:04


Chart (2007) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[17] 60
Austrian Singles Chart[18] 12
Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart[19] 29
Canadian Hot 100[20] 9
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart[21] 1
Canadian Hot Adult Contemporary Chart[22] 38
Danish Singles Chart[23] 3
Dutch Singles Chart[24] 100
European Singles Chart[25] 12
French Singles Chart[26] 7
German Singles Chart[27] 25
Global Dance Chart[28] 30
Irish Singles Chart[29] 32
Italian Singles Chart[30] 5
Norwegian Singles Chart[31] 16
Swedish Singles Chart[32] 43
Swiss Singles Chart[33] 5
UK Singles Chart[34] 40
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[35] 54
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[36] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks[37] 36
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[38] 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[39] 35
Preceded by
"Stars" by Erika Jayne
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
February 2, 2008
Succeeded by
"Love like This" by Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston


  1. ^ Featured Artist: Platinum Weird - The Interview. Written by A.L. Harper. Retrieved December 9, 2007.
  2. ^ 'Taking Chances' featured on MTV's 'Dance Life'!. Retrieved December 9, 2007.
  3. ^ YouTube - Platinum Weird "Taking Chances" MTV Dance Life
  4. ^ a b c Celine Dion debuts new single, "Taking Chances"... new album and worldwide tour, to come!. Retrieved September 12, 2007.
  5. ^ Taking Chances. Retrieved September 25, 2007.
  6. ^ Taking Chances. Retrieved October 7, 2007.
  7. ^ Taking Chances. Retrieved October 13, 2007.
  8. ^ Taking Chances. Retrieved October 19, 2007.
  9. ^ Taking Chances CD booklet: "in-studio video filmed April 7, 2007 at Studio at the Palms, Las Vegas"
  10. ^ News - August 2007. Retrieved August 31, 2007.
  11. ^ "The X Factor: the second live show". The Guardian. Retrieved on October 31, 2007.
  12. ^ Performers at 2007 American Music Awards.
  13. ^ Gold & Platinum Certification. Retrieved August 20, 2008.
  14. ^ "Taking Chances" Music Video!. Retrieved September 18, 2007.
  15. ^ ""Dave's taking chances with superstar Celine!"". Sunderland Echo. http://www.sunderlandecho.com/daily-feature/Dave39s-taking-chances-with-superstar.3503660.jp. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  16. ^ Amazon.com and Columbia Records Debut Exclusive Premiere of New Celine Dion Song and In-Studio Video on Amazon.com. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
  17. ^ Australian Singles Chart
  18. ^ Austrian Singles Chart
  19. ^ Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart
  20. ^ Canadian Hot 100
  21. ^ Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart
  22. ^ Canadian Hot Adult Contemporary Chart
  23. ^ Danish Singles Chart
  24. ^ Dutch Singles Chart
  25. ^ European Singles Chart
  26. ^ French Singles Chart
  27. ^ German Singles Chart
  28. ^ Global Dance Chart
  29. ^ Irish Singles Chart
  30. ^ Italian Singles Chart
  31. ^ Norwegian Singles Chart
  32. ^ Swedish Singles Chart
  33. ^ Swiss Singles Chart
  34. ^ UK Singles Chart
  35. ^ Billboard Hot 100
  36. ^ Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
  37. ^ Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks
  38. ^ Hot Dance Club Play
  39. ^ Pop 100


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