Cannonball (Damien Rice song)

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"Cannonball"
Single by Damien Rice
from the album O
Released 17 May 2002 (2002-05-17) (Ireland)
20 October 2003 (2003-10-20) (United Kingdom)
Format CD, enhanced CD
Recorded 2000 in Monkstown,
Rathgar & Celbridge
Genre Folk rock, country folk
Length 3:27 (Radio Version I)
3:32 (Radio Version II)
5:10 (Album Version)
4:37 (Video Version)
Label Damien Rice Records (Ireland)
14th Floor Records (United Kingdom)
Producer(s) Damien Rice
Damien Rice singles chronology
"The Blower's Daughter"
(2001)
"Cannonball"
(2002)
"Volcano"
(2002)
Music video
"Cannonball" on YouTube

"Cannonball" is a song written and performed by Irish folk singer Damien Rice. It was released as the second single from his debut album O, following the release of the debut single "The Blower's Daughter" and was subject of many releases in 2003 (reaching #32 in British Singles Chart), 2004 (reaching #19) and 2011 (reaching #9).

The song was picked as the winner's song for the British The X Factor in its eighth series and was released by the series winners Little Mix on 11 December 2011, topping the British and Irish Singles Charts in the first week of release.

Release[edit]

In Ireland the single was issued as a CD maxi single in May 2002 on the artist's own label Damien Rice Music.[1] It contained a remixed version of the track by Paul PDub Walton and Mark "Spike" Stent, plus a demo, a live track and an instrumental of the A-side.[2] Unlike the album version, the single mix includes kit drums.

In Britain the single was released in October 2003 by 14th Floor Records, on a standard CD single and Enhanced CD. The Enhanced CD featured an exclusive B-side, "Moody Monday", and the music video for "Cannonball". It was packaged in a gatefold card sleeve with a poster.[3] The second CD contained live versions of "Cannonball", "Amie" and "The Blower's Daughter", recorded live at Union Chapel.[4] This release included four postcards. A limited edition one-track 7" single was also pressed.[3]

The single was re-released on 5 July 2004, with an additional DVD single containing two remixes and a filmed interview and a biography, rising to #19 on its re-release.

The single versions (of which there are two, with slightly differing production) are markedly different from the original version found on the album, with background production and a quicker vocal.

Chart performance[edit]

The song was originally released on 17 May 2002 and did not chart at the time.

In 2003, it reached #32 on the British Singles Chart on the chart of 1 November 2003, slipping back to #57 the following week for a total run of just 2 weeks in the charts.

On its re-release in 2004, the song had a limited success entering the British Singles Chart at #19 on 17 July 2004 and then slipping back in the charts. It had a total run of seven weeks in the charts that year. It also peaked at #21 in the Irish Singles Chart.

The song was rereleased in 2011 reaching #13 on 22 September 2011 (week 38) in Irish Singles Chart.[5] Due to an impressive and popular X Factor audition from John Adams, singing an acoustic cover in the first round of 2011 auditions, Cannonball reentered the British Singles Chart on 24 September 2011 at #39, and rising to #9 in the week of 1 October 2011[5] before slipping back in the charts.

As of December 2011, the song has sold 191,696 copies in the UK.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Irish CD
  1. "Cannonball" (Single Version)
  2. "Lonelily" (Original Demo)
  3. "Woman Like a Man" (Live Unplugged)
  4. "Cannonball" (Instrumental Album Version)
British CD
  1. "Cannonball" (live)
  2. "Amie" (live)
  3. "The Blower's Daughter" (live)
British Enhanced CD
  1. "Cannonball" (Radio Remix)
  2. "Moody Monday"
  3. "Cannonball" (Video)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[7] 32
Chart (2004) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart (IRMA) 21
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[8] 19
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart (IRMA)[9] 13
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[7] 9

Little Mix version[edit]

"Cannonball"
Single by Little Mix
Released 11 December 2011 (2011-12-11)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop
Length 3:25
Label Syco, Sony
Producer(s) Richard "Biff" Stannard, Ash Howes, Steve Mac
Little Mix singles chronology
"Wishing on A Star"
(2011)
"Cannonball"
(2011)
"Wings"
(2012)

In 2011, British girl group Little Mix covered "Cannonball" as one of the finalists in the eighth series of The X Factor. Following the announcement that they had won the show, their version was released as the winner's single on 11 December 2011.[10] Little Mix and eventual runner-up Marcus Collins performed the song during the final show of the series. Third place runner-up Amelia Lily also pre-recorded her version in the studio, which made headlines when HMV made it available for pre-order on their site days before the final. HMV later apologised and stated that it was a technical issue.[11]

"Cannonball" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the fastest-selling single of 2011 but the lowest-selling winner's single since 2004.[12] The landmark was beaten by Military Wives the following week, and, although Cannonball sold 390,000 by the end of 2011, was only the 41st biggest-selling song of 2011 (17,000 below "Lego House" by Ed Sheeran), making it the first ever X Factor winner's single to miss the End of Year Top 40 all together, despite it having an extra week of sales compared to the normal number of weeks that the winner's single is released before the End of Year Top 40 is counted. This is because of the very high sales which other songs received, in spite of the fact that Steve Brookstein's winners song only sold half Little Mix's sales and was 2004's 30th highest seller. Also the target market was predominantly young children, and ratings of that series X Factor were, whilst higher than most, lower than the previous series. In 2007, this total would have been the fifth highest-selling. The song, however, was Christmas number one in Ireland, its second week of a four-week spell in Rice's home country.

Critical reception[edit]

In a positive review, Robert Copsey of Digital Spy Blog gave the song three stars out of five, stating: "Naturally the production has been given the deluxe valet, swapping the raw acoustics of the original for a Casio keyboard piano riff, fist-clenching strings and the inevitable key change. But credit where it's due, they've played around (or as Gary put it, "Little Mixed") with it enough to distance themselves from the original."[13]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Cannonball" was uploaded onto Little Mix's official Vevo page on 20 December 2011. It depicts their best moments throughout The X Factor, and their performance of the single.[14]

Chart performance[edit]

For the first time since series 1, The X Factor winner's single was not released the week of the coveted Christmas number one chart battle. The Official Charts Company announced that the 2011 Christmas number-one would be announced on Christmas Day,[15] meaning releases on 18 December 2011 will be new entries in the chart that week. The winner's single was released in shops on 14 December 2011,[16] which means it will have to maintain significant sales numbers in its second week to achieve the Christmas number-one.

The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart selling over 210,000 copies in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling single of the year.[17] It is the third lowest-selling X Factor winner's single. The song has sold 465,000 copies in the UK as of December 2012.[18]

In Ireland, the song was Christmas number one and remained at the top of the Irish Singles Chart for four weeks until it dropped to number four on 13 January.[19]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Cannonball"   3:25
2. "Little Mix - Audio Message"   0:22
CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Cannonball"   3:25
2. "Super Bass" (X Factor performance) 2:26
3. "E.T." (X Factor performance) 2:13
4. "Don't Let Go (Love)" (X Factor performance) 2:33

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Damien Rice – songwriter
  • Richard "Biff" Stannard – producer, keyboards, programming
  • Ash Howes – producer, keyboards, programming
  • Steve Mac – producer, keyboards, programming
  • Chris Laws – keyboards, programming, mixing
  • Dann Pursey – lead vocals, bass and drums engineering
  • Jez Ashurst – programming, acoustic guitar
  • Cliff Masterson – additional programming, strings and choir arrangement, conductor
  • Seton Daunt – guitar
  • Steve Pearce – bass
  • Neal Wilkinson – drums
  • Rolf Wilson – strings leader
  • Diva Singers – choir
  • Emma Rohan – backing vocals
  • Jasette Amos – backing vocals

Credits adapted from CD single liner notes.[20]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Europe (Euro Digital Songs)[21] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[22] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[23] 1
South Korea International Singles (Gaon)[24] 92
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[25] 1

Year-end chart[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 41[27]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 11 December 2011[28] Digital download Syco Music
14 December 2011 CD single
Ireland 11 December 2011[29] Digital download
14 December 2011 CD single
Germany 12 December 2011[30] Digital download

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Damien Rice - Cannonball (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  5. ^ a b http://acharts.us/song/8949 aCharts.us
  6. ^ Jones, Alan (19 December 2011). "Official Singles Chart Analysis: Little Mix sell 210k units". Music Week. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  8. ^ ChartStats: UK Singles Chart: "Cannonball" (2004) Retrieved 2010-04-04
  9. ^ Irish Singles Chart - week 38/2011 Retrieved 2011-12-11
  10. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". iTunes. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  11. ^ Magrath, Andrea (7 December 2011). "More Fix Factor accusations as Amelia Lily's 'winner's single' made available on HMV website". Daily Mail. 
  12. ^ Graham, Daniella (19 December 2011). "Little Mix’sCannonball achieves worst X Factor sales since Steve Brookstein". Metro (DMG Media). Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Robert Copsey. "Little Mix: 'Cannonball' - Single review". Digital Spy. digitalspy.co.uk/. 
  14. ^ "Little Mix - Cannonball". YouTube. 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  15. ^ "The Christmas chart battle starts here!". Official Charts Company. 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  16. ^ "Cannonball: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  17. ^ "X Factor’s Little Mix Cannonballs to Number 1!". The Official Charts Company. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  18. ^ Lane, Dan (20 December 2012). "The Top 10 biggest selling X Factor debut singles and albums revealed!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  19. ^ Corner, Lewis (13 January 2012). "Flo Rida claims Irish singles No.1 with 'Good Feeling'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  20. ^ Cannonball (liner notes). Little Mix. Syco Music, Sony Music. 2011. 88691925052. 
  21. ^ "Euro Digital Songs – Week Ending December 17, 2011". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  24. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: January 01, 2012 to January 07, 2012)". Gaon Chart. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  25. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  26. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  27. ^ [2][dead link]
  28. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  29. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  30. ^ "iTunes - Musik – "Cannonball - Single" von Little Mix". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"When We Collide" by Matt Cardle
The X Factor winner's single (Little Mix version)
2011
Succeeded by
"Impossible" by James Arthur