Captive Heart (song)
|Promotional single by Selena from the album Dreaming of You|
|Released||January 12, 1996
(see release history)
|Format||CD single, 12" single, Cassette|
|Writer||Mark Goldenberg, Kit Hain|
"Captive Heart" is a song by American Tejano pop singer Selena, released from EMI Records and EMI Latin on January 12, 1996. It was the second promotional single released from Dreaming of You (1995), behind "God's Child (Baila Conmigo)". It was written by Mark Goldenberg and Kit Hain, and was produced by Guy Roche. Recording sessions took place at Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr's recording studio Q-Productions and at several other locations. The song was given mixed reviews by music critics. "Captive Heart" is an electropop song performed in a rhythmical pop groove. It peaked at number 96 on the Canadian Hot 100 and number 30 on the Rhythmic Top 40. The song was nominated for "Tejano Crossover Song of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the 1995 Tejano Music Awards.
Production and composition
"Captive Heart" was recorded at Bananaboat Studios in Burbank, California in January 1995, Q-Productions in Corpus Christi, Texas and at Conway Studios in North Hollywood. It was written by Mark Goldenberg and Kit Hain, and was produced by Guy Roche. It was mixed by Nathaniel "Mick" Guzuaski, engineered by Mario Lucy, Brian "Red" Moore and Mona Suchard who also was credited at the assistant engineer. American singer Donna De Lory was the backing vocalist for "Captive Heart". Recording sessions had taken nearly less than a week to complete the song.
"Captive Heart" is an Electropop song performed in a rhythmical pop groove. It draws influences from synthpop, fast Rock, dance-pop, electronic dance music and adult contemporary. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by EMI Music Publishing, the song is composed in the key of D major with a time signature in common time, and with a moderate groove of 91 beats per minute.
Commercial performance and critical reception
"Captive Heart" debuted at number 99 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart on November 12, 1995. The song debuted at number 35 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart on September 3, 1995. Six weeks later, it had peaked at number 30. It remained on the chart for two more weeks before it was taken off. During the 1996 Tejano Music Awards, "Captive Heart" was posthumously nominated for "Tejano Crossover Song of the Year" Two years later, at the 1998 Tejano Music Awards, the song was nominated for "Song of the Year".
Vibe editor Ed Morales compared both Evelyn "Champagne" King and "Wherever You Are" (duet with the Barrio Boyzz) with the song "Captive Heart". While, according to the Chicago Tribune, "Captive Heart" was destined for urban-contemporary radio. Leonard Charles of Miami Today, commented on "Captive Heart"'s lack of impact on the Hot 100, stating that the song would have been stronger if EMI Records had promoted the single extensively. Charles also commented that he believes that the record company didn't put in much effort on the song but believed that EMI had only put in effort on singles "Dreaming of You" and "I Could Fall in Love". Benson Ramos of The Gaston Gazette believed "Captive Heart" wasn't "crossover potential". Steven Washington of Aurora Sentinel praised the song's "electronic feels" and "Latin flavors" that it brings to the song. Sabrina Moore of Corsicana Daily Sun, disliked the song because it felt "unoriginal" but commented that Selena could have done better in another Latin flavored ballad.
The Daily Vault believed Selena made a mistake with "Captive Heart", stating that "the song was a surprising and painful flaw, because it showcases a mistake of exerting too much throat, which many popular singers currently do". The Daily Vault instated that it was a one-way ticket to voice destruction. Mario Tarradell of The Dallas Morning News stated while reviewing "I'm Getting Used To You" that the songs "are a bit more uptempo, bordering on that New Jill Swing sound popularized by Mary J. Blige and Jade".
|1996||Tejano Music Awards||Tejano Crossover Song of the Year||Nominated|
|1998||Tejano Music Awards||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Canadian Hot 100||
|Rhythmic Top 40||
|Canadian Hot 100||
- U.S. Promo Single (1995)
- "Captive Heart" – 4:23
- U.S. Cassette Single (1995)
- "Captive Heart" – 4:23
Credits and personnel
All credits were taken from the albums liner notes.
- EMI Telvisia (1994) Selena – Captive Heart – Single – (Liner Notes) EMI Records
- Craig Rosen (1996). "The Billboard book of number one albums: the inside story behind pop music's blockbuster records". Billboard Books (Prometheus Global Media) 1 (1): 434. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
- Obejas, Achy (August 3, 1995). "Might Have Been". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- Goldenberg, Mark; Hain, Kit (1995). "Dreaming of You: Selena Digital Sheet Music". Musicnotes.com. EMI Music Publishing. MN092893 (Product Number). Retrieved July 24, 2011.
- Maria Chavez (2005). "Edition Espcial Selena". TVyNovelas (in Spanish) (Editorial Televisa) 24 (14): 124.
- "Tejano Music Awards Past Award Winners". TejanoMusicAwards.com. August 23, 2008. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
- Ed Morales (1995). "Selena Dreaming of You – EMI". Vibe (InterMedia Partners) 03 (07): 200. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
- Charles, Leonard (March 22, 1999). "Still Impacting Music Today". Miami Today.
- Ramos, Benson (April 19, 1996). "Crossing-Over". The Gaston Gazette.
- Washington, Steven (November 11, 2000). "Latin Music in Contemporary America". Aurora Sentinel.
- Moore, Sabrina (July 13, 1997). "Hot Club Songs". Corsicana Daily Sun.
- JB (June 17, 1997). "Dreaming of You Selena". Daily Vault. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
- Tarradell, Mario (July 28, 1995). "New album hints at what might have been Selena". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
- Ruiz, Geraldo (1995). Selena: The Last Song. Warner Pub Service/El Diario Books. p. 256. ISBN 978-1-887599-01-6. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
- EMI Telvisia (1995) Selena – Captive Heart – Cassette Single – (Liner Notes) EMI Records