Chasing Pirates

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"Chasing Pirates"
Single by Norah Jones
from the album The Fall
Released October 13, 2009
Genre Jazz, soft rock
Length 2:40
Label Blue Note, EMI
Writer(s) Norah Jones
Norah Jones singles chronology
"Until the End"
(2007)
"Chasing Pirates"
(2009)
"Young Blood"
(2010)

"Chasing Pirates" is the first single by American singer Norah Jones from her fourth album, The Fall. It was released exclusively to iTunes on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. The song also had its North American radio station premiere on the defunct 97.3 EZ Rock from Toronto, Ontario, Canada on October 9, 2009.

"Chasing Pirates" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, becoming Jones's third nominations, after "Don't Know Why" and "Sunrise". Jones lost this in this category for the first time.

Background[edit]

Norah Jones explained how "Chasing Pirates" came to be, "About a year ago, I did some demos in my home studio. I had some friends come in and we figured out a cool arrangement for 'Chasing Pirates,' with a cool drum part. It went somewhere I didn't expect it to go, and that became a direction to look in."[1]

Music video[edit]

October 27, 2009 VH1 aired the full version of Norah Jones's "Chasing Pirates" music video directed by Rich Lee. In the beginning of the music video, she finds a map of Manhattan in a bottle while sitting on the couch in an apartment complex. In the next scene of the music video, she steers a building from a roof made to look like a pirate ship as she tries to find what is marked on the map. She also sits on deck before the roof transforms into a pirate ship. The music video also gained significant airplay on Australia's channel GO as filler time between programs in late 2009 and early 2010.

Performances[edit]

She performed the song live on ABC's Dancing with the Stars on October 20, as well as Late Show with David Letterman on November 11, 2009, Good Morning America on November 16, 2009, The View on November 23, 2009, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on December 15, 2009 and Jimmy Kimmel Live![2]

Chart positions[edit]

The song entered the Adult Album Alternative charts on October 21, 2009 at #13.[citation needed] It became the highest entry by a female artist on that chart since Alanis Morissette's "Everything" in 2004.[citation needed] The last single by a female artist to chart at a higher position was another single by Jones, "Sunrise."[3] The song entered on the Irish Singles Chart for the first time on #39.[citation needed]

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart 38[citation needed]
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 21[citation needed]
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 6[citation needed]
European Hot 100 84[citation needed]
German Singles Chart 66[citation needed]
Irish Singles Chart 39[4]
Italian Singles Chart 21[citation needed]
Norwegian Top Airplays (IFPI) 10[citation needed]
New Zealander Top Airplays 69[citation needed]
Japan Hot 100 4[5]
Swedish Singles Chart 26[citation needed]
Swiss Music Charts 23[6]
UK Singles Chart 87[7]
U.S. Billboard Digital Songs 100[citation needed]
U.S. Billboard Jazz Songs 7[8]
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 13[9]
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 38[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chasing Pirates Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  2. ^ Fast Atmosphere. "Norah Jones". Norah Jones. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Chart Beat". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  4. ^ ">> IRMA << Irish Charts - Singles, Albums & Compilations >>". Irma.ie. 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/312412/norah+jones/chart?f=848
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Norah Jones - Chasing Pirates". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  7. ^ www.devstars.com. "The Official UK Charts Company : TOP 100 SINGLES CHART". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2009-12-09. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Chasing Pirates". Billboard. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
  10. ^ "Chasing Pirates - Norah Jones". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 

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