Diana (One Direction song)

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"Diana"
Song by One Direction from the album Midnight Memories
Released 18 November 2013 (2013-11-18)
Recorded 2013
Genre Pop rock, pop
Length 3:05
Label Syco, Columbia
Writer Julian Bunetta, Liam Payne,[1] Jamie Scott,[2] John Ryan, Louis Tomlinson[1]
Producer Julian Bunetta

"Diana" is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their third studio album Midnight Memories (2013). It was released on 18 November 2013, a week prior to the album's release.[3]

The song debuted at number two on the Irish Singles Chart on 19 November 2013, the day after it was released; it was one of three One Direction songs in the top 10 that week, along with the album's title track "Midnight Memories" (number three) and "Story of My Life" (number six).

Background[edit]

The song was written by Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, John Ryan and band members Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne.[1] In an interview with MTV News, when Bunetta was asked if the song was named after someone called Diana, he replied "Can't tell! It's definitely about somebody, maybe one day somebody will tell. But we can't tell. I think that the lyric probably pertains to what a lot of the fans are going through and feel... People feel like they're alone and that's what their escape is, Twitter and [finding] people that also relate to them, and everyone finding each other from different parts of the world that are going through the same things." He went on to say, "[I think] it was a kind of a pretty accurate depiction of the loneliness someone can feel in such a huge world and someone saying 'Hey, I feel you. I know you're there. I notice you; it's OK. You're not alone'."[4]

Tomlinson told Perez Hilton's Perez TV that, "We [were] actually working with a few different names for the chorus, and the top name originally was 'Joanna', which is actually quite close to my mum's name, and it felt a little weird so we changed it to Diana."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

The day after its release, the song debuted at number two on the Irish Singles Chart, where it was one of three One Direction songs from Midnight Memories in the top 10, along with the album's title track "Midnight Memories" (number three) and "Story of My Life" (number six). Diana debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 11 on 7 December and dropped off the chart the following week.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Digital Track Chart[6] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[9] 7
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 23
Denmark (Tracklisten)[11] 1
France (SNEP)[12] 12
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[13] 1
Hungary (Single Top 20)[14] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 2
Italy (FIMI)[16] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 3
Netherlands (Mega Top 50)[18] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 2
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard)[20] 3
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[21] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 55
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 58
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wootton, Dan (17 November 2013). "M1DNIGHT treat world excusive review of album". The Sun (News UK). Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Scott, Jamie (12 October 2013). "Twitter / Jamie ScottG6: So everyone can stop guessing...I co wrote 2,3,4,5,7,11 and 14 That's half i think... This album is gonna be EPIC. #MidnightMemories". Twitter. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "One Direction Release New Song 'Diana' Ahead Of Launching Third Album 'Midnight Memories'". Capital FM. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (25 November 2013). "One Direction's Midnight Memories: Go Inside Their Late-Night Recording Sessions". MTV News (MTV). Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Hilton, Perez (21 November 2013). "EXCLUSIVE! One Direction Dishes Secret Deets On The Making Of Their New Hit Diana!". Perez TV. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Digital Tracks Chart". ARIA Charts. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "One Direction – Diana – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – One Direction – Diana" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – One Direction – Diana" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  10. ^ "One Direction Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for One Direction. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Danishcharts.com – One Direction – Diana". Tracklisten. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – One Direction – Diana" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Greece Digital Songs: Dec 7, 2013". Billboard. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 10 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  15. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Italiancharts.com – One Direction – Diana". Top Digital Download.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – One Direction – Midnight Memories" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  18. ^ 3fm Mega Top 50 : 30/11/2013 (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – One Direction – Midnight Memories". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  20. ^ "Portugal Digital Songs - December 7, 2013". Billboard. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – One Direction – Midnight Memories" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – One Direction – Diana". Singles Top 60.
  23. ^ "One Direction" UK Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "One Direction Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for One Direction. Retrieved 28 November 2013.