Echo (You and I)

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"Echo (You and I)"
Single by Anggun
from the album Echoes
Released January 30, 2012 (2012-01-30)
Format Digital download, Cd single
Recorded 2012
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:03
Label Warner
Writer(s) Anggun, William Rousseau, Jean-Pierre Pilot
Anggun singles chronology
"Je partirai"
(2011)
"Echo (You and I)"
(2012)
"Vivre d'amour"
(2013)
Music sample
Music video
Anggun - Echo (You and I) on YouTube
France "Echo (You and I)"
Eurovision Song Contest 2012 entry
Country France
Artist(s) Anggun
Languages French, English
Composer(s) William Rousseau, Jean-Pierre Pilot
Lyricist(s) William Rousseau, Anggun
Appearance chronology
◄ "Sognu" (2011)   
"L'enfer et moi" (2013) ►

"Echo (You and I)" is a song by Indonesian/French singer-songwriter Anggun. It was the French entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. The song was included on her fifth international album Echoes and served as the album's first single for international market and the third single in France.

Background[edit]

On 29 November 2011, Anggun was announced by the France Télévisions as the French representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Marie Claire Mezzette, the head of the Entertainment Department at France 3, explained that Anggun had been a strong candidate for a long time and last year they were hesitating between her and Amaury Vassili.[1] Speaking about the selection, Anggun said, "It's really a great honour. It's a lovely gift for me as I'm of Indonesian origin, but having been naturalised French since 2000. I undoubtedly symbolise a mixed France of today, made up of many cultures. Your country has given me a beautiful language, a beautiful identity. Secretly, we all want to win. I'm going to shine for France."[1]

Production[edit]

Anggun composed the song in collaboration with musicians William Rousseau and Jean-Pierre Pilot.[2] For the mixing of the song she enlisted the help of Veronica Ferraro, who has worked on David Guetta's latest project. On 29 December 2011, the demo of the song, entitled "Europa", was sent to several media and was claimed to be as engaging and inviting as Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" and Britney Spears's "I Wanna Go".[3] On 17 January 2012, Anggun announced the official title of the song, "Echo (You and I)".[2] The song is mostly in French, with few English lyrics in its chorus. The full English version will be recorded.[2]

Release and promotion[edit]

"Echo (You and I)" was previewed exclusively at Midem on 29 January 2012. The single was released on all legal digital platforms on 30 January 2012. An ultra-limited edition cd single of "Echo (You and I) was be released on 9 April 2012 in France[4]

Anggun embarked on a promotional tour to more than 15 countries in Europe.[5] She made live appearances to perform the song during the national song selections of several countries, including Malta, Ukraine, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Greece.[6][7][8][9][10]

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on March 13, 2012, and was uploaded on Anggun and Eurovision's YouTube channels on the same day. However, the music video was taken down on Eurovision's channel and was re-uploaded again on March 20, 2012 to cut out the beginning of the video which showed various product placements, such as Anggun riding a Dacia Lodgy car with her friends, and talking to a stylist in the studio while numerous hair and beauty products are being used on her.[citation needed]

The video shows Anggun inside a military base where new recruits are seen being trained.

Eurovision Song Contest 2012[edit]

As one of the "Big Five", the song automatically qualified for the Eurovision grand final. It was drawn to perform 9th. Anggun performed wearing a shiny metallic dress designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. She was accompanied by two backing vocals and three acrobatic dancers. [11]

The song performed below expectations finishing in 22nd place scoring just 21 points, with nul points from the televoting. Anggun later told the press that she had originally hoped to reach a place within the top 10 and was deeply disappointed with the result.[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Echo (You and I)" – 3:03

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[15] 42
France (SNEP)[16] 74
French International Airplay Chart[17] 1
French International Download Chart[18] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marolle, Emmanuel (2011-11-29). "Eurovision : Anggun défendra la France". Le Parisien (Éditions Philippe Amaury). Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "Eurovision: Anggun a sa chanson". Le Parisien (Éditions Philippe Amaury). 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2012-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Anggun a-t-elle un tube sous le coude pour l'Eurovision?". Yahoo!. 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.fr/Echo-You-And-I-Anggun/dp/B007D4152I/ref=pd_sim_m_6
  5. ^ "Echo (You and I) // Press Release". Anggun.com. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  6. ^ http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=45563&_t=its_kurt_callejas_night_in_malta
  7. ^ http://www.eurovision.tv/page/multimedia/videos?id=48023
  8. ^ http://www.eurovision.tv/page/multimedia/videos?id=48573
  9. ^ http://www.eurovision.tv/page/multimedia/videos?id=49073
  10. ^ http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=48913&_t=eleftheria_eleftheriou_to_represent_greece
  11. ^ "Anggun echoes the Baku Crystal Hall". 19 May 2012. Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Certains concurrents n’ont pas mérité d’être devant nous". 28 May 2012. LeParisien. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Echo (You and I): Anggun". Amazon.fr. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  14. ^ "Echo (You and I) - Single". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  15. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/showitem.asp?interpret=Anggun&titel=Echo+%28You+And+I%29&cat=s"/>
  16. ^ http://www.chartsinfrance.net/Anggun/Echo-You-And-I--s23737.html
  17. ^ http://www.francodiff.org/en/5-charts/17-french-international-music-airplay-charts/"/>
  18. ^ http://www.francodiff.org/en/5-charts/61-french-international-music-download-charts/?date=2012-02-19"/>