Eyes on Me (Celine Dion song)

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"Eyes on Me"
Single by Céline Dion
from the album Taking Chances
Released January 7, 2008 (2008-01-07)
Format Music download, CD single
Recorded February 13, 2007 CMK Studios, Studio at The Palms
Genre Pop, Middle-Eastern, worldbeat
Length 3:55 (Album Version)
3:40 (Radio Edit)
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Kristian Lundin, Savan Kotecha, Delta Goodrem
Producer(s) Kristian Lundin
Céline Dion singles chronology
"Taking Chances"
(2007)
"Eyes on Me"
(2008)
"A World to Believe In"
(2008)

"Eyes on Me" is a song recorded by Canadian recording artist Céline Dion, taken from her ninth English studio album Taking Chances (2007). It was released as the second single in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2008. While "Alone" was released as the second single in the rest of Europe and North America instead.

The Middle Eastern-flavored song was written by Kristian Lundin, Savan Kotecha and Australian singer Delta Goodrem. Goodrem also provides backing vocals on the track, while production was handled by Lundin. The latter worked with Dion in the past on "That's the Way It Is" and "I'm Alive" among others. The critics heavily compared the track to Shakira songs.

Dion performed the song during An Audience with Céline Dion, which aired in the UK on ITV on December 22, 2007. She also performed a remix version featuring will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas during her CBS special, That's Just the Woman in Me, which aired in the U.S. on February 15, 2008.

"Eyes on Me" was released in the UK with virtually no promotion surrounding it in the media, leading to its peak position at number 113 on the UK Singles Chart. The music video for "Eyes on Me" was released on May 5, 2008, containing footages from the Taking Chances Tour in Africa and Asia.

Background and release[edit]

"Eyes on Me" was released as the second single taken from Taking Chances in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2008,[1] [2] while the CD-single was released on January 11, 2008, through music retailers across the United Kingdom.[3] "Alone" was released as the second single in the rest of Europe and North America instead.[3] The single included a remix by Ashanti Boyz, whose latest work includes remixes for Jennifer Lopez tracks: "Do It Well" and "Hold It Don't Drop It."[1] In October 2008, "Eyes on Me" was included on the European version of My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection.[4] A live version was included in the Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert CD/DVD.[5]

Composition[edit]

Most critics agreed that the song resembles Shakira songs.

"Eyes on Me" was written by Kristian Lundin, Savan Kotecha and Australian recording artist Delta Goodrem,[6] while production was handled by Lundin, who worked with Dion in the past on "That's the Way It Is" and "I'm Alive".[7] Goodrem also provides backing vocals on the track.[8] "Eyes on Me" is a Middle-Eastern-flavored song[9] and lyrically, it is a tale of a teasing minx goading her boyfriend, featuring the lines: "Temptation is all around... you better keep your eyes on me."[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Reception towards the song was favorable, with many critics highlighting that the song sounds a lot like Shakira songs. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic wrote that "Celine tries to shimmy like Shakira on 'Eyes on Me,'" [11] while Sarah Rodman from The Boston Globe opined that "Eyes On Me colors a bit outside the lines with an irresistibly wiggly, Eastern-flavored groove. (Shakira will kick herself for not getting it first.")[12] Ashante Infantry from Toronto Star called it an "urban pop bounce, where Celine is channelling her inner Shakira".[13] Nick Levine from Digital Spy expressed that the song "finds Dion taking an ill-advised swerve towards Shakira territory in pursuit of that all-important comeback smash. As ever, the Canadian belter is on ripe old form, tearing into the hackneyed lyrics with real spirit."[10] Bill Lamb of About.com said that Celine's voice saves this song and tries Shakira middle-eastern style.

Promotion and live performances[edit]

Celine Dion performing "Eyes on Me".

Dion performed the song during An Audience with Céline Dion, which aired in the UK on ITV on December 22, 2007.[14] She also performed a remix version featuring will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas during her CBS special, That's Just the Woman in Me, which aired in the U.S. on February 15, 2008.[15] The song was used in a TV commercial for Dion's fragrance Sensational.[16] The music video for "Eyes on Me" was released on May 5, 2008, containing footages from the Taking Chances Tour in Africa and Asia.[17]

The song only peaked at number 113 on the UK Singles Chart, due to little promotion, when the single was released.[18]

Formats and track listings[edit]

European/UK digital single

  1. "Eyes on Me" – 3:55
  2. "Eyes on Me" (Ashanti Boyz remix) – 6:38

UK CD single/digital EP

  1. "Eyes on Me" – 3:55
  2. "Eyes on Me" (Ashanti Boyz remix) – 6:38
  3. "Eyes on Me" (in-studio video) – 4:38

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Finland (Suomen virallinen latauslista)[19] 24
United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart)[18] 113

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording locations
Personnel
  • Songwriting – Kristian Lundin, Savan Kotecha, Delta Goodrem
  • Production – Kristian Lundin
  • Mixing  - Kristian Lundin
  • Guitars & Bass  - Kristian Lundin
  • Keyboards & Programming  - Ned Douglas
  • Guitars  - Karl Engström, Sebastian Thott
  • Backing Vocals  - Kristian Lundin, Delta Goodrem

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Taking Chances, Epic Records.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "iTunes - Eyes On Me - EP by Céline Dion". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Eyes on Me": Amazon.co.uk: Music. Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  3. ^ a b ""Eyes On Me" Single Available in the U.K.". Celine Dion. January 11, 2008. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Essential" (in German). Exlibris.ch. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Eyes on Me - Celine Dion : Listen, Appearances, Song Review : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kristian Lundin - Credits : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Taking Chances (liner notes). Céline Dion. Epic Records. 2007. 
  9. ^ Lamb, Bill (November 14, 2007). "Celine Dion - Taking Chances What Might Have Been". About.com - The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ a b Levine, Nick (January 2, 2008). "Celine Dion: 'Eyes On Me' - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ Erlewine, Stephen (November 17, 2007) Taking Chances - Review| Allmusic Allmusic - A Rovi Corporation Retrieved 2011-02-28
  12. ^ Rodman, Sarah (November 13, 2007) Dion takes few risks on 'Chances' The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011-02-28
  13. ^ Infantry, Ashante (November 13, 2007)Celine takes a chance Toronto Star Retrieved 2011-02-28
  14. ^ "Celine Dion - Eyes On Me (Live An Audience With...)". YouTube. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Celine Dion feat. Will.I.Am - Eyes On Me (CBS Special 2008)". YouTube. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Celine Dion - Sensational [Promo New Frangance]". YouTube. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  17. ^ "New Celine Video Now On Yahoo! Music". Celine Dion. May 5, 2008. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b UK Singles Chart
  19. ^ IFPI - Celine Dion: Eyes On Me

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