From This Moment On (Shania Twain song)

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"From This Moment On"
Single by Shania Twain
from the album Come On Over
B-side "You're Still the One"
"Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)"
Released March 14, 1998
Format CD single, 7"
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre Country pop, Adult Contemporary
Length 4:01
Label Mercury Nashville
Writer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Shania Twain
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Shania Twain singles chronology
"You're Still the One"
(1998)
"From This Moment On"
(1998)
"When"
(1998)
Music video
"From This Moment On" on YouTube

"From This Moment On" is a song by Canadian recording artist Shania Twain, taken from her third studio album, Come On Over (1997). The song was written by Twain, while additional production and songwriting was done by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. After finishing the track, both Twain and Lange concluded that the song would work best as a duet. Despite their first choice for the duet being Elton John, they chose country singer Bryan White instead, who took the opportunity. It was then released on March 14, 1998 in North America and Oceania.

"From This Moment On" is a country pop track which received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who deemed it as one of the album's highlights. The song achieved moderate commercial success, reaching the top ten in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and United States. It also charted in France, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden, as well on several Billboard component charts. An accompanying music video was directed by Paul Boyd, which depicts Twain walking on a hallway until she's joined by an orchestra to perform the song. "From This Moment On" has been performed on every tour by Twain since its release.

Background and composition[edit]

I'd never actually collaborated, as far as a duet, with anybody before, so it became a lot of fun. They let me do exactly what I wanted to do, and I think we blended real well together. I got to work out all kinds of different arrangement things with them."

—Bryan White reflects on the duet.[1]

"From This Moment On" was written during a soccer game in Italy. Twain once explained “We were in Italy at a soccer game. My husband loves sports. I don’t know the game that well, so my mind drifted and I started writing.” Initially, Twain thought "From This Moment On" would be perfect for singer Celine Dion; however, as Twain and Lange developed the song, they concluded that it would work best as a duet. Despite their first choice for the duet being Elton John, they chose country singer Bryan White instead, who took the opportunity.[2] Twain later described White as "the best male voice in country music. Beyond country music! He's an excellent singer. So he needed to be on this record, because the song soars. It demands that. It demands dynamics."[1] White explained that, by the time he went to the recording, the song was mostly finalized, and, vocally, described it as "extremely challenging."[1]

"From This Moment On" was released as the fourth single from Come On Over on March 14, 1998 in North America and Oceania, while being released in Europe on November 16, 1998 only.[3][4] Musically, "From This Moment On" is a country pop ballad[5][6] and is set in common time with a slow tempo of 72 beats per minute.[5] The song is written in the key of G major with Twain's vocal range spanning from the low note of D3 to the high note of C5.[5] Nick Reynolds of BBC Music described the song as a power new country ballad with "a beautiful melody".[6]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"From This Moment On" received generally favorable reviews from music critics. Matt Bjorke of About.com deemed the song as one of the album's highlights,[7] while Elizabeth Kessler of Yahoo! commented that "hardly any song can compare to this love anthem! ... Everyone feels they insides tug as they listen to this heart wrenching song."[8] Country Universe writer Kevin John Coyne did separate reviews for "From This Moment On". While reviewing the duet, Coyne graded it a B and commented that it was mostly a showcase of White's vocals, "who turns in some signature licks and makes Twain seem a bit bland in comparison. However, it also gives the song a bit of a mid-eighties Peter Cetera vibe, which hasn’t held up well over time."[9] Coyne concluded, however, that the single release turned the track "into a potent solo number," and noted that "the addition of a Spanish-flavored guitar that borrowed heavily from 'Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman' gave the ballad added oomph." He graded the single release an A-.[9] At the 1999 Canadian Country Music Awards, "From This Moment On" won the award for Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration of the Year.[10]

Chart performance[edit]

"From This Moment On" achieved moderate commercial success. In the United States, the track was able to reach number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one in both Adult Contemporary and Country Songs component charts.[11] However, it failed to peak inside the top ten on the Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs component charts, peaking at number 16 and 22, respectively.[11] On the chart compiled by Nielsen Soundscan, "From This Moment On" reached number four on the Canadian Hot 100, while reaching number one on RPM's Country Songs and Adult Contemporary charts.[12][13] In Australia, the track debuted at number 32, and climbed to a new peak of number two on its eleventh week on the chart.[3] It stayed on the chart for a total of 32 weeks, and was the tenth best selling single of 1998 in the country.[3] "From This Moment On" also peaked inside the top ten in New Zealand, where it reached the position of number seven.[14] The song failed to chart inside the top ten of a few European countries, such as France, Netherlands, and Sweden.[3] In the United Kingdom, it debuted and peaked at number nine on the chart issue of November 28, 1998.[15]

Music video and live performances[edit]

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Paul Boyd.[16] It depicts Twain wearing a long dress and a bindi. She is walking down a hallway, trying to go through several doors; however, they are all locked. Finally she finds an unlocked door, proceeds through it and finds an orchestra being led by a conductor. She stands in front and finishes singing the song. The video uses The Right Mix of the song. This re-recorded solo version features slightly more contemporized instrumentation and removes White's vocals. The version shown on Twain's video compilations "Come On Over: Video Collection" and "The Platinum Collection" adds a short outtake during filming, in which Twain accidentally broke off a doorknob, to the end of the video. "From This Moment On" has been performed on live with the Backstreet Boys and on every tour by Twain since its release.[1]

Track listings[edit]

Official versions[edit]

  • Album Version (with Bryan White) — 4:42
  • Album Version Radio Edit (with Bryan White) — 3:42
  • International Version — 4:42
  • International Version (with Bryan White) — 4:42
  • International Version Radio Edit (The Single Mix) — 3:42
  • The Right Mix (North American International Version) — 4:52
  • The Right Mix Radio Edit — 3:55
  • Tempo Mix — 4:03
  • Dance Mix — 6:22
  • Soul Solution Extended Mix — 7:23 [17]
  • Soul Solution Radio Edit — 4:00[18]
  • Soul Solution Bonus Beats — 3:32[19]

Charts[edit]

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"The Shoes You're Wearing"
by Clint Black
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 3—August 10, 1998
Succeeded by
"26 Cents"
by The Wilkinsons
Preceded by
"I'll Never Break Your Heart" by Backstreet Boys
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
December 5, 1998
Succeeded by
"I'm Your Angel" by R. Kelly & Celine Dion

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Eggar 2005, p. 262
  2. ^ Eggar 2005, p. 261
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  4. ^ Twain 2011, p. 227
  5. ^ a b c "From This Moment On – Shania Twain Digital Music Sheet". Musicnotes.com. Peer International Music Publishing. 1997. MN0026022 (Product Number). 
  6. ^ a b Reynolds, Nick (December 4, 2002). "Shania Twain Greatest Hits Review". BBC Music. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "Come On Over - Shania Twain". About.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Kessler, Elizabeth (April 14, 2009). "Shania Twain Come on Over Album Review". Yahoo!. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Coyne, Kevin John (January 1, 2012). "Retro Single Review: Shania Twain, “From This Moment On” (with Bryan White)". Country Universe. CMT. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ Fabian, Shelly. "Shania Twain Profile". About.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "From This Moment On - Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks". RPM 68 (5). October 26, 1998. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  13. ^ "RPM Country 100". RPM 67 (19). August 3, 1998. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Charts.org.nz – Shania Twain – From This Moment On". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Chart Stats – Shania Twain – From This Moment On". UK Singles Chart. Chart Stats. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Paul Boyd Videography". MVDBase.com. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Shania-Twain-From-This-Moment/release/3102873
  18. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Shania-Twain-From-This-Moment/release/3102873
  19. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Shania-Twain-From-This-Moment/release/3102873
  20. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 3, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  21. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 26, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  22. ^ "RPM Top Singles." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 25, 1999. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  23. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – Shania Twain – From This Moment On" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
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  25. ^ "Shania Twain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Shania Twain. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  26. ^ "Shania Twain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Shania Twain. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  27. ^ "Shania Twain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Shania Twain. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  28. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Shania Twain – From This Moment On". Singles Top 60. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  29. ^ "Shania Twain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Shania Twain. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  30. ^ "Lescharts.com – Shania Twain – From This Moment On" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  31. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1998". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  32. ^ "RPM Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  35. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 1998. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  36. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart - 26th September 1999". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 1999. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  37. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 

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