Gotta Be You (One Direction song)

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"Gotta Be You"
Single by One Direction
from the album Up All Night
B-side "Another World"
Released 11 November 2011 (2011-11-11)
Format
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop
Length 4:01
Label Syco
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Steve Mac
One Direction singles chronology
"What Makes You Beautiful"
(2011)
"Gotta Be You"
(2011)
"Wishing on a Star"
(2011)
Music video
"Gotta Be You" on YouTube

"Gotta Be You" is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their debut studio album, Up All Night (2011). Written by August Rigo and the song's producer, Steve Mac, it was released in the United Kingdom by Syco Music in November 2011, as the album's second single. The track is a mid-tempo pop rock ballad incorporating an orchestral arrangement. The lyrical content is characterised by love sentiments. The number received favourable reviews from critics, who centered on its instrumentation.

The single peaked at number three in the United Kingdom, marking the singer's second top ten appearance in both countries. Upon the United States release of Up All Night, "Gotta Be You" peaked at number 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Directed by John Urbano, the accompanying music video depicts the group spending time on the banks of Lake Placid, New York. One Direction performed the ballad on televised programmes and during his Up All Night Tour (2011–12).

Background and release[edit]

After being formed and finishing third in the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010,[1] One Direction were signed to Syco Music.[2] The number was written by August Rigo and Steve Mac, and was produced by Mac.[3] One Direction premiered the single on BBC Radio 1 on 19 October 2011, with confirmation that it would serve as the second cut from Up All Night, following their debut single, "What Makes You Beautiful", which topped the UK Singles Chart in September of that year.[4] Member Zayn Malik, in an October interview with Digital Spy, characterised "Gotta Be You" as "a bit more emotive" than their debut single.[5] It was released by Syco Music via digital download in Ireland and United Kingdom on 11 November 2011 and 13 November, respectively.[6][7][8] In both countries, the digital download contains the principal recording, its B-side, "Another World", and two remixes of the song itself.[6][7]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Gotta Be You" is a mid-tempo pop rock ballad.[9][10] According to the digital sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, One Direction's vocal range in the song span from the note of Eb4 to Eb6.[11] Written in the key of Ab major, the song is set in common time at a moderate tempo of 85 beats per minute.[11] Set in an orchestral arrangement, its instrumentation includes a guitar, piano lines, and abundant strings.[9][10][11] The chorus of the song opens with falsettos that are followed by vocal harmonies.[9] The lyrical content is characterised by love notions and prominently revolves around its main declaration, "It's gotta be you, only you".[5][9][12]

Critical reception[edit]

Both USA Today writer Brian Mansfield, who appreciated the lyrical content, and PopMatters contributor Zachary Houle, who favoured the instrumentation, described "Gotta Be You" as one of Up All Night's highlights.[10][12] Billboard reviewer Jason Lipshutz commended the vocal elements at play in its refrain and the track's "smooth" lyricism.[9] Robert Copsey for Digital Spy opined that the single's memorable refrain is its strongest attribute and rated it four out of five stars.[5] Matthew Horton of Virgin Media classified the song as one of the record's "superior tracks", and credited the ballad with keeping the album's "pecker up".[13] Cosmopolitan's Sarah Kwong lauded the lyrics and instrumentation of "Gotta Be You" and noted its appeal to a more mature audience in comparison to their debut single "What Makes You Beautiful".[14] Writing for Allmusic, Matthew Chisling, however, described the ballad as "a bit tepid."[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Gotta Be You" debuted and peaked at number three on the Irish Singles Chart in the week ending 17 November 2011, marking the group's second top five appearance in Ireland.[16][17] In the United Kingdom, the piece sold substantially less than their first single "What Makes You Beautiful", selling 59,461 copies in its first week.[8] Despite the single reaching number one on the mid-week chart update, it entered the UK Singles Chart dated 20 November 2011 at number three behind the seventh week sales of Rihanna's "We Found Love" and the release of "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida.[8] The song marks their second top ten hit and was One Direction's third best-selling track in the UK by August 2012.[8][18] Upon the release of Up All Night in the United States, "Gotta Be You" did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in the week of 28 April 2012.[19]

Music video[edit]

The single's accompanying music video was predominantly shot in Lake Placid, New York.

The single's accompanying music video was directed by John Urbano, who had previously directed the band's music video for "What Makes You Beautiful".[20][21] While predominantly filmed in Lake Placid, New York, in October 2011, the clip's opening sequences were shot at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.[4][22] In October, the group told Digital Spy that they feared a crocodile attack when shooting the video. They also told Capital FM correspondent Kevin Hughes that the clip would be a significant transition from their previous music video; Malik described it as poignant and Louis Tomlinson reflected, "The first one was all about having a very fun song, but this song is a bit different."[4]

The music video premiered on 8 November 2011 on YouTube, and predominantly depicts the group spending time on the banks of Lake Placid.[23] In the music video, the five-some end up meeting with girls in a camping spot in a forest. As the music ends, the group watch fireworks as Malik walks towards his significant other and kisses her. The clip attracted positive commentary from fans of the group.[23]

Live performances[edit]

One Direction performed the single for the first time on The X Factor UK on 13 November 2012, to open the BBC's Children in Need 2011 telethon on 19 November 2012,[24] and at Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball on 4 December 2011, at the The O2 Arena.[25] One Direction also performed the track during their first headlining concert tour, the Up All Night Tour.[26] "Gotta Be You" was performed as the sixth song on the set list, in the second segment of the show's synopsis.[27]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 3
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[28] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[29] 3
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[30] 24

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label
Ireland[6] 11 November 2011 Digital download Syco Music
United Kingdom[7] 13 November 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sperling, Daniel (12 December 2010). "One Direction finish 3rd in 'X Factor' final". Digital Spy (Hearst Corporation). Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Lee, Cara (15 December 2010). "Father Xmas Si's three special gifts". The Sun (News International). Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Up All Night (booklet). One Direction. London, United Kingdom: Syco Music, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "One Direction Unveil Second Single 'Gotta Be You'". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Copsey, Robert (13 November 2011). "One Direction: 'Gotta Be You' - Single review". Digital Spy (Hearst Corporation). Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Gotta Be You - EP by One Direction". iTunes Store (Apple Inc.). Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Gotta Be You - EP by One Direction". iTunes Store (Apple Inc.). Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d Jones, Alan (21 November 2011). "UK Singles Chart Analysis: Rihanna equals Adele record". Music Week (Intent Media). Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Lipshutz, Jason (21 March 2012). "One Direction, 'Up All Night': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c Houle, Zachary (16 March 2012). "One Direction: Up All Night". PopMatters. Buzz Media. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c "One Direction – Gotta Be You Sheet Music". Musicnotes.com (EMI Music Publishing). Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (13 March 2012). "Listen Up: Stay 'Up All Night' with One Direction". USA Today (Gannett Company). Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  13. ^ Horton, Matthew (21 November 2011). "Album Review: One Direction – Up All Night". Virgin Media (Virgin Media Inc.). Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  14. ^ Kwong, Sarah (10 November 2011). "Cosmo reviews: One Direction, Gotta Be You". Cosmopolitan (Hearst Corporation). Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  15. ^ Chisling, Matthew (21 November 2011). "Up All Night – One Direction". AllMusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Discography One Direction". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Lane, Dan (2 August 2012). "One Direction sell 12 million singles, albums and DVD and Blu-rays worldwide". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 – Issue Date: 2012-04-28". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Gotta Be You | One Direction". MTV Music (Viacom). Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  21. ^ Corner, Lewis (19 August 2011). "One Direction unveil 'What Makes You Beautiful' video". Digital Spy (Hearst Corporation). Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "This One Direction video was shot this fall on the Suny Plattsburgh...". Zinch (Chegg, Inc). Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  23. ^ a b "One Direction fans hail "genius" new video for 'Gotta Be You'". Capital FM (Global Radio). 8 November 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  24. ^ "Record £26m for Children in Need". BBC News. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "One Direction reduce fans to tears during set at Jingle Bell Ball 2011". Capital FM (Global Radio). 4 December 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  26. ^ "One Direction Launch 'Up All Night' UK Tour In Wolverhampton". Capital FM. Global Radio. 22 December 2012. Archived from the original on 8 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  27. ^ Futterman, Erica (27 May 2012). "One Direction Make a Play For Longevity on First American Headlining Tour". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  29. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  30. ^ "One Direction Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for One Direction.

External links[edit]

Official music video on YouTube