He Could Be the One

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"He Could Be the One"
Single by Hannah Montana
from the album Hannah Montana 3
Released June 23, 2009[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:00
Label Walt Disney
Writer(s) Kara DioGuardi, Mitch Allan
Producer(s) Kara DioGuardi, Mitch Allan
Hannah Montana singles chronology
"Ice Cream Freeze (Let's Chill)"
(2009)
"He Could Be the One"
(2009)
"Just a Girl"
(2009)

"He Could Be the One" is a pop song by American recording artist and actress Miley Cyrus, performing as Hannah Montana – the alter ego of Miley Stewart – a character she played on the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana. The song was co-written and co-produced by Kara DioGuardi and Mitch Allan. "He Could Be the One" was released to Radio Disney on June 12, 2009 as promotion for an episode of the same title and the series' third soundtrack, Hannah Montana 3. A karaoke version is available in Disney's Karaoke Series: Hannah Montana 3. The song contains country pop elements in its music.

The song became Cyrus' best-charting song as Montana, reaching the top twenty in Norway and the United States. "He Could Be the One" peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming Cyrus' first top ten single as Montana. The song's accompanying music video was arranged from clips from various Hannah Montana episodes.

Background[edit]

18 second sample from Hannah Montana's "He Could Be the One". The song incorporates elements of country and pop rock music.

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"He Could Be the One" was co-written by Kara DioGuardi, who composed a total of four songs on Hannah Montana 3, and Mitch Allan, who composed a total of two songs on the album.[2] A karaoke version is available in Disney's Karaoke Series: Hannah Montana 3.[3] The song premiered on Radio Disney on June 12, 2009 in order to promote the soundtrack and an episode from Hannah Montana of the same title.[4]

"He Could Be the One" is pop song with a length of three minutes. According to Allmusic, its genre has some teen pop influences,[5] while Warren Truitt of About.com noted its country music elements with "fizzy" pop rock.[6] The song is set in common time and has a moderate tempo of 132 beats per minute. It is written in the key of E major and Cyrus' vocals span two octaves, from B3 to D6.[7] Truitt described Cyrus' vocals to be with a slight twang and husky.[6] The lyrics of "He Could Be the One", according to him, about a special crush.[4]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Warren Truitt of About.com was immediately reminded of Shania Twain after listening to "He Could Be the One" due to its music and Cyrus' voice in the track. "Throw in a little Gwen Stefani, Joan Jett, and Avril Lavigne, produce it with some [...] Radio Disney", Truitt added about the song's influences.[6] Truitt later listed the song as the seventh best song by Hannah Montana.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

As it was not released as a single, "He Could Be the One" received exclusive airplay on Radio Disney, thus its chart appearances consisted mainly of digital downloads. It soon peaked at number two on the Top 30 Countdown, behind "Here We Go Again" by Demi Lovato. The song debuted at number two on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs Chart, selling 150,000 copies,[8] which led to an appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, on the week ending July 25, 2009.[9][10] "He Could Be the One" debuted and peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, thus making the song Montana's highest-charting effort, surpassing her previous best-charting effort "Life's What You Make It", which peaked at number twenty-five in July 2007.[11] It became Cyrus' first and only song to chart in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 as Hannah Montana.[11] It spent a total of five weeks on the chart.[10] The song debuted and peaked at number ninety-seven on the Canadian Hot 100, spending one week on the chart.[12]

"He Could Be the One" peaked at number sixty-four on the Australian Singles Chart, becoming Cyrus' best-charting effort in Australia.[13] On the week ending January 5, 2010, "He Could Be the One" debuted and peaked at number thirteen on the Norwegian Singles Chart, becoming Cyrus' first entry as Montana in the country. It fell from the Norwegian Singles Chart in the following week.[14]

Music video[edit]

Cyrus, as both Miley Stewart (left) and Hannah Montana (right), is struck between two love interests in the music video for "He Could Be the One".

The song's accompanying music video premiered on June 12, 2009 on Disney Channel.[15] The video begins with a narrator speaking, who says, "Boyfriends, one's a heartbreaker. One's got a lot of heart. Miley Stewart wants to know who could be the one", as American actors Cody Linley and Drew Roy are introduced. In the episode "He Could Be the One", Linley portrays Jake Ryan, Stewart's longtime love interest and ex-boyfriend, and Roy portrays Jesse, a guitar player who she eventually becomes attracted to.[16] Stewart is then seen holding a pair of photographs of the two, in confusion. Throughout the remainder of the video, clips from numerous episodes from Hannah Montana are integrated. The video concludes with a scene of Stewart grunting as she again holds the photographs and slams herself against a bed.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[13] 64
Canadian Hot 100[12] 97
Norwegian Singles Chart[14] 13
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon.com: He Could Be the One: Hannah Montana: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Hannah Montana 3 liner notes [CD] Walt Disney Records (2009).
  3. ^ "Disney's Karaoke Series: Hannah Montana 3". Walt Disney Records. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Truitt, Warren. "Music by Miley Cyrus' Alter Ego, Hannah Montana". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Hannah Montana 3 > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Truitt, Warren. "Hannah Montana Returns with a Soundtrack from Her Third Season". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Digital sheet music - Hannah Montana - He Could Be the One". Musicnotes.com. Alfred Publishing. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Hannah Montana Album & Song Chart History: "Digital Songs"". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Hannah Montana Album & Song Chart History: "Billboard Hot 100"". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Hannah Montana - He Could Be the One - Music Charts". aCharts.us. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Ben-Yehuda, Ayala (July 16, 2009). "Hannah Montana, Mariah Carey Hit The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Hannah Montana Album & Song Chart History: "Canadian Hot 100"". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "ARIA Charts". Pandora.nla.gov.au. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Hannah Montana - He Could Be the One (Song)". Norwegiancharts.com. VG-lista. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ "He Could Be the One". Disney.com. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Brooke Shields and Cody Linley Guest Star in a One-Hour Special of Hannah Montana Premiering Sunday, July 5 on Disney Channel" (Press release). Disney Channel. June 18, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2010.