Heavy Cross

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"Heavy Cross"
Single by Gossip
from the album Music for Men
Released April 28, 2009
Format CD
7" Vinyl
Recorded Shangri La Studios, Malibu
Genre Dance-punk, dance-rock
Length 4:02
Label Columbia
Music With A Twist
Writer(s) Beth Ditto
Brace Paine
Hannah Blilie
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Gossip singles chronology
"Jealous Girls"
(2007)
Heavy Cross
(2009)
"Love Long Distance"
(2009)
Music video
"Heavy Cross" on YouTube

"Heavy Cross" is a song by American band Gossip. It was released on April 28, 2009 as the first single from the band's fourth album Music for Men. The single was especially successful in Germany where it was certified triple gold,[1] for selling over 450,000 copies and is, as of September 2010, the "most successful internationally produced single of all times".[2] As of April 2011, the single has been on the German Singles Chart for 97 weeks without ever reaching No. 1, making it the 2nd longest-running single ever there.[3] It spent also 27 weeks on that chart's top ten, making it the 9th longest run there.[4] In 2013, it was included in a J'Adore advert from Dior, making it rise to fame again.

Background and writing[edit]

Singer Beth Ditto explained to the NME that the song is: "about recreation and my friends, who I feel like are the ultimate creative re-creators."[5]

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Price James, was premiered at PerezHilton.com on June 12, 2009.

Releases[edit]

UK CD track listing[edit]

  1. "Heavy Cross"
  2. "Heavy Cross" (Fred Falke Remix)

Australia CD track listing[edit]

  1. "Heavy Cross" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Heavy Cross"
  3. "Heavy Cross" (Fred Falke Remix)
  4. "Heavy Cross" (Burns Remix)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009-10) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[9] 3
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[10] 63
France (SNEP)[11] 23
Germany (Media Control Charts)[12] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 28
Israel (Media Forest)[14] 7
Italy (FIMI)[15] 4
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard)[16] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 12
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 2
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[13] 37
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[citation needed] 14

NRJ Session:

Chart (2012) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[11] 82

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Year-end
position
Australian Singles Chart[21] 48
Austrian Singles Chart[22] 14
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[23] 9
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[24] 16
German Singles Chart[25] 8
Italian Singles Chart[26] 23
Swiss Singles Chart[27] 9
Year-end Chart (2010) Position
Austrian Singles Chart[28] 24
European Hot 100 Singles[29] 44
German Singles Chart[30] 26
Swiss Singles Chart[31] 21
Chart (2012) Position
Belgian Backcatalogue Singles Chart (Flanders)[32] 5
Belgian Backcatalogue Singles Chart (Wallonia)[32] 1

Decade-end charts[edit]

(2000–2009) Position
German Singles Chart[33] 33

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[34] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[35] Platinum 30,000x
Belgium (BEA)[36] Platinum 30,000*
Germany (BVMI)[1] 3× Gold 450,000^
Italy (FIMI)[37] Platinum 30,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[38] Gold 7,500*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[39] Platinum 30,000x

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Gossip; 'Heavy Cross')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  2. ^ "Single-Rekord für Gossip - media control" [Single Record for Gossip]. media-control.de (in German). 2010-09-13. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Chartsurfer.de (2012-02-17). " Dauerbrenner Top 100 Auswertung (ab Monat 06/1959)". Chartsurfer.de. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. ^ Chartsurfer.de (2012-02-17). " Dauerbrenner Top 10 Auswertung (ab Monat 06/1959)". Chartsurfer.de. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  5. ^ Heavy Cross Songfacts
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Gossip – Heavy Cross". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Gossip – Heavy Cross – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gossip – Heavy Cross" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gossip – Heavy Cross" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200946 into search.
  11. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Gossip – Heavy Cross" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ a b acharts.us
  14. ^ "Media Forest: Airplay chart". mediaforest.biz. 
  15. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Gossip – Heavy Cross". Top Digital Download.
  16. ^ "Luxembourg Digital Songs - October 17, 2009". Billboard. 
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Gossip search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Gossip – Heavy Cross". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Gossip – Heavy Cross" Canciones Top 50.
  20. ^ "Gossip – Heavy Cross – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles 2008". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  22. ^ "oe3.ORF.at / SingleCharts 2009". Charts.orf.at. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  23. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". ultratop.be. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  24. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". ultratop.be. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  25. ^ [1][dead link]
  26. ^ "FIMI - Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana - Ricerche e dati di mercato". Fimi.it. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  27. ^ Steffen Hung. "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2009". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  28. ^ Steffen Hung (2010-12-24). "Jahreshitparade 2010". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  29. ^ "European Hot 100". Billboard.com. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  30. ^ http://www.viva.tv/charts/viva-single-jahrescharts-2010-2010-212/?start=20
  31. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swiss Year-End Charts 2010". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  32. ^ a b http://www.ultratop.be/fr/annual.asp?year=2012&cat=a
  33. ^ "Die ultimative Chart Show | Hits des neuen Jahrtausends | Download". RTL.de. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  34. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  35. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Gossip – Heavy Cross" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Gossip in the field Interpret. Enter Heavy Cross in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  36. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2011". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  37. ^ "Italian single certifications – Gossip – Heavy Cross" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Gossip in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  38. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Singles". Radioscope. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. 
  39. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Gossip; 'Heavy Cross')". Hung Medien. 

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