Home (Michael Bublé song)

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"Home"
Single by Michael Bublé
from the album It's Time
Released March 28, 2005
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2005
Genre Traditional pop
Length 3:45
Label 143, Reprise
Writer(s) Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Amy Foster-Gillies
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Michael Bublé singles chronology
"Feeling Good"
(2005)
"Home"
(2005)
"Save the Last Dance for Me"
(2006)

"Home" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Michael Bublé, and released on March 28, 2005, as the second single from his second major-label studio album, It's Time. The song was written by Bublé, along with co-writers Alan Chang and Amy Foster-Gillies.

Background[edit]

Home was first released on March 28, 2005, as Bublé's debut single in the United Kingdom. It received a relatively low promoted release, as at the time, the lead single from It's Time, Feeling Good, had only just been released in other territories around the world. As such, it underperformed heavily, only peaking at #162 on the UK Singles Chart. No music video was released either. When the album was released three months later, to much more widespread success and critical acclaim, it was decided that Home would be released as the album's second single worldwide, accompanied by a re-release of the single in the United Kingdom. As such, the second time around, the single was a massive hit, topping the adult contemporary chart in the United States, reaching a high chart position in Canada, and peaking at a relatively successful #31 in the United Kingdom. This time, the release was accompanied by a music video, directed by Noble Jones, who had previously filmed the video for Feeling Good. The song was also used in the film The Wedding Date.

Subsequently, two cover versions of the song have also been released as singles by other artists. The first of these was recorded by Irish boyband Westlife, whose version was a top ten hit in several European countries. American country music singer Blake Shelton also released his version in early 2008, which reached the top of the American country singles charts. In December 2011, Bublé performed a duet version of the song with English singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, whilst also performing Barlow's "Rule the World". The performance gained great reception from fans, when it began trending worldwide on Twitter.[1] Soon after, a petition was set up for the collaboration to be made available for digital download, to challenge for the UK Christmas Number One spot.[2]

"Home" centralizes on the male narrator, who is separated from his lover, possibly his wife, while off travelling. He expresses a desire to return home and be with his lover. Bublé had been away touring in Italy when he co-wrote the lyrics, for his then-fiancée, Debbie Timuss. Bublé describes his loneliness from missing her in the lyrics.[3] Aaron Latham of Allmusic, in his review of It's Time, described the song favorably. He called it a "positive step forward" for Bublé, adding "The success of this ballad provides yet another direction that he can explore and expand upon."[4]

Tracklisting[edit]

  • UK CD single #1 (Debut release)[5]
  1. "Home" (U.K. Radio Mix) - 3:23
  2. "Home" (Album Version) - 3:45
  • UK CD single #2 (Debut release)[6]
  1. "Home" (U.K. Radio Mix) - 3:23
  2. "Home" (Album Version) - 3:45
  3. "Nice N'Easy" - 4:11
  4. "Home" (Music Video) - 3:54
  • UK CD single (Second release)[7][8]
  1. "Home" (Album Version) - 3:45
  2. "Song For You" (featuring Chris Botti) - 3:12

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 35
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 36
Germany (Media Control Charts)[11] 55
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 56
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 55
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 33
UK Singles Chart 31
US Billboard Hot 100 72
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Italy (FIMI)[15] Gold
United States (RIAA)[16] Platinum

Westlife version[edit]

"Home"
Single by Westlife
from the album Back Home
Released October 29, 2007
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded Rokstone Studios, London 2007
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 3:26
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Amy Foster-Gillies
Producer(s) Steve Mac
Westlife singles chronology
"The Rose"
(2006)
"Home"
(2007)
"Us Against the World"
(2008)

Westlife released a cover version of "Home" as their first single from their ninth studio album, Back Home. Westlife's version differs slightly in their lyrical arrangement as compared to Michael Bublé's. Simon Cowell chose this song for the band. It has sold over 200,000 copies in the UK so far.[17] Local radio station, Dublin's Q102, received exclusive airplay of the single on September 14, 2007 from Westlife's manager, Louis Walsh. The next day, an Irish online radio station, Klubb FM, played it as well. The official artwork for the single was released on September 28, 2007, while the single's music video was made available online on October 5, 2007. The song was #91 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.[18] The single sold over 200,000 copies in the UK alone and wa certified Silver, it peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart. Hard to Say I'm Sorry was included as the B-Side for the single. It charted individually on the official UK Singles Chart at #135.

Tours performed at[edit]

Back Home Tour (2008)

Where We Are Tour (2010)

Gravity Tour (2011)

The Farewell Tour (2012)

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "Home" (Single Mix)
  2. "Hard To Say I'm Sorry"
UK CD2
  1. "Home" (Single Mix)
  2. "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" (Sunset Strippers Full Dance Mix)
  3. "Home" (Soul Seekerz Remix - Radio Edit)

Music video[edit]

The music video for this single was shot in Vancouver using interior and exterior shots of the Orpheum Theater. The exterior shots of the marquee are on Granville Street. A short preview of the video was posted on the band's official website on October 5, 2007. The full video was made available during the later part of the day on The Box. It was directed by Mike Lipscombe and features the band in front of a Boeing 747 plane along with scenes of loved ones meeting each other at the airport.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
German Singles Chart 70
Irish Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart 7
Swedish Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Position
Irish Singles Chart 14
UK Singles Chart 43

Blake Shelton version[edit]

"Home"
Single by Blake Shelton
from the album Pure BS
Released February 4, 2008 (2008-02-04)
Format CD single, music download
Genre Country
Length 3:50
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Producer(s) Brent Rowan
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Blake Shelton singles chronology
"The More I Drink"
(2007)
"Home"
(2008)
"She Wouldn't Be Gone"
(2008)

A cover version was released by American country music artist Blake Shelton on February 1, 2008. This cover entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number 60 for the week of February 12, 2008. It was included on a June 2008 re-issue of Shelton's 2007 album Pure BS[19] and Blake Shelton Collector's Edition, an EP which is only available at Walmart. Shelton's rendition features backing vocals from his girlfriend (now wife), Miranda Lambert.[20]

Shelton's version of the song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week of July 19, 2008, becoming the fourth Number One hit of his career,[21] and his first since "Some Beach" in December 2004. His version also reached number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Shelton occasionally performed the song with Bublé in concert. In 2012, he e-mailed Bublé, asking if he would write new lyrics for a Christmas version of the song and sing duet vocals on it. The re-written version, featuring Bublé, appears on Shelton's 2012 album, Cheers, It's Christmas.[22]

Critical reception[edit]

Jim Malec of The 9513, a country music review site, gave Shelton's version a thumbs-up rating. He said that although he did not think that the song had a country music sound, and although he did not consider Shelton as strong of a vocalist as Bublé, he described Shelton's interpretation as "gut-wrenching in its longing" and "starkly real".[20]

Peak chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 41
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[24] 1
Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[24] 36A
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[25] 45A
Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[26] 19B
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[24] 36B
  • AChristmas re-recording with Michael Bublé.
  • BLive recording with Usher.

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[27] 5

Other notable recordings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Twitter BUBLE BARLOW search
  2. ^ Michael Buble & Gary Barlow Duets – Make This Xmas Number One, December 18,2011, Simon Gallagher
  3. ^ http://www.michaelbuble.jazzyutopia.com/articles2005-02.shtml
  4. ^ Latham, Aaron. "it's Time review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  5. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-CD-1-Michael-Buble/dp/B0007XTQBO/ref=sr_1_5?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1356870249&sr=1-5
  6. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-Cd2-CD-Michael-Buble/dp/B0007XTQBY/ref=sr_1_8?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1356870249&sr=1-8
  7. ^ "Home/Song for You: Michael Buble: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-Michael-Buble/dp/B000BWF7FA/ref=sr_1_10?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1356870249&sr=1-10
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Michael Bublé – Home". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Michael Bublé – Home" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Michael Bublé > Home – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Michael Bublé – Home" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Michael Bublé – Home". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Michael Bublé – Home". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Italian single certifications – Michael Bublè – Home" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 12 December 2014.  Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Michael Bublè in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Michael Bublè – Home". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 12 December 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  17. ^ "Westlife | Official Top 20 | MTV UK". Mtv.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  18. ^ MTV Asia. "Top 100 Hits List". Retrieved 2007-12-27
  19. ^ "Blake Shelton calls "Home"". Country Standard Time. 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  20. ^ a b Malec, Jim (2008-01-27). "Blake Shelton - "Home"". The 9513. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  21. ^ "Blake Shelton calls number one "Home"". Country Standard Time. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  22. ^ http://us995.cbslocal.com/2012/11/26/blake-shelton-explains-his-christmas-duet-with-michael-buble/
  23. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Blake Shelton. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  24. ^ a b c "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Blake Shelton. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  25. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Blake Shelton.
  26. ^ "Blake Shelton – Chart history – Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Best of 2008: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  28. ^ "Leon performs with Bublé at Wembley". Digital Spy. 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  29. ^ "Damian McGinty talks "Home," Season 4 Casting, and Peanut Butter". Gleefan.com. Retrieved 11 December 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single (Michael Bublé version)
July 30, 2005
August 13, 2005
Succeeded by
"Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson
"Lonely No More" by Rob Thomas
Preceded by
"Back When I Knew It All" by Montgomery Gentry
Billboard Hot Country Songs number-one single (Blake Shelton version)
July 19, 2008 – July 26, 2008
Succeeded by
"Good Time" by Alan Jackson
Preceded by
"Crabbuckit" by k-os
Juno Award for Single of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
"Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado ft Timbaland