How Do I Live

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"How Do I Live"
Single by LeAnn Rimes
from the album You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs
A-side Commitment
B-side Extended Mix
Mr. Mig Dance Radio Edit (re-issue)
RH Factor Radio Edit (UK)
You Light Up My Life
Released May 27, 1997 (1997-05-27)
Format CD single, cassette tape, Maxi single, vinyl, digital download
Recorded 1997[1]
Glenn Meadows/Masterfonics
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Starstruck Studios
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Barking Dog Studios
(Mt. Kisco, New York)
KD Studios
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Curb Studios
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Genre Pop, country
Length 4:25
Label Curb
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) Chuck Howard
Wilbur C. Rimes
Mike Curb
Certification 3× Multi-platinum (U.S.)
LeAnn Rimes singles chronology
"The Light in Your Eyes"
(1996)
"How Do I Live"
(1997)
"You Light Up My Life"
(1997)
"How Do I Live"
Single by Trisha Yearwood
from the album (Songbook) A Collection of Hits
B-side "How Do I Live (video version)"
Released May 27, 1997 (1997-05-27)
Format CD single, cassette tape
Recorded 1997
Genre Country
Length 4:28
Label MCA
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) Garth Fundis
Certification 2x platinum (ARIA)
Trisha Yearwood singles chronology
"I Need You"
(1997)
"How Do I Live"
(1997)
"In Another's Eyes"
(1997)

"How Do I Live" is a song written by Diane Warren. It was originally performed by LeAnn Rimes from her album You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs in 1997 and later performed by Trisha Yearwood. Both versions were released on May 27, 1997.[2][3]

In the U.S., Rimes' version peaked at #2 for four non-consecutive weeks in late 1997 and early 1998, only behind "Candle in the Wind 1997" by Elton John, and it set a record for staying on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 69 weeks, a record it held until "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz set a new record of 76 weeks. The Rimes recording also set the record for the most time in the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 at 32 consecutive weeks, a record that still holds. It ranks at #4 on Billboard's All Time Top 100, the only single on the top 10 of this list not peaking at #1. The only songs that finished ahead of it were Bobby Darin's cover of "Mack the Knife", Santana's song "Smooth", and Chubby Checker's version of "The Twist".[4] It has been certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA for shipments of 3 million copies in the United States,[5] the highest certified country single of that time, to be surpassed twelve years later by "Love Story" from artist Taylor Swift, which has been certified 4× Platinum.[6]

Despite only peaking as high as #7 in the UK Singles Chart,[7] Rimes' version of "How Do I Live" spent 34 weeks on the chart, ending up as the 6th best selling single of 1998.

"How Do I Live" was covered by F.I.R. (Faye and Real featuring LeAnn Rimes). F.I.R. invited Rimes to record a portion of the song for their third album Flight Tribe in 2006.[8]

The song has been performed on the hit show American Idol by Vonzell Solomon in Season 4, Paris Bennett in Season 5, and Meosha Denton in Season 2. It was also part of American Idol Season 2 compilation, sung by Carmen Rasmusen.[citation needed]

A humorous cover version was produced by Michael Guy Bowman and Nick Smalley for the webcomic Homestuck in 2010. Their version included a "guitar" solo (which was actually just Smalley making guitar noises with his mouth).

Background[edit]

The song was originally intended for release as a single for the 1997 action blockbuster Con Air soundtrack.

According to Rimes, Warren wrote the song for her to sing and promised it to Rimes "no matter what". Walt Disney Pictures (a.k.a Walt Disney Studios/The Walt Disney Company), the parent company of Touchstone Pictures, initially chose Rimes' version but later found out it had too much pop feeling over it; and, because she was 14, it was believed that she was too young. Trisha Yearwood was chosen to re-record the song.[9] Yearwood's version was released on May 27, 1997[3] to country radio and appeared in the film.

When Rimes heard of the release, she quickly released her version on the same day to mainstream pop radio.[2] Neither Rimes' nor Yearwood's version of the song was included on the soundtrack for the film. The entire soundtrack is devoted to the scores by Trevor Rabin and Mark Mancina.[10]

LeAnn Rimes's track listing[edit]

Trisha Yearwood's track listing[edit]

US/Japan CD-Single/US cassette tape[24][25][26]
  1. How Do I Live 4:28
  2. How Do I Live [Video Version] 4:07
European CD single[27][28]
  1. How Do I Live [Video Version] 4:07
  2. How Do I Live 4:28
  3. She's in Love with the Boy 4:05

Charts[edit]

Both the Rimes and the Yearwood versions debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending June 14, 1997. LeAnn Rimes' version peaked at number two and spent a record-breaking 69 weeks on the chart, more than any other song in history until Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" in 2009. It also spent 32 weeks in the U.S. Top 10, 62 weeks in the U.S. Top 40 and 34 weeks on the UK singles chart.[citation needed] Trisha Yearwood's version was moving quickly up the charts, getting as high as number 23, when MCA refused to issue any more copies of the single, for fear of cannibalizing album sales. The limited press run of 300,000 sold out quickly, and the single was off the Hot 100 after 12 weeks. Yearwood's single on the country charts quickly climbed all the way to number 2.

Rimes' version ranked at number 4 on Billboard's All Time Top 100 in 2008. When the All Time chart was retabulated for the chart's 55th anniversary in 2013, it remained in the same position, being the most successful single by a female artist in the list.

Rimes' version spent 11 weeks atop the Adult Contemporary chart.[4] In Australia, Rimes' version peaked on the ARIA Charts at number 17 while Yearwood's peaked at number 2.[citation needed]

LeAnn Rimes version charts & sales[edit]

Preceded by
"Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single (LeAnn Rimes version)
September 6 - November 14, 1997
Succeeded by
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" by Elton John

Trisha Yearwood version charts & sales[edit]

Preceded by
"Still Holding On"
by Clint Black with Martina McBride
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single (Trisha Yearwood version)

September 1–8, 1997
Succeeded by
"She's Got It All"
by Kenny Chesney

Awards[edit]

In 1998, for the first time in history, the Grammy Awards nominated two artists for the same song in the same category. Directly following Rimes' performance of the song, Yearwood won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.[61] Yearwood also performed the song at the Country Music Association for which she won the 1997 award for Female Vocalist of the Year[62] Yearwood also won the 1997 Academy of Country Music Award for Top Female Vocalist.[63]

The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to "My Heart Will Go On" from the film Titanic.[64] Yearwood performed the song at the award ceremony. The song was also nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song, losing to "the entire song score" of The Postman. It is one of only three songs to be nominated for both awards. The first was "Life in a Looking Glass" from the 1986 film That's Life!, which was written by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse for Tony Bennett, which lost the Oscar to "Take My Breath Away" from Top Gun and the Razzie to "Love or Money" from Under the Cherry Moon. The third song, another Diane Warren composition, was "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" which was recorded by Aerosmith for the film Armageddon in 1998. The Oscar for Best Original Song went instead to "When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt while the Razzie for Worst Original Song went to "I Wanna Be Mike Ovitz" from An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn.[citation needed]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Both
LeAnn's version

Credits for LeAnn's version are adapted from the liner notes of the UK version of Sittin' on Top of the World.[65]

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