I'm with You (song)

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"I'm With You"
Single by Avril Lavigne
from the album Let Go
Released 19 November 2002
Format CD single, digital download, DVD single
Genre Rock[1]
Length 3:43
Label Arista
Writer(s) Avril Lavigne, Lauren Christy, Scott Spock, Graham Edwards
Producer(s) The Matrix
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Avril Lavigne singles chronology
"Sk8er Boi"
(2002)
"I'm With You"
(2002)
"Losing Grip"
(2003)
Music video
"I'm with You" on YouTube

"I'm With You" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne for her debut album, Let Go. It was released on November 19, 2002 by Arista Records as the album's third single. The song was Lavigne's first ballad released as a single. It was the second Lavigne song to be nominated for a Grammy in the categories Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2004 Grammy Awards.

The song reached number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (Lavigne's third single to reach the top ten), number five in New Zealand, number seven in the United Kingdom and number 18 in Canada. "I'm with You" received radio and television airplay in Australia, but it was not officially released there.

Chart performance[edit]

"I'm with You" became Lavigne's third top 10 song when it peaked at #4 on Billboard Hot 100 in 2003 during its ninth week on the chart.[2] The song spent ten consecutive weeks on the top 10 and twenty-seven weeks on the Hot 100 making it Lavigne's second-longest staying song on this chart, surpassed by her debut single "Complicated" which stayed on the chart for 31 weeks.[3][4] "I'm with You" ranked at #18 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2003 and #13 on the Canadian Singles Chart.[5] The song was certified gold by Recording Industry Association of America in 2006 for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States.[6] As of July 2013, I'm with You had sold 556,000 digital copies in the US.[7] As a double-A-side DVD single, the "I'm with You"/"Sk8er Boi" video single was certified gold and platinum in 2003.[6]

In United Kingdom, "I'm with You" was released on March 31, 2003. The song debuted and peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart in 2003,[8] becoming her third top ten single on the chart; the song re-entered in UK Singles Chart in the week of 17 December 2011 in #58. It debuted at #6 and peaked at #5 in Ireland, staying in the top ten for six weeks.[9] "I'm with You" reached top five in New Zealand; top ten in Belgium and the Netherlands; top twenty in Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Norway, and Denmark as well as reaching the top forty in France.[9] The song re-entered the UK Singles Chart on December 10, 2011 at #58, almost 10 years after the song first charted.[10]

Music video[edit]

The single's music video, directed by renowned photographer David LaChapelle, involves Lavigne, who is seen alone, trying to find someone. Showing her originally at a party, the video also sees Lavigne pushing a guy when he tries to get with her. Most of the video is shown in slow motion but Lavigne's mouth movements are in sync with the song's vocals. This was achieved by recording the footage while the song was played twice as fast. The video also sees Lavigne walking on the streets and wearing a black jacket. Through the video, she is seen standing behind a snowy bank. At the end of the video, Lavigne walks out of the club with her coat on, kicks out the door and walks away. Much Music named the video one of the "Top 100 Best Videos of All Time".[11]

It was at least partly filmed in Los Angeles. The street shots were filmed on Broadway, and the Orpheum Theatre is seen.

Reception[edit]

The arrangement of singles from Let Go, with "I'm with You" as the third, was regarded as "controversial choices", given that "I'm with You" was "thought by some to be the biggest potential smash on the album", and could have established Lavigne as a more mature artist if it was released first. According to Reid, "Some people just really didn't get that. And with the first video, there was some concern that maybe because it's so young and so playful, it might alienate more serious music lovers."[12] KidsWorld called it "the perfect song to drown your sorrows to when that guy from your class breaks your heart."[13]

In media, covers and samples[edit]

"I'm with You" was later featured in the season 3 Scrubs episode "My Tormented Mentor",[14] in the Smallville episode "Accelerate" and in the movie Bruce Almighty. The song was also used in the 2003 Brazilian soap opera Mulheres Apaixonadas. Furthermore it was featured in the video game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2. This song has also been interpreted in Polish by Czech singer Ewa Farna under the title "Tam gdzie ty" (translated, "Where you are").

In 2003 Leama & Moor remixed the song, releasing a remix and a dub.

In September 2010 it was announced that "I'm with You" was to be sampled by Barbadian singer Rihanna. The song is sampled on the track "Cheers (Drink to That)", which was released as a single from Rihanna's fifth studio album, Loud. Lavigne made an appearance in the music video.[15][16]

On November 5, 2011, the song featured on the UK TV show Strictly Come Dancing, which aired on The BBC.

On December 3, 2011, contestant Amelia Lily performed the song live on The X Factor, airing on ITV.

On June 4, 2012, the song was performed on The Voice Australia by Ben Hazelwood.

On October 11, 2012, the song was performed on The X Factor (U.S.) by Diamond White during the Judges' Houses round.

On November 3, 2012, the song was performed on The Voice U.S. by Cassadee Pope during the Quarterfinals as her "Contestant's Choice". She sang it again during the finals (December 18, 2012), alongside Lavigne, and she tweeted: "Just met my idol. AND sang with her."[17]

In April, 2013, the song was performed by Amber Carrington, on The Voice U.S..

In April 2014, the song was performed by Bria Kelly, on The Voice Season 6, and was eliminated.

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States November 19, 2002 (2002-11-19) CD single Arista
Europe March 3, 2003 (2003-03-03)
United Kingdom March 31, 2003 (2003-03-31)

Awards[edit]

"I'm with You" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Song of the Year, and for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance but lost to Luther Vandross's "Dance with My Father" and Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" respectively.

Year Awards ceremony Award Results
2003 MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Love Song Won
Socan Awards Best Pop Song Won
2004 Grammy Awards Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Juno Awards Juno Fan Choice Nominated
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture Won
BMI Awards Best Pop Song Won

Track listing[edit]

Australia CD single
No. Title Length
1. "I'm with You"   3:44
2. "I'm with You" (live in Mexico City) 3:57
3. "Unwanted" (live in Mexico City) 4:01
France CD single
No. Title Length
1. "I'm with You"   3:44
2. "I'm with You" (live in Mexico City) 3:57
Germany, Korea and United Kingdom CD single
No. Title Length
1. "I'm with You"   3:44
2. "I'm with You" (live in Mexico City) 3:57
3. "Unwanted" (live in Mexico City) 4:01
4. "I'm with You" (enhanced video) 3:44
Australia, United Kingdom and United States CD promo
No. Title Length
1. "I'm with You"   3:44
United States DVD single
No. Title Length
1. "I'm with You" (music video) 3:44
2. "Sk8er Boi" (music video) 3:38
3. "Skater Girl" (Let Go TV commercial) 0:31
4. "Street Performer" (TV commercial) 0:30
5. "Photo Gallery"    

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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