I Found Someone

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"I Found Someone"
Single by Laura Branigan
from the album Hold Me
B-side "When"
Released 7 February 1986
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1985
Genre
Length 4:03
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Mark Mangold, Michael Bolton
Producer(s) Jack White, Harold Faltermeyer
Laura Branigan singles chronology
"Maybe Tonight"
(1985)
"I Found Someone"
(1986)
"Shattered Glass"
(1987)

"I Found Someone" is the name of a chart single originally written and composed for Laura Branigan by Michael Bolton and Touch keyboardist Mark Mangold. The song was a bigger hit for Cher in 1987, reaching the Top 10.

Background[edit]

Though best known for dance-rock hits "Gloria" and "Self Control," Laura Branigan had previously had a major hit introducing the ballad "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", also co-written by Bolton. That song was Bolton's first huge success after several albums with the group Blackjack and two solo efforts, and it launched Bolton's sideline career working behind the scenes on other people's records. Branigan's version of "I Found Someone" was arranged by German synth whiz Harold Faltermeyer and produced by Faltermeyer in collaboration with Branigan's longtime producer Jack White.

On New Year's Eve, 1985, Laura Branigan performed the song live on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. It would not be for another two months, however, in 1986, that "I Found Someone" was finally released as the third U.S. single from her 1985 album Hold Me. Without a music video to support it, Branigan's version received only minor success, peaking at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100. It did better on adult contemporary radio and peaked at number 25 on Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart. The single's B-side, "When," is a 1980 recording of a song written by Branigan, arranged and conducted by Arif Mardin and produced by Mardin and Ahmet Ertegun. It is a track that was originally recorded for Branigan's Silver Dreams album which was later canceled. Fashion photographer Harry Langdon's half-size cover photo featured a dark ¾ length shot of Branigan dressed in black with diamonds dripping from her ears, looking evasively down to her side in front of a shadowy purple background.

Though Hold Me charted well throughout Europe, it would become Branigan's first album not to be certified at least Gold in the U.S., and the "I Found Someone" single marked the end of Branigan's four-album association with White. Her next album would be produced by David Kershenbaum with two tracks by Stock/Aitken/Waterman, though Branigan would go on to record more Bolton compositions, including "I'm So Lost Without Your Love" (from her 1988 film Backstage), and "It's Been Hard Enough Getting Over You" (a cover of a song from Cher, and a single from Branigan's 1993 album Over My Heart). Branigan's recording of "I Found Someone" was remastered twice for hits collections, in 2002 for The Essentials: Laura Branigan and again in 2006 for The Platinum Collection.

Track listings[edit]

7" single

  1. "I Found Someone" – 4:00
  2. "When" – 2:43

12" single

  1. "I Found Someone" – 4:00
  2. "When" – 2:43
  3. "When the Heat Hits the Streets" – 3:44

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 90
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 25
U.S. Cashbox Pop Singles 81

Cher version[edit]

"I Found Someone"
Single by Cher
from the album Cher
B-side "Dangerous Times"
Released November 19, 1987
Format Vinyl 12"
Vinyl 7"
VHS single
Recorded 1986/87
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:44
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Mark Mangold, Michael Bolton
Producer(s) Michael Bolton
Cher singles chronology
"I Paralyze"
(1982)
"I Found Someone"
(1987)
"We All Sleep Alone"
(1988)
Audio sample
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Cher and Rob Camilletti in the "I Found Someone" video.

The most successful version was released by American singer/actress Cher as the first U.S. and European single from her eighteenth album, Cher and was released on November 19, 1987 by Geffen. The single was also released on VHS containing the concert version of the video. Cher's version was produced by Michael Bolton. Fashion photographer Matthew Rolston's full cover photo featured a slightly overexposed close-up of Cher's face, gazing into the lens as she pushes back a mane of tight curls before a bright blue background.

The song debuted on the UK Singles Chart in November 1987 at number 91 and peaked at number five in January 1988 and spent thirteen weeks in the chart.

Part of a much-heralded musical comeback at the height of her movie career, a big-budget music video featured the singer-actress with her then-boyfriend Rob Camilletti. The couple were a big story in the tabloids at the time, as he was seventeen years her junior, and the video was the aspiring actor's debut. The video was in heavy rotation on MTV and Cher's version went to #10 in the U.S. and to #5 in the UK. An alternative concert video features Cher in a dress that was also used in The Black Rose Show in 1980.

"I Found Someone" began a three-album association with Bolton and Cher's other contributors, including Branigan alumnus Diane Warren as well as Jon Bon Jovi and future boyfriend Richie Sambora, and their song-writing partner Desmond Child. The recording appears on several hits collections and Cher performs the song live on the DVD Cher: The Farewell Tour Live in Miami and a CD album of the tour. Allmusic highlighted the song on self-titled album.[1]

Official versions[edit]

  • Album version – 3:43 [2]
  • Extended version – 4:05 [2]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1987/1988) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[3] 8
Canadian Singles Chart 14
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart[4] 25
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 94
German Singles Chart 35
Irish Singles Chart 4
UK Singles Chart[6] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. (Adult Contemporary) 33

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (1988) Position
Australia[7] 33
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 94

Live performances[edit]

Cher performed the song on the following concert tours:

The song was also performed on:

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Michael Bolton has recorded his own version of "I Found Someone", which he first released on his Greatest Hits (1985-1995) album.
  • Mark Mangold has recorded two versions of the song. First as a demo, which later appeared as a bonus track on a CD from his band Touch, and again for his solo album Lift (2001).
  • In 1999, "I Found Someone" was remade for the Hi-NRG market by Canadian vocalist Barbara Doust as a Logic Records]] release produced by Vince DeGiorgio.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Review by Allmusic Retrieved 15 October 2013
  2. ^ a b "I Found Someone Single". 
  3. ^ Australian Chart Book (1970-1992)|David Kent|1993|Australian Chart Book Pty. Limited|Australia|0646119176, 9780646119175|22/2/88
  4. ^ RPM Official charts Canada [1]
  5. ^ Dutch Singles Chart [2] . Retrieved October 22, 2010.
  6. ^ "I Found Someone" in UK Singles Chart [3] . Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  7. ^ Australian Recording Industry Association (1988). "ARIA charts — End of year charts". aria.com.au. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1988". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  9. ^ Billboard 6 November 1999 p. 37.

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