I Hope You Find It

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"I Hope You Find It"
Song by Miley Cyrus from the album The Last Song: Original Soundtrack
Released March 23, 2010
Recorded 2009
Genre Country pop, adult contemporary
Length 3:55
Label Hollywood
Writer

"I Hope You Find It" is a country pop and adult contemporary ballad by American entertainer Miley Cyrus. It was written by Steven Robson and Jeffrey Steele for inclusion on the soundtrack of Cyrus' 2010 film The Last Song. Although "I Hope You Find It" was not released as a single from the album, it debuted at #8 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in the week ending April 10, 2010 and peaked at #5 a week later, on the basis of a large amount of digital downloads alone. It dropped out in the week ending April 24, 2010.[1]

Its lyrics are about Ronnie (Cyrus' character) wishing her ex, Will (Liam Hemsworth's character), the best in a future relationship; while accepting it was nice while it lasted.[2] According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Kobalt Music Publishing America, it is a moderately timed ballad written in the key of Bb major with a tempo of 69 beats per minute.[3]

According to Jackie Willis of Entertainment Tonight, Cher showed Cyrus "the highest form of flattery" by covering her song, after going back on disparaging comments regarding Cyrus' controversial 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

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The song received positive reviews from contemporary music critics. A critic from Maximum Pop wrote, "The song sounds very sweet coming from a 17 year old." The same magazine held a poll to determine whether Cyrus' original or Cher's cover version was better. Cyrus won the poll with an overwhelming majority by getting 90% of the votes, leading the critic to comment that it was time for Cher to "retire and pass her reign down to Miley."[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[1] 5

Cher version[edit]

"I Hope You Find It"
Single by Cher
from the album Closer to the Truth
Released October 4, 2013
Recorded 2012
Genre Country pop
Length 3:46
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Cher singles chronology
"Woman's World"
(2013)
"I Hope You Find It"
(2013)
"Take It Like a Man"
(2013)

In 2013, it was covered by American entertainer Cher, who released it as the sophomore single off her twenty-fifth album Closer to the Truth.[5] Her rendition is prominently a country pop ballad.[6] "I Hope You Find It" became Cher's biggest radio hit in the United Kingdom in the 21st century, reaching number thirty-four on the official UK Airplay Chart. On the UK Singles Chart, the song debuted at number twenty-five, becoming Cher's first top 40 hit since "The Music's No Good Without You" in 2001. On September 24, 2013, Cher talked about "I Hope You Find It", calling it "an emotional ballad". She further stated- "Love songs are [usually about] 'I'm looking for love' or 'I've lost love'... They're usually not 'I found love, I lost love, and now I hope you find love with someone else'. Usually we're not that charitable."[7]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received generally favorable reviews. John Hamilton of Idolator described that Cher "brings an appropriate world-weariness to the song."[8] Tim Sendra of AllMusic stated that the second half of the album, which also includes "I Hope You Find It", wasn't successful, writing, "These songs aren't as successful, thanks to the somewhat syrupy melodies and clichéd lyrics, but also because Cher's vocals sound a little worn and frayed around the edges."[9] Philip Matusavage of MusicOMH provided a favorable review, writing, "It invokes the Diane Warren-penned Cher classics of old and soars effortlessly in comparison to the laborious grunting of much preceding it."[10]

A critic from So So Gay noted that the song "flexed the oft-overlooked soulful register of Cher's husky contralto."[11] USA Today inducted the song to their download list.[12] Michael Callahan of Philly gave a positive review, writing, "Cher’s too-rarely-heard falsetto pierces right to the heart."[13]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at 24 and peaked at no. 17 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. It failed to chart on the Hot 100. It debuted at number forty-nine on the German Singles Chart, where it became Cher's highest entry in more than ten years.[14] It also entered the charts in Austria and Switzerland, peaking at numbers 43 and 26, respectively.[15] In addition to its Swiss peak, the song also broke into the top forty of the Irish Singles Chart, debuting at number thirty-nine.[16] Also notably, "I Hope You Find It" became Cher's biggest radio hit in the United Kingdom in the 21st century, reaching number thirty-four on the official UK Airplay Chart, after a 134% increase in radio plays and an audience peak of 20.14 million.[17] On the main UK Singles Chart, the song debuted at number twenty-five, becoming Cher's first top 40 hit since "The Music's No Good Without You" (2001).[18] On the component charts, it shared the same opening spot (25) with the debut on the UK Digital Chart, while in Scotland it fared quite better, debuting at number 22.[19]

In February 2014, "I Hope You Find It" debuted on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart at number 24, marking Cher's 31st entry on that chart during five decades.[20][21] The following week, it climbed up to number 20, becoming her highest-charting solo AC hit since "Song for the Lonely" reached number 11 in 2002 and making Cher the only female artist to have a top 20 AC single in 5 consecutive decades.[22] It went on to peak at number 17 and remained in the top 20 for 15 non-consecutive weeks.

Live performances and promotion[edit]

Cher performing "I Hope You Find It" during her 2014 Dressed to Kill Tour. She hovered above the audience during the performance.

On September 23, 2013, Cher performed "I Hope You Find It" for the first time along with "Believe" and the album's lead single "Woman's World" as part of the Today Show concert series. Furthermore, she performed it a day later on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman, on the morning show Live! with Kelly and Michael and in Europe on Wetten, dass..?, The X Factor UK, Vivement dimanche! and The Graham Norton Show. On November 8, 2013, Cher closed the eighth week of Dancing With Stars with a performance of the song.

To further promote the single, Cher released a lyric video for the song on her official YouTube channel.[23] The video was uploaded on September 24, 2013 and it has since gathered over 1,700,000 views.[23] It includes handwritten letters and cards by Cher. Yahoo! Music provided a positive review for the video, praising the "beautiful treatment of this beautiful song, as well as the bittersweet message Cher delivers".[23]

"I Hope You Find It" is on the setlist of Cher's current Dressed to Kill Tour, where she performs it floating on a platform above the audience. Brad Wheeler of The Globe and Mail provided a negative review of the performance, witing, "The encore ballad I Hope You Find It was a bum-note ending. Cher performed the Miley Cyrus cover dressed as a sort of religious icon, floating above the crowd in a papalish carrier. She had blessed her fans with her presence, but this was far too much symbolism. Perhaps her pedestal status had gone to her headdress."[24] Dave McKenna of The Washington Post stated that the performance of "'I Hope You Find It" was perhaps a sign that Cher "turned over the outrageous mantle to the younger pop star [Cyrus], known to purvey Cheresque outrageousness."[25]

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital single
  1. I Hope You Find It – 3:46
  • I Hope You Find It/Woman's World CD single[26]
  1. I Hope You Find It – 3:46
  2. Woman's World – 3:49

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013–2014) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[27] 43
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14] 49
Ireland (IRMA)[28] 39
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[29] 22
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade)[15] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[30] 25
UK Digital Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 25
UK Airplay (Official Charts Company)[31] 20
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[32] 17

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Germany[26] October 4, 2013 CD single Warner Bros. Records
United Kingdom[33] October 9, 2013 CD Single
Italy[34] November 8, 2013 Contemporary Hit Radio

References[edit]

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