If I Had You (Adam Lambert song)

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"If I Had You"
Single by Adam Lambert
from the album For Your Entertainment
Released May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded September–October 2009;
Maratone Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Westlake Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Electronic rock, dance-pop
Length 3:52
3:44 (Radio Edit)
Label RCA, Jive
Writer(s) Max Martin, Shellback, Savan Kotecha
Producer(s) Max Martin, Shellback, Kristian Lundin
Adam Lambert singles chronology
"Whataya Want From Me"
(2009)
"If I Had You"
(2010)
"Fever"
(2010)

"If I Had You" is a song by American recording artist and American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert. The song was written by Max Martin, Shellback, and Savan Kotecha and produced by Martin, Shellback and Kristian Lundin for Lambert's debut album, For Your Entertainment. It was released as the third and final international single from the album on May 11, 2010. The song reached number 30 in the United States and reached the top ten in Australia, Canada, Finland, Hungary and New Zealand. The song was performed on Lambert's first concert tour, the 2010 Glam Nation Tour where it was the show's finale.

Promotion[edit]

Following the release of the single on May 11, 2010, Lambert performed the song on a series of talk-shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 19,[1] and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 21.[2]

Music video[edit]

The video premiered June 14, 2010 on VH1 and "takes the late-night wilderness party motif of Jennifer Lopez's classic "Waiting for Tonight" clip and adds more lasers, guyliner, thrashy dance moves, silver top hats and outrageously spiky shoulder pads."[3] Bryan Barber directed the video, which was inspired by Lambert's self-proclaimed "psychedelic" experience at Burning Man.[3]

Lambert, wearing a black coat, black boots and gloves while walking in the forest by daylight in the music video for "If I Had You".

James Montgomery from MTV describes the video as having "a clearing in the forest, one packed with party people — of all races, colors, creeds and proclivities, naturally — who are all in the midst of a totally excellent celebration. The video begins with Lambert walking into his living room where he checks on his Twitter page and tells everyone on the page there will be a party tonight. The second scene then shows Lambert walking through the forest during daylight where he is wearing a black coat, black boots and gloves. Then the next scene transitions to Lambert in a neon lit forest where he is having a party and wearing a black fur coat. Through the rest of the video screen shots of Lambert in many different outrageous outfits and him and his friends dancing are shown. Shots of him performing with his band are also shown. The video ends with Lambert staring at the camera with a smile and then walks away with a floating light following as the video fades out. Note: Kesha made a cameo appearance in the video. (Most of said party people are actually Lambert's friends, from his days performing with L.A.'s "Zodiac Show.")"[4] Montgomery states the message of the video is "Humanity can, in fact, put their differences aside and just dance."[4]

Making a cameo in the video are Lambert's friends: Allison Iraheta,[5] Cheeks, Scarlett Cherry, Alisan Porter, Brooke Wendle, Terrence Spencer, Sasha Mallory, Kesha and Cassidy Haley.

Track listing[edit]

Australian digital EP
  1. "If I Had You" (radio mix) – 3:46
  2. "If I Had You" (Jason Nevins Radio Mix) – 3:45
  3. "If I Had You" (instrumental version) – 3:43
Australian CD single
  1. "If I Had You" – 3:47
  2. "If I Had You" (instrumental version) – 3:46
US/AUS digital EP The Remixes
  1. "If I Had You" (radio mix) – 3:47
  2. "If I Had You" (Jason Nevins Extended Mix) – 6:44
  3. "If I Had You" (Jason Nevins Robotronic Extended Mix) – 6:17
  4. "If I Had You" (Dangerous Muse Remix) – 5:51
  5. "If I Had You" (Morgan Page Extended Remix) – 7:53

Personnel[edit]

Source:[6]

Chart performance[edit]

As of August 5, 2011, "If I Had You" has sold 835,000 downloads[7] in the United States and charted at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. "If I Had You" has reached number-one in Hungary and the top 10 in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Finland and Poland.

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Shame" by Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow
"Take It Off" by Kesha
Hungarian Airplay Chart number-one single
November 29, 2010 – December 5, 2010
December 13, 2010 – December 19, 2010
Succeeded by
"Take It Off" by Kesha
"Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United States May 11, 2010 Mainstream radio
Belgium[23] June 28, 2010 Digital download
Spain[24]
Finland[25]
Switzerland[26]
France[27]
Ireland[28]
Italy[29]
Luxembourg[30]
Netherlands[30]
Norway[31]
Sweden[32]
Canada[33]
Portugal[34]
Austria[35]
Germany[36] October 29, 2010
Germany[37] October 29, 2010 CD single

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Idol': Adam Lambert performs 'If I Had You' on 'Ellen'". 
  2. ^ "Adam Lambert – ‘If I Had You’ – Tonight Show with Jay Leno – VIDEO". 
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  4. ^ a b "Adam Lambert's 'If I Had You' Video Frolics In Politics". 
  5. ^ atlanta journal constitution. "Adam Lambert’s new video for ‘If I Had You,’ Seacrest’s stalker gets two years". 
  6. ^ For Your Entertainment (liner notes). Adam Lambert. RCA Records, Jive Records. 2009. 
  7. ^ USA Today. August 5, 2011 http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2011/08/brad-paisleycarrie-underwood-duet-surpasses-half-million-downloads/1 |url= missing title (help). 
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  9. ^ Austrian Singles Chart. "austriancharts.at – Adam Lambert -If I Had You". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  10. ^ Belgium Singles Chart. "ultratop.be – Adam Lambert -If I Had You". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
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  18. ^ "Charts Year End: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
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