Vivre (Noa song)

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"Vivre" is a song written by Luc Plamondon and Riccardo Cocciante for the musical Notre-Dame de Paris. It was recorded in 1998 by Noa and included on the Notre-Dame de Paris album. The song was also recorded by Hélène Ségara in 1998, who was selected to play Esméralda in the musical, following the withdrawal of Noa. Celine Dion recorded an English-language version titled "Live (for the One I Love)" with lyrics by Will Jennings and included it on her 1999 greatest hits compilation, All the Way... A Decade of Song. In 2000, Dion's version and another recording of "Live (for the One I Love)" by Tina Arena were included on the English-language version of Notre-Dame de Paris album.

Noa version[edit]

Israeli singer Achinoam Nini, known as Noa recorded the part of Esméralda in French for the original soundtrack of the musical Notre-Dame de Paris. Released in January 1998, the soundtrack topped the albums chart in France for seventeen weeks and was certified Diamond after selling over two million copies in France alone. It became one of the best-selling albums of all time in France. "Vivre" by Noa was released as a single in February 1998. It peaked at number twenty in France in March 1998 and number twelve in Belgium Wallonia in May 1998.

Hélène Ségara version[edit]

In 1997, Hélène Ségara auditioned for the role of Esméralda, the female lead in Luc Plamondon and Riccardo Cocciante's musical Notre-Dame de Paris. However, Noa was chosen to play the role. After recording the album version of Notre-Dame de Paris, Noa decided that her hectic schedule would not allow her to set off on tour with the stage version of the musical. Plamondon and Cocciante were thus faced with the problem of finding a new Esméralda to step in and take Noa's place at the last moment. And it was then that the pair came up with the idea of casting Ségara in the role. After the premiere in Paris in September 1998, Notre-Dame de Paris musical became a phenomenal commercial success. Ségara included "Vivre" on the 1998 re-release of her album, Cœur de verre.

Celine Dion version[edit]

"Live (for the One I Love)"
Single by Celine Dion
from the album All the Way... A Decade of Song
Released 14 February 2000 (2000-02-14)
Format CD
Recorded
Genre Pop
Length 3:58
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Celine Dion singles chronology
  • "Live (for the One I Love)"
  • (2000)

After the success of the musical Notre-Dame de Paris in 1998 and 1999, all the songs were translated into English. One of the songs, "Vivre" with new lyrics by Will Jennings was entitled "Live (for the One I Love)" and recorded by Celine Dion for her 1999 greatest hits compilation, All the Way... A Decade of Song. The track was produced by David Foster and Humberto Gatica. It was released as the second single in the Francophone countries on 14 February 2000. Dion's version was also featured on the English-language version of Notre-Dame de Paris album released on 21 February 2000.

"Live (for the One I Love)" music video was directed by Bille Woodruff and released in 2000. It was included later on Dion's All the Way... A Decade of Song & Video DVD. The single reached top 100 on the charts in several countries, including number twenty-three in Canada, number forty-seven in Belgium Wallonia and number sixty-three in France. Dion performed the song in late 1999, during the promotion of All the Way... A Decade of Song on the French television show. She also sang it live during the last of the Let's Talk About Love World Tour show, called the "Millennium Concert." AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that this song, alongside "I Want You to Need Me" and "Then You Look at Me," "isn't bad, it just isn't that particularly memorable, especially compared to the hits."[1]

Formats and track listing[edit]

Single (Europe)
No. Title Length
1. "Live (for the One I Love)"   3:58
2. "Then You Look at Me"   4:11
Maxi single (Europe)
No. Title Length
1. "Live (for the One I Love)"   3:58
2. "Then You Look at Me"   4:11
3. "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy) (live)"   3:19

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 95
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[2] 47
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[3] 23
France (SNEP)[4] 63
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 89
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 82

Tina Arena version[edit]

"Live for the One I Love"
Single by Tina Arena
from the album Notre-Dame de Paris
Released 6 March 2000 (2000-03-06)
Format CD
Genre Pop
Length 3:58
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Ric Wake
Tina Arena singles chronology
  • "Live for the One I Love"
  • (2000)

Tina Arena played Esméralda in the London production of Notre-Dame de Paris musical in 2000. She has recorded four songs for the English-language version of Notre-Dame de Paris album, including "Live (for the One I Love)."

Arena's version was released as a single in the United Kingdom on 6 March 2000 and reached number sixty-three on the UK Singles Chart in May 2000. Arena's version was produced by Ric Wake.

Formats and track listing[edit]

Single (United Kingdom)
No. Title Length
1. "Live for the One I Love"   3:37
2. "Live for the One I Love (Soda Club Radio Mix)"   3:16
3. "Live for the One I Love (Show Version)"   3:50
4. "Live for the One I Love (Video)"    
Promotional single (United Kingdom)
No. Title Length
1. "Live for the One I Love (Soda Club Mix)"   6:30
2. "Live for the One I Love (Soda Club Dub)"   7:12

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 63

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Jaspers, Sam (2006). Ultratop 1995-2005. Book & Media Publishing. ISBN 90-5720-232-8. 
  3. ^ "Canadian Singles Chart". Nielsen SoundScan. 26 February 2000. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Céline Dion - Live (for the One I Love) (chanson)" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Céline Dion - Live (for the One I Love) (Song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Céline Dion - Live (for the One I Love)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tina Arena: Singles". OCC. Retrieved 4 October 2014.