Love Song (Sara Bareilles song)

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"Love Song"
Single by Sara Bareilles
from the album Little Voice
Released June 16, 2007 (as the free iTunes song of the week)
June 19, 2007 (as a single)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop rock, power pop
Length 4:18 (album version)
3:53 (radio edit)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Sara Bareilles
Producer(s) Eric Rosse
Certification 4× Platinum (RIAA certification)
Sara Bareilles singles chronology
"Love Song"
(2007)
"Bottle It Up"
(2008)

"Love Song" is American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles' debut single, released in June 2007 via Epic Records from her major-label debut album, Little Voice (2007). It was nominated for 2009 Grammy Awards in the categories Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

It remains Bareilles' biggest hit single in the United States to date, and remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 41 weeks.[1] It also spent many weeks atop the Hot Adult Pop Songs and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts, ending up #1 at the year-end tally of both charts. Many consider it her breakout song due to it being her first hit and selling more than any other song by Bareilles.

Inspiration[edit]

Speaking of the song's origin, Bareilles said of her label, "They had encouraged me to keep writing, and I just wasn't having any luck. ...I started to get really insecure about it, and then I got really pissed off at myself for caring what anybody thought. ... I went to a rehearsal space one day. I sat down and wrote something for me. And 'Love Song' basically wrote itself. It's totally honest, and I'm very lucky the label liked it as well."[2]

Later in 2011, she explained why she wrote it, "It was actually written for my record label. I had been turning in new music. I was getting the red light. I couldn't go into the studio yet because they were waiting for something. But I wouldn't ... nobody said what they were waiting for. So I kept turning in new songs, thinking like, 'Is this what you want? Is this what you want?' And it was always a big thumbs down, and I ended up writing 'Love Song' out of frustration."[3] In 2014, she stated it was "very tongue-in-cheek" and "nasty in a passive-aggressive way," confirming it was a response to the record-label pressuring her to make safe, "radio friendly" songs.[4]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Josh Forbes, the music video features a miniature Bareilles playing the piano inside a coin-operated jukebox that plays love songs. A steady stream of men and women enter the booth and insert coins to hear Bareilles play, observing her through a pinhole as she plays the same song day after day. The lyrics express her growing frustration as she declares that she is "not going to write you a love song today," whereupon Bareilles grabs the next coin that rolls inside, and uses it to jam the gears. The next morning, the owner of the booth (who was seen at the beginning of the video) enters; he notices that the jukebox has gone dark, and appears amazed when he discovers Bareilles inside the jukebox. He retrieves the jammed coin from the gears and hands it to Bareilles.

The music video features the album version of the song. The video also features British actor Adam Campbell as the owner of the booth.

Chart performance[edit]

Featured initially as the free iTunes song of the week on June 16, 2007, the song debuted a few months later at #100 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. After her appearance in a Rhapsody TV commercial, in which she performs "Love Song", it rocketed from #72 to #16 on the Hot 100 and #32 to #5 on the Hot Digital Songs chart.[5]

In the first week of 2008, the song cracked the top ten on the Hot 100, jumping to #9, where it stayed for four non-consecutive weeks before peaking at #4. In spite of not reaching the top three, "Love Song" managed to spend twenty weeks in the top ten, in contrast with other songs that reached higher peak but did not maintain such longevity. The single was certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA for over 3 million in sales.[6] As of April 2014, the single had sold 3,717,000 digital copies in the United States.[7]

The song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at #30 and peaked at #4. The song debuted at #100 on the Canadian Hot 100 the week of January 31, 2008, and reached #1 on the chart the week of March 29, 2008. In Australia, "Love Song" peaked at #4 in its ninth week on the country's chart. In New Zealand it reached #7 on the Top 40 singles chart and held the #1 position on the Radio Airplay chart for six weeks. It was the most played song of 2008 on New Zealand radio. In Spain, the song debuted at #33 and has so far peaked at #13.[citation needed]

The song is listed at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart of 2008. It also topped both the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks charts in 2008.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[33] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[34] Gold 40,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[35] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] 3× Platinum 3,717,000[7]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Love Song". Billboard Hot 100. August 23, 2008. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Kaufman, Gil. "Sara Bareilles' 'Love Song' 'Basically Wrote Itself' -- After She Struggled For Years". MTV. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "How Sara Bareilles Got Her Start in Music". VOA. 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sara-bareilles-the-sweet-author-of-tough-songs/
  5. ^ Keys Rolls Into Holidays With No. 1 Hits
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum - December 20, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  7. ^ a b Paul Grein (April 30, 2014). "Chart Watch: Pharrell Steps Up". Yahoo Music. 
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Sara Bareilles – Love Song". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Sara Bareilles – Love Song – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
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  13. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Sara Bareilles – Love Song". Tracklisten.
  14. ^ "Sara Bareilles – Love Song". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  15. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Sara Bareilles search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Sara Bareilles – Love Song". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Sara Bareilles – Love Song". Singles Top 60.
  19. ^ "Sara Bareilles – Love Song – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Sara Bareilles Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Sara Bareilles.
  22. ^ "Sara Bareilles Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Sara Bareilles.
  23. ^ "Sara Bareilles Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Sara Bareilles.
  24. ^ "Sara Bareilles Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Sara Bareilles.
  25. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 Year-End 2008". Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  26. ^ http://members.chello.nl/m.jans1/2008.html
  27. ^ Official Charts list, ukchartsplus. Retrieved August 2011
  28. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 2008 Year-End". Billboard. Billboard.biz. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  29. ^ "Billboard Pop 100 2008 Year-End". Billboard. Billboard.biz. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  30. ^ "Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs 2008 Year-End". Billboard. Billboard.biz. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  31. ^ "Billboard Adult Pop Songs 2008 Year-End". Billboard. Billboard.biz. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  32. ^ "Éves összesített listák - MAHASZ Rádiós TOP 100 (súlyozott)". Mahasz. Mahasz. 
  33. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  34. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Sara Bareilles – Love Song". Music Canada. 
  35. ^ "Guld og platin i juli". IFPI Danmark. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  36. ^ "British single certifications – Sara Bareilles – Love Song". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Love Song in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  37. ^ "American single certifications – Sara Bareilles – Love Song". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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