Night of My Life

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"Night of My Life"
Single by Damien Leith
from the album The Winner's Journey
Released 26 November 2006 (AUS)
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Length 3:34
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Adam Reily
Certification Platinum (ARIA)
Damien Leith singles chronology
"Night of My Life"
(2006)
"22 Steps"
(2007)

"Night of My Life" is the title of the debut single for 2006 Australian Idol winner Damien Leith. This single was performed by the final two contestants - Leith and Jessica Mauboy - during the penultimate episode of Australian Idol 2006, and both contestants recorded and had their versions pressed by Sony BMG, ready for the winner's version to be released immediately after the competition.

After Leith won the competition on 26 November 2006, the song was available online through Bigpond Music; Bigpond is a major sponsor of Australian Idol. The single was released as a CD on 28 November. The physical single contained a copy of Leith's original song "Come to Me", which can be streamed from his Myspace.

The single was written by Adam Reily and is the first of the winner’s singles to be penned by a local songwriter.

A music video was shot for the song on 28 November. In less than 72 hours of "Night of My Life" being on sale, the single was certified Gold status.[1] The single debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart on 3 December, while certified Platinum after one week of sales. It was the fastest selling debut single for 2006, and was the most added song to radio.[2] This single was the first Australian act to reach the #1 spot since Youth Group's, "Forever Young" in April 2006. It remained at number one for five consecutive weeks. Despite being released at the end of 2006, the single's strong sales placed "Night of My Life" at number eleven in the 2006 End of Year Top 100 ARIA Singles Chart.[3]

In mid-December, Jessica Mauboy's version of the song was released online by a New Zealand website which released it for legal download, even though she did not win Australian Idol. Shortly after, it was removed at the request of record label Sony BMG. However, it still remains available for illegal download online, and also remains available on the DVD accompaniment to her newly released album+DVD.

The single was later released in Ireland and debuted at number ten on 18 January 2007, rising to number eight the week after.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Australian CD single
  1. "Night of My Life" (single edit)
  2. "Come to Me"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[5] 1
Irish Singles Chart[4] 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Night Of My Life' Goes Gold!". Retrieved 22 December 2006. 
  2. ^ "Damien Leith - Latest News". Retrieved 22 December 2006. 
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2006". Retrieved 27 January 2007. 
  4. ^ a b ">> IRMA << Irish Charts - Singles, Albums & Compilations >>". Retrieved 27 January 2007. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts: Australian Chart Positions". Retrieved 27 January 2007. 
Preceded by
"I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" by Scissor Sisters
Australia (ARIA) number one single
3 December 2006 – 24 December 2006
Succeeded by
"Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé