One Heart (song)

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"One Heart"
Single by Céline Dion
from the album One Heart
Released June 16, 2003 (2003-06-16)
Format CD single
Recorded 2002;
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:24
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) John Shanks, Kara DioGuardi
Producer(s) John Shanks, Kara DioGuardi
Céline Dion singles chronology
"Have You Ever Been in Love"
(2003)
"One Heart"
(2003)
"Stand by Your Side"
(2003)

"One Heart" is a song recorded by Canadian recording artist Céline Dion, for her eight English studio album One Heart (2003). "One Heart" was written and produced by John Shanks and Kara DioGuardi. The song is a dance-pop song, about the power of love. It was released on June 16, 2003 as the second single outside North America, while in Canada, it was released as the third single after "Have You Ever Been in Love." "One Heart" became a top 40 single in most European countries, including number 27 in the United Kingdom.

The song received favorable reviews from music critics, who deemed it as "catchy" and picked as one of the best tracks on the album. The music video for "One Heart" was directed by Antti Jokinen and released on May 30, 2003. It was included on the UK enhanced double A-side single "One Heart/I Drove All Night." The making of the video was shown on the A New Day... Live in Las Vegas bonus DVD, called One Year...One Heart. In October 2008, it was included on the European version of her My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection greatest hits.[1]

Background and release[edit]

On April 15, 2003, it was announced that after the success of "I Drove All Night," two new singles from 'One Heart' were set to impact radio.[2] In the United States and Canada, the ballad "Have You Ever Been in Love" was selected as the next single. In Europe, the upbeat title-track "One Heart" was chosen instead.[2] On June 17, 2003, it was announced that the song was getting some serious airplay around the world and that "One Heart" was added to radio playlists in Europe and was gaining ground at Canadian radio.[3] The CD single for "One Heart" was available in record stores in Europe around June, 2003. The tracklisting includes remixes of the track.[4] The song was released in October 2003 in Japan,[5] while it was released as a double a-side single along with "I Drove All Night", on September 8 in the UK, becoming her first double a-side release in the UK.[6]

Composition[edit]

A 30 second sample of "One Heart".

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"One Heart" was composed and produced by John Shanks and Kara Dioguardi.[7] It is an upbeat, dance-pop song,[8] which draws from club-friendly house anthems,[9] about the power of love[10] and how determination and support can help a person through their problems.[11] Keyboards, resembling the twinkling beats of a music box, begin the single.[11] As it shortly plays, Dion says "one heart you are following."[11] In the beginning, she advises to look on the bright side, with lyrics such as, "When you're down, you can start again/ Turn around anything you're in/ Love will find a place yeah."[11] In the chorus, she says if they let their hearts lead them, they will be able to stay focused on their dream. ("If you got one heart you are followin'/One dream keeps you wondering/Love lights your way through the night/One wish keeps you tryin'/What's your silver lining/Loves lights your way through the night.")[11] A jaunty acoustic guitar and equally cheerful drums accompany Dion in the bridge.[11] She stresses that people have to have a dream to believe in, in lines like, "Everybody needs something to hold on to".[11] Towards the end, she begins to wail a bit and extending some notes. At the end, she quietly says "love will find a way/love will find a way in your heart."[11]

Critical reception[edit]

This song received favourable reviews. Allmusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "the song is sunny and catchy" and picked it as one of the best tracks on the album.[7] UK Mix wrote that "It's a poppy song, very different to anything Celine has done before. In fact, she sounds more like Kylie - that might seem weird, but she manages to pull it off!.[12] A very positive review came from Traveling to the Heart reviewer, who went to comment about her voice, stating: "Dion is low-key and mostly melisma-free. She sings in her lower register throughout the entire time. The change reveals her voice to be pleasing but bland and mechanical. "[11] The reviewer concluded the analysis, writing: "The genial 'One Heart' is well-intentioned advice set to a paint-by-numbers, riskless dance beat."[11] Acclaim came from Billboard: "Dion is particularly strong on the percolating title cut (a vibrant, infectious future hit helmed by Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks)"[13] Jam!'s Darryl Sterdan wrote negatively that the song is "a blatant Shania soundalike."[14]

Chart performance[edit]

The song became a top forty hit in most European countries that it charted.[15] In Austria, "One Heart" debuted at number 48 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40, on June 29, 2003.[15] Later, the song jumped to number 27, cracking the top forty. However, the song fell to number 37 the following week, but it climbed to number 25, its peak position, in its fourth week.[15] The song spent another 6 weeks inside the top forty, before falling to number 46.[15] It spent 14 weeks on the chart.[15] In Sweden, the song debuted at number 43 on the Swedish Singles Chart, on June 26, 2003.[16] The song climbed to number 42, in its second week, while it reached number 40, on July 11, 2003.[16] However, the song dropped the Swedish charts the following week, only returning on August 8, 2003, at number 60.[16] Curiously, the song also dropped the chart the following week, only returning on November 7, 2003, at number 34, its peak position.[16] The following and last week, the song left the chart at number 38.[16]

In France, it debuted and peaked at number 63 on the SNEP chart.[17] Although it not reached higher position, the song kept falling and climbing for 11 weeks, spending a total of 12 weeks inside the chart.[17] In the UK, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 27, on September 20, 2003.[18] It fell to number 57, on September 29, 2003, dropping the chart and spending only two consecutive weeks there.[18] "One Heart" debuted and peaked at number 30 on the Irish Singles Chart, for the week ending September 11, 2003.[19] It fell to number 44 the following week,[20] while it dropped to number 49, in its third week, leaving the charts and spending three weeks inside the Irish chart.[21]

Celine having fun with her friends in the music video.

Music video[edit]

Céline filmed the music video back-to-back with the "Have You Ever Been in Love" video in Los Angeles on April 29 and 30, 2003, with director Antti J.[22] On June 7, "TeamCeline" members got an exclusive preview of the music video on her official website.[23] On June 22, 2003, both videos were released.[24] The video shows Celine dancing and having fun at a club, where many people are also dancing to the song and it also features the singer Melissa Smith as the girl kissing her boyfriend at the bar.[25]

Formats and track listings[edit]

European CD single

  1. "One Heart" – 3:24
  2. "One Heart" (Original 3 pop edit) – 3:17

European CD maxi single

  1. "One Heart" – 3:24
  2. "One Heart" (Original 3 pop edit) – 3:17
  3. "One Heart" (Original 3 rhythmic extenhded) – 7:10
  4. "One Heart" (Original 3 rhythmic edit) – 3:40

UK CD maxi single

  1. "One Heart" – 3:24
  2. "I Drove All Night" – 4:00
  3. "I Drove All Night" (Hex Hector extended vocal import mix) – 7:53
  4. "I Drove All Night" (video) – 4:00

UK CD maxi single #2[26]

  1. "One Heart" – 3:24
  2. "I Drove All Night" – 4:00
  3. "All by Myself" – 5:12
  4. "One Heart" (video) – 3:24

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[27] 75
Austrian Singles Chart[15] 25
Belgian Flanders Singles Chart[28] 37
Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart[29] 51
Canadian Singles Chart[30] 59
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart[31] 13
Dutch Singles Chart[32] 78
European Singles Chart[33] 56
French Singles Chart[17] 63
German Singles Chart[34] 56
Greek Singles Chart[35] 38
Irish Singles Chart[36] 30
Italian Singles Chart[37] 71
Swedish Singles Chart[16] 34
Swiss Singles Chart[38] 36
UK Singles Chart[18] 27

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording locations
Personnel
  • Songwriting – John Shanks, Kara DioGuardi
  • Production – John Shanks, Kara DioGuardi
  • Mixing  - John Shanks, Jeff Rothschild
  • Guitars  - Shanks
  • Keyboards - Jamie Muhoberad
  • Bass  - Chris Chaney
  • Backing Vocals  - Kara Dioguardi

Credits adapted from the liner notes of One Heart, Epic Records.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Essential" (in German). Exlibris.ch. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  2. ^ a b "New Singles! | The Official Celine Dion Site". Celine Dion Web. April 15, 2003. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ ""One Heart" On Radio | The Official Celine Dion Site". Celine Dion Web. June 17, 2003. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ ""One Heart" Single | The Official Celine Dion Site". Celine Dion Web. June 17, 2003. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ ""One Heart" Single | The Official Celine Dion Site". Celine Dion Web. August 12, 2003. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Singles In UK | The Official Celine Dion Site". Celine Dion Web. August 12, 2003. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "One Heart - Celine Dion : Listen, Appearances, Song Review : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Barnes & Noble | One Heart by Sony, Celine Dion". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (March 25, 2003). "Celine Dion: One Heart - Music Review - Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  10. ^ "Celine Dion | One Heart | Album Review | Plugged In". Plugged In. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Music Review: Celine Dion "One Heart"". Traveling to the Heart. May 2, 2005. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "UKMIX - Reviews - Celine Dion - One Heart". UK Mix. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/71900/one-heart
  14. ^ Sterdan, Daryl (March 25, 2003). "CANOE - JAM!Music - Artists- Album Review: One Heart". Jam! - Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f Austrian Singles Chart
  16. ^ a b c d e f Swedish Singles Chart
  17. ^ a b c French Singles Chart
  18. ^ a b c UK Singles Chart(Link redirected to OCC website)
  19. ^ "TOP 50 Singles, Week Ending 11 September 2003". Irish Singles Chart. September 11, 2003. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  20. ^ "TOP 50 Singles, Week Ending 18 September 2003". Irish Singles Chart. September 18, 2003. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  21. ^ "TOP 50 Singles, Week Ending 25 September 2003". Irish Singles Chart. September 25, 2003. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Céline On Video Shoot | The Official Celine Dion Site". Celine Dion Web. April 28, 2003. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  23. ^ ""One Heart" Video On TeamCeline! | The Official Celine Dion Site". Celine Dion Web. June 7, 2003. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  24. ^ "New Céline Videos | The Official Celine Dion Site". Celine Dion Web. June 22, 2003. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Celine Dion One Heart (Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  26. ^ "One Heart (UK CD #1) - Celine Dion : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  27. ^ Australian Singles Chart
  28. ^ Belgian Flanders Singles Chart
  29. ^ Jaspers, Sam (2006). Ultratop 1995-2005. Book & Media Publishing. ISBN 90-5720-232-8. 
  30. ^ Canadian Singles Chart
  31. ^ Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart
  32. ^ Dutch Singles Chart
  33. ^ European Singles Chart
  34. ^ German Singles Chart
  35. ^ Greek Singles Chart
  36. ^ Irish Singles Chart
  37. ^ Italian Singles Chart
  38. ^ Swiss Singles Chart
  39. ^ One Heart (liner notes). Céline Dion. Epic Records. 2003.