Smile (Vitamin C song)

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"Smile"
Single by Vitamin C featuring Lady Saw
from the album Vitamin C
Released June 29, 1999
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop, ska, reggaefusion
Length 3:58
Label Elektra/Warner Music Group
Producer(s) Josh Deutsch, Garry Hughes
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Vitamin C featuring Lady Saw singles chronology
"Smile"
(1999)
"Me, Myself & I"
(1999)

"Smile" is the debut single by Vitamin C released in 1999. It was the first single released from her debut solo album Vitamin C. Although billed as a Vitamin C single, the song is actually a duet with Vitamin C alternating riffs with Lady Saw (born Marion Hall), a Jamaican reggae singer known as "the first Lady of Dancehall". The song was also featured in the 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie Stepsister From Planet Weird starring Courtnee Draper. It was used in a Hershey's commercial throughout 2000 and 2002. It was recently used in a commercial for Tide. It is also used in commercials for WSBE-TV and PBS Kids.

Reception[edit]

"Smile" became Vitamin C's highest charting single to date, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart, #21 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart and #18 on the Hot 100, becoming her only single to reach the Top 20 and her first single to reach the Top 40.[1] "Smile" peaked at #13 in New Zealand on the RIANZ Charts.

The single went Gold in the U.S., as certified by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000.[2] The song became her first hit off her platinum-selling debut album.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video takes place in a multi-colored Sam Goody CD store which has several motifs from the album art. Lady Saw plays a DJ in the video, while Vitamin C dances with a few backup dancers to the song ("Smile") that Lady Saw is playing. The video was directed by Christopher Erskine.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Smile" (album version) – 3:58
  2. "Smile" (Maserati Mix) – 4:01

Limited Edition US Promo CD

  1. Smile (Rhythm Crossover Mix) 3:55
  2. Smile (Radio Edit) 3:24
  3. Smile (Rapless Edit) 3:50
  4. Audio Bio 0:56

US Promo CD #2

  1. Smile (Radio Edit) 3:24
  2. Smile (Maserati Mix) 4:03
  3. Smile (Mr. Mig's Club Mix) 3:47
  4. Smile (Album Version) 3:57
  5. Audio Bio 0:56

US Single

  1. Smile (Album Version) 4:00
  2. Smile (Maserati Mix) 4:05
  • Video Smile (Video)

US Maxi-CD

  1. Smile (Mr. Mig's Extended Mix) 4:20
  2. Smile (Radio Edit) 3:26
  3. Smile (Dub Mix) 7:36
  4. Smile (Maserati Mix) 4:04
  5. Smile (Acappella) 2:30
  6. Smile (Album Version) 3:57
  • Video Smile

US Vinyl, 12", Promo

  • A1 Smile (Pull Extended Club Mix) 7:37
  • A2 Smile (Pull Instrumental) 3:27
  • B1 Smile (Pull KHz Remix) 3:27
  • B2 Smile (Original) 3:57
  • B3 Smile (Instrumental) 3:14

Europe CD

  1. Smile (Radio Edit) 3:24
  2. Smile (LP Version) 3:57

Europe CD 2

  1. Smile (Radio Edit) 3:24
  2. Smile (Mr. Mig's Club Mix) 3:47
  3. Smile (Rapless Edit) 3:34
  4. Smile (Maserati Mix) 4:03

Smile 2005[edit]

A 2005 remix "Smile 2005" featured in film Aquamarine (2006).[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18[5]
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 21[6]
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 13[7]
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 138[8]
Canadian Singles Chart 29[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955–2002 (10th ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 746. ISBN 0-89820-155-1. 
  2. ^ Vitamin C Gold single for "Smile" as certified by the RIAA
  3. ^ Vitamin C Platinum album as certified by RIAA
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0429591/soundtrack
  5. ^ Chart info
  6. ^ Pop songs History
  7. ^ RIANZ Singles Chart
  8. ^ "Pandora Australian archives". pandora.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  9. ^ "Search Results – RPM Magazine". RPM (magazine). Retrieved 2010-03-21.