Snow on the Sahara (song)
|"Snow on the Sahara"|
|Single by Anggun|
|from the album Snow on the Sahara|
|Length||4:19 (Album Version)
3:40 (Radio Edit)
|Writer(s)||Erick Benzi, Nikki Matheson|
|Certification||Gold Export Sales|
|Anggun singles chronology|
"Snow on the Sahara" is a song by Indonesian singer Anggun from her first international studio album Snow on the Sahara. Written originally in French by Erick Benzi titled "La neige au Sahara", the song was adapted to English by Nikki Matheson. The French version was recorded for Anggun's first French album Au nom de la lune. The song was released in 1997 as her debut international single in 33 countries worldwide. It topped the charts in Italy, Spain and several countries in Asia. The French version reached number one on the French Airplay Chart and number 16 on the French Singles Chart. It became the most-played single of 1997 in France.
- "Snow on the Sahara" (4:20)
- "Selamanya" (2:21)
- "La Neige au Sahara" (4:20)
There are 2 versions of the music video for Snow on the Sahara. The first version was shot in Bali and features storyline about Anggun and her lover becoming the sacrifice for some ancient ritual.
The second version features Anggun in an "art room" filled with antique furniture. She was also shot in an ice-blue background, singing the lines of the song. This version receives less airplay and was only released for the US and Italian television. In Italy, only this version was aired. The length of this version is shorter than the first one, fading in 3:39.
Sample of Anggun's "Snow on the Sahara".
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The song was written, produced and arranged by Erick Benzi and later adapted into English by songwriter Nikki Matheson. The song remains to be Anggun's signature song across the world and catapulted Anggun's fame in international music scene in 1997 and 1998. Sarah Brightman also did a cover version of this song on her The Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas album. The song is mainly built on synthesizers and keyboards sounds, mixed with tribal beats. It is considered to be an Adult Contemporary song by some, whilst some other may consider it a World Music song.
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||24|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||20|
|Germany (Media Control AG)||55|
|Japan (Tokio Hot 100)||5|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||24|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||184|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||16|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40||22|
Anggun's Snow on the Sahara have been covered by other artists include:
- Stanford Harmonics on the compilation Best of Collegiate A Cappella.
- The Class Notes on their album Afterhours.
- Sarah Brightman on her The Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas album.
- Ilaria Porceddu on her album Suono Naturale.
- Gede Bagus during the first season of X Factor Indonesia
- "Ultratop.be – Anggun – La Neige au Sahara" (in French). Ultratop 50.
- "Anggun: Snow on the Sahara" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
- "Lescharts.com – Anggun – La Neige au Sahara" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Italiancharts.com – Anggun – Snow on the Sahara". Top Digital Download.
- "Spanishcharts.com – Anggun – Snow on the Sahara" Canciones Top 50.
- "Anggun – Snow on the Sahara – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
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