Taking Chances (song)

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"Taking Chances"
Single by Céline Dion
from the album Taking Chances
Released October 24, 2007 (2007-10-24)
Format Music download, CD single
Recorded

January 28 - March 12, 2007

Genre Pop rock
Length 4:02
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Kara DioGuardi, David A. Stewart
Producer(s) John Shanks
Certification Gold (Canada)
Céline Dion singles chronology
"On s'est aimé à cause"
(2007)
"Taking Chances"
(2007)
"Eyes on Me"
(2008)

"Taking Chances" is a song recorded by Canadian recording artist Céline Dion, taken from her ninth English studio album of the same name (2007). It was written by songwriter Kara DioGuardi and former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart for their band named Platinum Weird. It was supposed to be released as a single in February 2007 for their unreleased self-titled album. However, after DioGuardi and Stewart recorded the song, they played it for Dion's husband René, who loved it and Dion recorded it.

It was released as the first single from the album in September 2007. "Taking Chances" is a pop rock ballad, which begins with Dion crooning softly over a near-acoustic musical backdrop, before the soft rock bombast kicks in. Lyrically, it is about trusting and baring our souls to each other and committing to making something special. The line, "So talk to me, like lovers do" came from the Eurythmics song "Here Comes the Rain Again." The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised Dion for taking risks and called it a hopeful and heartfelt song.

The song was a success around the world, peaking inside the top ten in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy and Switzerland. It also peaked at number 40 on the UK Singles Chart, while on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it reached number 54. It also topped the Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song was nominated for the Single of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2009. "Taking Chances" was covered on FOX's hit TV show Glee by Lea Michele's character Rachel Berry. Her version peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Background and writing[edit]

"Taking Chances" was written by songwriter Kara DioGuardi and former Eurythmic Dave Stewart.[1] The record label manager Jimmy Iovine put them together to write for the Pussycat Dolls, but DioGuardi and Stewart quickly realized that the music they were writing was best suited for them to record together. Iovine agreed and signed them to Interscope Records where they recorded an album as Platinum Weird, but the album was never released.[2] In The Dave Stewart Songbook Vol. 1, Stewart explains that he and DioGuardi wrote the song in about 10 minutes one afternoon when movers were bringing furniture into her new Los Angeles home.[3]

"I could hear some windchimes just outside the open window where I was laying, so I picked up an acoustic guitar and was trying to play the same random pattern the chimes were making. Kara is a genius with melody and multitasking so as she's shouting to the movers she starts singing, 'Don't know much about your life,' much to the confusion of the workers. It was like a scene from a musical as the furniture was piling in, she was singing, 'What do you say to taking chances? What do you you say to jumping off the edge?' We literally were swapping lyrics, melodies and chords in real time while all this chaos was around us. The song was written about ourselves trusting and baring our souls to each other. About committing to making something special even though we knew we were this odd couple who had no other reason to do it other than we loved it."[2][3]

After DioGuardi and Stewart recorded the song, they played it for Dion's husband René, who loved it.[2] Dion released it as the title track and first single from her ninth English studio album, which was also the name of her World Tour.[4] John Shanks produced the song.[5][6] He also produced five other songs on Taking Chances.[6] Kara DioGuardi also wrote and co-produced with Emanuel Kiriakou "Surprise Surprise" for the Taking Chances album.[7] She has already written few songs for Céline Dion in the past, including "One Heart." The latter was co-written and co-produced by John Shanks and Kara DioGuardi, and released as a single in 2003.[7]

On September 9, 2007, the members of her fan club had a 24-hour advance preview of "Taking Chances" and its accompanying in-studio video. Later, the video was available through Amazon.com and Sympatico / MSN Music Store the following day.[8] The song premiered on the radio on September 10, 2007[8] and was released as a music download on October 29, 2007 in the United States and Europe.[9] The track was included later on her 2008 greatest hits My Love: Essential Collection.[10] A live version was included in the Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert CD/DVD.[11]

Composition[edit]

A 30 second sample of "Taking Chances".

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"Taking Chances" is a midtempo rock ballad and it starts with a warm, strummed acoustic guitar eventually leading into a big pop production with a rock edge.[12] Celine's vocals span from E3 to F♯5. The line, "So talk to me, like lovers do" came from the Eurythmics song "Here Comes the Rain Again." In an interview with Dave Stewart, he explained why he recycled the lyric: "Yeah, because Taking Chances is the same, me writing with Kara DioGuardi and deciding to enter into something together. So 'I don't know much about your life, don't know much about your world, but I don't want to be alone tonight on this planet they call Earth, right? So what do you say of taking chances?' And it builds up and builds up and gets more determined, which is Kara's personality, who's been through a lot, and she goes, you know, 'I've been beaten down' and all this kind of stuff. And then it flips into, 'So talk to me, talk to me like lovers do.' It's like pulling itself out of that, getting the strength, and actually nodding and tipping my hat to one of my own songs within the song."[13]

Critical reception[edit]

"Taking Chances" received critical acclaim. Bill Lamb of About.com wrote that "Dion's vocals are commanding and powerful."[12] He also said: "The song opens the album and announces new directions in a truly exciting fashion."[12] Chuck Taylor of Billboard wrote that "it is destined for AC's top 10."[14] Sarah Rodman from the Boston Globe wrote that "it builds from an acoustic strum into the kind of pleasant radio-ready crunch that Michelle Branch would recognize."[15] Tammy La Gorce of Amazon.com called it a "hopeful, heartfelt track, which unfolds into an anthemic power ballad midway through, may be the best one."[16] Nick Levine wrote a positive review for Digital Spy, describing the song: "It begins in surprisingly restrained fashion, with Dion crooning softly over a near-acoustic musical backdrop, but the soft rock bombast kicks in soon enough. The guitars surge tastefully; the drums thump like they belong on a Phil Collins solo record and Dion plays the banshee to perfection."[17]

About.com's Bill Lamb listed as one of the Top 20 Pop Songs of 2007.[18] He went to say that "She moves into slightly more rocking territory in highly tasteful fashion. Some pop fans may take a second look at Celine after hearing this track."[18] The song was nominated for the category Single of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2009.[19] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic highlighted this song. Edna Gundersen from USA TODAY wrote, "She dials back the bombast on the title track, a midtempo rocker." Also Edna Gundersen from USA Today and Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly have put this song on their "Download this" lists.

Chart performance[edit]

In Canada, the song debuted at number 82 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart issue dated September 29, 2007.[20] Later, it became the "Greatest Gainer", after climbing from number 82 to number 13, on the chart issue dated October 6, 2007.[21] However, the song fell to number 30, in its third week.[22] The following week, it climbed to number 29,[23] before moving to number 26, in its fifth week.[24] After weeks fluctuating on the chart, the song climbed to number 10, in its tenth week, on the chart issue dated December 1, 2007.[25] It peaked at number 9, in its eleventh week, on the chart issue dated December 8, 2007.[26] It was certified Gold for selling over 20,000 digital downloads.[27]

"Taking Chances" debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart issue dated December 1, 2007, becoming the "Highest Debut" of that week.[28] Later, the song fell to number 68, on the chart issue dated December 8, 2007.[29] It remained at number 68, on the chart issue dated December 15, 2007.[30] On the chart issue dated December 22, 2007, the song became the "Biggest Free Faller", after falling to number 88, losing 20 positions.[31] It spent 4 weeks on the Hot 100 chart.[31] As of April 8, 2012, the digital single has sold 498,000 copies in total in the U.S., being her third best-selling digital single.[32] The single was successful on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, peaking at number 1 and becoming Dion's second song to do so, after "Misled" in 1994.[33] "Taking Chances" also peaked at number 6 on the U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, giving Dion ownership of the most top 10 hits at the format with 21 during the last two decades.[34]

The song debuted at number 58 on the UK Singles Chart, on November 10, 2007 and it peaked at number 40, on November 17, 2007.[35] It spent 4 weeks on the chart.[35] In France, the song debuted and peaked at number 7, on the SNEP chart.[36] The song spent 22 consecutive weeks inside the French charts, until it dropped at number 91, on April 5, 2008.[36] However, the song re-entered at number 88, on January 10, 2009, spending two more weeks.[36] It re-appeared at number 94, on April 4, 2009, spending an additional two weeks.[36] It re-entered once again on the chart at number 85, on June 20, 2009, staying for three more weeks.[36] "Taking Chances" spent a total of 29 non-consecutive weeks on the chart.[36] In Italy, the song debuted and peaked at number 5 on the FIMI charts, on November 1, 2007.[37] Later, it fell to number 8, where it stayed for one more week.[37] "Taking Chances" kept fluctuating on the chart for the next three weeks, until it reached number 9, on December 22, 2007.[37]

In Denmark, the song debuted and peaked at number 29 on the Danish Singles Chart, on November 23, 2007.[38] It dropped the chart at number 31, on November 30, 2007.[38] However, the song re-entered the Danish chart at number 3, becoming its peak position, on June 13, 2008.[38] In Austria, the song debuted at number 43 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40 chart, on November 9, 2007, before moving to number 35 the following week.[39] It peaked at number 12, in its third week, remaining in its peak position the following week.[39] It spent 14 weeks on the chart.[39]

Music video[edit]

Celine Dion in the music video, where she is on a motorcycle, staring at Dave Stewart, after doing dangerous things.

The music video, directed by Paul Boyd, was filmed in three days, between September 15–17, 2007 in several different locations, in the Las Vegas Valley.[40] It was released on October 16, 2007. The video features Celine breaking into a hotel and being chased.[40] It also includes a guest appearance by one of the songwriters of the track, Dave A. Stewart.[41] He described his cameo appearance as playing "a kind of enigmatic 'boss' character from a James Bond movie," and also commented that it was about 100 °F during filming.[41]

Promotion[edit]

On October 27, 2007 Céline Dion appeared on the fourth series of the British talent contest, The X Factor, as a mentor to the show's contestants. She also performed "Taking Chances" on the live show which was the world exclusive debut and her first UK performance for five years.[42] On November 12, 2007, Celine appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and performed the song and took requests from Oprah’s audience!.[43] On November 14, 2012, Celine went to the Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform the track.[44] Later, on November 18, 2007 she performed the song live at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.[45] On November 23, 2007, she went to the American talkshow The View to perform "Taking Chances" as well as "Alone".[46] On November 27, 2007, she performed the track on the ABC's dance competition show Dancing with the Stars.[47] "Taking Chances" became also a part of the Taking Chances Tour set list.[48]

Usage in popular culture and covers[edit]

"Taking Chances" was featured as a theme music for the promotional trailers for CBS's TV series Moonlight. It was later used in 2009 on the show So You Think You Can Dance Canada on the Top 20 performance show as a number choreographed by Stacey Tookey.

The song was covered on FOX's hit TV show Glee by Lea Michele's character Rachel Berry on the episode entitled "Preggers", in the first season.[49] It peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts when it was released.[50] Bill Lamb of About.com wrote that "it sounds solid partly because they aren't burdened with attempting to match the original in memory."[51] Brian Linder of IGN Music called it "bread and butter, but neither the high nor low point of this collection."[52]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Stars" by Erika Jayne
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
February 2, 2008
Succeeded by
"Love like This" by Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording locations
Personnel
  • Songwriting – Kara DioGuardi, David A. Stewart
  • Production – John Shanks
  • Mixing  - Jeff Rothschild
  • Guitars & Bass  - John Shanks
  • Keyboards - Ned Douglas
  • Drums & Programming  - Jeff Rothschild
  • Backing Vocals  - Kara Dioguardi

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Taking Chances, Epic Records.[70]

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