This Is the Night (Clay Aiken song)
|"This Is the Night"|
|Single by Clay Aiken|
|Released||June 3, 2003|
|Writer(s)||Chris Braide, Aldo Nova, Gary Burr|
|Producer(s)||Steve Mac, Clive Davis|
|Clay Aiken singles chronology|
It was released simultaneously with "Flying Without Wings" by rival contestant Ruben Studdard, and immediately reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, restricting "Flying Without Wings" to the number-two position.
Writing and inspiration
Although the song seems tailor-made as a potential show-winning song, it was not written specifically for American Idol. Co-writer Braide said in an interview with HitQuarters: "'This Is The Night' was written from the heart ... It was written after 9/11, and there’s a line in it, 'Every kiss is a kiss/you can never get back', and it’s about saying, to whoever you love out there, just appreciate them." American Idol creator Simon Fuller heard the song and said it was perfect for the show.
The double A-side single was RIAA certified platinum on July 15, 2003. Debuting at number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 (on June 17, 2003) and the Hot 100 Single Sales Chart, it was the fastest-selling single since Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997"  and the best-selling single of 2003. It was the first CD single to go platinum since 2002, when Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" sold a million copies after being released for over a year. The single also topped the charts in New Zealand where it was certified platinum, and went six times platinum in Canada.
|Retail Singles information|
|Bridge over Troubled Water / This Is the Night|
- "Interview with Chris Braide". HitQuarters. 30 August 2010. Retrieved Sep 1, 2010.
- MTV, Elton John full biography, accessed May 29, 2007
- About.com Top 40 / Pop, Clay Aiken, Best-Selling First Single accessed May 29, 2007
- How the American Idol coronation singles stack up, part 1
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|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
"This Is the Night"
June 28, 2003 – July 5, 2003
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|Canadian number-one single
"Bridge over Troubled Water"
June 28, 2003 (13 weeks)
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