We Can

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"We Can"
Single by LeAnn Rimes
from the album Legally Blonde 2: Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released October 28, 2003
Format CD single, digital download, 12" vinyl, Maxi single
Recorded 2003
Henson Recording Studios
(Hollywood, CA)
Emerald Sound Studios
(Nashville, TN)[1]
Genre Pop
Length 3:37
Label Asylum-Curb
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) Dann Huff
LeAnn Rimes singles chronology
"Suddenly"
(2003)
"We Can"
(2003)
"This Love"
(2004)

We Can is the twenty-fourth single by American country pop singer LeAnn Rimes, released on October 28, 2003 by Curb Records from the Legally Blonde 2: Motion Picture Soundtrack and was included on Rimes' Greatest Hits album.

The song charted on only two charts in the US peaking at number seventeen on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts and at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play. Internationally, the song peaked at number twenty-seven in the UK, forty in New Zealand, ninety-four in the Netherlands and thirty-seven in Ireland.

Two music videos were released for the song. One video features clips taken from the film and is included on the DVD of the film, while the other features actors and was included on the limited edition DVD that original came with Rimes' Greatest Hits album.

Background[edit]

"We Can" and a remix of the song was first released on the Legally Blonde 2: Motion Picture Soundtrack, on July 1, 2003 by Curb Records.[2] It was released as a single from the soundtrack on October 28, 2003 by Curb Records.[3] The song was later included on Rimes' Greatest Hits album, which was released on November 18, 2003.[4] In 2004, the song was included on The Best of LeAnn Rimes[5] and the Wildlife Radio Edit of the song was released on the remix edition.[6] It is the third time Rimes would work with American songwriter Diane Warren on a soundtrack.[7]

Composition[edit]

A twenty-eight second sample of Rimes' "We Can", from the Legally Blonde 2: Motion Picture Soundtrack. Sample features the chorus of the song.

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"We Can" is a pop[8] song of three minutes and thirty-seven seconds.[9] The song is written by American Grammy Award-winning songwriter, Diane Warren and performed by American country pop singer LeAnn Rimes. The song is written in the key of E major with Rimes' vocals spanning two octaves, from E3 to E5.[10] According to Rimes, the song is about "a testament to the power of working for a common goal."[11]

Promotion[edit]

Rimes made several TV appearances to promote the song, including Good Morning America on June 27, 2003, The View on July 2, 2003, "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" on July 4, 2003 and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 14, 2003.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of About.com complimented Rimes' for her vocals stating that Rimes is "sounding better than she ever has, and the song fit so well in the movie Legally Blonde 2 that it became the end credits song."[12] Heather Phares of Allmusic called it "pleasant but slightly bland girl-power anthem."[8] Lydia Vanderloo of Barnes & Noble.com praised the song stating it's "an effervescent, chart-worthy tune on which Rimes insists that, against all odds, "We can do the impossible!""[13] Carla Hay of Billboard.com claimed that "Curb Records is banking on LeAnn Rimes to be a triple-crown soundtracks winner."[7]

Chart performance[edit]

In the US the song peaked at number sixteen on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts.[14] The song also peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.[15]

Internationally the song charted at number thirty-seven on the IRMA.[16] It also charted at number ninety-four on the Netherlands' Mega Single Top 100 chart,[17] number forty on the RIANZ[18] and twenty-seven on the UK's Official Chart Company.[19]

Music video[edit]

Two music videos were released for the song. Both videos contains clips of Rimes singing on the hood of a car, in front of a star with a tanktop and skirt on and in front of a pink wall wearing a pink tanktop and a fluffy yellow skirt.[20] One version of the video contains scenes taken from the Legally Blonde 2 film.[21] The second version of the video portrays actors, one in an office, the other in a truck, one as a waitress, a cheerleader and a business man. The actress in the office is being yelled at by her boss over her copies being on pink printer paper, the guy in the truck is stuck in a traffic jam, the waitress has a secret crush on the cook, the cheerleader wants to play football and the business man is getting a haircut. At the end of the video the actress in the office walks away from her boss and throws the copies into the air, the actor in the truck starts walking instead of waiting for the traffic jam to move, the waitress kisses the cook, the cheerleader runs out and tackles the quarterback and scores a touchdown, and the business man ends up with a blue Mohawk.[22] The version featuring clips taken from the film was included as a bonus feature on the DVD for the film.[23] The one featuring the clips with the actors was included on the limited edition bonus DVD that came with the original release of Rimes' Greatest Hits album.[24] The music video was shot in Los Angeles[25] and directed by Liz Friedlander.[26]

Track listing[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 37
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[17] 94
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 27
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[14] 16
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[15] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Legally Blonde 2: Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD Liner notes). Various Artists. Curb Records. 2003. D2-78822. 
  2. ^ "Legally Blonde 2 - Motion Picture Soundtrack: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com (US) Amazon, Inc. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  3. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - We Can (Remixes) by LeAnn Rimes". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. 2003-10-28. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  4. ^ Greatest Hit References:
  5. ^ The Best of LeAnn Rimes references:
  6. ^ "The Best of LeAnn Rimes: Remixed: LeAnn Rimes: Music". Amazon.com (US) Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  7. ^ a b c Carla Hay (2003-07-19). "Curb, Rimes Go For Three In A Row With 'Blonde' Single". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  8. ^ a b Phares, Heather (2003-07-01). "Legally Blonde 2 - Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  9. ^ "Greatest Hits: Leann Rimes: Music". Amazon.com (US) Amazon, Inc. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  10. ^ "Digital sheet music - LeAnn Rimes - We Can". Musicnotes.com. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  11. ^ "Simon and Garfunkel Reunion May Happen". Stephen M. Silverman. People.com. 2003-06-18. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  12. ^ "LeAnn Rimes - Greatest Hits". Matt Bjorke. About.com. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  13. ^ "Legally Blonde 2". Barnes & Noble. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  14. ^ a b "LeAnn Rimes Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for LeAnn Rimes. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  15. ^ a b "We Can - LeAnn Rimes". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  16. ^ a b "Chart Track: Week 33, 2003". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  17. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – LeAnn Rimes – We Can". Mega Single Top 100. Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  18. ^ a b "Charts.org.nz – LeAnn Rimes – We Can". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  19. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 2003-08-23" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  20. ^ We Can music video references:
  21. ^ "We Can (Original Version) by LeAnn Rimes Music Video on Yahoo! Music". New.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  22. ^ leannrimesofficial (2010-12-17). "LeAnnRimes - We Can". YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  23. ^ "Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (Special Edition): Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge, Bruce McGill, Dana Ivey, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jessica Cauffiel, Alanna Ubach, J Barton, Stanley Anderson, Bruce Thomas, Bob Newhart, Luke Wilson, Ruth Williamson, Jack McGee, Amir Talai, Zia Harris, Sam Pancake, Octavia Spencer: Movies & TV". Amazon.com (US) Amazon, Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  24. ^ "Greatest Hits: Includes Bonus Limited Edition DVD: LeAnn Rimes: Music". Amazon.com. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  25. ^ Greatest Hits: Video Hits Limited Edition DVD by LeAnn Rimes [DVD] November 18, 2003 Curb Records (D2-78829) Retrieved 2011-11-07
  26. ^ Greatest Hits (CD Liner notes). LeAnn Rimes. Curb Records. 2003. D2-78829. 
  27. ^ "iTunes - Music - We Can (Remixes) by LeAnn Rimes". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. 2003-10-28. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  28. ^ We Can (12" vinyl). LeAnn Rimes. Curb Records. 2003. CURBD 1795 CURBD 1796. 
  29. ^ "We Can: Leann Rimes: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.com (UK) Amazon, Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  30. ^ We Can (Promotional CD single). LeAnn Rimes. Curb Records. 2003. CUBCDJ 092. 
  31. ^ "We Can: Leann Rimes: Music". Amazon.com (US) Amazon, Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  32. ^ We Can (CD single). LeAnn Rimes. Curb Records. 2003. 50-50466-7688-5-8. 
  33. ^ We Can (Maxi single). LeAnn Rimes. Curb Records. 2003. 674192.2. 

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