We Remain

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"We Remain"
Single by Christina Aguilera
from the album The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Arena pop
Length 4:00[1]
Label
Writer(s)
Christina Aguilera singles chronology
  • "We Remain"
  • (2013)

"We Remain" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, taken from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, the soundtrack to the 2013 American science-fiction adventure film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It was released as the third digital download single from the soundtrack on October 1, 2013, following Coldplay's "Atlas" and Sia's "Elastic Heart". "We Remain" is an arena pop power ballad.

Contemporary music critics lauded the song for its sound and praised it for capturing the theme of The Hunger Games. It was also noted as one of the soundtrack's highlights. The song peaked on the South Korean Gaon International Download Chart at number 58 for digital sales of 2,689 copies.

Background and release[edit]

Following the release of her seventh studio album, Lotus (2012), which spawned two singles "Your Body" and "Just a Fool", Aguilera was reported to be featured on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with "We Remain" in September 2013.[3]

The song was released as a single from the soundtrack, following "Atlas" by Coldplay and "Elastic Heart" by Sia Furler.[4][5][6][7] It was released as a digital download single at Amazon.com on October 1, 2013.[1] It was also released on iTunes Stores on the same day.[8][9]

"We Remain" was performed live for the first time during the finale of the fifth season of The Voice, together with Aguilera's contestant Jacquie Lee. A studio version of the duet was released on iTunes December 16, 2013. [10]

Composition[edit]

A 25-second sample of "We Remain"

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According to the credits in the booklet, "We Remain" was written by Ryan Tedder and Brent Kutzle of OneRepublic, and Mikky Ekko. The song is an arena pop[11] power ballad[12][13] which lasts for a duration of 4:00 (four minutes).[1] It features a "propulsive Ryan Tedder-ish beat" and Aguilera's "enormous", "soaring" vocals.[14] At the chorus, Aguilera sings "So burn me with fire/ Drown me with rain/ I'm gonna wake up screaming your name/ Yes I'm a sinner, yes I'm a saint/ whatever happens here, whatever happens here, we remain".[13]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received widespread critical acclaim from music critics. Ryan Reed of Rolling Stone magazine called the track "a triumphant sounding arena-pop ballad" and noted that the song was "sure to be a hit at District 12 radio."[11] The Huffington Post wrote that the song was "one of the standouts from the 'Fire' album" and that it was "generating a ton of buzz. A heavy power ballad, it encapsulates the spirit and power of Games' heroine, Katniss."[12] Sam Lansky for Idolator thought that "We Remain" was similar to the works of Ryan Tedder, also writing that "it’s certainly stronger than any of the overwrought ballads on Lotus, which makes it feel like a refreshing return to form after a few misfires".[14]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[1]
  1. "We Remain" – 4:00

Charts[edit]

"We Remain" peaked at number 58 on the South Korean Gaon International Download Chart with 2,689 copies sold on October 6, 2013.[15]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[16] 31
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[17] 14
South Korea (GAON Download Chart)[15] 58
Taiwan (KKBOX)[18] 9
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[19] 64

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label(s)
United States October 1, 2013[1] Digital download RCA, Republic
October 8, 2013[2] Contemporary hit radio RCA, Republic, Lionsgate

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "We Remain (From "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" Soundtrack): Christina Aguilera". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access. All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Vlessing, Etan (September 26, 2013). "'Catching Fire' Soundtrack: Christina Aguilera, The Weeknd, Lorde Join The Hunger Games". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Earp, Catherine (September 26, 2013). "Christina Aguilera previews 'Hunger Games' song 'We Remain' - listen". Digital Spy. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ Ng, Philiana (September 26, 2013). "Christina Aguilera Records Song for New 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sia's 'Elastic Heart' Single For 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Drops With The Weeknd And Diplo". The Huffington Post. September 30, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Christina Aguilera Delivers 'We Remain' for 'Catching Fire' Soundtrack: Listen". Billboard. October 1, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ Nicodemo, Tara (September 30, 2013). "Christina Aguilera Teases 'Hunger Games' Ballad: 'We Remain'". RyanSeacrest.com. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ehrlich, Brenna (September 30, 2013). "Christina Aguilera's Fiery 'Hunger Games' Single Art Revealed: Take A Look!". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ "We Remain (The Voice Performance) - Single by Jacquie Lee & Christina Aguilera". iTunes. December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Reed, Ryan (September 26, 2013). "Christina Aguilera Catches Fire on 'We Remain'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Lopez, Michael (September 27, 2013). "Christina Aguilera Adds 'We Remain' To 'Catching Fire' Soundtrack (LISTEN)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Malec, Brett (September 30, 2013). "Christina Aguilera's Catching Fire Song "We Remain" Released—Listen to the Power Ballad Now!". E! Online. E!. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Lansky, Sam (September 30, 2013). "Christina Aguilera’s “We Remain”: Hear The Monster ‘Hunger Games’ Power Ballad". Idolator. Buzz Media. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b http://gaonchart.co.kr/digital_chart/download.php?nationGbn=E&current_week=42&current_year=2013&chart_Time=week
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Christina Aguilera – We Remain" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Christina Aguilera – We Remain" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  18. ^ "Taiwan Five Music Western Chart Top 20 (Week 22, 2013)". Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Christina Aguilera Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Digital Songs for Christina Aguilera. Retrieved December 9, 2013.