You and Me (Lifehouse song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"You and Me"
Single by Lifehouse
from the album Lifehouse
Released January 28, 2005
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock, soft rock
Length 3:16 (Album Version)
5:15 (Extended Wedding Version)
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Jason Wade, Jude Cole
Producer(s) John Alagía
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Lifehouse singles chronology
"Take Me Away"
(2003)
"You and Me"
(2005)
"Blind"
(2005)

"You and Me" is a song by American alternative band Lifehouse. It is the first single released from their eponymous third studio album, Lifehouse. The track was written by lead singer Jason Wade and American record producer Jude Cole. It was recorded and produced by John Alagía at his home studio in Easton, Maryland. The song was first released via digital download on January 28, 2005. It was then solicited to mainstream radio on March 15, 2005. An extended wedding version of the song was then released on July 26, 2005. Musically, "You and Me" is a melodic pop rock song which, by today's standards, has a notably high emphasis on acoustics. It also contains influences of adult alternative.

The song received positive reviews from critics, who noted that the song was more mellow and stripped-down than their previous singles. It became a commercial success, charting in the top five in the United States and also charting in Australia and New Zealand. On May 19, 2005, the song was certified Gold by the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 units in the United States. In 2005, it became the ninth most downloaded song, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Because of its success, it appeared as the number one song on Billboard's list of Top 40 Adult Pop Songs from 1996-2011 on March 16, 2011. A music video for the song premiered on MTV.com on March 21, 2005, and features a couple as Wade sings in a train station. "You and Me" has appeared on many television shows, including Smallville, Grey's Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, Cold Case and Gavin & Stacey.

Background and release[edit]

The song was written by Lifehouse lead singer Jason Wade and American record producer Jude Cole.[1] It was recorded and produced by John Alagía at his home studio in Easton, Maryland.[2] In an interview with MTV, Wade explained his experience working with Alagía, and said, "When we walked into John's house, we didn't know what to expect, and we get in there and the mixing board is in the living room, the B3 [organ] is in the kitchen and the piano is over there. And he's so nonchalant about all his stuff — there'd be a triple-platinum Dave Matthews Band plaque sticking out from under the bed."[3] "You and Me" was first released via digital download on January 28, 2005.[4] It was then solicited to mainstream radio on March 15, 2005.[5] An extended wedding version of the song was released on July 26, 2005.[6]

Composition and critical reception[edit]

"You and Me" was described as a pop rock song with influences of adult alternative.[7] John DiBiase of Jesus Freak Hideout described the song as "a tender acoustic love ballad" noting how the song was "noticeably more mellow and stripped-down than the band's previous singles."[8] Ultimate Guitar called the song "a tender love-ballad" and noted how it would be "a perfect soundtrack for a wedding."[9] Alternative Addiction said that the song was embraced by fans in the same way "Hanging by a Moment" was when Lifehouse started as a band.[10] According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is set in 6/8 time with a "slow" tempo of 46 beats per minute.[11] It is composed in the key of G major with Wade's vocal range spanning from the low-note of C3 to the high-note of E4.[11] The song has a basic chord progression of G5–G5/C–G5/F–G5/B–Em7–Dsus4–C.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

"You and Me" debuted at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of February 12, 2005.[12] It stayed on the chart for 62 non-consecutive weeks, and eventually peaked at number five.[13] On the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, the song debuted at number 29 for the week of July 23, 2005.[12] It eventually peaked at number one after it stayed on the chart for 34 non-consecutive weeks.[14] The song debuted at number 29 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart for the week of February 19, 2005.[12] After moving around the chart for 39 consecutive weeks, the song peaked at number one for nine non-consecutive weeks.[15] Because of its success on the chart, "You and Me" became the number one song on Billboard's list of the Top 40 Adult Pop Songs from 1996-2011 on March 16, 2011.[16] On the Billboard Digital Songs chart, the song debuted at number 38 for the week of April 23, 2005.[12] After moving around the chart for 31 non-consecutive weeks, the song eventually peaked at number three.[17] "You and Me" debuted at number 37 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart during the week of May 21, 2005.[12] It eventually peaked at number four after it spent 26 consecutive weeks on the chart.[18] On the Billboard Radio Songs chart, the track debuted at number 74 during the week of May 21, 2005.[12] It proceeded to move around the chart for 26 consecutive weeks, until it eventually peaked at number nine.[19] According to Nielsen SoundScan, "You and Me" was the ninth top selling digital song of 2005.[20] On May 19, 2005, "You and Me" was certified Gold by the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 units of the song.[21]

The song also managed to achieve international success. In Australia, the song debuted at number 30 on the ARIA Charts for the week of May 29, 2005. That later became its peak after it spent four weeks on the chart.[22] On the New Zealand Singles Chart, "You and Me" debuted at number 39, which later became its peak after it spent only one week on the chart during the week of October 31, 2005.[23]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "You and Me" (Album Version) - 3:16
  2. "Butterfly" - 3:56
  3. "Ordinary Pain" - 3:12

Television appearances[edit]

On April 20, 2005, Lifehouse made an appearance in the Smallville episode "Spirit" and performed "You and Me" among other songs.[24] It also appeared in the The 4400 episode "Life Interrupted" on July 17, 2005.[25] Several months later, "You and Me" also made an appearance in the Grey's Anatomy's episode "Much Too Much" that premiered on November 27, 2005.[26] The song appeared in the Everwood episode "Getting to Know You" on December 8, 2005 and in the Cold Case episode "One Night" on March 19, 2006.[27][28] On May 13, 2007, the song appeared in the pilot episode of Gavin & Stacey.[29]

Music video[edit]

Background[edit]

The music video, directed by Bill Yukich, premiered on MTV.com on March 21, 2005.[30] It was then released on iTunes for digital download on March 30, 2005.[31]

Synopsis[edit]

The video starts with a woman exiting the taxi and going to the Los Angeles Union Station. A man exits a car and follows her. Wade then plays the first verse and first chorus in the waiting area of the L. A. Union Station. As the band plays the second verse, they are shown playing at the rooftop with Iron Mountain clearly visible. When the chorus plays again, they are shown at the roof with lights from the buildings of Los Angeles at night. When Wade sings the bridge, he is on the roof of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood Boulevard. The man and the woman are also seen running in the boarding area of the Los Angeles Union Station. They later meet up and kiss in one of the boarding platforms of the station in front of a train which later starts to move. The video ends with the band sitting down in the waiting hall.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Source: Allmusic[32]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005–2006) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[33] 30
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[34] 39
US Billboard Hot 100[35] 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[36] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[37] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[38] 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lifehouse – Lifehouse". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  2. ^ ""You and Me" Longest Running Single on Current Billboard". Geffen Records. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Aided By John Mayer's Producer, Lifehouse Rebound From Sophomore Jinz". MTV Networks. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  4. ^ ""You and Me" Available Now For Digital Download". Geffen Records. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  5. ^ "FMQB: Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report Inc. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  6. ^ "You and Me (Extended Wedding Song Version)". Geffen Records. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  7. ^ "You and Me by Lifehouse". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  8. ^ DiBiase, John. "Lifehouse, "Lifehouse" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  9. ^ "Lifehouse Review". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  10. ^ "Review of "Lifehouse" by Lifehouse". Alternative Addiction LLC. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  11. ^ a b c "Lifehouse – You and Me Sheet Music (Digital Download)". Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "You and Me – Lifehouse". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  13. ^ "Lifehouse Album & Song Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  14. ^ "Lifehouse Album & Song Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  15. ^ "Lifehouse Album & Song Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  16. ^ "The Top 40 Adult Pop Songs (1996-2011)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  17. ^ "Lifehouse Album & Song Chart History (Digital Songs)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  18. ^ "Lifehouse Album & Song Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  19. ^ "Lifehouse Album & Song Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  20. ^ "Lifehouse In Top 2005 Downloads". Geffen Records. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  21. ^ "RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  22. ^ "australian-charts.com – Lifehouse – You And Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  23. ^ "charts.org.nz – Lifehouse – You And Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  24. ^ "Smallville: Spirit Trivia & Quotes – TV.com". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  25. ^ "The 4400: Life Interrupted Episode Summary – TV.com". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  26. ^ "Grey's Anatomy: Much Too Much Episode Summary – TV.com". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  27. ^ "Everwood: Getting to Know You Trivia & Quotes – TV.com". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  28. ^ "Cold Case: One Night Trivia & Quotes – TV.com". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  29. ^ "Gavin and Stacey: Episode One Episode Summary – TV.com". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  30. ^ "Lifehouse - "You and Me"". MTV Networks. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  31. ^ "You and Me by Lifehouse". Apple Inc. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  32. ^ You and Me (Lifehouse song) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
  33. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Lifehouse – You And Me". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  34. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Lifehouse – You And Me". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  35. ^ "Lifehouse Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Lifehouse. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  36. ^ "Lifehouse Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Lifehouse. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  37. ^ "Lifehouse Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Lifehouse. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  38. ^ "Lifehouse Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Lifehouse. Retrieved 2011-08-04.