A Thousand Years (Christina Perri song)

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"A Thousand Years"
AThousand Years.jpg
Single by Christina Perri
from the album The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released October 18, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop
Length 4:45
Label
Songwriter(s)
Christina Perri singles chronology
"Arms"
(2011)
"A Thousand Years"
(2011)
"Distance"
(2012)

"Arms"
(2011)
"A Thousand Years"
(2011)
"Distance"
(2012)
Music video
"A Thousand Years" on YouTube

"A Thousand Years" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Christina Perri, and written by Perri and David Hodges, from the album The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011). The song was released as a digital download on October 18, 2011 worldwide, and serves as the second single from the album.[1] Perri re-recorded the song with vocals from Steve Kazee for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack titled A Thousand Years, Pt. 2.

Composition[edit]

"A Thousand Years" is originally in the key of B major, with a tempo of 55 beats per minute based around a chord progression of B–F/A–Gm–F–E-F and with a vocal range of F3 to C4[2]. The song was written about the love affair between the characters Edward and Bella from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1[3].

Music video[edit]

An official lyric video of the song was premiered on October 17, 2011 via Perri's official Facebook and Twitter pages as well as her official website. On October 26, 2011, she released an official video for the song on her YouTube channel. The video begins with Perri holding a candle. It features a few clips from the movie interspersed between scenes with Perri singing in a room with a floor full of candles. The video may include the voices from Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson saying they love each other while in a wedding and also they can be heard in the background before the bridge. She ends the video singing into a sunset.

It has over 1.0 billion views and 6.3 million likes on YouTube.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."A Thousand Years"4:45

Cover versions[edit]

  • A cover by American crossover band The Piano Guys was uploaded on YouTube on May 9, 2012; as of September 2018, it has over 130 million views.[5]
  • American band Boyce Avenue released an acoustic version of "A Thousand Years". It currently has over 100 million views as of September 2018.[6]
  • Scottish singer Nicholas McDonald performed the song during the 10th series of the X Factor at the Arena audition.[7]
  • Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter and writer John Barrowman covered the song on his 2014 album "You Raise Me Up". He recorded the song after he married his husband, Scott Gil, and to celebrate gay couples who married after the United States Supreme Court denied an appeal to overturning California Proposition 8.[8]
  • Michael O'Dwyer, a member of the Irish stage production Celtic Thunder, covered the song for their CD/DVD set Celtic Thunder X.
  • Moms of kids with Down syndrome made a cover of the song that went viral.[9] The video currently has over 4.6 million views.[10]

Chart performance[edit]

On the week of October 23, 2011, the song debuted at number 63 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart,[11] and number 70 on Canadian Hot 100. It eventually reached a peak at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Perri her second top 40 hit. By July 2013, the song has sold over three million digital downloads in the US.[12] As of June 2014, the song has sold 3,657,000 copies in the US.[13] On August 3, 2018, the single was certified seven times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling seven million digital copies in the United States.

In the United Kingdom, the song reached number 32 on its original release in 2011. The following year, after the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, it peaked at number 13. In 2013, after it was performed on The X Factor (UK), it reached a new peak of 11.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[1] October 18, 2011 Digital download Atlantic
Canada[59] WEA International Inc.
Australia[60]
United Kingdom November 7, 2011 Digital download (album only) Atlantic

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "X Factor 2013: Nicholas McDonald is a little overwhelmed & pushes 'A Thousand Years' into iTunes chart!". Unreality TV. 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
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