Amazing (Matt Cardle song)

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"Amazing"
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Single by Matt Cardle
from the album Letters
Released 19 February 2012 (2012-02-19)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Indie Pop
Length 3:59
Label Syco Music, Columbia
Writer(s) Tom Leonard, Martin Harrington, Matt Cardle, Ash Howes, Richard Stannard
Producer(s) Richard 'Biff' Stannard
Matt Cardle singles chronology
"Starlight"
(2011)
"Amazing"
(2012)
"It's Only Love"
(2012)

"Amazing" is a song by British singer-songwriter Matt Cardle, released as the third single from his debut studio album, Letters, on 19 February 2012. The song was co-written by Tom Leonard, Martin Harrington, Ash Howes, Richard Stannard and Cardle himself. The single was backed with an all-new track, "All Is Said", as well as a live version of "Slowly", and a studio version of his cover of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face".

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review, stating: "Co-written by the man himself and produced by Richard Stannard – Ellie Goulding, Will Young – 'Amazing' will do little to deter his detractors who claim he is nothing more than mushy MOR guitar-pop, but it should easily please his larger-than-you'd-think fanbase. Yes, it's another Keane-esque guitar-strumming number, the lyrics are clichéd – "Look inside this fragile heart of mine" – and he belts out his trademark ad-libs at the end, but – whisper it – sometimes you just can't beat a bit of no-frills pop." 3/5 stars.[1]

Lawsuit[edit]

On 9 June 2016, it was reported that Ed Sheeran was being sued by "Amazing" songwriters Harrington and Leonard, for $20 million for copyright infringement. The lawsuit says: "Given the striking similarity between the chorus of Amazing and Photograph, (the) defendants knew when writing, publishing, recording, releasing, and distributing Photograph that they were infringing on a pre-existing musical composition."[2] The lawsuit was privately settled in April 2017, with no admission of guilt.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Amazing" premiered on 13 January 2012, at a total length of four minutes and six-seconds.[4] The video shows scenes of Cardle performing the song in a dark room, direct to camera. Certain shots are filmed in a laissez-faire[clarification needed] style, with the camera and boom operators being seen in shot. It also shows scenes of couples in the surrounding studio, either upset or re-uniting.

Track listing[edit]

Digital EP[5]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Amazing" Matt Cardle, Tom Leonard, Martin Harrington, Ash Howes, Richard Stannard 3:58
2. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (Studio Mix) Ewan MacColl 3:36
3. "All Is Said" (Demo) Matt Cardle, James Walsh, Eliot James 3:54
4. "Slowly" (Live from Koko) Matt Cardle, Eg White, David Sneddon 4:00
Promotional CD single[6]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Amazing" Matt Cardle, Tom Leonard, Martin Harrington, Ash Howes, Richard Stannard 3:31
2. "Amazing" (Instrumental) Matt Cardle, Tom Leonard, Martin Harrington, Ash Howes, Richard Stannard 3:31

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[7] 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matt Cardle: 'Amazing' - Single review - Music Singles Review". Digital Spy. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  2. ^ "Ed Sheeran is being sued for $20m by two songwriters over his track Photograph". Newsbeat. BBC Online. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah. "Ed Sheeran may regret Photograph that led to $20m copyright case". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Matt Cardle - Amazing". YouTube. 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  5. ^ "Amazing: Matt Cardle: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  6. ^ "Matt Cardle // Starlight & Amazing | Rushes Blog". Rushesblog.wordpress.com. 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  7. ^ "Official UK Singles Top 100 - 29th June 2013 | Official UK Top 40 | music charts | Official Singles Chart". Theofficialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 6 November 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 

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