Change of Heart (Cyndi Lauper song)

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"Change of Heart"
Cyndi Lauper CoH.jpg
Single by Cyndi Lauper
from the album True Colors
B-side"Heartbeats" "Witness" "What a Thrill"
ReleasedNovember 11, 1986
Recorded1986
GenreDance-pop
Length4:22
3:58 (single edit)
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
"True Colors"
(1986)
"Change of Heart"
(1986)
"What's Going On"
(1987)
Music video
"Change of Heart" on YouTube

"Change of Heart" is the second single released by American singer Cyndi Lauper from her second album, True Colors on November 11, 1986. The single went gold in the US and peaked at No. 3 in the Billboard Hot 100.

Popular remixes by Shep Pettibone were also released. A music video was filmed in Trafalgar Square in London. It features Lauper and her tour band (including David Rosenthal on keyboards) performing the song in front of a large group of people.

The Bangles sang background vocals on the original recording.

A live version of the song was released on Lauper's live album/DVD, To Memphis, with Love.

Critical response[edit]

Jimmy Guterman of Rolling Stone magazine said of the song in his album review for True Colors, "...Lauper's trademark hiccuped syllables rest on a cushion of harmonies supplied by The Bangles and transform what is little more than a sophisticated rhythm track with nominal lyrics into a heartfelt declaration of fidelity."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

"Change of Heart" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 67 and reached a peak position of No. 3 on the issue dated 14 February 1987, spending a total of 17 weeks on the chart.[2] It had similar success in the Hot Dance/Club Play Songs chart, hitting No. 4.[3] The song placed at No. 61 on the year-end chart of 1987.[4] In Canada, the song debuted at No. 88 on the RPM issue dated 13 December 1986.[5] After 10 weeks, it reached a peak position of No. 13[6] and spent a total of 17 weeks in the chart.[7] In the United Kingdom, "Change of Heart" debuted at No. 96 on the UK Singles Chart and was Lauper's least successful UK single to date, only reaching No. 67.[8] Across Europe, "Change of Heart" peaked at No. 8 in France.[9]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan.[10] It features Lauper and her tour band playing informal gigs in public locations in London, including Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square (with a clear shot of the poster for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge being visible at the Odeon), Covent Garden, and Westminster Bridge / The Queen's Walk, where the London Eye is currently located, 13 years before its opening.

Track listing[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album liner notes.[15]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "True Colors". Rolling Stone. 25 September 1986.
  2. ^ a b "Hot 100: Week Ending February 14, 1987". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  3. ^ a b "Hot Dance/Club: Week Ending February 14, 1987". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  4. ^ a b "Billboard Hot 100 1987". Billboard. Vol. 99, no. 52. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1987-12-26. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ "Top Singles". RPM. Vol. 45, no. 12. RPM Music Publications Ltd. December 13, 1986. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  6. ^ a b "Top Singles". RPM. Vol. 45, no. 21. RPM Music Publications Ltd. February 28, 1987. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  7. ^ "Top Singles". RPM. Vol. 46, no. 2. RPM Music Publications Ltd. April 18, 1987. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  8. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - Cyndi Lauper - Change of Heart". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  9. ^ a b "Cyndi Lauper - Change of Heart (song)". Ultratop 50. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  10. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - Cyndi Lauper - "Change of heart"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  11. ^ Change of Heart (US 12-inch Single liner notes). Cyndi Lauper. Portrait Records. 1986. 4R9 05974.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  12. ^ Change of Heart (US 7-inch Single liner notes). Cyndi Lauper. Portrait Records. 1984. 37-06431.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  13. ^ Change of Heart (US 12-inch Single liner notes). Cyndi Lauper. Portrait Records. 1986. CYNDI T1.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  14. ^ Change of Heart (US 7-inch Single liner notes). Cyndi Lauper. Portrait Records. 1984. CYNDI 1.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  15. ^ True Colors (LP, Vinyl, CD). Cyndi Lauper. Portrait Records. 1986. R 40313.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  16. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 173. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  17. ^ a b "Cyndi Lauper - Change of Heart". 2004-01-02. Archived from the original on 2004-01-02. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  18. ^ "New Zealand charts portal". charts.nz. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Cyndi Lauper".