City of Stars

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"City of Stars"
Song by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
from the album La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Length 2:25
Label Interscope
Composer(s) Justin Hurwitz
Lyricist(s)
La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack track listing
"Herman's Habit"
(5)
"City of Stars"
(6)
"Planetarium"
(7)

"City of Stars" is a song performed by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone from the film La La Land (2016). The music of the song was composed by Justin Hurwitz while the lyrics were provided by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.[1] The song won numerous awards, including the award for Best Original Song at both the 74th Golden Globe Awards and 89th Academy Awards.

Context[edit]

In the film, the song is first sung by Gosling alone as the character of Sebastian as he sings and dances on the Hermosa Beach pier. Later in the film, it is reprised by Sebastian and Mia (Stone) during a montage of him getting ready to tour with Keith's (John Legend) band, as well as Mia quitting her job at a coffee shop and renting out a theater for her one-woman play.

Inspiration[edit]

Justin Hurwitz, the composer of the song, discussed the writing of the song:[2]

[The song] started at the piano with me just working on demos for Damien, sending him ideas until something really sparked. It's so funny that that and "Audition" are the two songs that people seem to be responding to the most, at least so far, because they had similar processes in the sense that they had probably the least amount of fussing at the piano demo stage. [...] I was just composing it from an emotional place and thinking about the tone. I would say the tone is hopeful, but melancholy at the same time. And it kind of goes back-and-forth between cadencing in major and cadencing in minor, because I think that’s kind of what the song is about. You have these great moments and then you have these less great moments in life and in Los Angeles and we see it happen in the story. I was thinking about that idea a little bit and just trying to compose a melody that I thought was shapely and beautiful. I guess it has some jazz inflections, because it’s something Sebastian plays on the piano.

In popular culture[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Awards
Award Date of ceremony Category Result Ref.
Hollywood Music in Media Awards November 17, 2016 Best Song – Feature Film Won [3][4]
Critics' Choice Awards December 11, 2016 Best Song Won [5]
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association December 18, 2016 Best Song Won [6]
Houston Film Critics Society January 6, 2017 Best Original Song Won [7][8]
Golden Globe Awards January 8, 2017 Best Original Song Won [9]
Satellite Awards February 19, 2017 Best Original Song Won [10]
Academy Awards February 26, 2017 Best Original Song Won [11]
Grammy Award January 28, 2018 Best Song Written for Visual Media Nominated [12]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[13] 68
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[14] 30
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[15] 20
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[16] 89
France (SNEP)[17] 9
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[18] 3
Hungary (Single Top 40)[19] 8
Ireland (IRMA)[20]
[21]
57
Italy (FIMI)[22] 51
Japan Hot Overseas (Billboard)[23] 2
Japan Radio Songs (Billboard)[24] 1
Portugal (AFP)[25] 45
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[26] 29
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[27] 14
South Korea International Chart (Gaon)[28] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 48
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[30] 53
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[31] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Position
Hungary (Single Top 40)[32] 72

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[33] Gold 25,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (November 17, 2016). "Listen to 'City of Stars' From the 'La La Land' Soundtrack, Arriving Dec. 9". Variety. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (August 31, 2016). "'La La Land' Composer Justin Hurwitz Details the Film's Songwriting Process". Variety. Retrieved January 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Justin Timberlake & Alexandre Desplat Among Winners At Hollywood Music In Media Awards". Deadline. November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (November 2, 2016). "'La La Land' Scores Three Hollywood Music in Media Nominations". Variety. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ "La La Land Leads with 12 Nominations for the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards". Critics' Choice. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ "2016 StLFCA Annual Award Nominations". St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Houston Film Critics Nominations for 2016 Films". MovieAwardsPlus.com. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Houston Film Critics Society Nominations – 'The Nice Guys' and Rebecca Hall Get a Deserved Boost". AwardsCircuit.com. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Golden Globes 2017: The Complete List of Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  10. ^ Kilday, Gregg (November 29, 2016). "Satellite Awards Nominees Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ Sheehan, Paul (January 24, 2017). "Oscar nominees list: 2017 Academy Award nominations". GoldDerby. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  12. ^ "60th GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees List". Grammys. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  13. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – City of Stars" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – City of Stars" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – City of Stars" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  16. ^ "Ryan Gosling Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  17. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 5, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Greece Digital Song Sales, 4 February 2017". billboard.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  20. ^ "Chart Track: Week 5, 2017". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  21. ^ "IRMA - Irish Charts". irma.ie. 
  22. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 6" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Overseas" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  24. ^ "Billboard Japan Radio Songs" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  25. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – City of Stars". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  26. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  27. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – City of Stars" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  28. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart – Issue date: 2016.12.11 – 2016.12.17". Gaon Chart. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone – City of Stars". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  30. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  31. ^ "Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  32. ^ "Single Top 100 - eladási darabszám alapján - 2017". Mahasz. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 
  33. ^ "Italian single certifications – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – City of Stars" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved April 16, 2018. 

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