Daylight in Your Eyes

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"Daylight in Your Eyes"
Single by No Angels
from the album Elle'ments
Released February 5, 2001
(see release history)
Format 12", CD single
Recorded 2000, Park Studios,
(Tutzing, Germany)
Genre Dance-pop, Europop
Length 3:30
Label Cheyenne/Polydor
Writer(s) Tony Bruno, Tommy Byrne
Producer(s) Thorsten Brötzmann
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"Daylight in Your Eyes" is the debut song by all-female German pop group No Angels. It was written by Tony Bruno and Tommy Byrnes and initially recorded by American rock band New Life Crisis. Their version appeared on MTV's Party to Go Remixed compilation, released in 2001, but as their record company, Tommy Boy Entertainment, folded soon after, their original recording failed to receive a wider release, and the song was eventually sold separately abroad. There it was re-recorded by Columbian pop singer Victoria Faiella for her Epic Records debut.

In 2001, Faiella's producer Peter Plate offered the newly created pop group No Angels to re-record "Daylight in Your Eyes" for their debut studio album Elle'ments (2001) following their participation in the first installment of the German adaption of the reality television program Popstars. Released as the band's debut single on February 5, 2001 in German-speaking Europe and the following months in the United Kingdom and the United States, the single became a major international hit, reaching number-one in Austria, Estonia, Germany, and Switzerland, making it the No Angels' most successful single release to date.[1][2]

The song became the best-selling single of the year 2001 in Germany,[3] and emerged as one of the best-selling German recordings of the decade, ranking fifth on the highest-selling singles of the 2000s in Germany.[4] It was nominated for an Amadeus Austrian Music Award and awarded the 2002 ECHO Award for Single of the Year (National). "Daylight in Your Eyes" received a Platinum certification from the Bundesverband Musikindustrie for shipping half a million copies,[5] and has since been covered by various artists.[6]

Writing and recording[edit]

"Daylight in Your Eyes" was composed by American songwriters and guitarists Tony Bruno and Tommy Byrnes, and initially intended for inclusion on American rock band New Life Crisis' self-titled debut album on Tommy Boy Records.[7] Recorded in 2000, their variation of the track received limited release in the United States in January 2001, and eventually ended on various sampler albums such as MTV's Party to Go (Remixed) compilation.[7]

Plans for a Europe-wide release however fell through as Bruno and Byrnes had sold the song separately both stateside and abroad and the label lacked the right to release the band's version on any format throughout Europe. Further problems arose as Byrnes, Bruno, and the publishing company that bought the rights to the song were forced to not only acknowledge the writing contribution of Paul Mahos, but to also pay him back and continuing royalties, something which Byrnes and Bruno do not receive from the song.[8]

Well-known to writer Tony Bruno, whom she had met while they were working as background musicians on Enrique Iglesias' 1999 Cosas del Amor World Tour, he introduced Victoria Faiella to German producer Peter Plate, one half of the musical duo Rosenstolz, with whom she started working on her first solo album Drama on the Sony subsidiary Epic Records, resulting in the re-recording of "Daylight".[8] Picked as the album's lead single, a music video for the song was produced and sent to music networks, but as the record lacked airplay support, it underperformed and the singer was eventually dropped from her label.[7]

A few months later, Plate got known that Polydor Records, the RTL II network and production company Tresor TV were searching songs for the soon-to-be-cast result of the debut season of the reality show Popstars.[8] The producer offered the track a third time, and although the label favoured album cut "Go Ahead and Take It" as the album's lead single, "Daylight in Your Eyes" found general approval among the band members of the newly formed No Angels.[8] As reported, the song was eventually selected as the album's lead single out of a total of ten songs.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Although "Daylight in Your Eyes" was not officially released until February 5, 2001, it appeared a week early on the German Airplay Chart, instantly reaching number-one.[9] The CD maxi single sold more than 500,000 copies within its first week of release and was certified gold after twenty-four hours only,[10][11] making it both the third fastest-selling single ever in Germany (behind Elton John's 1997 version of "Candle in the Wind" and follow-up Popstars winners Bro'Sis' 2001 debut single "I Believe"), and one of the biggest-selling German singles of the 2000s.[3] Thus, "Daylight" also debuted on top of the German Media Control singles chart, where it remained another five weeks atop due to constant sales, but quickly fell out of the top 100 in its fifteenth week.[12] However, with more than one million copies shipped to stores "Daylight in Your Eyes" was ranked first on the German Media Control singles year-end charts, and received a platinum certification by the German IFPI.[3][13]

In Switzerland, the single sat six weeks atop the Swiss Top 100 singles chart, making it the twelfth successful single of the year.[14] The song remained within the top 50 until July 2001, but fell out of the chart in early August - one week prior to the release of the band's third single "There Must Be an Angel." In Austria, however, "Daylight in Your Eyes" debuted at number 4 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40 single chart, reaching the top position three weeks later for four consecutive weeks. The song charted until its nineteenth week on particular, and became the third successful single of the year behind Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You out of My Head" and Gigi D'Agostino's "Super (1, 2, 3)."[15]

Outside German-speaking Europe, the song also reached number one in Estonia, but failed to succeed on the French Singles Chart with a peak position of number 80 only.[16] Released in early October 2001 in the UK and in the United States respectively, "Daylight in Your Eyes" also saw minor commercial success in both countries with peak positions of number 88 on the UK Singles Chart and a single entry at number 36 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart.[17][18]

Music video[edit]

In the video, each of the five girls represented a different element.

The original music video for "Daylight in Your Eyes" was directed and produced by Robert Bröllochs for Camelot Filmproduktionen and entirely filmed at the X-Sight-Studios in Groß-Gerau near Darmstadt, Hesse on December 22, 2000.[19] Popstars coach Detlef Soost with whom the band had worked during the casting process, handled the video's choreography.[20] Shot in a time span of twenty-one hours, it is primarily composed of individual close shots and dance sequences using split screen and bluescreen technique.[20]

The video does not have a substantial plot, but as both the band's management and their label attempted to introduce aliases assigning each member of the group — similar to the Spice Girls pseudonyms — in due consideration of the polysemous title of the band's debut album, Elle'ments, focus is on the personalization of the classical elements.[19] While Nadja Benaissa ("Air"), Lucy Diakovska ("Fire"), Sandy Mölling ("Water"), and Vanessa Petruo ("Earth") incorporated one of the four archetypal type images for each themselves, a fifth element ("Spirit") was specially-created for Jessica Wahls because of a lack of another element.[19] The band later dismissed the video for its styling and make-up, both of which was widely influenced by the element theme and, according to Benaissa, made them look like a group of "five casted whores".[21]

The final video cut for "Daylight in Your Eyes" premiered in January 2001 at the end of its Making of—episode on the first installment of Popstars.[19] As the original music video was considered "too sexy" for broadcast on the North American television market, an alternate version for the song was shot by Stephen Scott in Toronto, Canada in April 2001.[22] Set in a park, it abandons the elements topic of the original video in favor of performance and dancing routines.[22]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Daylight in Your Eyes."

CD, Maxi-Single[23]
No. Title Length
1. "Daylight In Your Eyes (Radio Version)"   3:30
2. "Daylight In Your Eyes (Extended Version)"   5:03
3. "Daylight In Your Eyes (Instrumental Version)"   3:30
UK Enhanced CD single[24]
No. Title Length
1. "Daylight in Your Eyes (Radio Version)"   3:33
2. "Daylight In Your Eyes (WIP "Wonderkins" Remix)"   6:23
3. "100% Emotional"   3:01
4. "Daylight In Your Eyes (CD-Rom Video Of US Promo)"   3:30

Note that track times misprinted as: 1: 3:30, 2: 6:21, 3: 3:03 and that the fourth track is a video track.

Credits and personnel[edit]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[31] Platinum 40,000*
Germany (BVMI)[5] Platinum 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Super (1, 2, 3)" by Gigi D'Agostino
Austrian number-one single
February 25, 2001 - April 7, 2001
Succeeded by
"Butterfly" by Crazy Town
Preceded by
"Ms. Jackson" by Outkast
German number-one single
February 19, 2001 - March 26, 2001
Succeeded by
"Butterfly" by Crazy Town
Preceded by
"Stan" by Eminem featuring Dido
Swiss number-one single
February 25, 2001 - April 7, 2001
Succeeded by
"Butterfly" by Crazy Town

Release history[edit]

Date Region Label Format
February 5, 2001 Austria Cheyenne, Polydor CD single
July 17, 2001 United States MCA
October 1, 2001 Estonia Polydor
United Kingdom

Cover versions[edit]

Following the success of the No Angels' interpretation of "Daylight in Your Eyes" the song has been covered by several artists. Among both versions by Victoria Faiella and New Life Crisis, German band Audiosmog released a rock version of the song, featuring Tobias Schlegl, as a single, which reached number 36 on the German Singles Chart in 2001.[12] In addition, the track has been re-recorded by heavy metal band Lakehurst,[32] German/South African singer Howard Carpendale,[32] and Stefan Raab's studio band Herb & The Heavytones.[32] The cover version of Rockabilly band Boppin'B appeared on their 2003 studio album 42.[32]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "NO ANGELS - DAYLIGHT IN YOUR EYES (SONG)". Swisscharts. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  3. ^ a b c Schaertl, Marika (2001-02-19). "Holger, der Engel-Macher". Focus (in German). Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Hits der Nullerjahre: Grönemeyers "Mensch" an der Spitze". (in German). 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (No Angels; 'Daylight in Your Eyes')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  6. ^ dpa (2001-11-15). "Die neuen No Angels". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Retrieved 2008-03-28. [dead link](subscription required)
  7. ^ a b c dpa (2001-02-15). "Wem gehört der Song?". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "No Angels: 'Daylight in Your Eyes'". BR-Online. Archived from the original on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2007-03-18. 
  9. ^ SonyBMG (2008-01-21). "Chart-Triple: Nummer eins in den Single-, Airplay und Album-Charts". SonyBMG Newsletter. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  10. ^ ots (2001-02-15). "NO ANGELS: Daylight in Your Eyes-Hit definitiv nicht 'geklaut'!". Presseportal. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  11. ^ dpa (2001-12-14). "Popgruppe Bro'Sis schon erfolgreicher als No Angels". Die Welt. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  12. ^ a b c "German chart history". Chartsurfer. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  13. ^ a b Media Control GfK International GmbH (2001). "Jahrescharts 2001". (in German). Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  14. ^ "Year-end Charts 2001". Swisscharts. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  15. ^ a b "Year-end Charts 2001". Austriancharts. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  16. ^ "Chat-Log (2001)". Beepworld. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  17. ^ a b "Billboard Hot Singles Sales (2002-06-01)". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  18. ^ a b "Chart Log UK (1994-2006)". Zobbel. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Episode 13". Popstars. Season 1. Episode 13. 2001-01-31. RTL II. 
  20. ^ a b "Daylight in Your Eyes (version I)". MVD Base. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  21. ^ "Bye Bye No Angels (Dokumentation Pro 7, 2003) TEIL 2". YouTube. ProSieben. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  22. ^ a b "Daylight in Your Eyes (version II)". MVD Base. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  23. ^ "No Angels - Daylight In Your Eyes (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  24. ^ "No Angels - Daylight In Your Eyes (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  25. ^ " – No Angels – Daylight in Your Eyes" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  26. ^ "European Hot 100". Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  27. ^ " – No Angels – Daylight in Your Eyes" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  28. ^ " – No Angels Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  29. ^ " – No Angels – Daylight in Your Eyes". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  30. ^ "Swiss Year-end Charts 2001". Swiss Singles Chart. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  31. ^ "Austrian single certifications – No Angels – Daylight in Your Eyes" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter No Angels in the field Interpret. Enter Daylight in Your Eyes in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  32. ^ a b c d "Cover-Version "Daylight in Your Eyes"". Coverinfo. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 

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