Gotta Be Somebody

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"Gotta Be Somebody"
Single by Nickelback
from the album Dark Horse
Released September 29, 2008 (2008-09-29) (U.S.)
Format CD single, music download
Recorded March–July 2008 at Mountain View Studios, Abbotsford, British Columbia
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock[1]
Length 4:13
Label Roadrunner
Writer(s) Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger, Daniel Adair
Producer(s) Nickelback, Mutt Lange
Nickelback singles chronology
"Side of a Bullet"
"Gotta Be Somebody"
"Something in Your Mouth"
Music video
"Gotta Be Somebody" on YouTube

"Gotta Be Somebody" is the first official single released from Nickelback's sixth studio album, Dark Horse. Originally, the lead single from the album was set to be "If Today Was Your Last Day"[2] but was changed instead to "Gotta Be Somebody". The song was digitally delivered to all formats on September 29, 2008.[3][4] "Gotta Be Somebody" has been covered by American country music singer Bucky Covington in 2009, and English pop singer Shayne Ward in 2010. It was used in a video package for the 2008 WWE Tribute to the Troops show.

Music video[edit]

In October 2008, it was reported that an official video from the commercial shoot had been shot with director Jessy Terrero.[5] However, after claims that the band was dissatisfied with the video,[citation needed] it was scrapped. A new video was shot in Vancouver with long-time collaborator Nigel Dick, three months after the release of the single.[6] The video debuted at AOL on Monday, December 15, 2008.[7] The video for "Gotta Be Somebody" starts out in Outer Space, showing various planets before zooming in on Earth. Nickelback is shown playing at the Colosseum in Rome, which is empty. During the chorus, an earthquake comes and cracks the ground the band is standing on. The band is then shown playing on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Again, an earthquake begins during the chorus and the band is finally shown playing an outdoor concert to fans in a Southwestern United States desert inside an Aircraft boneyard. The video swept the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards, winning awards for best video, best rock video and best post production.[8]


Chart (2008–09)[9][10] Peak
Australian Singles Chart 14
Austrian Singles Chart 10
Belgian Singles Chart 46
Canadian Hot 100 4
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[11] 42
Dutch Top 40 14
German Singles Chart 6
Japan Hot 100 36
New Zealand Singles Chart 24
Polish Singles Chart[12] 40
Slovak Airplay Chart 14
Swedish Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Adult Contemporary 18
U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
U.S. Modern Rock Tracks 10
U.S. Mainstream Top 40 13
U.S. Adult Top 40 1

End of year charts[edit]

Charts (2009) Position
Hungarian Singles Chart[13] 162
Canadian Hot 100 27[14]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 51[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gotta Be Somebody"
  2. "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting"

Bucky Covington version[edit]

"Gotta Be Somebody"
Single by Bucky Covington
from the album Good Guys
Released October 19, 2009
Format Digital download
Genre Country rock
Length 3:48
Label Lyric Street
Writer(s) Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger, Daniel Adair
Producer(s) Mark Miller
Bucky Covington singles chronology
"I Want My Life Back"
"Gotta Be Somebody"
"A Father's Love (The Only Way He Knew How)"

Country artist Bucky Covington released a version of the song as his fifth single on October 19, 2009. The song is the second single released from his second studio album, Good Guys.[16] The song debuted at #58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of November 14, 2009 and ultimately peaked at #51 a few weeks later. The music video, which was directed by Devin Pense, premiered on CMT on October 26, 2009.[17]


Chart (2009) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[18] 51

Shayne Ward version[edit]

"Gotta Be Somebody"
Single by Shayne Ward
from the album Obsession
B-side "Future Love"
Released November 7, 2010
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Dance-pop, pop rock, electropop
Length 3:42
Label Sony
Writer(s) Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger, Daniel Adair
Producer(s) Ray Hedges, Nigel Butler, Cutfather, David Kopatz
Shayne Ward singles chronology
"Gotta Be Somebody"

The song was covered by British pop singer Shayne Ward for his third studio album, Obsession. It was the album's first and only single, released on November 7, 2010.[19] Ward performed the single for the first time on The X Factor results show on November 7, 2010.


"Gotta Be Somebody" was produced by Ray Hedges, Nigel Butler, Cutfather and David Kopatz. In an interview with Digital Spy Shayne Ward spoke about the decision to release a cover song as the album's lead single: "The whole transition from being rock to pop/R&B was really exciting for me and it's definitely made it into my own track. It's the perfect first single to kick-start my Obsession album. I don't look it as a cover. It's just a great song. I hadn't heard the song for a while before I recorded it, but I got into it again straight away because it's got such a catchy chorus."[20] According to Ward, the song is about hope, "It's got a great message too - it's about hope, that there's someone out there for all of us. The music video for the single was shot in Los Angeles on 27 September 2010, and was directed by Bille Woodruff. The single's B-Side, "Future Love", is a cover of Kristinia DeBarge's version of the Varsity Fanclub original. The video for "Gotta Be Somebody" premiered on YouTube on October 29, 2010.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "Gotta Be Somebody" - 3:42
  2. "Future Love" - 3:08
Digital download
  1. "Gotta Be Somebody" - 3:42
  2. "Gotta Be Somebody" (Moto Blanco Remix) - 5:38
  3. "Gotta Be Somebody" (Almighty Mix) - 7:02

Chart performance[edit]

"Gotta Be Somebody" debuted first on 12 November 2010 on the Irish Singles Chart at number 10, giving Ward his sixth Top 10 hit in the country. On 14 November 2010, the single debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 12; having been predicted to chart within the Top 10 earlier that week.[21] This marks Ward's seventh Top 20 hit and second single that failed to crack the Top 10.

Chart (2010) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[22] 10
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[23] 64
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 12

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United Kingdom 7 November 2010 Digital download
8 November 2010 CD single


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  2. ^ Nickelback Currently Recording New Album Accessed September 8, 2008
  3. ^ Nickelback announce new album Accessed September 21, 2008
  4. ^ Mainstream Top 40 Add Dates Accessed September 25, 2008
  5. ^ Video Static: Music Video News: SHOT: Nickelback - Jessy Terrero, director
  6. ^ Video Static: Music Video News: SHOT: Nickelback - Nigel Dick, director
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  15. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end songs - The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  16. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2009-09-17). "Bucky Covington - "Gotta Be Somebody"". Roughstock. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  17. ^ CMT Videos: Music Binge - 10.26.09 : Gotta Be Somebody
  18. ^ "Bucky Covington – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Bucky Covington.
  19. ^ Nick Levine, Tom Mansell (24 September 2010). "Exclusive: Listen to the new Shayne Ward single". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  20. ^ Levine, Nick (5 October 2010). "Music - News - Shayne Ward defends cover single - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  21. ^ "How are Take That, Shayney & SuBo doing? - Music Blog". Digital Spy. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  22. ^ "Chart Track: Week 44, 2010". Irish Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201050 into search.
  24. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-11-20" UK Singles Chart.

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