Heavy on My Heart

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"Heavy on My Heart"
Anastacia-HeavyonMyHeart.jpg
Single by Anastacia
from the album Anastacia
B-side"Trop Lourd dans Mon Coeur", "Underground Army"
ReleasedMarch 7, 2005 (Europe)
March 25, 2005 (Australia)
April 4, 2005 (UK)
FormatCD single
Recorded2003
GenrePop
Length4:25
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Glen Ballard
Anastacia singles chronology
"Welcome to My Truth"
(2004)
"Heavy on My Heart"
(2005)
"Everything Burns"
(2005)

"Heavy on My Heart" is a song by American recording artist Anastacia from her third studio album, Anastacia. Written by Anastacia and Billy Mann, its arrangement is built on simple guitar riffs, and its lyrics chronicle Anastacia's battle with breast cancer. The song was released as the album's fourth and final single on March 7, 2005, and entered the top twenty in Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. A French version of the song, titled "Trop Lourd dans Mon Coeur" (meaning "Too Heavy on My Heart"), appears as a B-side to the single.

Critical reception[edit]

The song was well received by music critics who complimented the singer vocals. Allmusic editor Matthew Chisling described this song: "a shimmering ballad flushed by pain, love, and bombastic sounds that collide like tidal waves in what can only be described as a magical four minutes."[1] Yahoo! Music editor Dann Genoe wrote: "Power ballad "Heavy On My Heart" is prime for a soft focus video."[2]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Ronald Vietz and filmed in Bucharest, Romania, between November 26–29, 2004. It was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Steadfast Tin Soldier".

In the video, Anastacia is shown as a mannequin, which falls in love with another mannequin. At the chorus she breaks the window and runs to the male mannequin. They dance in the snow and fall in love. The two then run into a room and make out. Later, the shop in which they are displayed goes out of business. All of the shop's materials are thrown away and sent to some sort of factory where a fire burns. They end up being melted in a fire and while holding hands, their shapes are contorted into the image of a heart. The video also shows Anastacia singing in a dark green room. She is dressed in all black which conceals all of her but her head and hands.

It appears as if she is mourning the loss of the lovers and the many empty chairs around her, that she later thrashes about the room, symbolizing that she is alone, which is the song's theme.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Heavy on My Heart" – 4:27
  2. "Underground Army" – 4:15
  3. "Trop Lourd dans Mon Coeur" – 4:31
  4. "Special Thanks (Spoken Word)" – 1:30
European CD single
  1. "Heavy on My Heart" – 4:27
  2. "Underground Army" – 4:15
European CD maxi single and Australian CD single
  1. "Heavy on My Heart" – 4:27
  2. "Underground Army" – 4:15
  3. "Trop Lourd dans Mon Coeur" – 4:31
  4. "Special Thanks (Spoken Word)" – 1:30
  5. "Heavy on My Heart" (Video) – 4:27

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/anastacia-mw0000475424
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20080718104412/http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/040406/33/1wetm.html
  3. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles – Week Commencing 4th April 2005" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Pandora Archive. Retrieved October 21, 2007.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Anastacia – Heavy on My Heart" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Anastacia – Heavy on My Heart" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Anastacia – Heavy on My Heart" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  7. ^ "Anastacia – Chart history" European Hot 100 for Anastacia. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  8. ^ "Musicline.de – Anastacia Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 15, 2005". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  10. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Anastacia – Heavy on My Heart". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Anastacia" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Anastacia – Heavy on My Heart" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Anastacia – Heavy on My Heart". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  15. ^ "Anastacia: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  16. ^ "Jaargang 40, 2005". Radio 538 (in Dutch). Top 40. Retrieved March 12, 2011.

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