In This Life (Delta Goodrem song)

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"In This Life"
Delta in this life.jpg
Single by Delta Goodrem
from the album Delta
B-side Take Me Home"
"Breathe In, Breathe Out
Released 15 September 2007 (Australia)
(see below for release info)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded Henson Studios (Hollywood, CA, USA)
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 3:47
Label Sony BMG, Mercury
Songwriter(s) Delta Goodrem, Brian McFadden, Stuart Crichton, Tommy Lee James,
Producer(s) John Shanks
Delta Goodrem singles chronology
"Together We Are One"
"In This Life"
"Believe Again"
Delta Goodrem singles in Japan singles chronology
" Flawed"
"In This Life"
Delta Goodrem singles in U.S. singles chronology
"Lost Without You"
"In This Life"
"Heart Hypnotic"

"In This Life" is a song by Australian pop singer Delta Goodrem. It was released as the first single from her third album Delta.[1] The song was written by Goodrem, Brian McFadden, Stuart Crichton and Tommy Lee James. The producer of the song is John Shanks (Hilary Duff, Take That, Bon Jovi, Ashlee Simpson).[1] According to an article in the Herald Sun, the song is "a more guitar-driven vibe and updates Goodrem's sound."[1]

The song was released on Australian radio on 28 August 2007 and had a physical release through CD and digital download on 15 September 2007.[1] It was also released as the first single in the United States on 15 April 2008.


According to Goodrem, she wrote the song just after Christmas. Stuart Crichton co-wrote the song and wanted the singer to use her well-known letter ending "Love & Light" in a song. In the start of the chorus, Goodrem sings:[2]

You give me love,
You give me light

Goodrem told The Daily Telegraph that she needed to deal with personal demons and feelings first to be able to write a song like "In This Life".[3] According to her biography on her official site, the song "reaffirms new beginnings, celebrates perseverance, and rejoices in moving forward."[4] Goodrem also stated that "In This Life" was a great introduction for her new album.[4] During a chat session on her official forum, Goodrem said the song was about "the journey you go on in this life and accepting what life throws at you and growing from the experience and concentrating on the positives in life."[5]

The song was also used as the third opening theme music to the Japanese anime series Deltora Quest, which ran from 2007 to 2008.


The song received positive reviews which praises Goodrem's new sound and look. commented: "'In This Life' is undoubtedly a Delta Goodrem song, it unveils a more sexy and mature sound for the artist who dominated the Australian airwaves after the release of her debut single, 'Born to Try'."[3] The Herald Sun said "'In This Life' has a more guitar-driven vibe and updates Goodrem's sound."[1]

Billboard magazine gave the song a positive review, introducing Goodrem in the United States. Reviewer Chuck Taylor said about the song: "In This Life" is an ideal vehicle to fuel horsepower, showcasing frantic piano, turbine tempo, a singalong lyric about giving into love ... and a vocal that illustrates incomparable prowess."[6]

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was shot in Los Angeles on 10 August 2007, directed by Rocky Schenck. According to insiders, the video is the sexiest Goodrem has made to date, with Goodrem having a Brigitte Bardot look in several scenes.[1] Goodrem herself said about making the video; "It took me a second to get back into gear because I haven't made a video for so long, but it felt better than ever."[1]

The video premiered on 31 August 2007 on the TV program Sunrise.[7] Although the video has been criticised for being too "basic", it has been praised for its effectiveness by intentionally having a simple video with the focus placed upon Goodrem's personality thus creating a fresh and bright mood rather than a story and having special effects. Goodrem had also stated that she had wanted it to be about her singing the song.

In late March, Goodrem returned from California, where she filmed a new clip for the US version of "In This Life". The video clip, in which she stretches seductively on a stretch of sand on Malibu Beach, will be used to introduce her to the US audiences, as well as a photoshoot for the new cover of her self-titled album, Delta, which was released in the US in July.[8][9] For the new video she worked with director Robert Hales (who has also shot videos for Justin Timberlake and Gnarls Barkley) who choose to give a good introduction of Goodrem: her basics as an artist. Goodrem says about the video: "It's quite earthy and creative. It's going to be an introduction for me. I have to be at the piano. I have to introduce myself and say 'Here I am, this new artist'."[8] The video premiered on Universal Music Group's YouTube channel on 15 May 2008.[8] Throughout the video different leaves are created around her that can be compared with the way Goodrem's Mistaken Identity album cover was designed.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

According to the Australian Today show, "In This Life" was the number-one most added song on radio after it was released to radio.[10] It also debuted at number six on the national airplay charts[11] The week after it moved to number two. The song later hit #1, pushing Matchbox Twenty to #4. The debut at #6 currently gives Goodrem the highest debut on the airplay chart ever.

In Australia, the song debuted at number-one making it her eighth number-one single. She is now only behind Kylie Minogue and Madonna with the most #1 singles by a female artist. The song debuted at #1 on the Physical Sales Chart and the Australian chart, and it also debuted at #3 on the Digital Track Chart and peaked at #2. In France, the song appeared on the official airplay chart at #85. The song also peaked at #1 on the Australian iTunes Store Top 100, pushing Britney Spears' "Gimme More" to #2. In New Zealand, the song became the 10th most added song during the Christmas week and peaked #8 on the radio airplay charts. "In This Life" was certified Gold, with 35,000 copies shipped in its first week. In its thirteenth week, it was certified Platinum. The song replaced "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston but was replaced itself by the song the following week. In Asia, it debuted at #9 on the MTV Asia Hitlist and peaked at #2. On Japan's download charts, it peaked at the #1 position.

"In This Life" was released to US radio on 9 April. It was first released to the Triple A radio format, and then to the Adult Contemporary and Hot Adult Contemporary formats. No information is currently known as to when it will be released the Pop and Contemporary Hits formats.

On 17 June 2008, Goodrem appeared for the second time on any Billboard chart with the single, debuting at #40 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. The song later peaked at #21.[12] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the track sold 7,000 digital downloads in the week ending on 24 June 2008.[13]

"In This Life" has been used in Qantas Frequent Flyer advertisements, and was thought to have helped the song re-enter the Australian Singles chart on 14 July 2008 at #68, a remarkable jump of 41 places from the previous week.

Track listing[edit]



Country Certification Sales
Australia Platinum 98,477[19]

Release dates[edit]

Country Date
Australia 15 September 2007
New Zealand 29 October 2007
Hong Kong 30 December 2007
Japan 23 January 2008[20]
United States 15 April 2008[21]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Cameron Adams Back with a passion Retrieved 12 August 2007 Herald Sun interview with Delta confirms new single
  2. ^ Delta Studio Footage #3 Delta Goodrem's official forum. Retrieved 23 August 2007.
  3. ^ a b Kathy McCabe Delta unleashes her sex kitten The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 August 2007.
  4. ^ a b Official biography Delta Goodrem official website. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
  5. ^ Delta's Q&a On 29 Aug, for those who missed it Delta Goodrem's official forum. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  6. ^ Chuck Taylor Delta Goodrem: In This Life Billboard. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  7. ^ In This Life Video Clip Debut On Sunrise This Friday!, WORLD PREMIERE Delta Goodrem's Official Forum. Retrieved 28 August 2007.
  8. ^ a b c d [1]Delta Goodrem lays it out for the US. Retrieved 30 March 2008. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "US_video" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  9. ^ Daniel Kilkelly Delta Goodrem hoping for US success DS music. Retrieved 25 April 2008.
  10. ^ Interview with the Today Show Today Show. Retrieved 9 September 2007.
  11. ^ "National Airplay chart" Archived 10 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.. The Music Network. Retrieved 15 September 2007.
  12. ^ Delta Goodrem:In This Life Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  13. ^ Keith Caulfield Ask Billboard Billboard. Retrieved 20 June 2008
  14. ^ "IN THIS LIFE - CD1 (BONUS STICKER)". Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 August 2007.
  15. ^ "IN THIS LIFE - CD2 (LIMITED EDITION) (BONUS POSTER)". Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 August 2007.
  16. ^ [2]. French Airplay. Retrieved 22 September 2007.
  17. ^ Delta Goodrem:In This Life Billboard. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
  18. ^ [3]
  19. ^
  20. ^ Delta Goodrem's official Japanese website Retrieved 14 December 2007.
  21. ^ FMQB Retrieved 8 March 2008.
Preceded by
"Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
24 September 2007
Succeeded by
"Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston