Inside Your Heaven

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"Inside Your Heaven"
Carrie Underwood-Inside Your Heaven.jpg
Single by Carrie Underwood
from the album Some Hearts (North American edition)
B-side"Independence Day"
ReleasedJune 14, 2005
Recorded2005
Studio
  • The Gentlemen's Club (Los Angeles, California)
  • Capitol Records (Los Angeles, California)
  • The Record Plant (Los Angeles, California)
  • The Village (Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length3:45
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Desmond Child
Carrie Underwood singles chronology
"Inside Your Heaven"
(2005)
"Jesus, Take the Wheel"
(2005)
"Inside Your Heaven"
Bo Bice Inside Your Heaven.jpg
Single by Bo Bice
B-side"Vehicle"
ReleasedJune 21, 2005
Recorded2005
Studio
  • The Gentlemen's Club (Los Angeles, California)
  • Capitol Records (Los Angeles, California)
  • The Record Plant (Los Angeles, California)
  • The Village (Los Angeles, California)
GenrePop
Length4:12
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Andreas Carlsson
  • Pelle Nylén
  • Savan Kotecha
Producer(s)Desmond Child
Bo Bice singles chronology
"Inside Your Heaven"
(2005)
"The Real Thing"
(2006)

"Inside Your Heaven" is a song written by Andreas Carlsson, Pelle Nylén, Savan Kotecha, and produced by Desmond Child. Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice, the final two contestants on the fourth season of American Idol, each released a version of the song in June 2005.

Underwood, the winner of Idol, released her version as a single on June 14, 2005. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and on the Canadian Singles Chart, where it remained for one and seven weeks, respectively. The B-side is a cover of the Martina McBride song "Independence Day". Bice's version was released the following week, on June 21, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Singles Chart. This version's B-side is a cover of the song "Vehicle" by the Ides of March.

The song gave Underwood the Billboard Music Awards for "Top-Selling Country Single of the Year" and "Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year" (Bice's version was also nominated in this category). It also helped Underwood win the award for "Country Single Sales Artist of the Year". Underwood later included "Inside Your Heaven" on the North American edition her debut studio album, Some Hearts (2005).[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Chuck Taylor of Billboard magazine reviewed the two renditions of "Inside Your Heaven" on the June 18, 2005, issue. Calling the overall song "difficult" and "dauntingly shallow," he preferred Bice's more meaningful version over Underwood's, saying of the latter, "'Inside Your Heaven' leaves [Underwood] little room but to shriek across so many octaves that even Celine Dion would leave this song in tatters".[2] Reviewing Underwood's album Some Hearts on AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine labeled "Inside Your Heart" as the worst song on the album, writing that the country pop formula used thorough the album does not work for this track, calling it "sappy and transparent" with a weak arrangement.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

Carrie Underwood version[edit]

Underwood's version of "Inside Your Heaven" was released on June 14, 2005.[3] On July 2, 2005, the song debuted atop the US Billboard Hot 100 as the "Hot Shot Debut", interrupting the 14-week reign of Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" for this issue alone.[4][5] The following week, the song dropped to number three,[6] and it spent a total of 12 weeks on the listing,[7] making its final appearance at number 98 on September 17, 2005.[8] "Inside Your Heaven" gave Underwood the distinction of becoming the first country musician to debut at number one and the only country artist to obtain a number-one single during the 2000s decade.[9] "Inside Your Heaven" also debuted at number one on the Billboard Pop 100 chart, losing the position the following week to Bice's version.[10] The track additionally appeared on the Billboard Adult Contemporary and Hot Country Songs charts, reaching number 12 and number 52, respectively.[11][12] It was the 71st-best-selling hit and the 23rd-most-successful adult contemporary song of 2005 in the US.[13]

In Canada, the song charted alongside "Independence Day", immediately topping the Canadian Singles Chart and staying there for seven weeks, until August 20, 2005.[14][15] It spent 35 weeks on the listing.[16] The RIAA awarded the song two Gold certifications: one for shipping over 500,000 physical units in July 2005 and one for selling over 500,000 digital copies in November 2005.[17] Music Canada awarded the single a double-platinum certification, denoting shipments exceeding 20,000 units.[18] As of June 2009, the song has sold 362,000 digital copies and 459,000 physical copies in the US alone.[19]

Bo Bice version[edit]

Bice released his rendition of the song of June 21, 2005, a week after Underwood's.[20] In effect, it first appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 the week after Underwood's version had done the same, at number two, on July 9, 2005, becoming that week's "Hot Shot Debut" as well.[6] It quickly fell down the chart afterwards, remaining in the top 100 for seven issues and spending its last week at number 89 on August 20.[21][22] On the Pop 100, "Inside Your Heaven" succeeded Underwood's version at the top spot on the July 9 issue.[10]

The same day, on the Canadian Singles Chart, Bice's version entered at its peak of number two with "Vehicle".[23] It spent six weeks at that position before losing its place on August 20,[14] going on to log 29 weeks on the ranking.[24] In July, it earned a gold certification from the RIAA for shipping over 500,000 physical copies in the US.[25] Meanwhile, in Canada during the same month, it sold over 10,000 units, allowing it to receive a platinum disc from Music Canada.[26] As of June 2009, Bice's version has shipped over 349,000 physical units and sold over 52,000 digital copies.[19]

Aftermath[edit]

Following her win on American Idol, Underwood has gone on to become one of the competitions' most successful musicians, selling more than 70 million records worldwide, earning numerous awards, and accruing a net worth of $200 million as of May 2020.[27] Bice has since released three albums, founded his own record label, and fronted American band Blood, Sweat and Tears during their tours.[28][29] "Inside You Heaven" songwriter Savan Kotecha went on to pen more hit songs, including Maroon 5's "One More Night" and the Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face".[3]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2005 Billboard Music Awards Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year Carrie Underwood Won [30]
Top-Selling Country Single Won [30]
Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year Bo Bice Nominated [31]

Track listings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the liner notes of the CD singles.[32][34]

Both versions

Carrie Underwood version

Bo Bice version

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood – Some Hearts". AllMusic. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  2. ^ Taylor, Chuck (June 18, 2005). "Reviews – Spotlights" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 117 no. 25. p. 71. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Morgan, Emily (December 31, 2020). "'Inside Your Heaven' by Carrie Underwood: Story Behind Her First #1 Song". Outsider. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  4. ^ "The Hot 100 Week of July 2, 2005". Billboard. July 2, 2005. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  5. ^ Trust, Gary (June 3, 2019). "This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2005, Mariah Carey Returned to No. 1 with 'We Belong Together'". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "The Hot 100 Week of July 9, 2005". Billboard. July 9, 2005. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "The Hot 100 Week of September 17, 2005". Billboard. September 17, 2005. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  9. ^ Kile, Meredith B. (May 25, 2020). "Carrie Underwood Reflects on 15th Anniversary of Her 'American Idol' Win". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Pop – Pop 100" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 117 no. 28. July 9, 2005. p. 78. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  13. ^ a b c "Billboard 2005 The Year in Music & Touring" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 117 no. 52. December 24, 2005. pp. 39, 76. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Canadian Digital Song Sales Week of August 20, 2005". Billboard. August 20, 2005. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  15. ^ "Canadian Digital Song Sales Week of August 13, 2005". Billboard. August 13, 2005. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  16. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  17. ^ a b c "American single certifications – Carrie Underwood – Inside Your Heaven". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 19, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  18. ^ a b "Canadian single certifications – Carrie Underwood – Inside Your Heaven". Music Canada. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  19. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (June 4, 2009). "How the American Idol coronation singles stack up, part 1". USA Today. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
  20. ^ "Bo Bice, 'American Idol' Runner-Up, Signs with 19 Recordings". Business Wire. June 17, 2005. Retrieved January 18, 2021.[dead link]
  21. ^ a b "Bo Bice Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  22. ^ "The Hot 100 Week of August 20, 2005". Billboard. August 20, 2005. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  23. ^ "Canadian Digital Song Sales Week of July 9, 2005". Billboard. July 9, 2005. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  24. ^ a b "Bo Bice Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  25. ^ a b "American single certifications – Bo Bice – Inside Your Heaven". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 19, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  26. ^ a b "Canadian single certifications – Bo Bice – Inside Your Heaven". Music Canada. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  27. ^ Persaud, Christine (May 20, 2020). "The First 10 American Idol Winners, Ranked". Screen Rant. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  28. ^ Shaw, Gabbi (March 5, 2018). "Where Are They Now: All the 'American Idol' runner-ups". Insider. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  29. ^ Suggest Team. "Where Are They Now: 10 American Idol Runner-Ups". Suggest. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  30. ^ a b Staff (December 6, 2005). "2005 Billboard Music Awards Winners". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  31. ^ Staff (November 29, 2005). "2005 Billboard Music Awards Finalists". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  32. ^ a b Inside Your Heaven / Independence Day (US CD single liner notes). Carrie Underwood. Arista Records, 19 Recordings Limited, S Records. 2005. 82876 70859-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  33. ^ Inside Your Heaven (US 7-inch single vinyl disc). Carrie Underwood. Arista Records, 19 Recordings Limited, S Records. 2005. 82876-70859-7-S.CS1 maint: others (link)
  34. ^ a b Inside Your Heaven / Vehicle (US CD single liner notes). Bo Bice. RCA Records, BMG Music Entertainment, 19 Recordings Limited, S Records. 2005. 82876 69495-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  35. ^ Inside Your Heaven (US 7-inch single vinyl disc). Bo Bice. RCA Records, BMG Music Entertainment, 19 Recordings Limited, S Records. 2005. 82876-69495-7.CS1 maint: others (link)
  36. ^ Staff (June 23, 2005). "'Idol' Underwood Shoots Straight to No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2021.

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