Lighthouse (G.R.L. song)

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"Lighthouse"
G.R.L. - Lighthouse.png
Single by G.R.L.
ReleasedJanuary 15, 2015 (2015-01-15)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2014
GenrePop
Length3:36
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
G.R.L. singles chronology
"Ugly Heart"
(2014)
"Lighthouse"
(2015)
"Are We Good"
(2016)
Music video
"Lighthouse" on YouTube

"Lighthouse" is the third single by American-British-Canadian girl group G.R.L., and the first single following the death of group member Simone Battle, who died in 2014. The song features songwriting credits from Lukasz Gottwald, and Henry Walter, with production credits from Gottwald and Walter under their production monikers, Dr. Luke and Cirkut. The track was released on January 15, 2015. "Lighthouse" was recorded in the memory of Battle.

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Daniel Carberry. It features footage and photos of Battle during her time with G.R.L., while the group sing in a room filled with hanging light bulbs. "Lighthouse" was supposed to be the final single released by G.R.L., as the group disbanded in June 2015.[1] However, the group reunited the following year with the intention of releasing new music.[2]

Background[edit]

On September 5, 2014, band member Simone Battle died by suicide in her home, three months after the release of G.R.L.'s debut single "Ugly Heart".[3] Member Lauren Bennett recalled, "We'd just been in rehearsals the day before, learning choreography for our show, and the next day we were starting the morning as usual when we got the call. I still can't believe it. I don't think any of us can. It's weird that we're even sitting here, talking about it."[4] Paula Van Oppen stated that everything "came to a stop" for the group and it took four months for them to come together and discuss their future.[4] They did not want to start recording an album, instead they teamed up with Give an Hour, an American organization that helps raise awareness of mental health issues.[4] The band wanted the topic of mental health and depression to be talked about more openly, especially among their younger fans, as well as what signs to look out for.[4] Van Oppen explained that she and the other members of G.R.L. were unaware of what Battle was going through in the lead up to her death, so they wanted to spread the message that it was okay to talk about mental health and help people.[4]

The song was co-written by Cirkut and Rock City.[5] Dr. Luke and Cirkut approached the group with the song, and they thought it expressed how they were all feeling at the time.[6] The group recorded "Lighthouse" in memory of Battle. It is a ballad about "being there for your friends". Bennett commented that recording the song without Battle was one of the hardest things they had ever done.[4][7] She also said, "It's a positive message, a positive song, and I think it's gonna be great moving forward with the charity we're going to associate with. We really want to try and fit everything hand in hand."[6] Emmalyn Estrada added that G.R.L. were taking things slowly, but were focused on the song and "the positive message overall, about being together in hard times."[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

For the week commencing January 26, 2015, "Lighthouse" debuted at number 38 on the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia.[8] The track peaked at number 18 on the New Zealand singles chart.[9] In the United Kingdom, "Lighthouse" debuted at number 55 on the UK Singles Chart issued for 15 March 2015 due to lack of streaming and despite being at number 35 on the sales-only based version of the chart.[10] It also peaked at number 24 on the Scottish Singles Chart.[11]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video was directed by Daniel Carberry.[6] The group wanted to make the video about Battle and worked closely with her family, who contributed footage and photos of her.[6] Estrada admitted that the video shoot was not easy for the group, so they decided to keep it simple. She explained "We wanted to just perform the song. I think collectively, us girls and the team, we made a good choice when it came to reflecting Simone in the best way."[6]

The music video premiered the same day as the songs release. The video depicts the four members singing in a dark room filled with hanging light-bulbs singing the lyrics of the song, while footage and photos of Battle with her family and her rehearsing with the band are cut in as well as home movies from when she was a child. During the final chorus, the four members embrace and cry all together, which was a spontaneous moment caught by cameras.[12]

As of July 2018, the video has been viewed more than 8 million times on YouTube.[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[13] 30
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 59
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 18
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 55

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[18] Gold 7,500*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United States[19] January 15, 2015 Digital download
Australia[20]
United Kingdom[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Love, Ryan (3 June 2015). "Updated: GRL confirm split as Lauren Bennett thanks fans for 'riding through tough times'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  2. ^ Laing, Greg (16 June 2016). "GRL to reform almost two years after the tragic death of Simone Battle". Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  3. ^ Rigby, Sam (January 15, 2015). "GRL debut new single 'Lighthouse' in memory of Simone Battle". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Telling, Gillian (January 15, 2015). "G.R.L. Members Speak Out About Simone Battle's Suicide, Release Tribute Video". People. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Lipshutz, Jason (March 3, 2015). "Girl Group Tragedy: Inside G.R.L.'s Slow Healing Process". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e Schillaci, Sophie (January 15, 2015). "Q&A: G.R.L. on Touching Tribute to Simone Battle, 'It's Definitely Bittersweet'". ETonline. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  7. ^ "GRL Reveal New Song 'Lighthouse' And Talk For The First Time About Simone Battle's Death". Capital FM. January 15, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Chartifacts Wednesday 28th January 2015". Australian Recording Industry Association. January 28, 2015. Archived from the original on January 31, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "Singles". Recorded Music New Zealand. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Sales Chart Top 100 - 15-03-2015 - 21-03-2015". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Top 100 - 15-03-2015 - 21-03-2015 - Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015.
  12. ^ McCabe, Kathy (January 15, 2015). "Girl group G.R.L. struggle with their grief as they release new single Lighthouse in honour of Simone Battle". news.com.au. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  13. ^ "Australian-charts.com – G.R.L. – Lighthouse". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  14. ^ "Chart Track: Week 5, 2015". Irish Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Charts.nz – G.R.L. – Lighthouse". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  18. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – G.R.L. – Lighthouse". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  19. ^ "Lighthouse - Single by G.R.L." iTunes Store US. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  20. ^ "Lighthouse – Single by G.R.L." iTunes Store Australia. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  21. ^ "Lighthouse – Single by G.R.L." iTunes Store UK. Retrieved 9 March 2015.