Permanent (song)

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David Cook Permanent.jpg
Single by David Cook
ReleasedMay 18, 2009 (U.S.)
FormatDigital download, CD single
GenreAlternative rock
Length2:57 (album version)
3:23 (single version)
LabelRCA/19 Records
Songwriter(s)David Cook, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida
Producer(s)Rob Cavallo
David Cook singles chronology
"Come Back to Me / Bar-ba-sol"
"The Last Goodbye"

"'Permanent" is a song recorded by American rock singer David Cook. Written by Cook, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Raine Maida, its lyrics make allusions to Cook's late brother, Adam, who had battled with brain cancer before his death from this disease. The song was performed on the finale of season 8 of the TV show American Idol, and the performance then released onto iTunes as a charity single via RCA Records on May 18, 2009. It also appears on his debut studio album, David Cook (2008).

All proceeds from iTunes sales of the American Idol finale performance of the song will go to ABC2 (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Commercial reception[edit]

"Permanent" debuted at number 24 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the chart week of May 29, 2009, and number 10 on the Digital Songs component chart, selling 103,000 downloads.[1] It also debuted at number 26 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 and number 7 on the Canadian Digital Songs component chart.[2] As of June 2009, the song has sold 159,000 units, of which 98,000 are of the version on David Cook and 61,000 are from the AI Charity Version.[3]


Chart (2009) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 26
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 24
US Billboard Pop 100[2] 34


  1. ^ (2009-05-27). "Idols inundate Hot 100, but Glee gloats with top debut". Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  2. ^ a b "David Cook | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Kellie Pickler, Daughtry buck American Idol sales decline". USA Today. June 3, 2009. Retrieved Aug 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "David Cook Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "David Cook Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.

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