Picture (song)

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"Picture"
KidRockPictureSingle.jpg
Single by Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer
from the album Cocky
Released November 12, 2002
Recorded March 2001
Genre Country[1]
Length 4:58 (Sheryl Crow album version)
5:07 (Allison Moorer album version)
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Kid Rock
Kid Rock singles chronology
"You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me"
(2002)
"Picture"
(2002)
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
(2003)

"You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me"
(2002)
"Picture"
(2002)
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
(2003)
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"C'mon C'mon"
(2002)
"Picture"
(2002)
"The First Cut Is the Deepest"
(2003)
Allison Moorer singles chronology
"Think It Over"
(2001)
"Picture"
(2002)
"Tumbling Down"
(2002)
Audio sample

"Picture" is a duet written by American music artists Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow, released on November 12, 2002 as the fourth single and ninth track from Kid Rock's 2001 album Cocky. The original recording on the album is performed by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. Rock re-recorded the song for the radio with alternative country singer Allison Moorer because Atlantic was initially unable to get the rights from Crow's label to release the album version as a single.[2] When the Moorer version was released, some radio stations began playing the Crow version instead, leading Billboard to credit the song variously to Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer. The song was a commercial and critical success and was nominated for Vocal Event of The Year at the 2003 Country Music Association awards.

Background[edit]

Kid Rock's label, Atlantic Records, was unable to obtain permission from Crow's label, A&M Records, to release the original version as a single. Therefore, Atlantic Records decided to rework the song with country singer Allison Moorer (coincidentally signed to A&M's sister label Universal South Records) instead. Moorer re-recorded Crow’s vocals for the commercial release.[2]

Even though Atlantic Records was unable to obtain rights to release Crow's version as a single, mainstream, rock/alternative, and some country radio stations disregarded this and played the original version featuring Crow, while other country music radio stations played the radio edit featuring Allison Moorer instead. Because of this, Billboard credited the song on the charts as Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer.[3] Each version of the song features a different guitar solo.

Composition[edit]

The song is performed in the key of G major in common time with a tempo of 98 beats per minute.[4] The verses of the song follow a chord progression of G–C–D–C. The vocals span from G3 to B5.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Being the third Kid Rock single that entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart, "Picture" remains his highest-charting single in the United States, peaking at number 4 in April, 2003. The song also charted on the Hot Country Songs, peaking at number 21. Until 2008's "All Summer Long", it also marked his only Top 40 country hit. The song is also Sheryl Crow's second-most successful single in the United States, after her 1994 hit "All I Wanna Do" which reached number 2.

On the Hot Country Songs chart, the song was credited only to Kid Rock and Crow for 22 weeks. By then, the single had reached #33 on the charts.[6] The following week, however, the song began to be credited to Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer.[7] The song spent a total of 33 weeks on the country chart, reaching #21 in 2003.[8]

As of September 2017, "Picture" sold 836,300 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[9]

Music video[edit]

Even though Crow's label did not release licensing permissions for the original version, Crow was featured in the music video singing instead of Moorer. The video takes place in a studio showing Rock and Crow recording the song, accompanied by clips of the duo hanging out in the winter time. During the guitar solo, Rock is seen wearing a cowboy hat and winter jacket while walking alone in a field covered in snow. The video also features a few uses of the monochrome effect, while most of the video is in color.

Notable live and recorded performances[edit]

Kid Rock performed "Picture" with LeAnn Rimes on his 2003 Christmas TV special, A Kid Rock Christmas.

A live performance he had of the song with Gretchen Wilson was released as a track on his 2006 album Live Trucker.

He performed the song at a concert with Martina McBride for the 2009 TV special CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock.[10]

Kid Rock has also sung the song live with female country singers Kellie Pickler, Miranda Lambert and Jessie James.

When the song is performed live, the music pauses while Rock holds out the lyric “I was off to drink you away”, following the lyric “I was headed to church”.

Track listing[edit]

US CD Single[11]

  1. Picture [Radio Edit]
  2. Picture [Single Edit]
  3. Picture [Single Version]

Cover[edit]

Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold covered the song with Joanna Newsom in 2010 when the former opened for the latter.

Rascal Flatts have covered the song with Sheryl Crow on their joint 2014 tour together. Unlike Kid Rock’s concerts, the Rascal Flatts do not hold out “I was off to drink you away”.

Chart[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ D'Angelo, Joe. "Nu Metal Meltdown (Page 3)". MTV. Archived from the original on February 1, 2003. Retrieved February 4, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (January 29, 2003). "Kid Rock's Dead-In-The-Water Cocky Comes Back To Life". MTV News. Retrieved September 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ Masley, Ed (August 21, 2015). "15 Best Kid Rock Singles, from 'Bawitdaba' to 'First Kiss'". Arizona Republic. Retrieved September 9, 2017 – via azcentral.com. 
  4. ^ "Picture (feat. Sheryl Crow) - Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock - Spot On Track". www.spotontrack.com. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  5. ^ Rock, Kid. "Kid Rock "Picture" Sheet Music in G Major (transposable) - Download & Print". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
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  9. ^ "Nielsen SoundScan charts – Digital Songs – Week Ending: 09/14/2017" (PDF). Nielsen SoundScan. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 19, 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ Acken, Lori (August 13, 2009). "ABC rocks country fans with CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock". Channel Guide Magazine. 
  11. ^ "Picture: Kid Rock, Allison Moorer: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  12. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kid Rock > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  14. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Canada Top 40 / Year-End Chart @ Top40-Charts.com". Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  19. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 2003 - Billboard Year End Charts". Bob Borst's Home of Pop Culture. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 

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