Picture (song)

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"Picture"
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Remix cover
Single by Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer
from the album Cocky
ReleasedNovember 12, 2002
RecordedMarch 2001
GenreCountry,[1] southern rock
Length4:58 (Sheryl Crow album version)
5:07 (Allison Moorer album version)
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow
Producer(s)Kid Rock
Kid Rock singles chronology
"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 the song's writers. Rock re-recorded the song for 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–G, and the chorus follows an Em–G–D–C–G progression. The vocals span from G3 to B5.[5]

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. It was directed by JB Carlin.

Track listing[edit]

US CD Single with Allison Moorer[6]

  1. Picture (Radio Edit) - 4:13
  2. Picture (Long Version Edit) - 4:59
  3. Picture (Long Version) - 4:59

US CD Single with Sheryl Crow

  1. Picture (Radio Edit #1) - 4:14
  2. Picture (Radio Edit #2) - 4:09
  3. Picture (Album Edit) - 4:14
  4. Picture (Album Version) - 4:58

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 No. 4 in April 2003. The song also charted on the Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at No. 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 No. 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 No. 33 on the charts.[7] The following week, however, the song began to be credited to Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer.[8] The song spent a total of 33 weeks on the country chart, reaching No. 21 in 2003.[9]

As of September 2017, "Picture" sold 836,300 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[10]

Charts[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 August 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Rock, Kid. "Kid Rock "Picture" Sheet Music in G Major (transposable) - Download & Print". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Picture: Kid Rock, Allison Moorer: Music". Retrieved July 24, 2011.
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  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Sheryl Crow Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 2, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2003". Billboardtop100of.com. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  18. ^ "2003 The Year in Music". Billboard. Vol. 115 no. 52. December 27, 2003. p. YE-80. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Sheryl Crow – Soak Up the Sun". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 2, 2018.

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