Tonight (Jessica Sanchez song)

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Single by Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo
from the album Me, You & the Music
Released March 22, 2013 (2013-03-22)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:58
Producer(s) StarGate
Jessica Sanchez singles chronology
"Change Nothing"
Ne-Yo singles chronology
"Play Hard"

"Tonight" is a single by American recording artist Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo, taken from Sanchez's debut studio album Me, You & the Music. It was written by Ne-Yo, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor E. Hermansen and was produced by StarGate. "Tonight" was released to digital retailer on March 22, 2013, following her debut live performance of the single on the Top 9 results show on the twelfth season of American Idol on March 21, 2013,[1] as the lead single from Me, You & the Music. The song's accompanying music video was shot in downtown Los Angeles on March 1, 2013 with director Justin Francis and made its world premiere on Vevo on March 21, 2013.


Following the series finale of the eleventh season of American Idol Sanchez was signed to Interscope Records/19 Entertainment to begin work on her debut studio album. Recording for the album began during the American Idols Live Tour in mid July 2012, she worked with producers Mark J. Feist, Harvey Mason, Jr. and Toby Gad among others for the album and is set to feature ballads but will exhibit "more of an R&B/Pop/Urban kind of feel".[2] In an interview with MTV News,[3] Sanchez spoke of the song, saying:

" 'Tonight' is a song about people that are usually stressed out, everybody has problems and everything, and 'Tonight' is a song about going out that night and having the best night of your life."

It's been described as a "club-ready" track.

Critical reception[edit]

Grady Smith of Entertainment Weekly said that "The song is far better than Jessica's non-starter pop singles 'Change Nothing,' which she performed at last year's finale, and 'Fairytale,' which she debuted at a showcase last year. And it's light years ahead of the generic dance tracks released by The Voice's Jermaine Paul and The X-Factor's Melanie Amaro. 'Tonight' actually sounds like it could fit right in on pop radio or blaring out of the speakers in a club. Here's the thing, though. I'm just not buying it — and that's because I still remember the Jessica Sanchez I got to know on Idol." [4] Meanwhile, a positive review came from Amy Sciaretto of PopCrush, "She was more Jennifer Lopez than Mariah Carey, to draw a comparison to the former and current judge's panel. That is, she was more about the show, the image and the dancing then she was about showcasing the diva voice. She positioned herself as a diva during her season but has completely switched gears … at least with her first single." [5]

Music video[edit]

Filming for the music video began on March 1, 2013 in downtown Los Angeles with director Justin Francis.[6] The video premiered on Vevo on March 21, 2013.

Live performances[edit]

Sanchez made her TV debut performance of "Tonight" with Ne-Yo on the Top 9 results show on the twelfth season of American Idol on March 21, 2013,[1] and received a standing ovation from the judges following the performance.[7] On March 22, 2013 just after the performance she made in Idol, Jessica Sanchez Gives First Online Performance Of “Tonight” At Yahoo!.[8] and its in acoustic version.[9] She performed her debut single "Tonight" in Young Hollywood.[10] She also performed her single in CleverTV.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

"Tonight" debuted with 14,000 digital copies sold within the first week of its release.[12] The single has sold 39,000 copies as of May 2013 and 85,000 copies by the end of 2013.[13]

Chart (2013) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[14] 42
South Korea (GAON)[15] 13
Ukraine (FDR Charts)[16] 9
US(Pop Digital Songs) (Billboard)[17] 48

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States March 22, 2013[18] Digital Download 19 Entertainment, Interscope Records
May 7, 2013[19] Mainstream Top 40
Australia March 29, 2013[20] Digital Download
New Zealand


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  12. ^ Brian Mansfield (March 27, 2013). "'Idol' performance puts Casey Abrams on the charts". USA Today. Gannett Company. 
  13. ^ Brian Mansfield (May 8, 2013). "'Idol' performance puts Casey Abrams on the charts". USA Today. Gannett Company. 
  14. ^ " – Jessica Sanchez ft. Ne-Yo – Tonight". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  15. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Gaon Chart". 
  16. ^ "Ukrainian Chart". FDR. 
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  18. ^ "Tonight: Jessica Sanchez". Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
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  20. ^ "Jessica Sanchez". Twitter. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 

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