Written in the Stars (Elton John and LeAnn Rimes song)

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"Written in the Stars"
Written in the Stars (Elton John and LeAnn Rimes song).jpg
Single by Elton John featuring LeAnn Rimes
from the album Aida and I Need You
Released February 23, 1999
Format CD, audio cassette
Recorded 1999
Genre Country, pop
Length 4:17
Label Rocket, Curb, Walt Disney Records in Aida
Songwriter(s) Elton John, Tim Rice
Producer(s) Peter Collins, Wilbur Rimes[1]
Elton John singles chronology
"If the River Can Bend"
(1998) If the River Can Bend1998
"Written in the Stars"
(1999) Written in the Stars1999
"A Step Too Far"
(1999) A Step Too Far1999
LeAnn Rimes singles chronology
"Feels Like Home"
(1999) Feels Like Home1999
"Written in the Stars"
(1999) Written in the Stars1999
"Big Deal"
(1999) Big Deal1999
"Written in the Stars"
Song by Heather Headley and Adam Pascal
from the album Aida
Released June 13, 2000
Recorded April 10-April 11, 2000
Genre Rock musical
Length 3:18
Label EMI
Composer(s) Elton John
Lyricist(s) Tim Rice
Producer(s) Guy Babylon, Frank Filipetti, Chris Montan, Paul Bogaev

"Written in the Stars" is a single released in 1999 by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes. In the US, it was certified Gold on 27 April 1999 by the RIAA.

This song came from the musical Aida written by Elton John and Tim Rice. In this scene in the musical, Radames informs Aida that he's calling off the wedding. Aida knows that this would ruin her father's escape and tells him he must go through with it. Radames agrees, on condition that she escapes to freedom on a boat he will provide. The two lovers lament the complication of the circumstances of their love together before parting.

For John, "Written In The Stars" was his 57th – and to date, final – top 40 single on the US Billboard charts as a performer. John posted at least one top 40 single on the US charts every year from 1970 to 1999, with this song being the last in the run.

Due to Rimes' previous country music success, made #74 on Canada's RPM country chart due to unsolicited airplay as an album cut.

There are two different recordings of the song, one with Rimes performing the first verse, the other with John. The song was later featured on Rimes' 2002 album I Need You and the concept album for the musical. The song was performed live at VH1 Divas Live 1999.

Charts and sales[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Written in the Stars" – 4:17
  2. "Written in the Stars" (Alternate Version) – 4:24
  3. "Various Snippets" (My Strongest Suit/Not Me/A Step Too Far) – 2:27


According to an episode of VH1's Pop-Up Video, the music video for this song was meant to evoke forbidden loves, as well as the separation between the two singers. Rimes was shown in colder, more heavenly backdrops; John was given warmer backgrounds, as in a milder depiction of hell.

External links[edit]

Written in the Stars Music Video on YouTube


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