Alive (Natalie Bassingthwaighte song)

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"Alive"
NatalieBassingthwaighteAlive.jpg
Single by Natalie Bassingthwaighte
from the album 1000 Stars
B-side "Remember Me"
Released 14 October 2008 (2008-10-14)
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length 3:31
Label Sony BMG
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Arnthor Birgisson
  • Andrew Frampton
Natalie Bassingthwaighte singles chronology
"Don't Give Up"
(2006)
"Alive"
(2008)
"Someday Soon"
(2009)

"Don't Give Up"
(2006)
"Alive"
(2008)
"Someday Soon"
(2009)

"Alive" is the debut solo single by Australian recording artist and actress Natalie Bassingthwaighte. It was released on 14 October 2008, as the first single from her debut solo album 1000 Stars. The song's musical-genre is pop and its lyrics describe being free, taking chances and making love. Upon its release, "Alive" peaked at number eight on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for sales exceeding 70,000 copies.

"Alive" was written by Bassingthwaighte, Arnthor Birgisson and Andrew Frampton in Los Angeles, during the last week Bassingthwaighte was writing songs for 1000 Stars. It was also her last writing session with Birgisson and Frampton. Bassingthwaighte stated that it was really hard to write "Alive" because they wanted to write something that was "just fun" because she felt a song like that was missing from the album.[1] The music video was directed by Anthony Rose and features Bassingthwaighte dressed in multiple outfits and wigs.

Release and reception

"Alive" was released as a digital download on 14 October 2008.[2][3] On 10 November 2008, it was released as a digital extended play (EP) which included the B-side song "Remember Me" and an Electrodex remix of "Alive".[4] The EP was later released as a CD on 15 November 2008.[5] "Alive" was released as a digital download for SingStar via the PlayStation Network in November 2009.[6]

Upon its release, "Alive" debuted at number 39 on the ARIA Singles Chart on 27 October 2008.[7] Twelve weeks later it peaked at number eight.[7] The song was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for sales exceeding 70,000 copies.[8] "Alive" also reached number six on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart, number two on the ARIA Australian Artists Singles Chart and number seven on the ARIA Digital Tracks Chart.[9]

Music video

Bassingthwaighte in one of many looks from the "Alive" music video.

The music video for "Alive" was directed by Anthony Rose and filmed on 20 October 2008.[10] The video features Bassingthwaighte dressed in multiple outfits and wigs. It begins with Bassingthwaighte sitting on a purple chair wearing a blond wig. She is then shown in a black and red dress dancing in front of a black background. The third sequence of the video was filmed in black and white and features Bassingthwaighte wearing an afro. This is followed by scenes of her on a swing wearing a red wig and dancing with two male dancers (brothers Hilton and David Denis who featured in So You Think You Can Dance Australia). The video premiered in Australia on 6 November 2008.[11]

Live performances

Bassingthwaighte premiered "Alive" during a performance at the Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2008 held in Melbourne on 11 October 2008.[12] In October 2008, she performed the song at the after-party for the stage show Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.[2] Bassingthwaighte also performed "Alive" during Australia's 2009 New Years Eve party in Sydney.[13]

Formats and track listings

  • Digital download[3]
  1. "Alive" – 3:31
  1. "Alive" – 3:30
  2. "Remember Me" – 4:32
  3. "Alive" (Electrodex remix) – 4:31

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of 1000 Stars.[14]

Locations
Personnel
  • Songwriting – Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Arnthor Birgisson, Andrew Frampton
  • Production – Arnthor Birgisson, Andrew Frampton
  • Mixing – Arnthor Birgisson
  • Recording – Deyder Cintron
  • Guitars – Esbjorn Ohrwall, Max Martin
  • Programming – Arnthor Birgisson
  • All vocals – Natalie Bassingthwaighte
  • Mastering – Leon Zervos

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 8

Year-end charts

Chart (2008) Rank
ARIA Singles Chart[15] 73
ARIA Australian Artist Singles Chart[16] 19
Chart (2009) Rank
ARIA Australian Artist Singles Chart[17] 18

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[8] Platinum 70,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Country Date Format Label Catalogue
Australia 14 October 2008[3] Digital download Sony BMG Australia
10 November 2008[4] Digital EP
15 November 2008[5] CD 88697420212

References

  1. ^ "Natalie Bassingthwaighte Interviews". Take 40 Australia. Authentic Entertainment. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Is Natalie Bassingthwaighte the new Kylie Minogue?". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. 13 October 2008. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Alive – Single by Natalie Bassingthwaighte". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Alive – EP by Natalie Bassingthwaighte". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "CD Releases: Alive". Sony BMG Australia. Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "This Week On The SingStore (26 November 2009)". PlayStation.Blog.Europe. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c "Australian-charts.com – Natalie Bassingthwaighte – Alive". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  8. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 23 March 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Pandora Archive. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Watch Nat Bassingthwaighte On The Set Of Her New Video 'Alive'!". Sony BMG Australia. 23 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Watch Nat's New Video 'Alive' Right Here!". Sony BMG Australia. 6 November 2008. Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Rove pips Bindi as Aussie's favourite". Australian Associated Press. News Limited. 11 October 2008. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Australia Chosen As New Year's Eve Party Place For Beautiful People". Biki.com. 1 January 2009. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  14. ^ 1000 Stars (CD). Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Sony Music Australia Pty Ltd. 2009. p. 3. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2008". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Australian Artist Singles 2008". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Australian Artist Singles 2009". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 

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