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"In This Life" is the first single of Australian pop singer Delta Goodrem from her third album Delta. The song was written by Goodrem, Brian McFadden, Stuart Crichton and Tommy Lee James. The producer of the song is John Shanks (Hilary Duff, Take That, Bon Jovi, Ashlee Simpson). According to an article in the Herald Sun the song is "a more guitar-driven vibe and updates Goodrem's sound." Goodrem has recently re-shot the music video for the album's American release.

The song was released on Australian radio on August 28, 2007 and had a physical release through CD and Digital Download on September 15, 2007. It was also released as the first single in the United Statesmarker on April 15, 2008.

Background

According to Goodrem, she wrote the song just after Christmas. Stuart Crichton co-wrote the song and wanted the singer to use her well-known letter ending "Love & Light" in a song. In the start of the chorus, Goodrem sings:
You give me love,

You give me light
Goodrem told The Daily Telegraph that she needed to deal with personal demons and feelings first to be able to write a song like "In This Life". According to her biography on her official site, the song "reaffirms new beginnings, celebrates perseverance, and rejoices in moving forward." Goodrem also stated that "In This Life" was a great introduction for her new album. During a chat session on her official forum, Goodrem said the song was about "the journey you go on in this life and accepting what life throws at you and growing from the experience and concentrating on the positives in life."

The song is currently being used as the opening theme music to the Japanese anime series Deltora Quest.

Reviews

The song has received positive reviews which praises Goodrem's new sound and look. News.com.au commented: "In This Life is undoubtedly a Delta Goodrem song, it unveils a more sexy and mature sound for the artist who dominated the Australian airwaves after the release of her debut single, Born To Try.". The Herald Sun said "In This Life has a more guitar-driven vibe and updates Goodrem's sound."

Billboard magazine gave the song a good review, introducing Goodrem in the United States. Reviewer Chuck Taylor said about the song: "In This Life" is an ideal vehicle to fuel horsepower, showcasing frantic piano, turbine tempo, a singalong lyric about giving into love ... and a vocal that illustrates incomparable prowess."

Music video

The video for the song was shot in Los Angelesmarker on August 10, 2007, directed by Rocky Schenck. According to insiders the video shows the sexiest Goodrem has made to date, with Goodrem having in several scenes a Brigitte Bardot look. Goodrem herself said about making the video; "It took me a second to get back into gear because I haven't made a video for so long, but it felt better than ever."

The video premiered on August 31, 2007 on the TV program Sunrise. Although the video has been criticised for being too "basic" it has been praised for its effectiveness by intentionally having a simple video with the focus placed upon Goodrem's personality thus creating a fresh and bright mood rather than a story and having special effects. Goodrem had also stated that she had wanted it to be about her singing the song.

During the last weeks of March, Goodrem returned from Californiamarker, where she filmed a new clip for the US version of In This Life. The video clip, in which she stretches seductively on a stretch of sand on Malibu Beach, will be used to introduce her to the US audiences, as well as a photoshoot for the new cover of her self titled album, Delta, which was released in the US in July. For the new video she worked with director Robert Hales (who has also shot videos for Justin Timberlake and Gnarls Barkley) who choose to give a good introduction of Goodrem: her basics as an artist. Goodrem says about the video: "It's quite earthy and creative. It's going to be an introduction for me. I have to be at the piano. I have to introduce myself and say 'Here I am, this new artist'". The video premiered on Universal Music Group's YouTube channel on May 15, 2008. Throughout the video different leaves are created around her that can be compared with the way Goodrem's Mistaken Identity album cover was designed.

Chart performance

According to the Today Show, "In This Life" was the number-one most added song on radio after it was released to radio. It also debuted at number six on the national airplay charts The week after it moved to number two. The song later hit #1 pushing Matchbox Twenty to #4. The debut at #6 currently gives Goodrem the highest debut on the Airplay chart ever.

In Australia the song debuted at number-one making it her eighth number-one single. She is now only behind Kylie Minogue and Madonna with the most #1 singles by a female artist. The song also debuted at #1 on the Physical Sales Chart and the Australian Chart, and it also debuted at #3 on the Digital Track Chart and has since peaked to #2. In France the song appeared on the official airplay chart at #85. No release date for France is yet known. The song also peaked at #1 on the Australian iTunes Store Top 100 pushing Britney Spears "Gimme More" to #2. In New Zealand, the song became the 10th most added song during the Christmas week and currently has peaked #8 on the radio airplay charts. "In This Life" was certified gold, with 35,000 copies shipped in its first week. In its thirteenth week it certified platinum. The song replaced "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston but was replaced itself by the song the following week. In Asia, it debuted at #9 on the MTV Asia Hitlist and peaked at #2. On Japan's download charts it has peaked the #1 position.

'In This Life' has subsequently been released to US radio on the 9th of April. It was first released to the Triple A radio format, and then to the Adult Contemporary and Hot Adult Contemporary formats. No information is currently known as to when it will be released the Pop and Contemporary Hits formats.

On June 17, 2008 Goodrem appeared for the second time on any Billboard chart with her single In This Life. She debuted at #40 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. Currently the song has peaked at #21 According to Nielsen Soundscan the track has already sold 7,000 digital downloads in its week ending on June 24, 2008.In This Life has been used in Qantas frequent flyer ads, it is suspected to have helped In This Life re-entered the Australian Singles charts on the 14th July at #68, a remarkable jump of 41 places from the previous week.

Track listing

Australian CD Single 1
(Released: September 15, 2007)
  1. "In This Life"
  2. "Take Me Home"
:Comes with Bonus Sticker

Australian CD Single 2
(Released: September 15, 2007)
  1. "In This Life"
  2. "In This Life" (acoustic version)
:Comes with bonus poster

Australian iTunes Exclusive
(Released: September 15, 2007)
  1. "In This Life"
  2. "Breathe In, Breathe Out"


Japanese CD Single
(Released: January 23, 2008)
  1. "In This Life"
  2. "Take Me Home"
  3. "In This Life" (acoustic version)


US Digital Single
(Released: April 15, 2008)
  1. "In This Life" (Updated Mix)


Charts

Chart (2007) Peak

Position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
France Top 100 Airplay 85
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 31
Chart (2008) Peak

position
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks [534602] 21
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Recurrents 20


Release dates

Country Date
Australia September 15, 2007
New Zealandmarker October 29, 2007
Hong Kongmarker December 30, 2007
Japanmarker January 23, 2008
United Statesmarker April 15, 2008


External links



References

  1. Cameron Adams Back with a passion Retrieved August 12, 2007 Herald Sun interview with Delta confirms new single
  2. Delta Studio Footage #3 Delta Goodrem's official forum. Retrieved August 23, 2007.
  3. Kathy McCabe Delta unleashes her sex kitten The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved August 13, 2007.
  4. Official biography Delta Goodrem official website. Retrieved August 29, 2007.
  5. Delta's Q&a On Aug 29, for those who missed it Delta Goodrem's official forum. Retrieved August 31, 2007.
  6. Chuck Taylor Delta Goodrem: In This Life Billboard. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  7. In This Life Video Clip Debut On Sunrise This Friday!, WORLD PREMIERE Delta Goodrem's Official Forum. Retrieved August 28, 2007.
  8. [1]Delta Goodrem lays it out for the US. Retrieved March 30, 2008.
  9. Daniel Kilkelly Delta Goodrem hoping for US success DS music. Retrieved April 25, 2008.
  10. Delta goodrem: In This Life Universal Records official Youtube Channel. Retrieved May 15, 2008.
  11. Interview with the Today Show Today Show. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  12. "National Airplay chart". The Music Network. Retrieved September 15, 2007.
  13. Delta Goodrem:In This Life Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2008.
  14. Keith Caulfield Ask Billboard Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2008
  15. "IN THIS LIFE - CD1 (BONUS STICKER)". Herald Sun. Retrieved August 28, 2007.
  16. "IN THIS LIFE - CD2 (LIMITED EDITION) (BONUS POSTER)". Herald Sun. Retrieved August 28, 2007.
  17. [2]. French Airplay. Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  18. Delta Goodrem:In This Life Billboard. Retrieved June 28, 2008.
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  20. Delta Goodrem's official Japanese website Retrieved December 14, 2007.
  21. FMQB Retrieved March 8, 2008.



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