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"With Every Heartbeat" is the second UK single released from Swedishmarker pop singer-songwriter Robyn's 2007 re-released, self-titled album Robyn. A collaboration with Kleerup, it was released as a non-album single in Sweden and reached #18.

Background and composition

"With Every Heartbeat" is an electropop ballad. The song runs for four minutes and thirteen seconds in its entire form. It is composed in the key of D major, and is set in common time. It has an unconventional pop song structure, with no distinct chorus. The song was composed in Kleerup's living room, where Robyn came up with the song's melody. The string parts were originally arranged by Carl Bagge using Sibelius Software.

Release and reception

A physical single was released in the UK on 6 August 2007. It was named as both Jo Whiley's and Scott Mills's "Record of the Week" and was A-Listed on BBC's Radio 1. Robyn performed the song live on Radio 1 during the Jo Whiley Show on 8 August 2007. It also received strong support by Popjustice, who later ranked the single as the best of 2007.

"With Every Heartbeat" was Robyn's biggest hit in the UKmarker, becoming the first number one, second top ten, and fourth top-40 hit of her career. The song charted inside the top five on downloads alone the week before the song's physical release. The song sold 270,000 copies in the UK as stated by the Official UK Charts Company.

The song was released in the United Statesmarker in January 2008.

Covers

Athlete, The Hoosiers, and Girls Aloud have all covered the song on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on separate occasions. Girls Aloud released their version of the song as a B-side to their Can't Speak French single in early 2008 and they performed it in their live set for the Tangled Up Tour.

Rachel Hylton performed the song during the first week of the X Factor live shows in 2008. However, the song was not well received by judge Simon Cowell, who commented that Rachel had been given a "cheap, piece of rubbish to sing".

Music video

Two videos were filmed for the song.Kleerup's version shows assorted scenes of life in New York Citymarker, while Robyn's version shows the singer walking among colourful building blocks and board game pawns. Robyn wears her trademark neckscarf and tights, which change colour as the song progresses. The CGI animation moves in sync with the music. The song pans out halfway through the video to reveal that Robyn is miniature and in fact on a desk in Kleerup's studio. On display in Kleerup's studio is a vinyl copy of Barbra Streisand's album Guilty. The video finishes with the blocks featured in the video tumbling down while Robyn runs away from them. This version of the video is a tribute to the animation of the highly respected late German artist Oskar Fischinger specifically his work entitled Komposition in Blau.

Track listing

Sweden single

CD single
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Album Version) - 4:06
  2. "With Every Heartbeat" (Meatboys Remix) - 4:24
  3. "With Every Heartbeat" (Punks Jump Up Remix) - 5:58
  4. "With Every Heartbeat" (Rory Phillips Remix) - 6:07


UK single

7" Single

Side A
  1. "With Every Heartbeat"
Side B
  1. "Konichiwa Bitches"


12" single

Side A
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Album Version) - 4:10
  2. "With Every Heartbeat" (Tong & Spoon Wonderland Remix) - 7:15
Side B
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Punks Jump Up Remix) - 5:19
  2. "With Every Heartbeat" (Steve Angello Dub) - 7:12


CD promo
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Acoustic Version) - 3:34


CD single
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Radio Edit) - 3:17
  2. "With Every Heartbeat" (Tong & Spoon Wonderland Remix) - 7:17
  3. "With Every Heartbeat" (Punks Jump Up Remix) - 5:23
  4. "With Every Heartbeat" (Album Version) - 4:12
  5. "Konichiwa Bitches" (Video) - 3:06


German single

12" single (Part 1)

Side A
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Steve Angello Dub)
  2. "With Every Heartbeat" (Hugg & Pepp Remix)
Side B
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Punks Jump Up Remix)
  2. "With Every Heartbeat" (Kleerup Remix)


12" single (Part 2)

Side A
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Corenell Remix)
Side B
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (VooDoo & Serano Remix)


CD single
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Radio Edit) - 3:20
  2. "With Every Heartbeat" (Album Version) - 4:15
  3. "With Every Heartbeat" (Acoustic Version) - 3:37
  4. "With Every Heartbeat" (Punks Jump Up Remix) - 5:25
  5. "With Every Heartbeat" (VooDoo & Serano Edit) - 6:15
  6. "With Every Heartbeat" (Kleerup Remix) - 7:07
  7. "With Every Heartbeat" (Video) - 4:03


Belgium single

CD remix maxi-single
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Album Version) - 4:13
  2. "With Every Heartbeat" (Voodoo & Serano Remix) - 6:14
  3. "With Every Heartbeat" (Corenell Remix) - 6:35
  4. "With Every Heartbeat" (Kenson Remix) - 7:15
  5. "With Every Heartbeat" (Tong & Spoon Wonderland Remix) - 7:17
  6. "With Every Heartbeat" (Hugg & Pepp Remix) - 7:04
  7. "With Every Heartbeat" (Punks Jump Up Remix) - 5:21
  8. "With Every Heartbeat" (Steve Angello Dub) - 7:13
  9. "With Every Heartbeat" (Kleerup Remix) - 6:49


U.S. single

12" Promo

Side A
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Tong & Spoon Wonderland Remix) - 7:15
  2. "With Every Heartbeat" (Corenell Remix) - 6:33
Side B
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Voodoo & Serano Remix) - 6:12
  2. "With Every Heartbeat" (Punks Jump Up Remix) - 5:21
  3. "With Every Heartbeat" (Album Version) - 4:13


Digital download
  1. "With Every Heartbeat" (Album Version) - 4:15
  2. "With Every Heartbeat" (Tong & Spoon Wonderland Remix) - 7:14


Charts

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 69
Belgian Singles Chart 8
Danish Singles Chart 7
Dutch Top 40 7
French Singles Chart 30
German Singles Chart 38
Irish Singles Chart 15
Italian Singles Chart 12
Swedish Singles chart 18
Turkey Top 20 Chart 15
UK Top 40 1
Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Airplay 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales 4


Release history

Region Date Format
Swedenmarker 15 January 2007 CD single
United Kingdommarker 30 July 2007 Digital download
6 August 2007 CD single
Republic of Irelandmarker 3 August 2007
Germanymarker 19 October 2007
United Statesmarker January 29, 2008 Digital download


Personnel

  • Music by Robyn and Andreas Kleerup
  • Lyrics by Robyn
  • Produced by Kleerup
  • Violin performed by Johanna Tafvelin and Karin Liljenberg
  • Viola performed by Ida Nyman
  • Cello performed by Cecilia LinnĂ©
  • Mixed by Eric Wikstroon and Andreas Kleerup at Delorsan
  • Published by BMG Music Publishing/Universal Music Publishing


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