” Candy ” is by Mandy Moore, the American singer. The song was taken from her first album, So real, released in 1999. Written by Denise Rich, Dave Katz and Denny Kleiman with production by Jive Jones, Tony Battaglia and Shaun Fisher.
A classic pop style of the 1990s and early 2000s the song was released by the record label Epic Records. Record labels at the time were cashing in on the teeny pop music which was becoming more popular the world over at the time.
When ” Candy ” was released as a single the performance didn’t set the world alight, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number eighty-eight and climbed to reach number forty-one, just missing the Top Forty.
The song is the most successful of Mandy’s to date. Worldwide she was to fare better reaching number six in the United Kingdom and two in Australia.
The reception by critics for ” Candy ” was mixed, with some reserving actual judgement of the lyrics and composition by pointing out that she was ” just 15 years old ” which was a kind of justification for the teeny pop style.
All agreed that the song fitted the demographics in which it was intended for by the record company.
Chris Robinson, the American film director, brought the song to life with the video. The video opens with shots of a typical US neighbourhood and a gradual zoom into Mandy’s bedroom. Her friends are outside and call her where they proceed to a diner. There she looks at the boy she saw skateboarding, at the end of the video Mandy and her dancers are shown in an empty pool with skateboarders all around them.
Throughout 1999 and 2000 Mandy promoted ” Candy ” on several TV shows including TRL, the Rosie O’Donnell Show and Top of The Pops.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 41
UK Highest Chart Position: 6
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 2, Austria ( Austria Top 40) 38, Brasil (Brasil Hot 100) 5, Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 9, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 30, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 35, France (SNEP) 16, Germany (Official German Charts) 72, Ireland (IRMA) 27, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 10, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 46, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 39
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FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/mandymooreofficial
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/MandyMoore
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