Song Title: Halo
Date of release: January 20, 2009
Description: ” Halo ” is by Beyoncé ( Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter )the American singer and songwriter.
Written by Beyoncé Knowles, Ryan Tedder and E. Kidd Bogart, the song is taken from Beyoncé’s third Album, I Am…Sasha Fierce, released in 2008.
The song strips back the celebrity status and the trappings that a lifestyle of that kinds gives, a glimpse at the behind the scenes of her life.
In fact, the song was written specifically for Beyoncé although there was some speculation that the song was initially intended for Leona Lewis. Simon Cowell who owns the label Syco Entertainment disagreed and claimed it was meant for Leona, but Ryan Tedder had said he only offered it to her after Beyoncé waited for a long time before working on the track.
” Halo ” won over the music critics who praised Beyoncé’s vocal delivery on the track, some saying it could be as big as ” Crazy In Love “, while others compared the vocal delivery to that of Céline Dion.
” Halo ” did go on to be a commercial success for Beyoncé and entered the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number ninety-three, from there it climbed to reach number five.
In January 2010 the RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ) gave ” Halo ” double Platinum status stating that two million copies of the song had been sold.
Success was to follow the US release when the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 21st of February 2009 at number ninety-eight, during the following seven weeks the song climbed to reach number four. The song spent a total of eight weeks inside the Top Ten and a total of forty-nine weeks on the chart.
The BPI ( British Phonographic Industry ) certified the song Platinum with sales on 600,000 copies sold in the UK.
Ireland was also another success for the song, there it entered the Irish Singles Chart at number thirty-two in 2009 and reached number four, staying at this position for three weeks.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 5
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Singles Chart 3, Austrian Singles Chart 6, Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 18, Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 15, Brazilian Pop Songs 1, Bulgarian Airplay Chart 5, Canadian Hot 100 3, Czech Republic Airplay Chart 2, Danish Singles Chart 15, Dutch ( Top 40 ) 9, Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 4, French Digital Singles Chart 9, German Singles Chart 5, Greek Singles Chart 2, Hungarian Airplay Chart 17, Irish Singles Chart 4, Israeli Airplay Chart 6, Italian Singles Chart 5, Norwegian Singles Chart 1, New Zealand Singles Chart 2, Slovakian Airplay Chart 1, South Korea International Singles 6, Spanish Singles Chart 5, Swedish Singles Chart 8, Swiss Singles Chart 4
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