” Heaven Is A Place On Earth ” is by Belinda Carlisle ( Belinda Jo Carlisle ), the American singer. The song was written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley.
Production for the single was by Rick Nowels. The song was released on the 18th of September 1987 and taken as the lead single from Belinda’s second Album, Heaven on Earth.
Rick Nowels who co-wrote and also produced this song for Belinda is an award-winning writer and producer. The multi-instrumentalist has had songs recorded by artists including Lana Del Rey, Adele, Madonna, Sia, Dido, Nelly Furtado, Santana, Tupac Shakur and Fleetwood Mac.
After the break up of Belinda’s first group the Go-Go’s in 1985, Belinda set out on a solo career. She needed a producer for her second Album and started to interview candidates. Rick Nowels was the one Belinda decided could give her music a chance of success. Rick had co-written ” I Can’t Wait ” for Stevie Nicks which was a Top Twenty hit in the United States.
Rick’s co-writer, Ellen Shipley left New York and flew to California to begin writing for Belinda. Rick explained, ” We started brainstorming concepts, and Ellen mentioned the title ‘ Heaven on Earth ‘ “.
The title started the ball rolling; Rick added ” I thought that was a good concept for Belinda… I started singing ‘ Heaven is a place on Earth ‘, which I thought was a slightly fresher title “.
After two months and trips across the US, the duo had a song for Belinda. ” Heaven Is A Place On Earth ” was recorded in Los Angeles and took another month to finish.
The first version of the song was produced, Rick, however, wasn’t happy with the verse. He played it to Shelly Yakus at A&M studios, who upon hearing it agreed that the verse sounded like it belonged to a different song entirely.
As both Rick and Shelly Yakus agreed the verse didn’t fit, Ellen Shipley was asked to fly to Los Angeles and work with Rick on a re-write. They worked on the song, and after three days it was completed.
Belinda had to record the song all over again, after hearing Rick play it on a piano she agreed that the new version was better saying ” The verses and the bridge were totally different “.
The new version of ” Heaven Is A Place On Earth ” features backing vocals from both Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley along with Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas and songwriter Diane Warren. Thomas Dolby plays keyboards on the track.
The re-written version was a commercial success for Belinda. In the United States, the song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and held the top spot for one week.
Outside of the United States ” Heaven Is A Place On Earth ” also reached Number One in Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa and Norway. Elsewhere the song reached number three in Germany and Canada, in Australia it peaked at number two and in Italy, the song reached number six.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 12th of December 1987 and reached Number One, where it stayed for two weeks. It spent ten weeks in the Top Twenty and a total of fifteen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 2, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 10, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 3, Canadian Adult Contemporary (RPM) 5, Canadian Top Singles (RPM) 3, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 3, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 6, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 7, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 10, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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