Hero Mariah Carey
Song Title: Hero
Artist: Mariah Carey
Date of release: October 19, 1993
Description: ” Hero ” is by Mariah Carey, the American singer-songwriter. Written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff, the Russian American multiple Grammy Award-winning record producer.
Released in 1993 by the Columbia Record label, ” Hero ” was to be the second single from Mariah’s third Album ” Music Box “.
Writers Mariah and Walter originally intended the song for Gloria Estefan ( Miami Sound Machine ), when she penned the lyrics Mariah didn’t feel the song was right for her.
However, later Mariah was persuaded to keep it, and she set about re-working the song to make it a bit more her style with a pop and R&B feel.
” Hero ” is regarded to be one of the most inspirational and personal songs she has written or performed. The lyrics talk of using inner strength when times seem bad, ” There’s a Hero if you look inside your heart “, Mariah considers this to be one of her most personal of ballads.
Critically acclaimed, ” Hero ” seemed to be making its mark. However not everyone was quite so enthusiastic, the song became victim to accusations of copyright breaches.
Christopher Selletti, Rhonda Dimmer filed in 1993 and 1996. The first was by Christopher Selletti, who claimed he had written a poem with the lyrics, the other by Rhonda Dimmer, claimed Mariah borrowed lyrics from the song ” Be Your Own Hero ” by Rhonda.
Both attempted lawsuits were dismissed by different judges presiding over each case, and Mariah Carey was to be left vindicated, and the whole affair was forgotten.
Along with the opinions of the music critics, the record buying public loved the song and ” Hero ” was to be a massive success for Mariah.
The song was to become the eighth chart-topper on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart and was to spend four weeks at the top. The RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ) certified ” Hero ” Platinum.
In Canada, it entered the Canadian RPM Singles Chart at number sixty-four climbing steadily to reach number three in which it sat for three weeks. Mariah was to spend a total of twenty-one weeks in the top 100 with the song.
In late November 1993, ” Hero ” entered the UK Singles Chart at number eight, a week later it climbed to take the number seven position. The song stayed for fifteen weeks on the UK chart with the original release.
In 2008, the finalists of the UK X Factor tv show released their version, this time the song limped into the charts at number one hundred and only managed to climb to number sixty-seven before dropping out of the charts.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 7
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 7, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 45, Canada (The Record) 10, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 3, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 19, France (SNEP) 5, Germany (Official German Charts) 41, Ireland (IRMA) 5, Japan (Oricon Albums Chart) 42, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 10, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 13, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 2, Sweden Sverigetopplistan) 27
Official Website: Mariahcarey.com
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/MariahCarey