The power of love Jennifer Rush
Song Title: The power of love
Artist: Jennifer Rush
Date of release: December 1984
Description: ” The power of love ” is by Jennifer Rush ( Heidi Stern ), the American pop singer. The song was written by Jennifer Rush, Gunther Mende, Candy DeRouge and Mary Susan Applegate.
Production for the single was by Gunther Mende and Candy DeRouge. Gunther Mende is a German record producer who has worked with artists including Céline Dion, Falco and Tina Turner. Candy DeRouge ( Wolfgang Detmann ) is another German record producer, he has also worked with Céline Dion and Falco. Other artists Candy DeRouge has produced for include Bonnie Bianco, Laura Branigan, Thomas Anders, Chris Norman, Helen Schneider, Sally Oldfield.
Also credited as co-writer, along with Gunther Mende and Candy DeRouge, is Mary Susan Applegate. Mary is an American poet who also co-wrote No Mercy’s song ” Please don’t go “, a 1997 top ten hit in the UK.
The song was released in December 1984 by record label CBS and taken as the fifth and last single from Jennifer’s debut Album ” Jennifer Rush “.
The power ballad was to be the only Million selling single of 1985 in the UK, it outsold its nearest rival, Julie covington’s ” Don’t cry for me Argentina ” which sold 980,000 copies and in doing so ” The power of love ” became a record breaker. The song was the biggest selling single ever by a female artist in the United Kingdom, until 1992 when Whitney Houston broke the record with ” I will always love you “. Whitney then held the record until that was broken by Cher’s ” Believe “, released in 1998.
Jennifer also set another record at the time, the song took an incredible 16 weeks to reach Number One in the UK. It first charted at number 65 on the 29th of June and during its chart week had moved up to number 42, staying in the 40’s for some nine consecutive weeks. A week later the song made the all important top forty at number 36 which meant considerable airplay across the UK’s radio stations.
With the increase in airplay the song finally climbed to reach Number One in the UK and stayed there for 5 weeks.
Jennifer’s ” The power of love ” was the second song with the title to reach Number One in the UK, 10 months earlier Frankie Goes To Hollywood reached the top spot in the UK with their song of the same name.
A third song of 1985 sharing the same title was by Huey Lewis And The News, they took ” The power of love ” to Number One in the US but only managed to make number 11 in the UK.
Along with a top spot on the UK chart, Jennifer also reached Number One in Australia, Austria, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Spain.
In the United States she only managed to reach number 57 with her version. However cover versions by other artists performed better in the US. Laura Branigan released her version for her Album ” Touch ” in 1987. Laura enjoyed chart success in the US reaching number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The most successful version, even more than the original by Jennifer, was Canadian singer Celine Dion. Her cover of the song from her 1993 Album “The Colour of My Love ” reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.
The song was also covered by Air Supply, the soft rock duo reversed the lyrics to reflect that fact it was a man singing. They enjoyed moderate success with their version reaching the top forty in both Canada and New Zealand. In the US they reached a peak of number 68.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 57
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (KMR) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 3, Canada (RPM) 1, France (SNEP) 32, Germany (Official German Charts) 9, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 7, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 3
Official Website: Jennifer-rush.com
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/JenniferRush