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Superhero (Gary Barlow song)

“Superhero” is the second American single released from the American version of British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow’s debut solo album, Open Road. It was released on February 17, 1998, six weeks after the release of the album in America.

Whilst reworking Open Road for the American market, Barlow met with songwriters Kristian Lundin, Max Martin and Jolyon Skinner, and whilst recording alternate vocals for So Help Me Girl, wrote an entirely brand-new track, Superhero, exclusively for the American market. Barlow described the song as “Something designed to be suited to the kind of pop music in the American charts now, such as that of *NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys.” The song was not as successful as his first American single, only peaking at #23 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, and not even charting on the Billboard Hot 100.

Stronger (Gary Barlow song)

“Stronger” is the first single from British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow’s second studio album, Twelve Months, Eleven Days. The single was released on July 5, 1999 and was Barlow’s first solo excursion into dance music.[1]

According to his autobiography, Barlow objected to “Stronger” being released as a single.[2] He believed that due to its dance-orientated background, it would prove less popular amongst fans. However, after much deliberation, Sony BMG decided to release the track as a single, believing that fans would enjoy something different, rather than Barlow’s regular pop-ballad style.

“Stronger” was performed live many times before it was announced as a single, most notably at 95.8 Capital FM’s Party in the Park, on the April 12 edition of Top of the Pops, and as the finalists’ dance track on Italian talent show Festivalbar.

 

Sing (Gary Barlow song)

“Sing” is a song written by Take That singer-songwriter Gary Barlow and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and performed by a number of artists assembled by Barlow from across The Commonwealth, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The track was released via digital download and CD single on 28 May 2012, and was performed as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert celebrations on 4 June 2012.[4]

Since I Saw You Last (song)

“Since I Saw You Last” is a song by British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow. It was released in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2014 as the third and final single from his fourth solo album, Since I Saw You Last (2013). It was written by Barlow and produced by Steve Power.

“Since I Saw You Last” tells the story of Barlow’s struggle to become a successful solo artist after Take That split in the 1996 and how the media backlash against him in favour of bandmate Robbie Williams left him in the verge of breakdown, leading to his eventual departure from his record label. Barlow described this song to Graham Norton as the song he always wanted to write but it was only now, after the success of Take That and his solo success that he felt it was time to record the song and release it as a single.

The song is described as one of survival against the odds and emerging stronger than before, where Gary passionately sings about being a ‘dead man walking’ and having to accept the events in the past and remember the lessons learned.[1]

Shame (Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow song)

“Shame” is a song written and recorded by English singers Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow for Williams’s second greatest hits compilation album, In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990–2010 (2010). Produced by Trevor Horn, it was released as the lead single from the album on 27 August 2010 in most countries worldwide and on 1 October in the United Kingdom. “Shame” marks the first time Williams and Barlow collaborated on a song together solely and the first time they worked together since Williams left Take That in 1995. It is a pop song with country and electro music influences; two reviewers noted that it contains an acoustic guitar part similar to the one of The Beatles’ 1968 song, “Blackbird”. The lyrical content of the single revolves around singers’s broken relationship and fixing things up.

“Shame” received generally favourable reviews from music critics who praised the song’s sound and the melodic and lyrical skills of the performers. It reached the top-ten in seven countries worldwide including Hungary, Netherlands, Italy and Denmark. In the singers’s native United Kingdom, it peaked at number two on the singles chart and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), denoting shipments of over 200,000 copies in the country alone. The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Vaughan Arnell in Los Angeles and premiered on 26 August 2010. It features Williams and Barlow dancing and singing the song in a bar and fishing on a pond. Multiple critics linked the storyline and the pair’s chemistry in the video to the 2005 film, Brokeback Mountain. To further promote “Shame”, the pair performed it on multiple occasions including on the Help for Heroes concert and Strictly Come Dancing.

Open Road (Gary Barlow song)

“Open Road” is the fourth single released from British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow’s debut solo album, Open Road.

Following the release of “So Help Me Girl”, Barlow announced that ‘Open Road’ would be the last single to be released from the album in Europe. However, following its release, ‘Open Road’ peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart as well as becoming his third fourth consecutive top 2 single in Latvia and fourth song to chart in Ireland and Germany respectively. After the single was released Barlow’s record label began the process of preparing the recording of a second album. However, his next single, “Stronger”, only reached #16 on the UK Singles Chart, and as such, ‘Open Road’ is viewed as his last successful single, until the release of 2010 single Shame and Barlow’s third #1 single on the UK Singles Chart, “Sing” in 2012. Barlow himself regards Open Road as “the best song on the album”.[1]

Love Won’t Wait

“Love Won’t Wait” is a song by English singer-songwriter Gary Barlow from his debut album Open Road. It was released as the second single from the album on 25 April 1997 by BMG and RCA Records. The song was written by Madonna and Shep Pettibone, and was an unreleased demo from her Bedtime Stories (1994) studio sessions. Barlow came by the demo in 1997, while looking to record more songs for Open Road. He changed the lyrics to represent a male point of view rather than Madonna’s, and recorded the track with Stephen Lipson as producer.

Barlow was apprehensive about releasing the track, but due to contractual obligations he had to release it. The song became Barlow’s second consecutive number one release on the UK Singles Chart, following “Forever Love”, and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Elsewhere it received moderate success. A music video for the song was directed by Rocky Schenck and showed Barlow singing “Love Won’t Wait” across different locations. He also performed the song at the 1997 pre-Grammy Award party, where his performance was negatively received.

Let Me Go (Gary Barlow song)

“Let Me Go” is a song by British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow. It was released in Ireland on 15 November 2013 and in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2013 as the lead single from his fourth solo album, Since I Saw You Last (2013).[1] It was written by Barlow and produced by Steve Power. “Let Me Go” peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart, becoming Barlow’s sixth solo top 10 hit in the UK.

In November 2012, Barlow announced a concert tour, Gary Barlow: In Concert, which sold out minutes after going on sale.[2] During these shows Barlow played across the UK, when he began to consider returning to the studio to write what would become his first full-length studio album in over 14 years. As he began writing material for the album, Since I Saw You Last, he wrote “Let Me Go” and knew it should be the lead single.[3]

Barlow revealed in a TV documentary that “Let Me Go” was written about the loss of his stillborn daughter Poppy and the traumatic period in his life which left him and wife Dawn devastated. He said that the song keeps Poppy’s “flame” alive and is a “celebration” of her. Barlow added: “I don’t like there to be things that are unsaid really… and from that thing happening to my dad’s passing, there’s a lot of them in this record with me. “It should be a celebration that song, because in some respects, it’s alive that record and those lyrics and what it relates to. It keeps a life and a flame in the whole thing.”[4]

“Let Me Go” has been described as an acoustic guitar-driven song with a catchy chorus.[5] It represents a change in musical style to Barlow’s past material. He attributes this to his listening of musical influences such as Johnny Cash when deciding which direction he wanted to take his record. He said: “I’ve always liked folky, acoustic music but I’ve never fully explored it. I turned back time and was listening to Johnny Cash and early Elton John before I wrote ‘Let Me Go'”.[6]

Land of Hope and Glory

“Land of Hope and Glory” is a British patriotic song, with music by Edward Elgar and lyrics by A. C. Benson, written in 1902.

The music to which the words of the refrain “Land of Hope and Glory, &c”[1] below are set is the “trio” theme from Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.[2] The words were fitted to the melody on the suggestion of King Edward VII who told Elgar he thought the melody would make a great song. When Elgar was requested to write a work for the King’s coronation, he worked the suggestion into his Coronation Ode, for which he asked the poet and essayist A. C. Benson to write the words.[2] The last section of the Ode uses the march’s melody.

Due to the King’s illness, the coronation was postponed. Elgar created a separate song, which was first performed by Madame Clara Butt in June 1902. In fact, only the first of the seven stanzas of the Ode’s final section was re-used, as the first four lines of the second stanza below. This stanza is the part which is popularly sung today.

I Should’ve Followed You Home

“I Should’ve Followed You Home” is a duet sung by Swedish recording artist and former ABBA member Agnetha Fältskog and British singer-songwriter and Take That frontman Gary Barlow. Written by Barlow and producer Jörgen Elofsson, it was the third single taken from A.

“I Should’ve Followed You Home” was co-written by Gary Barlow and Jorgen Elofsson. Elofsson was looking for the ideal duet partner to match Agnetha for the album and was delighted to get his first choice: “To me Gary Barlow was the perfect partner,” he explained. “His warm and thick voice matched perfectly with Agnetha’s pop soprano voice. I must say I was nervous when I presented my favourite choice but luckily for me one of Agnetha’s favourite songs turned out to be “Back for Good” by Take That!”[citation needed]

Barlow and Elofsson have worked together in the past and recorded the song first with Barlow’s vocals. Fältskog loved the track and was delighted to turn it into a duet, feeling that the two voices together were a fantastic combination. Their recording sessions happened separately so the pair did not finally meet in person until she visited London in May and the two met for the BBC documentary Agnetha: ABBA and After… which was broadcast in June.[1]

On 12 November 2013 Fältskog sang live “I Should’ve Followed You Home” at the BBC Children in Need Rocks 2013 concert in London. She sang a duet with Gary Barlow, the organiser of the event. It was her the first live performance for 25 years.[2]

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