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Encyclopedia > I Believe (Fantasia song)
"I Believe"
"I Believe" cover
Single by Fantasia
from the album Free Yourself
Released June 22, 2004
Format CD single
DVD single
Digital download
Genre Pop/Soul
Length 5:00
Label J Records
Writer(s) Louis Biancaniello, Tamyra Gray, Sam Watters
Producer(s) Clive Davis
Certification Gold (USA), 2x Platinum (Canada)
Peak chart positions
  • #1 (US)
  • #1 (CAN)
Fantasia singles chronology
"I Believe"
(2004)
"Truth Is"
(2005)

"I Believe" is an award winning debut single released by the music artist and American Idol season 3 winner, Fantasia Barrino. The song is Fantasia's critically-acclaimed songs, which significantly helped her rise to fame. The song was co-written by former American Idol contestant Tamyra Gray. Fantasia sung "I Believe" on the finale of American Idol 3 as her last performance within the competition. She received outstanding praise and was declared the winner of American Idol by all three judges. The judges predictions came true and Fantasia was crowned American Idol the following evening. An ecstatic and tearful Fantasia performed her new single "I Believe" minutes after the announcement. Image File history File links B0002BSFQI.01. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is an American pop, R&B, and soul singer and Broadway actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. ... Free Yourself is the debut album by American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, which was released on November 23, 2004. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. ... A DVD single is a music single in the form of a DVD. The format was introduced in the late 1990s/early 2000s. ... // A digital download (also known as a digital single or a paid digital download) is an official and legal music single available for purchase through an online store. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Louis Biancaniello is a songwriter and record producer who often works with his partner Sam Watters. ... Tamyra Monica Gray (born July 26, 1979 in Takoma Park, Maryland) is an American actress and singer, best known for her rise to fame as one of the finalists on the first season of the reality television program American Idol in 2002. ... Sam Watters (1) is a songwriter and record producer, previously of the group Color Me Badd, who often works with his partner Louis Biancaniello. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Clive Jay Davis (born April 4, 1932) is a Grammy Award winning record producer and a leading music industry executive. ... Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has sold a certain number of copies. ... A Gold Single is a single that has passed a milestone in official sales. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is an American pop, R&B, and soul singer and Broadway actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Truth Is is the second hit single released by the music artist, Fantasia. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is an American pop, R&B, and soul singer and Broadway actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. ... Tamyra Monica Gray (born July 26, 1979 in Takoma Park, Maryland) is an American actress and singer, best known for her rise to fame as one of the finalists on the first season of the reality television program American Idol in 2002. ... A promotional poster for the fourth season of American Idol, in International Plaza Mall in Tampa. ...


The song was an instant success for Fantasia when it was released on June 22 of 2004. It performed exceptionally well on the radio and sales charts of the United States and Canada debuting at number one in both nations. I Believe is also the winner of three Billboard Awards. With a list price of $12.99, the "I Believe" CD is so far the most expensive single released by an Idol winner and has had the most songs, including "I Believe", "Summertime", and "Chain of Fools". I Believe is noted for its inspirational lyrics. The Billboard Music Awards, held annually in December, is one of four major music awards shows presented each year (the others being the American Music Awards, the Grammys, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... Summertime is the name of an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. ...


The runner up of American Idol Season 3, Diana Degarmo, also sang this song during the final 2 showdown and also sang it during the finale, but although she did not win the competition she did release the song on her single but did not release it on her debut album. Diana Nicole DeGarmo (born June 16, 1987 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American singer and Broadway actress. ...

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Chart performance

When the song was released it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one. This made Fantasia the first artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at number one with a first record. The CD was a substantial success in the U.S. and in Canada. In its debut week the single shattered the first week sales record for any single in 2004 in the U.S. "I Believe" was certified double platinum by the CRIA in Canada selling more than 20,000 units. It has sold approximately more than 500,000 copies in the United States making it the most successful single of 2004. "I Believe" was number one on the U.S single sales chart for eleven consecutive weeks and ten weeks in Canada, giving it the longest stay at number one on the chart by any Idol contestant. "I Believe" also spent six consecutive weeks at number one on the U.S. R&B Single Sales chart. "I Believe" hit number one on more music charts than any other Idol contestant's debut single so far. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Canadian Recording Industry Association is a non-profit trade organization that was founded in 1964 to represent the interests of Canadian companies that create, manufacture and market sound recordings. ...


Chart positions

Chart Information (2004) Positions
Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales Chart 1 (11 weeks)
Canadian Single Sales Chart 1 (10 weeks)
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1 (1 week)
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 1
Canadian Radio Airplay 1
U.S. R&B Single Sales Chart 1
U.S. R&B/Hip-hop 12
Australian 'ARIA' Singles Chart 4

Awards

Billboard Awards

  • 2004 Billboard Top Selling Single Of The Year
  • 2004 Billboard Top Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Single Of The Year
  • 2005 Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks Top Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Single Of The Year
Preceded by
"Burn" by Usher
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
July 10, 2004
Succeeded by
"Confessions Part II" by Usher

 
 

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