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Encyclopedia > Sober (Kelly Clarkson song)
"Sober"
Single by Kelly Clarkson
from the album My December
Released July 10, 2007[1]
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop music, Ballad, Pop rock
Length 3:48 (Radio edit)
4:52 (Album version)
Label RCA
Writer Kelly Clarkson, Aben Eubanks, Calamity McEntire, Jimmy Messer
Producer David Kahne
Kelly Clarkson U.S. singles chronology
"Because of You (Reba McEntire version)"
(2007)
"Sober"
(2007)
TBA

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"Sober" is a song composed by American pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson, Aben Eubanks, Calamity McEntire, and Jimmy Messer. It was released as the second single from her third studio album, My December (2007) in the United States. For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... For the Linkin Park song, see My December (song). ... See also: 2007 in British music 2007 in hip hop Musical groups established in 2007 Record labels established in 2007 // January George Shearing is knighted for services to music in the Queens New Year Honours List. ...

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Background

The song was inspired by Clarkson's friend Calamity McEntire, who told her to "pick her weeds and keep the flowers". According to Clarkson the song is about survival and knowing what to do when something goes wrong. "It's not easy getting over whatever your addiction may be," she says. "The whole point of that song is, the temptation is there, but I'm not going to give in to it."[2] Clarkson added that "Sober" is her favorite song on My December. "Musically, it's almost hypnotic. You just get lost in it, it's just so beautiful. This song is about surviving something you think you can get past or over. I'm not an alcoholic; that's not what it's about. It's just a metaphor. Everyone has something they are addicted to that they can do without in their life, so it could be about whatever your addiction is."[3]


Aben Eubanks wrote the original demo for "Sober" and said that the finished version was very much the same as his demo.[4] There are two versions of the song, the radio edit and album version, with the only difference being five lines and time duration. The recording features a variety of arrangement and production elements, from a timpani playing against a strumming acoustic guitar line to a mid-section with more frenetic drumming set against strings to a final U2-like wind down from the climax featuring a cello line that takes the song to a quiet conclusion. The trance feel of much of the arrangement and vocal recalls both U2 and Sarah McLachlan; Clarkson's vocals jump octaves and keys and back several times in the style of some of her earlier work, and the lyric "three months" is repeated thirteen times in the song. A timpanist in the United States Air Forces in Europe Band. ... Acoustic guitar can refer to the following musical instruments: Nylon and gut stringed guitars: Renaissance guitar Baroque guitar Romantic guitar Classical guitar, the modern version of the original guitar, with nylon strings Flamenco guitar Steel stringed guitars: Steel-string acoustic guitar, also known as western, folk or country guitar Twelve... A string instrument (or stringed instrument) is a musical instrument that produces sound by means of vibrating strings. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... This article is about the stringed musical instrument. ... Sarah Ann McLachlan, OC,[2] OBC[2] (born January 28, 1968) is a Grammy-winning Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. ... For other uses, see Octave (disambiguation). ... In Music theory, the key is the tonal center of a piece. ...


Also, the song appeared in "Bizarro", the season seven premiere of the TV series Smallville, which was aired on CW Television Network on 9/27/2007.


Single release

Clarkson confirmed "Sober" as the second single from My December on her journal in the Official Kelly Clarkson Fan Club. The song was released to airwaves on June 6, 2007. Industry experts state that "Sober" is a crucial single for Clarkson, as the lead single for My December, "Never Again", charted well due to strong digital downloads but encountered radio airplay resistance in a number of U.S. markets, especially when compared to the radio success of all five of her singles from her previous album Breakaway.[5][6] "Never Again" has been descending in radio airplay after failing to break the top 20 on the Pop format, and therefore is one reason why "Sober" is being released so soon after "Never Again" (just over five weeks later, and three weeks before the release of the album). Whether radio accepts "Sober" may be key in determining the sales potential of My December.[7] is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Never Again is a song written by American pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Messer, and is the first single from her third studio album, My December (2007). ... Alternative cover Non-U.S. cover Breakaway is the second album by Kelly Clarkson, released on November 30, 2004 (see 2004 in music). ...


However, in an interview with Nashville radio station 107.5 The River, Clarkson said that she released "Sober" so early because she wanted to show the diversity of music in My December. For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... WRVW is a radio station broadcasting on the FM band at 107. ...


In July 2007 "Sober" was a highlight of Clarkson's five-song set at Live Earth at Giants Stadium, with the audience audibly applauding her vocal line during the song's climax near the end. It has also been considered as a fan favorite of the new album. The Live Earth concert for North America was held at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA (near New York City) on July 7, 2007. ...


As of now it is unknown if there will even be a music video or a CD single, as Clarkson has started promoting "Don't Waste Your Time". Dont Waste Your Time is a song composed by first-season American Idol winner and pop rock singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson, with the help from Fredrik Rinman, Jimmy Messer, and Malcolm Pardon. ...


"Sober" does have a featured spot in Clarkson's My December Tour, being played at the start of the encores and receiving a strong audience response. The My December Tour is a concert tour by pop rock singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson, and follows the release Clarksons third studio album, My December. ...


Track Listing

  1. "Sober"
  2. "Dirty Little Secret"1

1 This song is a bonus track from iTunes and is available on only some copies of this single.


Chart performance

Chart (2007) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 110[8]
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 93[9]
Blender "Most Wanted Songs" 5
AOL Most Searched Songs 5

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... The Pop 100 is a songs chart created in February 2005 and released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ...

Reception

Chuck Taylor of Billboard Magazine regarded the disappointing performance of "Never Again". However, he praised "Sober" as a single that would "reintoxicate [Clarkson's] deserved stance as a staple act".[10] It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... Never Again is a song written by American pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Messer, and is the first single from her third studio album, My December (2007). ...

"'Sober' is a better bet to propel the pop queen back to the top with affecting downtempo velocity, a doleful message of overcoming temptation and a vocal inflamed with convincing pensive emotion."

References

  1. ^ "Catch Kelly's Ace New Single, Sober, Out Sept 24!". KellyPictures.net. Retrieved August 18, 2007.
  2. ^ "Kelly Clarkson's Biography". KellyClarksonWeb.com. Retrieved June 3, 2007.
  3. ^ "Kelly Clarkson First Listen". Music.AOL.com. Retrieved June 3, 2007.
  4. ^ "Livechat with Jason, Aben, and Cory (July 17, 2007)". KCKellyVille.com. Retrieved July 21, 2007.
  5. ^ http://top40.about.com/b/a/209102.htm
  6. ^ http://blogs.usatoday.com/idolchatter/2007/05/idols_on_the_ai.html
  7. ^ Roger Friedman, "FOX 411: Kelly Clarkson: 'My December' Trouble", FOX News, June 5, 2007.
  8. ^ "Sober" Debut in the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100. Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
  9. ^ "Sober" Debut in the U.S. Billboard Pop 100. Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2007.
  10. ^ http://billboard.com/bbcom/content_display/reviews/singles/e3i7ae2bedd023cc52d4b6a9a259171e325?imw=Y

 
 

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