- Home (Daughtry song)
Name = Home
Artist = Daughtry
from Album = Daughtry
Released = flagicon|USA
April 10, 2007
Recorded = 2006
Post-grunge, Pop rock, Power ballad
Length = 4:15
Label = RCA/
Producer = Howard Benson
Last single = "It's Not Over"
This single = "Home"
Next single = "What I Want"
(2007)Extra album cover
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Background = khaki
Lower caption = UK single cover
"Home" is a 2007 song by American rock band Daughtry from their self titled debut album. The song had been climbing up the U.S. charts for a few weeks before the song was announced as second single (possibly due to its use on "
American Idol" as the show's "vote off" song).
Background and production
Chris Daughtry wrote the song on the couch the day before he left for "
American Idol". The theme of the song centers around the singer being grateful for what he has, but still longing for his family. Therefore, he realizes it is best if he comes home, where he is surrounded by love. He states during the chorus:
Film composer Deborah Lurie provided the string arrangements used in the song.
After much speculation, it was finally confirmed as the second main single off the album in a "
New York Times" article. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/22/arts/music/22daug.html?pagewanted=2&ei=5124&en=04f65f91bdd33ca6&ex=1332216000&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/22/arts/music/22daug.html?pagewanted=2&ei=5124&en=04f65f91bdd33ca6&ex=1332216000&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink] "NYtimes.com" ] In the UKthe song was released on January 7, 2008as the first single from the album ("It's Not Over" was originally going to be the first single there, but its UK release was canceled at the last minute).
The "Home" video was filmed in downtown
Greensboro, North Carolinaon March 23, 2007. The video consists mostly of the live performance of the song during the Greensboro concert, which was filmed at night and features shining green light effects during the performance. The video also focuses on several of the estimated 240,000 fans in attendance at the concert. Scenes of this are intercut with various experiences the band has had on tour, such as showing the band backstage, on the tour bus, signing autographs, and just hanging out and having a good time.
The video debuted on TRL on
April 24, 2007at number ten, and has eventually reached number one on the countdown. It also reached number one on VH1's VSpot Top 20 Countdown, where it topped the countdown for eight non-consecutive weeks before eventually retiring on the countdown, after spending twenty weeks on.
Reception and usage
Chuck Taylor, with Billboard, called the single an "anthemic rock power ballad". [Taylor, Chuck (
April 21, 2007), [http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=afh&AN=24788558&loginpage=login.asp&site=ehost-live "Home"] . "Billboard". "119" (16):48]
"Home" was chosen to replace
Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" as exit song on the sixth season of "American Idol" Season Six (2007). [Gundersen, Edna ( March 21 2007), [http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=afh&AN=J0E383220780607&loginpage=login.asp&site=ehost-live "It's just beginning for Chris Daughtry"] . "USA Today" :01d] The song is played everytime a contestant (with the exception of Phil Stacey) was voted off. Daughtry performed a shortened and more upbeat version of "Home" at the end of the May 22episode, with a montage of the season shown in the background. "Home" was also used as the exit song of eliminated teams during the 2007 NBA Playoffs. The song was played whenever a team lost on their home court.
December 6, 2007, "Home" was nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.
This song was #75 on "MTV Asia"
's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007. [MTV Asia. [http://www.mtvasia.com/Funstuff/Contests/MTVTop100Hits2007/top100.html "Top 100 Hits List"] . Retrieved 2007-12-27]
January 8 2008, it won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Rock Song". cite web|url= http://www.pcavote.com/pca/history.jsp|title=People's Choice Awards Past Winners: 2008|accessdate=2008-01-10|work=PCAvote.com|publisher=Sycamore Productions]
In the April 2008 issue of Guitar World magazine, a transcription was featured of "Home" along with setting for 5 BOSS pedals to get the tones heard on the recorded version of the song
"Home" charted on the Hot 100 weeks before its release as a single, and has since become the band's second top five single on the chart, reaching #5 on the Hot 100. The song reached the number three position on iTunes. In addition the song has topped both the Adult Top 40 and the Adult Contemporary Tracks charts, spending ten consecutive weeks at #1 on the Adult Top 40 (outlasting "It's Not Over", which spent nine weeks at #1 on the chart), as well as becoming the band's first #1 on the AC chart, where it also spent ten non-consecutive weeks at #1. The song became an unexpected hit on the Christian charts as well, reaching #12 on Hot Christian Songs. It was also a top five hit on the Canadian Hot 100. The song has sold 1,300,000 digital downloads to date. The single was certified Platinum by the
RIAAin late January 2008.
* [http://www.soundfires.com/reviews/141 Soundfires.com review of 'Home']
* [http://music.unrealitytv.co.uk/daughtry-home-single-review/ A review of 'Home'] on Unreality Music
* [http://www.bossus.com/go/tone/ the settings & direction to achieve the recorded sound of 'Home']
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