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Today's song was a Number One in 2007. This was released 10 months after this X Factor winner's UK chart-topping debut single "A Moment Like This." The track was produced and co-written by OneRepublic front man Ryan Tedder and was recorded in Los Angeles. At this point, Tedder had also written and produced for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Lil' Jon, Natasha Bedingfield and Hilary Duff, but this was a big breakthrough for him. The other co-writer was actor and former boy band member Jesse McCartney.
The album from which this song was taken was ,on its first day of sales alone, outselling the rest of the top ten put together. On average it worked out that this singer was selling an amazing 200 albums per minute. This song spent seven weeks at #1 in the UK. In doing so it broke the record for the all-time longest running UK chart-topper by a British female. The record had been previously held by Mary Hopkin, who in 1968 spent six weeks at the top with "Those Were The Days."
The song has been ranked 129th by Billboard on its 600 most massive smashes over the chart's six decades.
Simon Cowell takes credit for discovering this girl. This number one song from 2007 is a lesson in not giving up on your dreams. While she attended multiple performing arts schools, she left at 17 to pursue music and worked at Pizza Hut to fund the studio sessions. At 18,she scored the lead role in The Lion King theatre show in Paris; however, she withdrew after injuring her back while she was ice-skating. But taking a shot on The X Factor proved to be the thing to propel her to super stardom.
Simon was her mentor and she was compared with artists such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, performing songs by all three of them. As we mentioned she released this song 10 months after the X-Factor contractual first single of a Moment Like This (like Kelly Clarkson had to do). The success of that debut, which spent 4 weeks atop the UK charts, set the stage for this massive follow up smash.