|Single by Damien Rice|
|from the album O|
|Released||17 May 2002 (Ireland)|
20 October 2003 (United Kingdom)
|Recorded||2000 in Monkstown,|
Rathgar and Celbridge
|Length||3:27 (radio version I)|
3:32 (radio version II)
5:10 (album version)
4:20 (single version)
4:37 (video version)
|Damien Rice singles chronology|
"Cannonball" is a song written and performed by Irish folk singer Damien Rice. It was released as the second single from his debut album O, following the release of the debut single "The Blower's Daughter" and was subject of many releases in 2003 (reaching number 32 on the UK Singles Chart), 2004 (reaching number 19) and 2011 (reaching number 9).
The song was picked as the winner's song for the British The X Factor in its eighth series and was released by the series winners Little Mix on 11 December 2011, topping the British and Irish Singles Charts in the first week of release.
In Ireland the single was issued as a CD maxi single in May 2002 on the artist's own label Damien Rice Music. It contained a remixed version of the track by Paul PDub Walton and Mark "Spike" Stent, plus a demo, a live track and an instrumental of the A-side. Unlike the album version, the single mix includes drums.
In Britain the single was released in October 2003 by 14th Floor Records, on a standard CD single and Enhanced CD. The Enhanced CD featured an exclusive B-side, "Moody Monday", and the music video for "Cannonball". It was packaged in a gatefold card sleeve with a poster. The second CD contained live versions of "Cannonball", "Amie" and "The Blower's Daughter", recorded live at Union Chapel. This release included four postcards. A limited edition one-track 7" single was also pressed.
The single was re-released on 5 July 2004, with an additional DVD single containing two remixes and a filmed interview and a biography, rising to #19 on its re-release.
The single versions (of which there are two, with slightly differing production) are markedly different from the original version found on the album, with background production and a quicker vocal.
The song was originally released on 17 May 2002 and did not chart at the time.
In 2003, it reached number 32 on the UK Singles Chart on the chart of 1 November 2003, slipping back to 57 the following week for a total run of just 2 weeks in the charts.
On its re-release in 2004, the song had limited success, entering the UK Singles Chart at number 19 on 17 July 2004 and then slipping back in the charts. It had a total run of seven weeks in the charts that year. It also peaked at number 21 on the Irish Singles Chart.
The song was rereleased in 2011 reaching number 13 on 22 September 2011 (week 38) in Irish Singles Chart. Due to an impressive and popular X Factor audition from John Adams, singing an acoustic cover in the first round of 2011 auditions, Cannonball reentered the British Singles Chart on 24 September 2011 at number 39, and rising to 9 in the week of 1 October 2011 before slipping back in the charts.
As of December 2011, the song has sold 191,696 copies in the UK.
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||32|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||19|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||9|
|Single by Little Mix|
|Released||11 December 2011|
|Little Mix singles chronology|
In 2011, British girl group Little Mix covered "Cannonball" as one of the finalists in the eighth series of The X Factor. Following the announcement that they had won the show, their version was released as the winner's single on 11 December 2011. Little Mix and eventual runner-up Marcus Collins performed the song during the final show of the series. Third place runner-up Amelia Lily also pre-recorded her version in the studio, which made headlines when HMV made it available for pre-order on their site days before the final. HMV later apologised and stated that it was a technical issue.
"Cannonball" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the fastest-selling single of 2011 but the lowest-selling winner's single since 2004. The landmark was beaten by Military Wives the following week, and, although Cannonball sold 390,000 by the end of 2011, was only the 41st biggest-selling song of 2011 (17,000 below "Lego House" by Ed Sheeran), making it the first ever X Factor winner's single to miss the End of Year Top 40 all together, despite it having an extra week of sales compared to the normal number of weeks that the winner's single is released before the End of Year Top 40 is counted. This is because of the very high sales which other songs received, in spite of the fact that Steve Brookstein's winners song only sold half Little Mix's sales and was 2004's 30th highest seller. Also the target market was predominantly young children, and ratings of that series X Factor were, whilst higher than most, lower than the previous series. In 2007, this total would have been the fifth highest-selling. The song, however, was Christmas number one in Ireland, its second week of a four-week spell in Rice's home country.
In a positive review, Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song three stars out of five, stating: "Naturally the production has been given the deluxe valet, swapping the raw acoustics of the original for a Casio keyboard piano riff, fist-clenching strings and the inevitable key change. But credit where it's due, they've played around (or as Gary put it, "Little Mixed") with it enough to distance themselves from the original."
For the first time since series 1, The X Factor winner's single was not released the week of the coveted Christmas number one chart battle. The Official Charts Company announced that the 2011 Christmas number-one would be announced on Christmas Day, meaning releases on 18 December 2011 will be new entries in the chart that week. The winner's single was released in shops on 14 December 2011, which means it would have had to maintain significant sales numbers in its second week to achieve the Christmas number-one.
The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart selling over 210,000 copies in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling single of the year. It is the third lowest-selling X Factor winner's single. The song has sold 465,000 copies in the UK as of December 2012.
|2.||"Little Mix - Audio Message"||0:22|
|2.||"Super Bass" (X Factor performance)||2:26|
|3.||"E.T." (X Factor performance)||2:13|
|4.||"Don't Let Go (Love)" (X Factor performance)||2:33|
Credits adapted from CD single liner notes.
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||41|
|United Kingdom||11 December 2011||Digital download||Syco Music|
|Germany||12 December 2011|
|Ireland||14 December 2011||CD single|
|United Kingdom|
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