Say You, Say Me

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"Say You, Say Me"
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Dancing on the Ceiling
B-sideCan't Slow Down
ReleasedOctober 1985
FormatCD single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded1985
GenrePop, R&B, adult contemporary
Length4:03
LabelMotown
Writer(s)Lionel Richie[1]
ProducerLionel Richie
Narada Michael Walden
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Penny Lover"
(1984)
"Say You, Say Me"
(1985)
"Dancing on the Ceiling"
(1986)
 
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"Say You, Say Me"
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Dancing on the Ceiling
B-sideCan't Slow Down
ReleasedOctober 1985
FormatCD single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded1985
GenrePop, R&B, adult contemporary
Length4:03
LabelMotown
Writer(s)Lionel Richie[1]
ProducerLionel Richie
Narada Michael Walden
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Penny Lover"
(1984)
"Say You, Say Me"
(1985)
"Dancing on the Ceiling"
(1986)

"Say You, Say Me" is an Oscar winning song, written and recorded by Lionel Richie for the film White Nights, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines.[1] Bowing at #40 on the Hot 100 on 9 November 1985, the single hit number one there[2] and on the R&B singles charts[3] in December 1985. It became Richie's ninth number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[4] The track is not available on the soundtrack album to the film, because Motown did not want Richie's first single since the Can't Slow Down album to appear on another record label. It finally appeared on the Dancing on the Ceiling album released in 1986.

The track won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song as well.[1]

In 2008, the song was ranked at #74 of the top songs of all time on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, commemorating the first 50 years of the chart.[5]

Cultural references[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985)Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[7]6
French Singles Chart4
German Singles Chart[8]12
Japan Hot 10025
Norwegian Singles Chart1
Swedish Singles Chart1
Swiss Singles Char[8]1
UK Singles Chart[1]8
US Billboard Hot 100[9]1
US Billboard Hot Black Singles[9]1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[9]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1986)Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 1002

Lionel Richie and Rasmus Seebach version[edit]

"Say You, Say Me"
Single by Lionel Richie and Rasmus Seebach
from the album Tuskegee
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2012
Recorded2012
GenreCountry, pop
Length5:09
LabelMercury
Writer(s)Lionel Richie
ProducerDann Huff, Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Endless Love"
(2012)
"Say You, Say Me"
(2012)
Rasmus Seebach singles chronology
"Millionær"
(2011)
"Say You, Say Me"
(2012)

In 2012, Lionel Richie re-recorded the song with Danish pop singer-songwriter Rasmus Seebach.[10] The duet is featured on Richie's album Tuskegee, for which Richie has picked a host of best-selling singers from around the world in collaborations.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Say You, Say Me" – 5:09

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012)Peak
position
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12]3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1991). The Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Eighties (9 November 1985 - 22 March 1986). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-079-2. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 492. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 204. 
  5. ^ The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (80-71). Billboard.com.
  6. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7mmXeRvgLo
  7. ^ Richie,Lionel. musicline.de Retrieved March 3, 2012
  8. ^ a b Lionel Richie - Say You, Say Me. Hitparade.ch Retrieved March 3, 2012
  9. ^ a b c Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie. Retrieved March 3, 2012
  10. ^ Lundbech, Sine (23 February 2012). "Lionel Richie og Seebach-duet udkommer verden over". Gaffa (in Danish). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Hollywood Reporter: Lionel Richie Teams With Danish Sensation Rasmus Seebach to Breathe New Life Into a Classic (Video)
  12. ^ "Track Top-40". Tracklisten. IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 

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