“ All Around the World “ is a birdcall by English singer Lisa Stansfield from her debut studio apartment album Affection ( 1989 ). It was released as the album ‘s moment single on 16 October 1989 by Arista Records. It was written by Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, and produced by Devaney and Morris. The song received golden reviews from music critics. Songwriters, Stansfield, Devaney and Morris, received the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. [ 1 ] “ All Around the World ” was besides nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards. additionally, Stansfield was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. The song became the first gear of two UK number-one singles for Stansfield ( the second being an appearance on George Michael and Queen ‘s “ Five Live “ EP ) and the first of eight top-ten hits she would achieve in that country. In 2003, “ All Around the World ” was included on Biography: The Greatest Hits. In 2014, the remixes of “ All Around the World ” were included on the deluxe 2CD + DVD re-releases of Affection, Face Up and on the People Hold On … The Remix Anthology compilation ( besides on The Collection 1989–2003 ).
Background and liberation [edit ]
“ All Around the World was peak of most. Over the years, a set of people have told me the birdcall helped them through a difficult time period. That ‘s beautiful, to know you ‘ve helped person in that room. The song literally took us around the earth, four times. I suppose you have to be careful what you sing, because you might have to do it. ”
— Lisa Stansfield talking about the song. [ 2 ]
Stansfield co-wrote the lyrics of “ All Around the World ” with her former bandmates Ian Devaney and Andy Morris from Blue Zone. In a 2019 interview, Stansfield recalled the process when the song was made :
I came into the studio apartment, and Ian was messing about at the piano. He had a tune, and I just started singe : “ Been around the world and I, I, I… ” Everyone laughed but Ian said, “ Wait, it ‘s very beneficial, that. ” It precisely came into my head – it was folderal, but had a in truth good feel to it. “ I, I, I ” became the main hook. We ‘d no mind how massive it would become .
The song came gloomy quickly and on first gear budget. The vocal separate was made in only two takes and veridical strings were put on afterwards. The song is largely influenced by american singer-songwriter Barry White. As a tribute to him, they made a talk presentation on “ All Around the World ” like the one on the album adaptation of White ‘s “ Let the Music Play ”, only short. [ 2 ] The song was released as the second european single on 16 October 1989. It was remixed by Yvonne Turner, Eddie Gordon, Paul Witts and Steve Anderson. In North America, “ All Around the World ” was released as the first single on 15 January 1990 and included remixes created by The 45 King and Richard Sweret. In Japan, the single was released on 7 February 1990. Stansfield went on to become the first base egg white british woman to reach number-one on the Billboard R & B chart, the american black music chart. A music television was made to accompany the song, directed by Philip Richardson .
critical reception [edit ]
The song received favorable reviews from many music critics. Matthew Hocter from Albumism called it “ sensual and heartbreakingly beautiful ”. [ 3 ] AllMusic editor Alex Henderson described it as a “ black bile, Barry White -influenced individual ” and noted further that “ it was obvious that not since Teena Marie had a white female singer performed R & B sol convincingly. ” [ 4 ] Bill Coleman from Billboard said it “ sports that all-too-familiar Soul II Soul -ish feel but it ‘s the lyric and Stansfield ‘s affectional vocal which take it to the adjacent tied. ” [ 5 ] Ernest Hardy from Cashbox stated that “ it ’ s her earthy vocals swarthed in whirling strings and placed against a delicate exhaust that sets toes tapping, shoulders swaying and heads bopping. ” He added that “ there ’ s no deny that Stansfield has released one of 1990s best singles. What a manner to start the year. ” [ 6 ] A reviewer from The Dallas Morning News called it “ infectious ”. [ 7 ] Greg Sandow from Entertainment Weekly commented that Stansfield “ might be hurtling right to the lead of the charts. Can we listen to her gravely ? ” We drive each early crazy ”, she sings, in a voice like a suffocate flame. ” No two people ever felt this direction ”, she wants her lucky fan to know. ” [ 8 ] swedish newspaper Expressen wrote that Stansfield “ sings like an older black charwoman. An antique kind of song, very commodity. ” [ 9 ] Tom Ewing of Freaky Trigger said that “ All Around the World ” “ is a song about guilt and loss, it ‘s no surprise she does n’t sound quite sol joyful. ” [ 10 ] Reading Eagle described it as a “ hauntingly seductive ” track that “ revolves around a authoritative addict. ” [ 11 ] Amy Linden for Rolling Stone noted that Stansfield “ accomplishes what she has to with disarming facilitate. The way she reaches for the high notes ( “ What Did I Do to You ? “ ) and the way her voice slinks around the line “ so-oo sad ” in “ All Around the World ” express that this is person who knows her roots – even if they are n’t in truth hers. ” [ 12 ] John Nichols from Toledo Blade said it is “ dazzling ” and added that Stansfield ‘s voice “ is everywhere it is should be – whisper, soaring, going deep and then going loud. There is no doubt she owns a musical gift. ” [ 13 ] USA Today commented that “ All Around the World ” “ has knocked the socks off listeners … well, all around the world. ” [ 14 ]
commercial operation [edit ]
“ All Around the World ” became a identical successful single, peaking at number-one in many countries. In Europe, it reached the lead of the chart in Austria ( for six weeks ), Netherlands ( four weeks ), Norway ( three weeks ), United Kingdom ( two weeks ), Spain ( two weeks ) and Belgium ( one week ). It besides peaked at number two in West Germany, count three in Ireland and Switzerland, number four in Sweden, and number seven in Finland. In the United States, “ All Around the World ” reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, and besides topped for two weeks the Hot R & B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Songs charts. Stansfield became the first gear white woman to top the Hot R & B/Hip-Hop Songs graph since Teena Marie scored in 1988 with “ Ooo La La La. ” [ 15 ] On the Adult Contemporary Singles, the birdcall peaked at number seven. In Canada, “ All Around the World ” reached number three on the acme Singles Chart and Adult Contemporary Chart, and peaked at number one on the Dance/Urban Chart. “ All Around the World ” besides reached number nine in Australia and number ten in New Zealand. The individual was certified Platinum in the United States for selling over one million copies and Gold in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Austria and Sweden .
music video recording [edit ]
The accompanying music television of “ All Around the World ” was directed by Philip Richardson. It was nominated as Best New Artist in a Video on the MTV Video Music Awards in 1990. The video recording was late published on Stansfield ‘s official YouTube channel in October 2012. It has amassed more than 48,6 million views as of September 2021. The television opens with a close-up of Stansfield in black-and-white speaking the intro. As the song begins, the camera encircle around Stansfield, immediately in discolor. The backdrop is a world map. Her hair is very short, she wears crimson lipstick and her celebrated kiss curl. next she sits outdoors in the rain, performing on the stairs in front of a family. early scenes shows Stansfield cantabile, while she rotates in the middle of a ring of men standing next to each other as the television camera follows her round. Towards the conclusion, she stands in the rain and sings as the raindrops are falling on her boldness. [ 16 ]
1992, 2003 and 2014 versions [edit ]
In 1992, Stansfield re-recorded “ All Around the World ” as a couple with Barry White. This translation was included on her single “ Time to Make You Mine “ ( March 1992 ). All artist royalties from this record were donated to the jacob’s ladder Trading Places. The Peter Stuart-directed music video recording for the pas de deux version was besides released. In November 1992, this pas de deux adaptation was besides included on White ‘s retrospective box set, Just for You. In 2003, Stansfield released Biography: The Greatest Hits which was promoted by her signature song, “ All Around the World. ” In the United States, the promotional individual included remixes created by Norty Cotto and reached number thirty-four on the Billboard ‘s Hot Dance Club Songs. The digital promo single with remix by Junior Vasquez was besides released. In 2014, the remixes of “ All Around the World ” were included on the deluxe 2CD + DVD re-releases of Affection, Face Up and on the People Hold On … The Remix Anthology compilation ( besides on The Collection 1989–2003 ). Affection re-release includes : long adaptation, Around the House Mix and Runaway Love Mix, all from 1989. Face Up 2014 re-release features remixes from 2003 : Norty Cotto Remix, Norty ‘s World Dub and Junior Vasquez Earth Anthem. finally, People Hold On…The Remix Anthology includes : The Global Quest from 1989, American Club Remix from 1990 and previously unreleased Attack Mix by The 45 King .
path listings [edit ]
Australian/European 7″ single / Japanese CD single
European CD single
Australian/European 12″ single
European 12″ single (Remix)
UK promotional 12″ single
US 7″ single
US 12″ single
US promotional 12″ single
1992 European promotional 12″ single
2003 European promotional CD single
2003 US promotional 12″ single (Norty Cotto Mixes)
2003 US digital promo
2006 US digital Dance Vault Mixes
Charts [edit ]
Certifications and sales [edit ]
|Austria (IFPI Austria)||Gold||25,000*|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||400,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
* Sales figures based on documentation alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certificate alone .