Can You Hear Me (Enrique Iglesias song)

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"Can You Hear Me"
Can You Hear Me (Enrique Iglesias song) cover.jpg
Single by Enrique Iglesias
from the album Greatest Hits
Released27 June 2008
Recorded2008
GenreEuropop
Length3:44
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)Enrique Iglesias, Steve Morales, Frankie Storm
Producer(s)Big Ben Diehl, Carlos Paucar
Enrique Iglesias singles chronology
"¿Dónde Están Corazón?"
(2007)
"Can You Hear Me"
(2008)
"Lloro Por Ti"
(2008)

"Can You Hear Me" is the official song of UEFA Euro 2008. It is performed by Enrique Iglesias, who wrote the song with Steve Morales and Frankie Storm.[1] The song was produced by Big Ben Diehl and Carlos Paucar, and recorded at Circle House Studios in Miami, Florida.[2] The song received generally negative reviews, but achieved success in many European countries where it was a top ten hit.

The song served as Iglesias' third UK single from his Greatest Hits album in June 2009 but failed to enter the UK Top 200.

Background[edit]

The choice of this song was announced by UEFA on 20 May, and Iglesias was described as the perfect person for the job. "He is an international star who is passionate about football and who has European roots", said commercial director Philippe Margraff.[1] The artist himself was happy to be chosen; "I'm really pleased to be able to contribute to the football festival in Switzerland and Austria and it is an honour for me to perform at the final", said Iglesias.[3]

The song was performed at the closing game in Vienna on 29 June.[1] The single was released on 26 May, and the video—featuring football tricks and dancing, intercut with Iglesias performing—was directed by Paul Minor.[3] "Can You Hear Me" will also feature on a re-issue of Iglesias' Insomniac album in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy.

There is also a special UEFA Euro 2008 Remix to the song, which contains a part from the UEFA Euro 2008 Official Theme song in the beginning of the song.

Reception[edit]

Media reaction to the song has largely been negative, most finding it inappropriate for the venue. Darryl Broadfoot, of the Scottish newspaper The Herald, called it a "cheesy, synth-driven melody".[4] The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, in reviewing the song, found that it lacked purpose and motivation, and that it had little to do with football. The reviewers called the song a rejected B-side, and gave it one out of six points.[5] Nick Amies, of Deutsche Welle, called "Can You Hear Me" an "insipid and un-footie-inspiring, corporate sell-out single". He also reported that spectators preferred the song "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes as an alternative, unofficial anthem.[6]

Track listings[edit]

CD1
  1. "Can You Hear Me" (Main version) — 3:44
  2. "Can You Hear Me" (UEFA remix) — 5:54
CD2
  1. "Can You Hear Me" (Main version) — 3:44
  2. "Can You Hear Me" (Moto Blanco radio mix) — 3:30
  3. "Can You Hear Me" (Moto Blanco club mix) — 8:30
  4. "Can You Hear Me" (Moto Blanco dub) — 8:00
Europe
  1. "Can You Hear Me" (Main version) — 3:44
  2. "Can You Hear Me" (Moto Blanco radio mix) — 3:30
  3. "Can You Hear Me" (Moto Blanco club mix) — 8:30
  4. "Can You Hear Me" (UEFA remix) — 5:54
France
  1. "Can You Hear Me" (Main Version) - 3:44
  2. "Can You Hear Me" (Glam As You Full Club Mix by Guena LG) - 6:57
  3. "Can You Hear Me" (Moto Blanco Club Mix) - 8:30

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Euro 2008 unveils its official anthem". Bangkok Post. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Official UEFA EURO 2008 Song: "Can You Hear Me" by Enrique Iglesias" (PDF). UEFA. 20 May 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 October 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
  3. ^ a b Kalow, Natalie (5 June 2008). "Official UEFA EURO 2008 Song: "Can You Hear Me" by Enrique Iglesias". GenQ. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2008.
  4. ^ Broadfoot, Darryl (4 June 2008). "Finalists planning to chart Euro hit". The Herald (Glasgow). Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  5. ^ Rasmussen, John (30 May 2008). "- Hva er motivasjonen bak denne låta?" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 19 June 2008.
  6. ^ Amies, Nick (20 June 2008). "Sing up for the Stripes!". Deutsche Welle. Archived from the original on 26 June 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
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  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Enrique Iglesias – Can You Hear Me". VG-lista. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  19. ^ Slovak IFPI Airplay Chart
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Enrique Iglesias – Can You Hear Me". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Enrique Iglesias – Can You Hear Me". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  22. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2008". Ultratop. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  23. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 2008". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  24. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 2008" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
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