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I Turn to You (Melanie C song)

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"I Turn to You"
Single by Melanie C
from the album Northern Star
Released7 August 2000 (2000-08-07)
FormatCD single
  • 5:49 (album version)
  • 4:11 (Hex Hector Radio Mix)
Melanie C singles chronology
"Never Be the Same Again"
"I Turn to You"
"If That Were Me"
Audio sample
Music video
"I Turn to You" on YouTube

"I Turn to You" is a song by British singer-songwriter, Melanie C. It was released as the fourth single from her debut solo album, Northern Star. It was released on 7 August 2000 in the United Kingdom and became Melanie's second UK number-one single. It sold 120,000 copies in its first week, altogether selling 360,477 copies, making it the twenty-seventh best-seller of 2000 in the UK. "I Turn to You" also topped the Austrian Singles Chart, the Danish Singles Chart, the Dutch Top 40, the Swedish Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The main single was released as the "Hex Hector Radio Mix", for which Hex Hector won the 2001 Grammy as Remixer of the Year. "I Turn to You" has sold over two million copies worldwide.

Background and recording

The album version of the song was recorded in 1999. It was written by Melanie C, Rick Nowels and Billy Steinberg. The song was chosen to be released as the fourth single of the album Northern Star, just after the big success of the number one single Never Be The Same Again. According to Melanie after some discussions with Virgin executives, they decided to get some remixes done just to see what they sounded like.[2] She stated that she was "blown away" as soon as she heard the Hex Hector remix, so along with the Virgin executives they decided that it should be released as a single. She said that "it just made sense - the whole Ibiza thing, it was a summer release, it was obvious that the Hex Hector mix was going to be a hit".

Critical reception

Since the song's release, it has been critically acclaimed as one of the best solo Spice Girl singles. The War Against Silence wrote "the dense, sparkling "I Turn to You" reminds me alternately of recent Roxette and Seven the Hard Way-era Pat Benatar."[3] The Digital Fix deemed the song "fantastic".[4] Q magazine said, "Today we are enjoying Ibiza Mel. Video, haircut and moves shamelessly lifted straight from Madonna's Ray Of Light. Constant repetition of the titles over some bogstandard techno-fun, and suddenly her Top Shop Motorhead t-shirt is nowhere to be seen. As attempts to dominate the lucrative Ibiza market go, it's innocuous enough, if tinged with fear over what her next move will be".[5]

Billboard listed the song as the number one entry in the article "Girl Group Solo Songs: The 10 Best (Non-Beyonce) Singles of the Modern Era".[6]

Chart performance

With "I Turn to You", Melanie C achieved her tenth number-one UK single as a songwriter and it made her the first woman to top the UK charts as part of a quintet, quartet, duo and as a solo artist. With "Holler", the Spice Girls' final UK number one, Melanie C became the first female songwriter to write at least 11 UK number-one singles. Melanie C held this record alone until Madonna achieved her eleventh number one with "Hung Up" in 2005, then lost it when Madonna achieved her twelfth number one with "Sorry" in 2006.

Music video

The video was filmed on the island of Ibiza in June 2000, and features shots of her dancing in Es Paradis nightclub. Melanie has crimped blonde hair extensions in this video and there are constantly changing scenes of her dancing (in Esparadis) to sitting on a cliff to lying in blue water, possibly the sea or a swimming pool. The video ends with her and groups of people walking up the top of the cliff at sunset. The video was directed by Cameron Casey.[7]

Live performances

"I Turn to You" has been performed in all of Melanie C's concert tours, and is typically used as the encore song.[8][9]

Melanie C performed the song during her appearance on American talk show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which aired by NBC on 6 April 2001.[10] "I Turn to You" eventually became part of the set list for The Return of the Spice Girls tour in 2007 and 2008.

Usage in media

After the song gained popularity, it was featured in the film Bend It Like Beckham. It was covered by Darkseed on "Ultimate Darkness", by Machinae Supremacy on "Webography", and by Wig Wam on 667.. The Neighbour of the Beast. The song was also featured in the musical Viva Forever!, a musical show based on the songs of the Spice Girls.

Track listing and formats

Official versions and remixes

  • "I Turn to You" (Sampler Version)* – 6:01
  • "I Turn to You" (Album Version) – 5:49
  • "I Turn to You" (Album Edit)** – 4:09
  • "I Turn to You" (Damian LeGassick Radio Mix) – 3:50
  • "I Turn to You" (Hex Hector Club Mix) – 10:29
  • "I Turn to You" (Hex Hector Ground Control Dub) – 9:43
  • "I Turn to You" (Hex Hector Main Club Mix Instrumental)** – 10:29
  • "I Turn to You" (Hex Hector Vox Dub)** – 9:29
  • "I Turn to You" (Hex Hector Radio Mix) – 4:13
  • "I Turn to You" (Hex Hector Radio Mix #2) – 4:14
  • "I Turn to You" (Hex Hector The Ambiance)** – 5:13
  • "I Turn to You" (Hex Hector The Echopella)** – 4:49
  • "I Turn to You" (StoneBridge Club Mix Instrumental)** – 8:30
  • "I Turn to You" (StoneBridge Club Mix Radio Edit)** – 3:54
  • "I Turn to You" (StoneBridge Club Mix) – 8:30
  • "I Turn to You" (StoneBridge F.F.F Dub) – 6:48
  • "I Turn to You" (StoneBridge R&B Mix)** – 5:13
  • "I Turn to You" (StoneBridge R&B Radio Mix) – 3:37
  • "I Turn to You" (Tilt's Maverick Dub) – 10:13
  • "I Turn to You" (Tilt's Maverick Remix) – 10:13

* Appears only in the Northern Star album sampler
** Appears only in promotional releases

Live performances

Melanie C performed the song on the following concert tours:



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[46] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[47] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[48] Gold 25,000*
Germany (BVMI)[49] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[50] Gold 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[51] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[52] Gold 400,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

Region Date
United Kingdom 7 August 2000
United States 14 January 2001

Wig Wam version

"I Turn to You"
Single by Wig Wam
from the album 667.. The Neighbour of the Beast
B-side"Crazy Things"
FormatCD single
GenreGlam metal
LabelVoices of Wonder
Songwriter(s)Melanie Chisholm, Rick Nowels, Billy Steinberg
Wig Wam singles chronology
"I Turn to You"
"Crazy Things"

"I Turn to You" is the 2004 debut single by Norwegian glam metal band Wig Wam, and the first single released from their debut album 667.. The Neighbour of the Beast. The CD single features only "Crazy Things". The track was later featured on Hard to Be a Rock 'n' Roller, a renamed reissue of 667.. The Neighbour of the Beast.

Track listing

1."I Turn to You" 
2."Crazy Things" 

See also


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