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"Anywhere Is" is a song by Irish singer Enya, taken from her fourth studio album The Memory of Trees. It became a top-ten hit in Austria, Iceland, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

"Anywhere Is"
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Single by Enya
from the album The Memory of Trees
ReleasedNovember 20, 1995[1]
Format
Recorded1994
Genre
Length4:25, 3:58 (album), 3:47 (edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Enya singles chronology
"Marble Halls"
(1994)
"Anywhere Is"
(1995)
"On My Way Home"
(1996)
Music video
"Anywhere Is" on YouTube

Contents

BackgroundEdit

"Anywhere Is" is developed from a staccato line that Enya has described had a "march feel". Initially it was a track that she and producer Nicky Ryan wanted to reject for the album The Memory of Trees. But it was developed further after Rob Dickins, then chairman of Warner Music UK who had signed Enya, was invited to Ireland in August 1995 to listen to the album, roughly one year-and-a-half into the recording process.[2] It was only its backing tracks that had been put down, but Dickins sensed the song had the makings of a hit single and encouraged them to complete it; it was the final track of the new album to be worked on. Enya's melody for the song inspired Roma Ryan to write lyrics about, as Billboard magazine put it, "the search for the temporal heaven all cultures call 'home'", a subject that Enya felt was important as she only writes and rehearses her songs in Ireland. Dickins received a dedication on the album's sleeve in Gaelic.[3]

ReleaseEdit

It was released as the album's lead single on 20 November 1995. The lyrics of the song are in English. "Anywhere Is" peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart in November 1995. In Iceland the song reached number three, and in Austria and Ireland it reached number eight.

Critical receptionEdit

The Gavin Report wrote about the song: "It's often easy to compare one artist to another, but Enya has developed a truly distinctive style. Those of us who became fans early on love to convert the unitiated, and this song is bound to bring many more into the flock. Count on another magnificent video to accompany this very commercial track."[4]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Anywhere Is" was directed by David Scheinmann.[5]

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anywhere Is [UK #1]". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  2. ^ Gorman, Paul (20 November 1995). "Enya: Conjuring up More Studio Magic". Music Week. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  3. ^ Gritten, David (7 January 1996). "Enya Dreams". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ Sholin, Dave (24 November 1995). "Gavin Picks > Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. No. 2082. p. 46. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Anywhere Is (1995) by Enya". IMVDb.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Enya – Anywhere Is". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Enya – Anywhere Is" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Enya – Anywhere Is" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2906." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2846." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Enya – Anywhere Is". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (23.12.1995-05.01.1996)" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Anywhere Is". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 1, 1996" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Enya – Anywhere Is" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Notowanie nr726-727" (in Polish). LP3. 5 January 1996. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Enya – Anywhere Is". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  21. ^ "British single certifications – Enya – Anywhere Is". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Anywhere Is in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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