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Rewrite the Stars

"Rewrite the Stars" is a song performed by Zac Efron and Zendaya for the film The Greatest Showman. It was released on November 17, 2017 by Atlantic Records as a promotional single from The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.[1][2][3] In Australia, "Rewrite the Stars" was released to radio on July 20, 2018.[4][5] The song sees Efron's character Phillip Carlyle, serenading Zendaya's character Anne Wheeler and trying to convince her that they're meant to be together, despite their differences.[6]

"Rewrite the Stars"
Rewrite the Stars Efron and Zendaya.jpg
Single by Zac Efron and Zendaya
from the album The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedJuly 20, 2018 (2018-07-20)
Format
Length3:37
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Producer(s)
Zac Efron singles chronology
"Right Here, Right Now"
(2008)
"Rewrite the Stars"
(2018)
Zendaya singles chronology
"Something New"
(2016)
"Rewrite the Stars"
(2018)
"Wonderful Life"
(2018)

Contents

CompositionEdit

According to sheet music published at Sheetmusicdirect.com, "Rewrite the Stars" is a moderately fast tempo of 125 beats per minute. Written in common time, the song is in the key of B major. Zac Efron's vocal range spans from E2 to B3 during the song, and Zendaya's vocal range spans from E2 to E4.[7]

ReceptionEdit

 
Zac Efron and Zendaya in interview regarding "Rewrite the Stars" and The Greatest Showman.

Sam Damshenas from GayTimes called the song a "stunning duet" with perfectly fitting romance,[6] and Michael Ordoña from the LA Times called the song "a standout duet" and "a signature karaoke duet".[8] However Emily Yoshida from Vulture described the song as a "Jason Derulo castoff circa 2012."[9]

AccoladesEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017–18) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 24
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 52
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[13] 12
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 71
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 14
France (SNEP)[16] 115
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 21
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[18] 73
Malaysia (RIM)[19] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 53
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21] 32
Singapore (RIAS)[22] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] 82
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 96
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 90
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 70

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[29] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[31] Platinum 1,000,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Version Ref.
Various November 17, 2017 Atlantic Promotional single [1][2][3]
Australia July 20, 2018 Contemporary hit radio Atlantic Radio single [4][5]

Reimagined versionEdit

"Rewrite the Stars"
Song by James Arthur and Anne-Marie
from the album The Greatest Showman: Reimagined
GenrePop
Length3:38
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

On 16 November 2018, The Greatest Showman: Reimagined was released, which features a cover of "Rewrite the Stars" by English singers James Arthur and Anne-Marie. The pair performed the song on the fifteenth season of The X Factor (UK) on December 1 and the fifteenth season of The Voice (US) on December 4.[32][33]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[34] 73
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[35] 6
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[36] 85
Germany (Official German Charts)[37] 100
Ireland (IRMA)[38] 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[39] 32
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[40] 5
Romania (Airplay 100)[41] 47
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[42] 4
Singapore (RIAS)[43] 15
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[44] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[45] 44
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[46] 8
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[47] 24

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Odds & Ends: Hear Zac Efron & Zendaya Sing Pasek & Paul's 'Rewrite the Stars' from The Greatest Showman & More". Broadway. November 17, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
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  4. ^ a b "Singles to Radio Issue 1199". The Music Network. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "THE PURGE #350". auspOp. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Zac Efron and Zendaya Rewrite the Stars in stunning duet for The Greatest Showman". GayTimes. November 23, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Rewrite The Stars sheet music by Pasek & Paul (Piano & Vocal – 251643)". www.sheetmusicdirect.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Zac Efron and Zendaya bring romance, and a standout duet, to 'The Greatest Showman'". LA Times. December 19, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Greatest Showman Is the Fakest Show on Earth". Vulture. December 20, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
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  30. ^ "British single certifications – Zac Efron and Zendaya – Rewrite the Stars". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Rewrite the Stars in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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