When the Stars Go Blue

"When The Stars Go Blue" is a popular alternative country song composed and originally performed by solo artist and former Whiskeytown band member Ryan Adams. It was first released on his album Gold on September 25, 2001 and has been described as the "most gorgeous ballad" on that album.[1] "When The Stars Go Blue has been covered by many artists, including Irish band The Corrs (featuring Bono of U2), country music singer Tim McGraw, and Norwegian artists Venke Knutson and Kurt Nilsen as a duo.

"When The Stars Go Blue"
Song by Ryan Adams
from the album Gold
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2001
Genre
Length3:31
LabelLost Highway
Songwriter(s)Ryan Adams
Producer(s)Ethan Johns

PersonnelEdit

  • Ryan Adams - vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Richard Causon - piano
  • Ethan Johns - 12 string guitar, harmonium, electric piano, mandocello, Chamberlain strings, drums
  • Julianna Raye - background vocals

The Corrs versionEdit

"When The Stars Go Blue"
Single by The Corrs featuring Bono
from the album VH1 Presents: The Corrs, Live in Dublin
ReleasedMarch 12, 2002
GenreFolk rock
Length4:19
Label143/Lava/Atlantic
Songwriter(s)Ryan Adams
Producer(s)Mitchell Froom
The Corrs featuring Bono singles chronology
"Would You Be Happier (Live)"
(2002)
"When The Stars Go Blue"
(2002)
"Summer Sunshine"
(2004)

The Corrs recorded the song on their album VH1 Presents: The Corrs, Live In Dublin in 2002, featuring U2's Bono.[citation needed] The song was remixed for their album Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection during 2006, and released as a single in Spain, reaching #1 at the airplay chart in September.[citation needed]

ChartsEdit

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Adult Top 40[2] 18
Spanish Airplay Chart[3][dead link] 1

Tim McGraw versionEdit

"When The Stars Go Blue"
 
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album Greatest Hits Vol. 2
ReleasedMarch 6, 2006
Genre
Length3:55
LabelCurb
Songwriter(s)Ryan Adams
Producer(s)
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"My Old Friend"
(2005)
"When The Stars Go Blue"
(2006)
"My Little Girl"
(2006)
Music video
"When the Stars Go Blue" on YouTube

In 2006, the song was released by Tim McGraw as the first single from his album Tim McGraw Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2. Heribert Severing, creator and writer of severing.nu, included McGraw's version of "When The Stars Go Blue" on his list of the top Country singles of 2006.[4]

Chart performanceEdit

"When The Stars Go Blue" debuted at number 35 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of March 18, 2006.

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 37
US Billboard Pop 100 50
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 12
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[8] 35
Year-end chart (2006) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 20
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[10] 20

Venke Knutson and Kurt Nilsen versionEdit

"When The Stars Go Blue"
 
Single by Venke Knutson and Kurt Nilsen
from the album Places I Have Been
ReleasedFebruary 2006
Recorded2005
GenrePop
LabelUniversal
Songwriter(s)Ryan Adams
Venke Knutson singles chronology
"Just a Minute"
(2006)
"When The Stars Go Blue"
(2006)
"Holiday"
(2006)
Kurt Nilsen singles chronology
"Just a Minute"
(2005)
"When The Stars Go Blue"
(2006)
"Push Push"
(2006)
Music video
"When the Stars Go Blue" on YouTube

The Norwegian artists Venke Knutson and World Idol Kurt Nilsen recorded a duet that appears in Venke Knutson's album 2005 Places I Have Been. The song was released as a single in Norway in February 2006, reaching #14 on the Norwegian Singles Chart.[11]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 14

Other versionsEdit

Irish/British girlband Wonderland performed the track for their debut performance on television in Ireland. The recorded studio version was included the band's debut album Wonderland.[citation needed]

It was also featured in One Tree Hill as a hit song by fictional characters Haley James Scott and Chris Keller (real life singers Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hilton) and features on the One Tree Hill Soundtrack.[13]

The song was performed by Blake Lewis on American Idol Season 6, originally airing on April 17, 2007.[14] His cover of the song made it to #92 of the pop charts in 2007.[15]

On July 16, 2006, Phil Lesh covered the song in the first set of a show at Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.[citation needed] The show was made available for purchase via compact disc by Phil Lesh and Friends.[citation needed] On April 5, 2014, Lesh covered the song in the first set of a show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Orshoski, Wes. Ryan Adams Finds 'Gold' On Lost Highway. Billboard. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  2. ^ All Music
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  4. ^ Severing, Heribert. "The Greatest Country Single Hits of them all: The Year is 2006". Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Best of 2006: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  10. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs – Year-End 2006". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  11. ^ aCharts.us: Venke Knutson and Kurt Nilsen's "When the Stars Go Blue" page
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Venke Knutson and Kurt Nilsen – When The Stars Go Blue". VG-lista.
  13. ^ "One Tree Hill Music". Official Soundtracks.
  14. ^ Lamb, Bill. "When the Stars Go Blue". American Idol Season 6 - The Songs. About.com - The New York Times Company. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  15. ^ Lamb, Bill. "American Idols on the Charts - A Complete Record". About.com - The New York Times Company. Retrieved 25 March 2012.

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