|"Another Day in Paradise"|
|Single by Phil Collins|
|from the album ...But Seriously|
|Released||23 October 1989|
|Phil Collins singles chronology|
"Another Day in Paradise" is a song recorded by English drummer and singer-songwriter Phil Collins. Produced by Collins along with Hugh Padgham, it was released as the first single from his number-one album ...But Seriously (1989). As with his song for Genesis, "Man on the Corner", the track has as its subject the problem of homelessness;as such, the song was a substantial departure from the dance-pop music of his previous album, No Jacket Required (1985).
Collins sings the song from a third-person perspective, as he observes a man crossing the street to ignore a homeless woman, and he implores listeners not to turn a blind eye to homelessness because, by drawing a religious allusion, "it's just another day for you and me in paradise". Collins also appeals directly to God by singing: "Oh Lord, is there nothing more anybody can do? Oh Lord, there must be something you can say."
The song was Collins' seventh and final Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, the last No. 1 single of the 1980s and the first No. 1 single of the 1990s. It was also a worldwide success, eventually becoming one of the most successful songs of his solo career. It won Collins and Padgham the Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the 1991 awards ceremony, while it was also nominated for Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Best Music Video, Short Form. "Another Day in Paradise" also won an award for British Single at the 1990 Brit Awards. Despite the awards gained following its release, the song also generated controversy over its subject matter and has received a largely negative reaction from music critics.
The live performance of the song at the 1991 Grammy Awards by Collins and David Crosby, who provided backing vocals on the track, was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I. 's Greatest Songs of All Time. "Another Day in Paradise" has since been covered by several artists, including Brandy and her brother Ray J, Jam Tronik, Axxis, Novecento, and Hank Marvin.In 2009, Collins' version was listed 86th on Billboard
The song was another massive hit for Collins. On 23 December 1989, it became his seventh (and, to date, final [update] ) No. 1 single in the U.S. The song was also the final No. 1 song of the 1980s in the U.S., and remained at No. 1 for four weeks, which classifies the song as a hit from the 1990s as well. This song is notable for keeping Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" from reaching No. 1. It also saw out the 1980s and saw in the 1990s at the top of the German singles chart. The song had already reached No. 2 in the UK in November of that year. The single version is slightly different from the album version in that it uses a shorter intro.
The song's music video was directed by Jim Yukich and produced by Paul Flattery of FYI.The video, shot entirely in black and white, features Collins singing in a dark background, interspersed with images of the homeless, the immigrants and the poverty of children in the streets. The music video also features many messages about the homeless, to convey the full message of the song. Collins' part was shot in less than an hour in New York.
"Another Day in Paradise" provoked controversy upon release.Some critics found the wealthy Collins unqualified to sing about the poor, while others accused him of profiteering from homelessness. Collins responded, "When I drive down the street, I see the same things everyone else sees. It's a misconception that if you have a lot of money you're somehow out of touch with reality." Billboard nevertheless gave a positive review, calling it a "poignant" track whose "subject matter is complemented nicely by a subdued, ethereal musical context".
Commentary of the song has been largely unfavourable.Singer-songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg gave a 2000 interview in which he negatively compared Collins to the Clash, stating, "Collins might write a song about the homeless, but if he doesn't have the action to go with it he's just exploiting that for a subject." In 2007, Blender remarked that Collins "wrote the worst song ever about homelessness", while Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian said the track addresses homelessness with the "same insight" as Melanie C's critically reviled "If That Were Me". Writing for the BBC in 2010, David Sheppard described the song's lyrics as "cringe-worthy" and gave it as an example of Collins "painting the bull's-eye on his own forehead" when it came to his negative status with music critics.
It was reported that Collins left the UK for Switzerland in 1997, in response to the election of a socialist Labour government;Collins stated that he left to be with future wife Orianne Cevey. In 2013, MSN's Hugh Wilson said this relocation led to further accusations of hypocrisy, since Collins "bemoaned the plight of the homeless in the song 'Another Day in Paradise' "then "lugged his estimated £130 million fortune to Switzerland where the tax regime is far less punishing for the super wealthy".
In a 2016 article for The Guardian, Michael Hann wrote, "Collins has been unfairly criticised for many things, but 'Another Day in Paradise' is not one of them. Criticism of that is manifestly fair." Hann argued that the song condescends the general public, who "almost certainly encounter poverty more often than [Collins]", and chided Collins for "[equating] his material wealth with his listener's by pointing out that both 'you and me' are in paradise".On the other hand, Jamie Wales of Gigwise described the track as a "classic", and said of the hypocrisy allegations levelled at Collins, "The truth is Phil collected money for homeless charities from fans who attended his concerts and then donated double the total takings out of his own money."
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|Denmark (IFPI Denmark)||Gold||45,000|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
* Sales figures based on certification alone.
|"Another Day in Paradise"|
|Single by Jam Tronik|
|B-side||"Get on the Raze"|
|Label||Debut Edge, ZYX|
|Jam Tronik singles chronology|
Less than six months after the release of the original Phil Collins version, a cover version by German dance act Jam Tronik was released as their debut single. In the United Kingdom, the song first charted in March 1990, reaching a peak of number 19 on the UK Singles Chart in the first week of April. It also charted in Germany and Belgium. Sampled in this version is the drum loop from the 1988 Raze song "Break 4 Love". The B-side, "Get on the Raze", also samples "Break 4 Love".
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||30|
|UK Singles (OCC)||19|
|West Germany (Official German Charts)||17|
|"Another Day in Paradise"|
|Single by Brandy and Ray J|
|from the album Urban Renewal|
|Released||17 March 2001|
|Brandy singles chronology|
|Ray J singles chronology|
In 2001, siblings Brandy and Ray J covered the song for the Phil Collins tribute album Urban Renewal . Produced by Guy Roche and released as the album's lead single, the cover version became a top-10 success in Australia and across Europe, receiving gold certifications in Australia (35,000), France (250,000), Germany (250,000), and Switzerland (20,000). In 2002, this version of the song was included on the European edition of Brandy's Full Moon album.
The music video follows a homeless woman wandering the streets being chastised by various people, including a waitress, a businessman, and a police officer. The video is intercut with scenes of Brandy and Ray J singing on a fire escape and along alleyways, while also following the woman and taking photographs of each incident with a camera. The homeless woman then walks into a luxurious shoe boutique, and the receptionist calls the police to escort her out. When she is dropped back to her makeshift shelter in an alleyway, one of the policemen comes across a series of Polaroids depicting all of the previous characters, including himself, in the homeless woman's place. At the end of the video, Brandy and Ray J come to pick up the homeless woman and walk off with her into the distance.
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|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Gold||20,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000|
* Sales figures based on certification alone.
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"We all think black R&B artists know what they're talking about. The first time I was aware of it was when I watched a documentary on Ice-T. This smug UK journalist looking at his record collection said, 'What's with all the Phil Collins stuff?' He said, 'Don't mess with my Phil.' I remember thinking, 'My God!' You feel like ringing people up and saying, 'Are you watching this?!'"
"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" is a song performed by Phil Collins and released in April 1990, from the 1989 album ...But Seriously. It became his final US top-ten hit as a solo artist, peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in February 1989. A live version also appears on the Serious Hits... Live! album. The only time the title of the song is used is the second line of the third verse. The song is often identified by the recurring hook of "How many times can I say 'I'm sorry'?".
"Do You Remember?" is a single performed by Phil Collins released in 1990 from his album ...But Seriously. The song had minor success in European countries but went to number one on both the Canadian and US Adult Contemporary charts. It also peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the third top-ten hit from the album, and reached number one in Canada to become Collins' third consecutive number-one single from the album. A live performance of the song appears on the Serious Hits... Live! album. The live version was released as a single in Australia and Europe, where it reached number 57 on the UK Singles Chart and the top 30 in Belgium, France, Ireland and the Netherlands.
"Both Sides of the Story" is a song performed by Phil Collins and was released in 1993 as the lead single from his fifth album Both Sides, released the same year. The song reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart but only reached number 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It charted the highest in Canada, peaking at number two on the RPM Top Singles chart. Although not a major commercial success, it won acclaim from some critics.
...the widely criticised 'Another Day in Paradise'.