Down to Earth (Peter Gabriel song)

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"Down to Earth"
Down to Earth single.jpg
Single by Peter Gabriel featuring The Soweto Gospel Choir
from the album WALL·E: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
ReleasedJune 10, 2008
Recorded2008
Genre
Length5:58
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Songwriter(s)
Peter Gabriel singles chronology
"Burn You Up, Burn You Down (Big Blue Ball Version)"
(2008)
"Down to Earth"
(2008)
"The Book of Love" / "Not One of Us"
(2010)

"Down to Earth" is a song co-written and performed by English rock musician Peter Gabriel for the 2008 computer-animated Disney-Pixar film WALL·E . It was released on June 10, 2008, by Walt Disney Records and Real World Records. Composed by Gabriel and Thomas Newman, with lyrics by Gabriel, and featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir, the song is the 37th song on the soundtrack album to WALL·E, in which it is featured over the end credits.

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Background

The song saw release as a promotional single for the Pixar animated feature film WALL·E on June 10, 2008. [1] It was released as a digital download single on July 6, 2008. [2]

"As a kid I loved animation, so I'm a huge Pixar fan," Gabriel explained to Mark Blake. "I have seen WALL·E many times as I have young children. It was also great to work with the scorer Thomas Newman... He wrote the best TV theme tune ever: for Six Feet Under ." [3]

Reception

Nominated for the Best Original Song award at the Golden Globes, and the Best Original Song award at the 81st Academy Awards, "Down to Earth" lost to Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler" from The Wrestler and A. R. Rahman's "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire , respectively. However, it won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media in 2009.

Chart performance

Chart (2008)Peak
Canadian Singles Chart [4] 73
UK Singles Chart [5] 118

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