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"Crazier"
A woman sits on a white chair in a dark room. She rests her elbows on top of her crossed legs. Her hands clutch her curly blond hair.
Single by Taylor Swift
from the album Hannah Montana: The Movie
Format Promo, digital download
Genre Country pop
Length 3:12
Label Walt Disney
Writer(s) Taylor Swift, Robert Ellis Orrall
Producer Nathan Chapman, Taylor Swift

"Crazier" is a country song performed and co-written by American recording artist Taylor Swift. The song was featured in both the film Hannah Montana: The Movie and on its soundtrack. The song is a relaxed ballad with country pop qualities and lyrics that describe being in love. Swift performed the song as herself during a cameo in the Hannah Montana: The Movie; this scene was taken from the film and released as a music video for "Crazier".

"Crazier" was praised by critics, many of whom named it the best song on the soundtrack. Digital downloads began immediately after the soundtrack's release on March 23, 2009, and led to commercial success in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Its highest international peak was at number seventeen on the United States chart, the Billboard Hot 100.

BackgroundEdit

Swift co-wrote "Crazier" with Robert Ellis Orrall. The song is a ballad that, according to Allmusic, embodies Hannah Montana: The Movie's theme of merging country and pop music.[1] The song is set in compound time with six eighth notes per bar.[2] It is played in E major at a moderately fast tempo of 144 beats per minute.[2] Swift's vocals span one octave, from E3 to B4.[2] The chorus has the following chord progression, E—B—C#m—A.[2]

The song's appearance in Hannah Montana: The Movie came about after filmmakers approached Swift about using her music in the film. Film officials emailed her asking for a song "that was perfect to fall in love to" and "sort of a country waltz".[3] Although it was not written intentionally for the film, Swift sent in "Crazier" and the filmmakers "loved it".[3] In addition, Swift offered to perform the song in the film herself as a cameo appearance. In the film, Swift performs at an open mic fundraiser to save a small town's treasured park from developers.[3] The quick scene was filmed in a single day, but Swift's performance impressed film members. Film director Peter Chelsom said, "I've made a very big mental check to work with her again".[4]

Critical receptionEdit

The song received positive reviews from critics. Warren Truitt of About.com complimented Swift's "chim[ing]" in the ballad.[5] Heather Phares of Allmusic praised the track, calling it "the best song on Hannah Montana: The Movie".[1] She complimented it for being "more genuine, more effortless, than any of [Cyrus'] or Hannah's tracks".[1] James Berardinelli agreed, stating, "Arguably, the movie's biggest mistake is having Taylor Swift perform a song, since she can sing and the comparison is not flattering to the movie's star."[6] Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly described "Crazier" as "a pretty, yearning ballad."[7] Premiere magazine reviewer Olivia Putnal referred to Swift's performance one of the film's "high points".[8] Peter Hartlaub of The San Francisco Chronicle believed that Swift's cameo was enjoyable, but also calls it a mistake on the part of the filmmakers, explaining "Swift is so talented that she makes Cyrus seem bland by comparison."[9] Perry Seibert from TV Guide wrote, "when genuine teen star Taylor Swift shows up to perform [...] she demonstrates all the spontaneity and authenticity that Miley Cyrus lacks."[10]

Chart performanceEdit

"Crazier" received exclusive airplay on Radio Disney. The song made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at number seventy-two on the week ending April 11, 2009.[11][12] "Crazier" rose three spots to number sixty-nine in the following week,[13] but jumped to number thirty-eight on the week ending April 25, 2009 due to an 87 percent increase in digital downloads.[14] For the week ending May 2, 2009, the song reached its peak on the Hot 100 at number seventeen, selling 110,000 downloads.[15][16] It also peaked at number twenty-eight on the Pop 100 chart.[17]

As the song was not officially released to radio as a single, digital sales also accounted for "Crazier"'s appearance on international charts. The song debuted at number seventy-nine on the week ending April 11, 2009.[12] For the week ending May 2, 2009, it reached number thirty on Hot Canadian Digital Singles[17] and number sixty-three on the Canadian Hot 100.[12][16] "Crazier" reached number sixty-four in the Australian Singles Chart.[18] The song debuted and peaked at number one-hundred in the UK Singles Chart for the week ending May 16, 2009.[19][20]

Music videoEdit

File:Taylor Swift Crazier music video.jpg

"Crazier"'s music video, directed by Peter Chelsom, is an excerpt from Hannah Montana: The Movie, which premiered on March 28, 2009 on Disney Channel.[21]

The video begins in its principal setting with Swift and two backup musicians atop a stage in a crowded barn. Swift is dressed in a fitted pastel sundress and plays an acoustic guitar strapped over her shoulder. The backup musicians play the violin and the cello. The video then transitions to a clip from Hannah Montana: The Movie in which Miley Stewart (Cyrus) spots her love interest, Travis Brody (Lucas Till), riding a brown horse. The video alternates between Swift performing and more film clips. Other scenes include Stewart and Brody riding the brown horse together, Stewart staring out from a red car into the street, Brody swinging from a rope in a waterfall, and the two characters on a date. At the end of the video, the couple are slow dancing while Swift sings.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2009) Peak
Position
Australian Singles Chart[18] 64
Canadian Hot 100[16] 67
UK Singles Chart[19] 100
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[16] 17
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[17] 28

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Digital sheet music – Taylor Swift – Crazier". Musicnotes.com. Alfred Publishing. http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=mn0073659. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Hannah Montana The Movie Production Notes". Walt Disney Pictures. VisualHollywood.com. http://www.visualhollywood.com/movies_2009/hanna_montana/notes.pdf. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  4. Malkin, Marc (March 31, 2009). "Hannah Montana Director Also Says Sequel Unlikely". E! Online. Comcast. http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b106958__lt_i_gt_Hannah_Montana_lt__i_gt__Director_Also_Says_Sequel_Unlikely.html. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  5. Truitt, Warren (March 24, 2009). "Miley Cyrus – Hannah Montana: The Movie Soundtrack". About.com. The New York Times Company. http://kidsmusic.about.com/od/musicreviews/fr/hmmovie.htm. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  6. Berardinelli, James (April 9, 2009). "Hannah Montana: The Movie". Reelviews.com. http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=1565. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  7. Greenblatt, Leah (March 18, 2009). "Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner, Inc. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20266411,00.html. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  8. Putnal, Olivia (April 9, 2009). "Hannah Montana: The Movie". Premiere. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.. http://www.premiere.com/Review/Movies/Hannah-Montana-The-Movie. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  9. Hartlaub, Peter (April 10, 2009). "Movie review: Hannah Montana: The Movie". The San Francisco Chronicle. Frank J. Vega. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/09/DDCD16V8QG.DTL&type=movies. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  10. Seibert, Perry. "Hannah Montana: The Movie". TV Guide. OpenGate Capital. http://movies.tvguide.com/hannah-montana-movie/review/297109. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  11. Ben-Yehuda, Ayala; Silvio Pietroluongo (April 2, 2009). "Lady GaGa Scores Hot 100 Milestone With 'Poker Face'". Billboard. Los Angeles and New York City: Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/lady-gaga-scores-hot-100-milestone-with-1003958324.story#/bbcom/news/lady-gaga-scores-hot-100-milestone-with-1003958324.story. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Taylor Swift – Crazier – Music Charts". aCharts.us. http://acharts.us/song/42828. Retrieved November 6, 2006. 
  13. Trust, Gary; Keith Caulfield (April 16, 2009). "Chart Beat: Rascal Flatts, Miley Cyrus, Eminem, Jason Mraz". Billboard. Los Angeles and New York City: Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/chart-beat-bonus/chart-beat-rascal-flatts-miley-cyrus-eminem-1003963205.story#/chart-beat-bonus/chart-beat-rascal-flatts-miley-cyrus-eminem-1003963205.story. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  14. Ben-Yehuda, Ayala; Silvio Pietroluongo (April 16, 2009). "Hannah Montana' Boosts Six Songs On Hot 100". Billboard. Los Angeles and New York City: Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/news/hannah-montana-boosts-six-songs-on-hot-1003963093.story#/news/hannah-montana-boosts-six-songs-on-hot-1003963093.story. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  15. Pietroluongo, Silvio; Keith Caulfield (April 23, 2009). "Eminem, Green Day Make Big Hot 100 Debuts". Billboard. Miami and Los Angles: Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/news/eminem-green-day-make-big-hot-100-debuts-1003965853.story#/news/eminem-green-day-make-big-hot-100-debuts-1003965853.story. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 "Crazier". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/#/song/taylor-swift/crazier/12922537. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "allmusic {{{Taylor Swift > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles}}}". Allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=TAYLOR. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 "ARIA Charts". Pandora Archive.com. Australian Recording Industry Association. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20090520-0000/issue1003.pdf. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Chart Stats – Taylor Swift – Crazier". Chart Stats.com. The Official Charts Company. http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=34355. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  20. "Chart Stats – Taylor Swift". Chart Stats.com. The Official Charts Company. http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=12245. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  21. "Crazier (2009)". AOL. Time Warner, Inc. http://video.aol.in/video-detail/taylor-swift-crazier-2009-english/1998983876/?icid=VIDURVMUS05. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 

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