I Turn to You (Melanie C song)

I Turn to You” is a song by British singer-songwriter, Melanie C. It was released as the fourth single from her debut solo album, Northern Star. It was released on 7 August 2000 in the United Kingdom and became Melanie’s second UK number-one single. It sold 120,000 copies in its first week, altogether selling 360,477 copies, making it the twenty-seventh best-seller of 2000 in the UK. “I Turn to You” also topped the Austrian Singles Chart, the Danish Singles Chart, the Dutch Top 40, the Swedish Singles Chart and the US BillboardHot Dance Club Play chart. The main single was released as the “Hex Hector Radio Mix”, for which Hex Hector won the 2001 Grammy as Remixer of the Year.

2000 single by Melanie C

“I Turn to You”
Single by Melanie C
from the album Northern Star
Released 7 August 2000 (2000-08-07)
Recorded 1999
  • 5:49 (album version)
  • 4:11 (Hex Hector Radio Mix)
Label Virgin
Melanie C singles chronology
Never Be the Same Again
I Turn to You
If That Were Me
Audio sample
Music video
“I Turn to You” on YouTube

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The album version of the song was recorded in 1999. It was written by Melanie C, Rick Nowels and Billy Steinberg. The song was chosen to be released as the fourth single of the album Northern Star, just after the big success of the number one single Never Be The Same Again. According to Melanie after some discussions with Virgin Records executives, they decided to get some remixes done just to see what they sounded like.[3] She stated that she was “blown away” as soon as she heard the Hex Hector remix, so along with the Virgin executives they decided that it should be released as a single. She said that “it just made sense – the whole Ibiza thing, it was a summer release, it was obvious that the Hex Hector mix was going to be a hit”.

Since the song’s release, it has been critically acclaimed as one of the best solo Spice Girl singles. Billboard listed it as the number-one entry in the article “Girl Group Solo Songs: The 10 Best (Non-Beyonce) Singles of the Modern Era”.[4]Daily Record commented, “Dance orientated, this track looks set to spice up the charts. It’s a bit of a change from girl power to power pop.”[5] The Digital Fix deemed the song “fantastic”.[6]Q magazine said, “Today we are enjoying Ibiza Mel. Video, haircut and moves shamelessly lifted straight from Madonna‘s Ray of Light. Constant repetition of the titles over some bogstandard techno-fun, and suddenly her Top Shop Motorhead t-shirt is nowhere to be seen. As attempts to dominate the lucrative Ibiza market go, it’s innocuous enough, if tinged with fear over what her next move will be”.[7] The War Against Silence wrote “the dense, sparkling “I Turn to You” reminds me alternately of recent Roxette and Seven the Hard Way-era Pat Benatar.”[8]

With “I Turn to You”, Melanie C achieved her tenth number-one UK single as a songwriter and it made her the first woman to top the UK charts as part of a quintet, quartet, duo and as a solo artist. With “Holler“, the Spice Girls‘ final UK number one, Melanie C became the first female songwriter to write at least 11 UK number-one singles. Melanie C held this record alone until Madonna achieved her eleventh number one with “Hung Up” in 2005, then lost it when Madonna achieved her twelfth number one with “Sorry” in 2006.

The music video for the song was filmed on the island of Ibiza in June 2000, and features shots of her dancing in Es Paradis nightclub. Melanie has crimped blonde hair extensions in this video and there are constantly changing scenes of her dancing (in Esparadis) to sitting on a cliff to lying in blue water, possibly the sea or a swimming pool. The video ends with her and groups of people walking up the top of the cliff at sunset. The video was directed by Cameron Casey.[9]

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