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Album: Pocketful Of SunshineReleased: 2008Charted:
This empowerment song was featured on the third season's finale of MTV's The Hills
. Another Bedingfield song, "Unwritten
," is the reality show's theme song. Bedingfield also performed this on the seventh series final of the Canadian teen drama TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation
. "Pocketful of Sunshine also featured on the soundtrack of The Sims 2 Freetime
computer game, Bedingfield recording a version in the unique language of The Sims called Simlish.
This was produced and co-written by American guitarist, writer and producer John Shanks. Other hits Shanks has been involved with include Michelle Branch's "Everywhere
" (US#12 UK#18), Ashlee Simpson's "Boyfriend
" (US#19 UK#12) and Take That's "Patience" (UK#1).
The album debuted in the Billboard 200 chart at #3, becoming the second highest debut placing by a UK female artist after Joss Stone's Introducing Joss Stone.
According to Billboard
magazine, this song along with seven others including "Angel
" were recorded to add to Natasha's follow up to "Unwritten
" before it could be released in America. Epic Records wanted to make the singles more radio-friendly to fit American radio format.
The song was co-written by Bedingfield and Danielle Brisebois, the same pair who co-penned Bedingfield's breakout smash "Unwritten
The song earned the prestigious Robert S. Musel Award for Song of the Year at the 2009 BMI London Awards dinner. The events are held by the US performing right society to recognise the most-performed European songs on US radio and television over the year and also to honour some of its most successful UK and European songwriters, composers and music publishers. The song also earned BMI's College Song of the Year Award thanks to tallying the most performances on American college radio.
This song was used in the movie The Ugly Truth
staring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler.
This song was a running joke in the 2010 movie, Easy A, where Emma Stone's character gets one of those greeting cards that plays a song when you open it, and "Pocketful Of Sunshine" plays. After dismissing the song, she spends the next weekend sitting around the house constantly listening to it. Bedingfield's manager William Derella told Billboard magazine that he had reservations when he first heard the pitch. "They sent me the part of the script where the star of the film says the song is awful, so we turned it down," he said. "But then they sent me the rest of the script, where the character can't get the song out of her head and winds up loving it. I approved it, and we've seen a nice sales boost for the track."