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Wishing On A Star by Rose Royce
Album: In Full BloomReleased: 1978Charted:
This was written by Billie Rae Calvin, a female singer/songwriter who was formerly a member of Undisputed Truth. She wrote it with Barbra Streisand in mind, but she had a connection with producer Norman Whitfield who usurped it for his group Rose Royce instead. Whitfield, who produced the track, worked for Motown Records but brought Rose Royce to his own label, Whitfield.
In this melancholy song the narrator regrets splitting up with her lover who has departed to somewhere wishing she can follow them so they can reconcile their relationship.
Despite not charting in the American Pop charts, the song has become a classic covered by many artists including the girl group Cover Girls who scored a #9 pop hit (#38 in the UK) with a dance version with it in 1992. It was also covered by Beyoncé for an advertising campaign promoting Tommy Hilfiger's new perfume, True Star. Her version was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2006.
Other charting versions include early British rave act Fresh Four featuring Lizz E, which reached #10 in 1989 and Paul Weller's 2004 UK #11 hit. In 1997 it also featured as a sample in the Jay-Z featuring Gwen Dickey #13 UK hit of the same name.
This was featured in the 2001 John Singleton movie Baby Boy.
This is the song performed by Miriam Stockley for the opening credits of The 10th Kingdom
made for TV miniseries. The opening credits won an Emmy award for Outstanding Main Title.
A charity version recorded by the 2011 X Factor contestants plus former participants One Direction and JLS topped the UK singles in December 2011. All profits went to the Together For Short Lives charity, which supports the estimated 23,500 children and young people who are not expected to reach adulthood.