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Because of You (Kelly Clarkson song)
- Created 2012-03-21
Because of You
" is a song by American recording artist
for her second studio album
(2004). It was written by Clarkson along with its producers David Hodges and
. It was released on August 16, 2005 by
, as the fourth single (third in Europe) from
. Clarkson originally wrote "Because of You" when she was 16 years old to cope with the emotional distress caused by her parents' divorce. She wanted the song to be included on her debut studio album,
(2003), but her record label thought that it was not suitable to be included in the album. She then polished the song with Hodges and Moody before successfully convincing her label to include it in
Lyrically, "Because of You" explores the pain of a deteriorating relationship. Critics noted that the lyrics are Clarkson's ode to her father. The song begins with a piano-led melody and as it launches into the chorus, the sound of a roaring guitar becomes apparent. Critically, "Because of You" garnered positive reviews by music critics, who praised its expressive lyrics, creative arrangement and Clarkson's vocal prowess. It became Clarkson's most successful single around the world; in the United States, it peaked at number seven on the
and sold over 1.5 million digital downloads. It was certified platinum by the
Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA). Internationally, "Because of You" topped the charts in the Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland as well as reaching the top ten in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
The song's accompanying music video was directed by
. Clarkson wrote the treatment for the video herself in order to reflect the pain that the she felt due to her parents' divorce. The video's plot centers on Clarkson engaging in a heated argument with her husband in front of her child before realizing that she was repeating her parents' mistake. It won in the category for
Best Female Video
at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. "Because of You" was performed live at numerous venues, including the
My December Tour
(2007) as well as the
All I Ever Wanted Tour
(2009). It was covered by several artists including
, who is a runner-up in the
Britain's Got Talent
. In 2007, the song was recorded by
as a duet with Clarkson, which was released as a lead single for McEntire's album
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