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Kissin' U
Kissin You1

Released

March 22, 2010

Recorded

2009

Genre

Pop Rock

Label

Columbia

Kissin' U is American recording artist Miranda Cosgrove's first and only single from her debut studio album, Sparks Fly. It was produced by Dr. Luke and written by him, HKT, Claude Kelly, and Cosgrove.

The song was released digitally on March 22, 2010, and to mainstream radio on May 11, 2010. The single was later released in Australia in early July. The single is Cosgrove's first official musical release, after making several soundtrack appearances for some of her shows and films, such as iCarly and the 2009 animated comedy film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The song has been praised by music critics, and has performed well on music charts, becoming Cosgrove's biggest hit to date. It is her first single to make an impact on US radio stations, where it even entered the Top 20 of the US Pop Songs chart, which focuses mainly on radio airplay in the United States. Aside from its success on US radio stations, the song also became a major digital download hit for Cosgrove, leading it to chart on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. It has also charted in several international music charts, including Germany and Austria, among others.

LyricsEdit

Sparks fly, it's like electricity
I might die when I forget how to breathe
You get closer and there's nowhere in this world I'd rather be
Time stops like everything around me
It's frozen and nothing matters
But these few moments when you open my mind
To things I've never seen

'Cause when I'm kissing you my senses come alive
Almost like the puzzle piece
I've been trying to find
Falls right into place, you're all that it takes
My doubts fade away when I'm kissing you
When I'm kissing you it all starts making sense
And all the questions I've been asking in my head
Like are you the one?
Should I really trust?
Crystal clear it becomes when I'm kissing you

Past loves, they never got really far
Walls up, made sure I guarded my heart
And I promise I wouldn't do this
'Til I knew it was right for me
But no one, no guy that I met before
Could make me feel so right and secure
And have you noticed I lose my focus?
And the world around me disappears

'Cause when I'm kissing you my senses come alive
Almost like the puzzle piece I've been trying to find
Fall right into place, you're all that it takes
>My doubts fade away when I'm kissing you
When I'm kissing you it all starts making sense
And all the questions I've been asking in my head
Like are you the one? Should I really trust?
Crystal clear it becomes when I'm kissing you

I've never felt nothing like this
You're making me open up
No point even trying to fight this
It kinda feels like it's love

'Cause when I'm kissing you my senses come alive
Almost like the puzzle piece I've been trying to find
Falls right into place, you're all that it takes
My doubts fade away when I'm kissing you
When I'm kissing you it all starts making sense
And all the questions I've been asking in my head
Like are you the one?
Should I really trust?
Crystal clear it becomes when I'm kissing you

BackgroundEdit

"Kissin U" was first announced in late February as the lead single from Cosgrove's untitled upcoming album. The single was previewed on Ryan Seacreast's radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest on March 12, 2010, with the song being released to iTunes on March 22, 2010. During an interview with MTV about the song, Cosgrove stated that “ [...] "The song's about your first love or thinking you're falling in love, so it's just kind of a really happy, sweet song. I did write it about a guy, and I'm afraid he might have heard it and he's going to figure it out!"
During the same interview, Cosgrove stated the song actually provided her with the inspiration to title her debut album Sparks Fly, saying that, "The reason I ended up naming it Sparks Fly (is because) those are the first two words you hear when you pop my album in."
The single was released for radio airplay on May 11, 2010, while Australia saw the release of the single on July 9, 2010. On June 29, 2010 a remix EP containing three remixes of the song was released for digital download. The first track on the extended play, the Jason Nevins remix of the song, was released to several US radio stations in the place of the original version.

CompositionEdit

"Kissin U" has been called bubblegum pop by several critics; however, it also features prominent drums and bass. Several critics have noted the use of auto-tune used in Cosgrove's voice throughout the song, as well as other tracks on Sparks Fly. The song's melody runs through a down tempo pop beat. The song has been compared to releases by Avril Lavigne and Miley Cyrus, among others. The lyrics of the song deal with love and relationships, and the feeling that comes when Cosgrove is kissing her boyfriend.
During their review of the single, Commonsensemedia stated on the song's lyrics, "Young love can be innocent, sweet, and irrepressible. It can also be incredibly annoying when taken to a super sweet extreme. That's where we're at with this single. Lovebirds not jaded by love's letdowns can celebrate the purely poppy sounds and Cosgrove's limitless enthusiasm here. The rest of us will be left with a headache from constant eye rolling. After one listen you'll forever understand the meaning of 'bubblegum pop.'"
On the other hand, Portraitmagazine praised the songs lyrical content as well as the music, saying, "Kissin U was the first single from the album, and it really isn't that bad. It's very bubblegum, but that isn't really all that surprising given Miranda's good girl image and Nickelodeon backing. It's also the only track on the album that she had a hand in writing, so it was a good decision for a single. It allows the record label to see how her fans respond to her music, gauge whether or not they should have more of her own writing on her next album. And it's a good effort for her first released song, though I think it's got some of the weakest vocals on the CD. She'll probably do a lot of co-writing with much more experienced musicians the next time around, which will help her grow as a singer/songwriter if she chooses to continue pursuing music."

ReceptionEdit

Critical ReceptionEdit

The single has been met with generally mixed to positive reviews from critics. J!-ENT reviewed the song, stating the song is "well-produced, well-sung and has that sing/song style similar to Taylor Swift but with a rock edge." They also stated the song proves that Cosgrove has potential as a musical artist.
Idolator.com also praised the song, as well as compared it to releases by major label artist Ke$ha, saying "Kissin' U is a zippy, cookie-cutter pop song— not terribly exciting or risky, but with enough listens you’ll find yourself singing along with the chorus. Add some Auto-Tune and maybe throw in a line or two about falling out of the closet without wearing pants, and we could imagine Ke$ha singing it."
Popboi.com stated "The first single, ‘Kissin U’ is actually quite a nice pop track, too! It’s not as perfect a pop gem as Selena Gomez and the Scene’s ‘Naturally’ is, but it’s pretty damn close. The melody is really lovely and catchy and the lyrics are just as cute, if tweeny-bopper in nature."
Musicrevies10 had a less than positive opinion about the songs lyrics and music, stating that "Cosgrove's debut single outside of iCarly and the Nickelodeon machine is Kissin' U, a safe, pop number that's easy on the ears. While Cosgrove is fitting into the pop/rock vibe, if a young pop/rock number is what you want, Disney's Demi Lovato has far more substance and range. Kissin' U plays it safe, and should go on to be a moderate hit, but doesn't break any new ground. But at least it works."

Commercial PerformanceEdit

On its first week of charting, "Kissin U" debuted at #66 on the US Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart. It fell off the next week, but later re-entered at #54, causing it to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at #87. It dropped out once again the next week, but then re-entered at #95 and rose to a new peak of #54. The song also became her first to chart internationally, debuting at #82 on the German Singles Chart. The song quickly dwindled down the chart before jumping to a new peak of #73, and most recently to its current peak of #67. It also debuted at #57 on the Austrian singles chart, and has rose to a peak of #54. The single has also become her second single to chart in the UK, where it debuted and peaked at #198.
On January 14, 2011, it was announced that "Kissin U" had been certified gold by RIAA for sales of over 500,000 units.

Promotion and PreformancesEdit

To promote the album, Cosgrove performed the single "Kissin U" live at the Kids Choice Awards pre-show. Nickelodeon also aired a television special titled 7 Secrets: Miranda Cosgrove, which aired on April 24, 2010. The half hour show revealed things about Cosgrove, such as how she got her start in the business, to some of her most embarrassing moments. The days following the albums release, Cosgrove did several album signings and appearances, including a stop at a ToysRUs in New York. Cosgrove embarked on a radio promotional tour, and has made appearances at radio concerts in the summer of 2010. On September 6, 2010, she performed "Kissin U", "Bam", and "About You Now" on The Today Show.
Cosgrove headlined her own tour, titled "Dancing Crazy Tour" which is named after Cosgrove's single "Dancing Crazy" co-written by Avril Lavigne, Shellback and Max Martin, who produced it and was released on Cosgrove's second EP High Maintenance, released on March 15, 2011. The tour began January 24, 2011 and ended February 24, 2011. The tour featured dates in House of Blues locations such as ones located in Houston, TX and Anaheim, CA. She also performed at several theatres on the tour including locations in cities such as Atlanta, GA, Tampa, FL and Orlando FL.

Music VideoEdit

Miranda Cosgrove - Kissin 'U (HD)03:18

Miranda Cosgrove - Kissin 'U (HD)

The music video was shot in Santa Monica, California and debuted on March 19, 2010. It was directed by Alan Ferguson. The video shows Cosgrove on the beach singing and walking, to meet her love interest who is a sidewalk artist. They go to his house and she sees all the paintings he has painted, as well as trying to teach her how to draw, and later washing his car in front of her house, she splashes him with the hose and he chases her around the car. Later they are seen at a party where it seems they kiss. When she wakes up that morning she looks out the window to see a drawing of a butterfly with images of her and him in the wings on the sidewalk.

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