"Say Something" is a duet between the American duo A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera as part of the band's debut album, “Is There Anybody Out There?” which was released in 2013. The single itself was released for digital download on November 4th, 2013. As Aguilera was highly impressed with the song, the band re-recorded it with her and mentioned that she has ”one of the top voices in the world".
The re-recording lasted less than two hours and Chad Vaccarino recalls that
"we looked at Christina as this icon who can say anything and make it sound amazing".
Describing the process, Aguilera stated:
"Somebody sent me the song and it's just the most simplest song that doesn't have to fit a formula to be heard and to be appreciated, so I just heard it and I've never done anything like this before and I was just like, 'You know', I just started to hear a harmony part over it and I was like, 'get in touch with these guys and see if they wanna get in the studio and sit behind the piano and just vibe together and see what happens".
The indie pop ballad was written by Chad Vaccarino, Ian Axel and Mike Campbel while it was produced by Dan Romer. It features string arrangement as well as the piano. The lyrics of the song tell a story of love, loss and regret. It had a very personal meaning to the writers as they were both facing breakups at the moment of the writing, and as Axel recalls "writing the song was part of the healing process". The intimacy of the lyrics is still present in every performance they offer as, according to the writer, "Whenever we perform it, it's like revisiting the scar. It's always a part of me, and I can always go there and feel it".
"Say Something" received appreciation from the music critics who rated it 4.5 stars out of five and praised on Aguilera's vocal performance, on the lyrics as on the musical composition.
The music video for the single was released on November 19th, 2013, on Entertainment Tonight, and on VEVO the following day. It features Christina Aguilera in a black dress, singing near the band and a piano. The video was also praised by the critics whom described it as "equal parts tragically beautiful and beautifully tragic" and "classy".
"Say Something" was performed live at The Voice US and also on the American Music Awards edition from 2013. A private performance of Aguilera was offered in Malaysia, the same year.
The song was covered various times, mainly on talent shows such as "The X Factor".
The single reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the UK Singles Chart and went to number one on the "US Adult Pop Songs" and "US Hot Dance Club Songs" charts. It also topped the charts in Australia, Canada and Belgium.
"Say Something" is a beautiful piano ballad which reached the hearts of millions.
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