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Wishing on a Star (Jay-Z song)

"Wishing on a Star"
Single by Rose Royce
from the album Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom
Released 1978
Format 12-inch single, CD, Vinyl
Genre Soul
Length 4:52 (album version)
3:57 (single version)
Label Whitfield
Writer(s) Billie Rae Calvin
Producer Norman Whitfield

Rose Royce chronology
"Ooh Boy"
"Wishing on a Star"
"It Makes You Feel Like Dancin'"

"Wishing on a Star" is a 1978 hit single by Rose Royce for Whitfield Records.

Included on their second album, Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom, "Wishing on a Star" is a slow ballad written by Billie Rae Calvin and produced by Norman Whitfield. The lyrics concern a woman longing for the return of an ex-lover so that they can resume their relationship. The original version of "Wishing on a Star" was not a big hit, peaking at number 52 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. However, the song was a big chart hit in the United Kingdom, reaching number three in March 1978. The parent album, In Full Bloom, was also successful as a whole. The single was re-released as the X Factor's charity single for 2011. The single features JLS & One Direction.


Charts (1978) Peak
Belgian VRT Top 30 14
Dutch Top 40 15
UK Singles Chart 3
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 1
US Hot Black Singles 52

The Cover Girls version

The Cover Girls recorded a hit cover of the song. The Cover Girls' version surpassed the success of the original, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where the original had failed to chart, and became the 49th best selling single of 1992 in America.[1] It was also a hit in the UK, peaking at No. 38.[2]


End of year chart (1992) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 49

Jay-Z version

"Wishing on a Star"
In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (UK Edition)
Released March 11, 1998
Format CD
Genre East Coast hip hop, soul
Length 5:54
Label Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Writer(s) Shawn Carter, Billie Ray Calvin
Producer Trackmasters

Jay-Z chronology
"The City Is Mine"
"Wishing on a Star"
"Money Ain't a Thang"
Gwen Dickey chronology
"One Too Many Heartaches"
"Wishing on a Star"

"Wishing on a Star" was covered by rapper Jay-Z featuring Gwen Dickey of Rose Royce in 1998. It can be found on the United Kingdom release of In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 and Greatest Hits and the D'Influence remix can be found on Chapter One: Greatest Hits and Bring It On: The Best of Jay-Z. The track is produced by the Trackmasters, who also produced a remix of this track.

A music video for the song was also released, showing a child actor portraying Jay-Z growing up in Marcy Houses. Jay-Z himself does not appear in the video.[3]

Single track list


  1. "Wishing on a Star (Radio Edit)"
  2. "Wishing on a Star (Trackmasters Remix)"
  3. "Wishing on a Star (D Influence Remix)"
  4. "Brooklyn's Finest"
  5. "Wishing on a Star (Trackmasters Acappella)"


  1. "Wishing on a Star (D Influence Remix)"
  2. "Wishing on a Star (Radio Edit)"
  1. "Wishing on a Star (Trackmasters Remix)"
  2. "Imaginary Players"
  3. "Wishing on a Star (Trackmasters Acappella)"


Chart (1998) Position
Germany (Media Control Chart) 56[4]
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 13[2]

Beyoncé Knowles version

"Wishing on a Star"
Released August 17, 2010
Format Digital download
Genre R&B
Length 4:08
Label Music World Music Inc.
Writer Billie Rae Calvin

"Wishing on a Star" was covered by American R&B singer Beyoncé in 2004, for the CD of her live album Live at Wembley.[5] It was also used to promote the fragrance True Star endorsed by American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger in 2004.[6] An a capella version of the song was recorded by Knowles for a television campaign.[6] An extended play (EP) album was also released in 2004 to promote the fragrance compromising of two songs - "Wishing on a Star" and "Naïve". Produced by Knowles and Tommy Hilfiger, it was solely available with limited edition purchases of True Star.[7] In 2005 the song was included on the soundtrack of the movie Roll Bounce.[8]

A writer of the website Allmusic described Knowles' cover version of "Wishing on a Star" as "sexy".[5] For the 48th Grammy Awards, Knowles' version was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.[9] Knowles released the song as a promotional single on August 17, 2010.[10]

Formats and track listings

  • True Star – A Private Performance[11]
  1. "Wishing on a Star" – 4:07
  2. "Naïve" – 3:45
  1. "Wishing on a Star" – 4:08


Chart (2005) Peak
US Adult R&B Airplay[13] 28
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles[14] 1

Seal version

"Wishing on a Star"
from the album Soul 2
Released november 8th 2012
Format Digital single
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 4:13
Label Reprise, Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Billie Rae Calvin
Producer Trevor Horn
Seal singles chronology

"Let's Stay Together"
"Wishing on a Star"

In 2011, "Wishing on a Star" was covered by Nigerian-British soul singer Seal. It was released as the first UK single taken from his album Soul 2 on November 20, 2011. This interpretation of "Wishing on a Star" was produced by previous collaborator, Trevor Horn.

Seal's version of the song was premiered on Ken Bruce's BBC Radio 2 show on October 13, 2011.[15] The single later peaked on the Radio 2 B-list.[16]

Critical reception

In her review for Soul 2, Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian expressed, "His voice and interpretive skills are such, though, that most tracks fit him like a glove, to the point where, on Rose Royce's Wishing on a Star, his oak-aged vocal seems a better fit for the remorseful lyric than original singer Gwen Dickey's. He grew up with these 1970s hits, and evidently reveres them, but isn't cowed by them".[17] In his review, Mike Diver of the BBC expressed that "Seal has a voice that can melt icecaps has never been doubted by his detractors – the problems with his material post-Seal (II) went deeper, to a basic songwriting level. Here, freed of the weight of his own emotions, he soars on a sublime Wishing on a Star (which manages to borrow its smoky backing from Sade’s Smooth Operator).[18]

Live performances

Seal is due to perform "Wishing on a Star" on Daybreak on November 25, 2011.[19]

Formats and track listings

Digital download[20]
  1. "Wishing on a Star" – 4:13

The X Factor UK 2011 finalists version

"Wishing on a Star"
Released November 27, 2011
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded Brighton, England
(Biffco Studios)
London, England
(Metropolis Studios and Rokstone Studios)
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:23
Label Syco, Sony
Writer(s) Billie Rae Calvin
Producer Richard "Biff" Stannard, Ash Howes, Steve Mac
The X Factor finalists chronology

"Wishing on a Star"

JLS chronology
"Take a Chance on Me"
"Wishing on a Star"
"Do You Feel What I Feel?"
One Direction chronology
"Gotta Be You"
"Wishing on a Star"
"One Thing"

The song was covered by the finalists of the eighth series of The X Factor, also featuring previous contestants JLS and One Direction. Their version was released on November 27, 2011 via digital download, and released as a physical single the following day. All proceeds from the single went to the children's charity organization Together for Short Lives.[22] Finalist Frankie Cocozza does not appear on the radio edit of the song or in the music video, after he was removed from The X Factor prior to the sixth live show. Cocozza's vocals were recorded prior to his exit and only appeared on the single version.[23] The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart with first-week sales of 98,932 copies.[24]

Track listing

  1. "Wishing on a Star" – 3:23
  2. "Wishing on a Star (Instrumental)" – 3:23


Chart (2011) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[25] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[26] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 1

Release history

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom November 27, 2011[28] Digital download Syco Music, Sony Music
November 28, 2011[29] CD single

Other cover versions

Later samples

See also

  • List of Jay-Z songs


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