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Maybe (No Angels song)

"Maybe" is a pop-rock song performed by German pop group No Angels. Originally penned by Pelle Ankarberg, Niclas Molinder, Maryann Morgan, and Joacim Persson for Norwegian singer Trine Rein, it was re-recorded by the No Angels for their fourth studio album, Destiny (2007) and released as its second single on June 15, 2007 (see 2007 in music) in German-speaking Europe.

Co-produced by Ankarberg and Twin, "Maybe" reached number 36 on the German Singles Chart and number 62 in Austria, thus making it the band's lowest-charting single to date. According to the band, the song incorporates an uncredited sample of The Beatles' 1969 record "Come Together."

Writing and recording

"Maybe" was written by Redfly production members Ankarberg, Molinder, Persson, and British songwriter Maryanne Morgan, and actually offered to Norwegian pop singer Trine Rein, who recorded the song in mid-2006 for her unreleased studio album. Violinist Andreas Ljones contributed addititional music to Rein's version, which was finally picked to become one out of a total of 464 songs to apply for the Melodi Grand Prix 2007 and moreover made the final selection of the 18 participating entries. While the song failed to succeed on the semi finals, it eventually made the "second chance" round, before dashing once again in the final round on February 10, 2007.

After the No Angels' secret reunion in mid-2006 Redfly offered "Maybe" for inclusion on the band's fourth studio album Destiny. The band has described the mid-tempo song as a "tpyical No Angels" record: "This song rocks! [...] It shows another facet of us and is absolutely in line [with the band]. Nadja Benaissa called "Maybe" the "jiggiest title" on the album: "It's about being in a quandary," she said in an interview with Bild-Zeitung, "and about living along the lines of 'maybe yes - maybe no'..." The quartet premiered the song during a special concert in the Radio Enery studios in Munich, Germany on March 5, 2007, and by April 6, it was announced that either "I Believe in You," "Been Here Before," "Maybe," or "I Had a Feeling" would be the next single and Universal started a poll asking the fans to decide. However, according to Bild am Sonntag "Maybe" eventually won over piano-laid "I Believe in You."

"Maybe" was shipped to radio in late May 2007. While the CD single spawned the previously unreleased recording "Secret's Out," its digital single included the a special piano remix. A second remix of the song, re-arranged by producer Tomasino, appeared on the album's 2008 re-release Destiny Reloaded.

Music video

Following a four-day dance and choreography training, the music video for "Maybe" was eventually filmed in Cologne, Germany on May 4, 2007. It was the No Angels' seventh clip to be directed by Marcus Sternberg, and features former Fame Academy contestant and "Maybe" choreographer David Hernandez Sanchez as well as You Can Dance contestant Jimmy Surles as dancers.

Similar to previous single "Goodbye to Yesterday" the video does not have a substantial plot; it mainly focuses on the girls and their dancing choreographies, finally merging into a boisterous party crowd neat the end of the clip. However, upon its release the music video was widely advertised as the band's "sexiest video" to date, a fact underlined by the band's own statements: "We wanted a cool and sexy video, that facilitates a lot of energy," Jessica Wahls said in an interview with the Making of crew. As Nadja Benaissa reported on the band's Bunte blog, the band members had purchased several parts of their outifts in a local sex shop.

The video worldpremiered on May 18, 2007 on German music network VIVA's show VIVA Live. A making-of-clip of the video was released on a digital video disc on the album's re-release edition, Destiny Reloaded (2008).

Chart performance

First released on June 15, 2007 in German-speaking Europe, "Maybe" debuted at number 36 on the German Media Control Singles Chart based on composite digital singles and CD maxi singles sales, making it the band's lowest-debuting entry to date. As the single fell out of the top 50 in it second week and failed to climb again during its seven-week chart run, it became the band's first single to miss the top 20 on that particular chart, thus also making it the group's lowest-charting single since their formation in fall 2000. On the component charts, the track peaked at number 70 on the German Airplay Chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In Austria, the track debuted at number 62 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40, the group's lowest peak to date. However, it remained a single week on the chart and fell out of the top 100 in its second week of release, also making it the band's shortest-running single on the Austrian Singles Chart. In Switzerland, "Maybe" never made it to the top 100 chart, eventually becoming the No Angels' second entry since 2002's "Let's Go to Bed" to do so.

As a result, the single also failed to chart on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles or the independent Euro 200 chart; although it reached number 26 on on the Lithuanian Airplay Chart. Altogether, "Maybe" sold less than 15,000 copies Europe-wide, the group's lowest-selling release to date.

Formats and tracklistings

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Maybe."

  • Digital single
  • "Maybe" (Radio Edit) - 3:23
  • "Secret's Out" - 3:13
  • "Maybe" (Piano Mix) - 3:13

  • 2-Track CD single
  • "Maybe" (Radio Edit) - 3:23
  • "Secret's Out" - 3:13

Charts

Worldwide

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart 62
German Singles Chart 36
German Airplay Chart 70
Lithuania Airplay Chart 36

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