That's How You Know

Infobox Song
Name = That's How You Know


Artist = Amy Adams
Album = Enchanted
Released = November 20, 2007
track_no = 3
Recorded =
Genre = Popular music
Length = 3:49
Writer = Alan Menken (music) Stephen Schwartz (lyrics)
Label = Walt Disney Records
Producer = Alan Menken;
Stephen Schwartz; and Robbie Buchanan
prev = "Happy Working Song"
prev_no = 2
next = "So Close"
next_no = 4

"That's How You Know" is a musical number from the 2007 film "Enchanted", with music composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. It is performed by the film's lead actress, Amy Adams, and features the vocals of Marlon Saunders and other singers in the background chorus. The song appears on the soundtrack of "Enchanted", which was released on November 20, 2007 in the United States.

Like the film, the song was written as an homage to and a self-parody of past Disney works, specifically such big production numbers as "Under the Sea" from "The Little Mermaid" and "Be Our Guest" from "Beauty and the Beast", both of which, not so coincidentally, also had music by Alan Menken.cite news | last=Buckley | first=Michael | title=STAGE TO SCREENS: Menken & Schwartz Are "Enchanted"; Plus Bosco, Chenoweth, "Hairspray" | publisher="Playbill" | date=2007-11-18 | url=http://www.playbill.com/news/article/113379.html | accessdate=2008-02-09]

The song was nominated for Best Song at the 13th Critics' Choice Awards and for Best Original Song at the 65th Golden Globe Awards. It was also nominated for an award at the 80th Academy Awards in the Best Original Song category, in which two other songs from the film were also nominated.

Context

In the film, "That's How You Know" is performed by Amy Adams as Giselle. During their walk through Central Park, Giselle questions Robert's (Patrick Dempsey) view on love after finding out that he has been with his girlfriend, Nancy (Idina Menzel), for five years and has yet to propose to her. She spontaneously starts to sing "That's How You Know" to explain to him how he should show his affection for Nancy. As Giselle sings and dances through the park, she is joined by buskers including a steelband, elderly dancers, a Mariachi band, brides, grooms, Bavarian dancers, rollerbladers, stilt walkers, flip-flopping construction workers, a belly dancer, a marching band and other people in the park. They follow her to Bethesda Fountain, where they finish the song.

Covers

Kristin Chenoweth version

Although the song is sung by Adams in the film, Tony award-winning actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth, who co-starred in the Broadway musical "Wicked" with Idina Menzel ("Nancy Tremaine" in "Enchanted"), performed an abbreviated version (the second verse and refrain following that were omitted) at the 80th Academy Awards ceremony with Saunders and the dancers from the film at the ceremony.cite news | title=Oscar presenters and performers announced | publisher="The Hollywood Reporter" | date=2008-02-15 | url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i81c081830900903789781c413832eab9 | accessdate=2008-02-15] Adams had performed earlier in the broadcast, singing "Happy Working Song" solo.

Demi Lovato version

Infobox Single
Name = That's How You Know


Artist = Demi Lovato
Album = DisneyMania 6
Released = May 20, 2008
Recorded =
Genre = Pop-rock
Length = 3:12
Writer =
Label = Hollywood Records
Producer =
Last single = —
This single = "That's How You Know" (2008)
Next single = "This Is Me" (2008)

The song was covered by Demi Lovato on DisneyMania 6. [ [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015HZAPC Amazon.com: Disneymania, Vol. 6: Various Artists: Music] ] Lovato's version deviates heavily from the original, having a very different chord progression in the background, eliminating all traces of the calypso influence, and relying heavily on electric guitars and drums.

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