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“Country singer Leann Rimes had a huge crossover hit with this one in 1997. Again, feel the pain iand the despair in her voice.”
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How Do I Live" is a 1997 song, written by Diane Warren. It was released originally by LeAnn Rimes and shortly afterward by Trisha Yearwood.

The song was originally intended for release as a single for the 1997 action blockbuster Con Air soundtrack. Warren wrote the song for Rimes to sing. The film producers felt that Rimes' version had too much of a pop feeling to it, and requested that she re-record it to fit their standards. She refused, and the producers chose Trisha Yearwood to record the song. Her more country-style version was released on May 27, 1997 and appeared in the film. When Rimes heard of the release, she quickly released her version. (Neither version is included on the Con Air soundtrack album, which is devoted entirely to the score by Trevor Rabin and Mark Mancina.)

Despite only peaking as high as number seven in the UK Singles Chart[2], LeAnn Rimes' version of "How Do I Live" spent thirty-four weeks in the chart, ending up as the 6th best selling single of 1998 (therefore becoming the only song to have charted higher in the chart of the year than in the weekly top 40.[citation needed]). It set a record for staying on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for sixty-nine weeks, a record it held for over eleven years before being beaten by Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" in 2009. The song entered the Top 25 Country singles sales chart on June 21, 1997 and was still there in February 2003, a record 291 weeks (five and half years) later.

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