Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock during Sheryl Crow performs with Kid Rock and Gwyneth Paltrow at the Cutting Room (owner Chris Noth of Sex in the City) at Cutting Room in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock during Sheryl Crow performs with Kid Rock and Gwyneth Paltrow at the Cutting Room (owner Chris Noth of Sex in the City) at Cutting Room in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

'Picture': How the Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow Duet Became a Crossover Hit


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Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow's 2002 single "Picture" took Kid Rock's 2001 album Cocky from mild success to a smash hit. The tune became a regular on the radio in 2002 and 2003 and landed at No. 4 on the Top 40 and Billboard Hot 100 charts, and No. 21 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The duo also released a memorable music video which shows them singing the heartbreak tune in a studio. Most fans probably remember the Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow version of the song being the one they heard on the airwaves, but due to difficulties with Crow's record label, an alternate version with singer Allison Moorer was the one originally released to radio.

"Picture" was written by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow and was the fourth single released from the album, after "Forever," "Lonely Road of Faith" and "You Never Met a Motherf---er Quite Like Me." According to MTV, Kid Rock's label, Atlantic Records, was initially hesitant to release "Picture" as a single, as it portrayed the singer in a softer light. The label eventually decided to release it, but they ran into trouble when attempting to secure rights from Crow's label, which asserted that the song might interfere with the promotion of her album, C'mon, C'mon. In order to get around this, Kid Rock recorded a new version with singer-songwriter Allison Moorer.

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The version with Moorer differed from the Sheryl Crow version in that Moorer's voice is lower and features more vibrato, while Crow showcases her signature pop/rock voice. The version with Moorer was sent to radio, but, either due to confusion or rebellion, some radio stations began playing the Kid Rock and Crow version instead. This led to the song being credited as "Picture" by Kid Rock featuring Crow or Moorer.

Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow during Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow at Knicks Game at KID ROCK_SHERYL CROW1 in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage

Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow during Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow at Knicks Game at KID ROCK_SHERYL CROW1 in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

"Picture" was Kid Rock's first single to make an appearance on the country music chart, leading him to become the country-rock artist fans know today. The song remains his biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but it was overthrown on the country and rock charts by his 2008 platinum hit, "All Summer Long." Kid Rock's previous hits on the Hot 100 include "Bawitdaba", "Cowboy," "Only God Knows Why" and "American Bad Ass."

The song was also a hit for pop/country singer Crow, who also boasts hits such as "All I Wanna Do," "If It Makes You Happy," "Soak Up The Sun" and more. Kid Rock has also performed the tune live with Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Miranda Lambert and others.

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