Bonnie Tyler is set to perform her hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” during North America’s actual solar eclipse.


The Welsh singer will sing while aboard Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise, which will be set up in perfect alignment with the impending solar eclipse. So it will be a total solar eclipse for those in North America, parts of northern South America, and other spots in the northern hemisphere. In the US, the eclipse will be visible to every person awake in all 50 states.

“It’s going to be so exciting,” Tyler said. “It doesn’t happen very often, does it?” Tyler’s performance will be backed by Joe Jonas group DNCE. “The eclipse of the sun lasts 2 minutes and 40 seconds, I’m told,” Tyler explained. “Unlike my song. It had to be chopped about, because it was so long. I never thought it would be played on the radio, in the beginning.”

In fact, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” barely made it to mainstream at all. After her 1978 hit “It’s a Heartache,” Tyler sought to work with songwriter Jim Steinman. “The A&R guy said, ‘Are you crazy? He’s never going to work with you.’ And I said, ‘Well, ask him!’ You don’t get until you ask,” Tyler recalled. ” So they asked him, and… I went over to meet him, and within three weeks he’d finished writing the song for me, ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart,’ that he’d started writing many years ago. And he finished it off and gave it to me to sing. I wouldn’t have had this hit record without bloody asking. And I got it.”


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Funnily, this is not the first time the song has spiked in popularity in time for a solar eclipse. Around the time of last March’s total solar eclipse, the Tyler track recorded a 75% increase in streams on Spotify.

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