Beneath Your Beautiful

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"Beneath Your Beautiful"
Single by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé
from the album Electronic Earth
Released 18 October 2012 (2012-10-18)[1]
Format
Genre
Length 4:32 (album version)
3:56 (radio edit)
Label Syco
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Labrinth
  • Da Digglar
Labrinth singles chronology
"Treatment"
(2012)
"Beneath Your Beautiful"
(2012)
"Playing with Fire"
(2012)
Emeli Sandé chronology
"Wonder"
(2012)
"Beneath Your Beautiful"
(2012)
"Clown"
(2013)

"Beneath Your Beautiful" is a song by British singers Labrinth and Emeli Sandé. Written by Labrinth, Mike Posner and Sandé, it was released as the sixth single from Labrinth's debut album, Electronic Earth, on 18 October 2012. The track peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, selling 108,000 copies in its first week of release, becoming Labrinth's first number one single as a solo artist. Additionally, "Beneath Your Beautiful" became the musician's first Top 40 hit in the US Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 34.

The song was nominated for 'Best British Single' at the 2013 BRIT Awards, and was ranked the twelfth Best Selling Single of 2012 in the United Kingdom. "Beneath Your Beautiful" was covered several times by British artists, including Misha B for BBC Radio 1Xtra, series 9 UK X Factor semi-finalists Union J and Girls Aloud. The latter performed a mash-up of "Beneath Your Beautiful" with their own single at the time ("Beautiful Cause You Love Me") for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.

Background and release[edit]

"Beneath Your Beautiful" is an R&B ballad written by Labrinth, Mike Posner and Emeli Sandé. It was recorded as a duet between Labrinth and Sandé for Labrinth's debut studio album Electronic Earth. The title of the song attracted attention from fans, some of whom questioned Labrinth about the spelling of the word "Your" within the song's title, believing that was a grammatical error and should have been spelt "You're". Upon reaching number one, fans asked Labrinth via social networking website Twitter about the spelling. He replied "Can I make something clear! this is twitter! Not an English GCSE haha I’ll spell as BADLY as I wish awritemayte!... Oh is this about #Beneath”YOUR”Beautiful I love how crazy this has sent people…. It was to annoy english teachers and grammar Nazis." [sic][2] The song was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single at the 2013 BRIT Awards.[3]

Chart and sales performance[edit]

The song was released in the UK on 18 November 2012.[1] Originally only reaching number 200 in the UK Singles Chart on 14 April 2012, it peaked at number one on 28 October 2012, selling 108,000 copies in its first week of release. This became Labrinth's first number one single as a solo artist, and Sandé's second number one overall.[4] To date, "Beneath Your Beautiful" has peaked within the top 40 in over 15 countries worldwide.

The song was the 12th best-selling single of 2012 in the UK, with 663,000 copies sold and was certified as Platinum.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the track was uploaded to Labrinth's official Vevo account on YouTube on 5 October 2012.[6] The video features Labrinth and Sandé performing the track while standing in front of a giant screen, which features images of them both.

Live performances[edit]

On 21 October 2012, Labrinth and Sandé performed the song live for the first time on the The X Factor.[7] Since the performance on The X Factor, the video has gained more than 14 million views.[8]

At Capital FM's Summertime Ball 2013, on Sunday 9 June 2013, Labrinth performed the song with The X Factor 2012 finalist Ella Henderson live, as part of his setlist, with Henderson replacing Sande.

Track listing[edit]

US EP[13][14]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Beneath Your Beautiful" (featuring Emeli Sandé) McKenzie, Emeli Sandé, Mike Posner Labrinth, Da Digglar 4:31
2. "Express Yourself"   McKenzie, Charles Wright Labrinth 4:03
3. "Let the Sun Shine"   McKenzie Labrinth, Da Digglar 2:59
4. "Treatment"   McKenzie, Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk Labrinth, Da Digglar 4:30
5. "Earthquake" (featuring Tinie Tempah) McKenzie, Marc Williams, Patrick Okogwu Labrinth 4:34
6. "Vultures"   McKenzie, Claude Kelly, Wayne Hector Labrinth, Da Digglar 4:17
7. "Last Time" (Target bonus track) McKenzie, Williams Labrinth, Da Digglar 4:23
8. "Climb on Board" (Target bonus track) McKenzie, Williams Labrinth, Da Digglar 3:58

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label
United Kingdom 18 October 2012[1] Impact Day Syco Music
United States 16 November 2012[48] Digital download RCA Records
Germany 21 December 2012[10] Digital EP Sony Music
13 January 2013[9] CD single
United States 26 March 2013[49] Mainstream radio RCA Records
27 August 2013[13] Digital EP

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