Clown (Emeli Sandé song)

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Single by Emeli Sandé
from the album Our Version of Events
B-side "Kill the Boy"
Released 3 February 2013 (2013-02-03)
Format Digital download
Length 3:41
Label Virgin
Producer(s) Naughty Boy
Emeli Sandé singles chronology
"Beneath Your Beautiful"
"Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe"

"Clown" is a song by Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. It was released on 3 February 2013 as the fifth single from her debut studio album, Our Version of Events (2012). "Clown" was written by Sandé, Shahid Khan, Grant Mitchell and produced by Khan under his production name of Naughty Boy.


The song was written by Sandé, Shahid Khan, Grant Mitchell and produced by Khan under his production name of Naughty Boy. The story of the song talks about Sandé's first experiences in the music industry, mainly reflecting her search to get signed by a music company and the encounters with several music business people in the industry. Commenting on the song, Sandé said: “It’s about how I felt when I was trying to get signed, I was going for all these meetings and people were looking at me like ‘What do we do with you’? It’s about not allowing yourself to be judged by others or to be taken for an idiot. I feel the video reflects that.”[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Clown" was first released onto YouTube on 6 December 2012 at a total length of three minutes and forty-seven seconds.[2] It was directed by WIZ.[1] The video was held in the style of a Silent film and shows Sandé being urged by a group of men, in military uniform, to sign a document in order to get something in return.[1]


Sandé performed "Clown" during the final of the ninth series of The X Factor on 9 December 2012,[3] as well as appearing on The Voice of Holland in November 2012.[4] Recently Sandé also performed the song on The Graham Norton Show on 11 January 2013.[5]

"Clown" debuted in Australia at #34 on the week commencing 2 June 2014 on the back of The Voice contestants Candice Skjonnemand and Thando Sikwila performing the song on the show on 26 May 2014.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital EP[7]
  1. "Clown" – 3:41
  2. "Clown" (Live at the Royal Albert Hall) – 4:06
  3. "Kill the Boy" – 3:43
  4. "Clown" (Instrumental) – 3:41
  5. "Clown" (Music video) – 3:46

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals – Emeli Sandé
  • Lyrics – Emeli Sandé, Shahid Khan, Grant Mitchell
  • Producers – Naughty Boy
  • Piano – Grant Mitchell
  • Label: Virgin Records

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 34
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 30
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 32
Belgium Urban (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 6
Germany (Media Control Charts)[11] 36
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 6
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[13] 25
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[14] 5
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[15] 29
Switzerland (Hitparade)[16] 42
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 4


Country Provider Certification Sales / Shipments
United Kingdom BPI Gold[18] 400,000

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format(s) Label
United Kingdom[7] 3 February 2013 Digital EP Virgin Records


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