|Single by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins|
|from the album Chinese Wall|
|Released||November 1984 (US),
February 1985 (UK)
|Length||4:50 (Single Edit)
5:02 (Album Version)
6:18 (Extended Version)
|Writer(s)||Philip Bailey, Phil Collins and Nathan East|
|Philip Bailey singles chronology|
"Easy Lover" is a hit song performed by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins (both born in the same year, 1951), and written by Bailey, Collins, and Nathan East. The song appeared on Bailey's solo album Chinese Wall. Collins has performed the song in his live concerts and it appears on his 1990 album Serious Hits... Live!, as well as his 1998 compilation album, ...Hits.
The song was a hit in several countries worldwide. In the US it reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 kept out of the top spot for two weeks by I Want to Know What Love Is by Foreigner, and in the UK it reached #1, staying there for four weeks. The single sold over a million copies in the United States and has only been certified Gold -- not Platinum -- since the RIAA requirement for a Platinum single wasn't lowered to 1,000,000 units until 1989. In addition Easy Lover has been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 400,000 in the UK and platinum in Canada by Music Canada.
|Austrian Singles Chart||18|
|Canada (The Record)||1|
|Dutch Top 40||1|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||5|
|French Singles Chart||14|
|German Singles Chart||5|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Oricon Japanese Weekly Singles Chart||19|
|Oricon Japanese International Chart||1|
|Swedish Singles Chart||10|
|Swiss Singles Chart||8|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||15|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||5|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||3|
- Philip Bailey - vocals
- Phil Collins - vocals, drums
- Daryl Stuermer - guitars
- Nathan East - bass
- Lesette Wilson - keyboards
The song was used as a theme song to the inaugural WrestleMania in 1985. The song also featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories as part of its soundtrack in the fictional pop radio station, Flash FM. The song was also used in the TV advertisements for the game in the United States and the United Kingdom. In 1994 it was sampled by Chris Morris for "Uzi Lover", a parody of gangsta rap (with Morris portraying its fictitious performer "Fur-Q") in an episode of The Day Today. The song was also covered by R&B/Gospel singer, Cheryl Gamble of SWV in 2001. The Double Dragon video game franchise has been known for featuring an instrumental track called "Low Pursuit" which the original composer, having been inspired by "Easy Lover", first featured in Double Dragon II: The Revenge in the Mission I stage of the original arcade version and the Mission II stage of the NES version.
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- RIAA Certification for Easy Lover
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- British Phonographic Industry certification for Easy Lover
- Music Canada certification for Easy Lover
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- MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS HISTORY: BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE
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- Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
- "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: C". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
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