Hard Times (Plan B song)

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"Hard Times"
Single by Plan B featuring Elton John and Paloma Faith
from the album The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Released 19 May 2011 (2011-05-19)
Format
Recorded April 2011
Genre
Length 4:05
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Ben Drew
Producer(s)
Plan B singles chronology
"Writing's on the Wall"
(2011)
"Hard Times"
(2011)
"Ill Manors"
(2012)
Elton John singles chronology
"If It Wasn't for Bad"
(2010)
"Hard Times"
(2011)
Paloma Faith singles chronology
"Smoke & Mirrors"
(2010)
"Hard Times"
(2011)
"Picking Up the Pieces"
(2012)

"Hard Times" is the seventh single from British singer-songwriter Plan B's second studio album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks. On 19 May 2011, it was released as a digital download, featuring newly recorded vocal parts by Elton John and Paloma Faith, recorded as a charity single with all the proceeds benefiting victims of the 2010 Pakistan floods and 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[2]
  1. "Hard Times" (featuring Elton John & Paloma Faith) - 4:05
  • Promotional CD single
  1. "Hard Times" (featuring Elton John & Paloma Faith) - 4:05
  2. "Hard Times" (Live) (featuring Elton John & Paloma Faith) - 5:44
  3. "Hard Times" (Edit) - 3:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Plan B – vocals, producer[3]
Production[3]
  • David McEwan – producer
  • Eric Appapoulay – additional producer
  • Mark "Top" Rankin – engineer, mixing
Additional musicians (single version)
  • Elton John – piano, vocals
  • Paloma Faith – vocals
Additional musicians (album version)[3]
  • Tom Wright-Goss – guitar
  • Eric Appapoulay – bass, backing vocals
  • Richard Cassell – drums
  • Everton Newson – violin
  • Louisa Fuller – violin
  • Sally Herbert – violin
  • Warren Zielinski – violin
  • Bruce White – viola
  • Sonia Slany – viola
  • Ian Burdge – cello

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[4] 147

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United Kingdom 19 May 2011[5] Atlantic Digital download

References[edit]

External links[edit]