Kick Ass (We Are Young)

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"Kick Ass (We Are Young)"
Single by Mika vs. RedOne
from the album Kick-Ass (Music from the Motion Picture)
Released 2 May 2010
Format digital download, CD single (promo only)
Recorded 2010
Genre Pop
Length 3:12
Label Casablanca, Polydor (Soundtrack)
Writer(s) Mika, Jodi Marr
Producer(s) RedOne
Mika chronology
"Blame It on the Girls"
(2010)
"Kick Ass (We Are Young)"
(2010)
"Elle me dit"
(2011)

"Kick Ass (We Are Young)" is a song by British singer-songwriter Mika and Moroccan-Swedish record producer RedOne released as a single from the soundtrack to the film Kick-Ass.[1] It was released on 2 May 2010.[2]

Background[edit]

At the European premiere of Kick-Ass in London, Mika said:

Reception[edit]

Robert Copsey from Digital Spy gave the song four stars out of five saying the song's verses "have all the usual Mika ingredients - a handful of quirky lyrics, a dash of piano and a sprinkling of his trademark wail - and it's only when the chorus kicks in that we hear the RedOne effect." He also praised the collaboration saying it "actually works remarkably well, creating a pop stomper that's empowering, oh-so-contemporary and packed with personality".[4] Contemporary music website Popjustice also gave the song a positive review, after what was seemingly going to be a negative one, they ended it with "Guess what - 'Kick-Ass' is also AMAZING".[5] However, the song has also been met with some criticism, with people pointing out that the chorus is very similar, lyrically, to that of Young by Hollywood Undead.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The video for the single shows Mika as a helpless individual left in an alleyway after being mugged.[6] He begins to sing and as he does, the words of empowerment in the lyrics and his finding of an issue of the "Kick-Ass" comic inspire him to run for the rooftops and wail the chorus to the sky, now dressed in a slightly more superhero version of his "original persona" outfit. As is the norm with most soundtrack singles, the video features intercut scenes from the film. It was shot at Black Island Studios, London and premiered on 15 March 2010 on The Sun's website.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[8]
  1. "Kick Ass (We Are Young)" — 3:14
  2. "I See You" — 4:16
  3. "Blame It on the Girls" (Live From The iTunes Festival 2009) — 3:27
  4. "Kick Ass (We Are Young)" (Music Video)
  1. "Kick Ass (We Are Young)" (Cutmore Vocal Mix) - 5:58
  2. "Kick Ass (We Are Young)" (Cutmore Dub) - 6:01
  3. "Kick Ass (We Are Young)" (Cutmore Radio Edit) - 3:24

Chart performance[edit]

The song received very little airplay in the UK, resulting in a low peak position, but in Ireland, where it received a substantial amount of airplay, it charted at #7. In Italy it peaked at #5 and it was certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry, for digital sales exceeding 30,000 units.[10]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 54
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[13] 5
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100 Oficiální)[14] 72
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 7
Italy (FIMI)[16] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 56
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 84
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[19] 13

Year-end Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Italian Singles Chart[20] 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ MikaSounds / Latest News / Mika's new 'KICK-ASS' single MikaSounds.com - 1 March 2010 - Retrieved on 6 April 2010
  2. ^ "Ass to be a screen hit". The Sun (London). 15 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Exclusive Interview with Mika – Working on the Kick-Ass Soundtrack : HeyUGuys – UK Movie Blog heyuguys.co.uk - 23 March 2010 - Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  4. ^ Copsey, Robert Music - Singles Review - Mika: 'Kick-Ass' - Digital Spy Digital Spy 23 March 2010 - Retrieved 6 April 2010
  5. ^ http://www.popjustice.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4534&Itemid=9
  6. ^ MIKA - Kick Ass on YouTube
  7. ^ "Ass to be a screen hit". The Sun (London). 15 March 2010. 
  8. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kick-ass-ep/id363783794
  9. ^ http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mika-Vs-Redone-Kick-Ass-3-Track-CD-Promo-Cutmore-Mixes-/140452852235?pt=Music_CDs&hash=item20b3a4720b
  10. ^ "Italian single certifications" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 2 April 2013.  Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Click Avvia la ricerca
  11. ^ "Mika vs. Redone – Kick Ass – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mika vs. Redone – Kick Ass" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mika vs. Redone – Kick Ass" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  14. ^ "RADIO TOP100 Oficiální Czech Republic - Mika - Kick Ass". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  15. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  16. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Mika vs. Redone – Kick Ass". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  17. ^ "Mika vs. Redone – Kick Ass – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  18. ^ "Mika" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  19. ^ "Illegal name entered Mika vs Redone/Mika+vs+Redone/chart?f=359 Mika vs Redone Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Mika vs Redone.
  20. ^ http://www.fimi.it/dett_ddmercato.php?id=73