La La La (Naughty Boy song)
|"La La La"|
|Single by Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith|
|from the album Hotel Cabana|
|Released||18 May 2013|
|Genre||UK garage, R&B, dance-pop|
|Naughty Boy singles chronology|
"La La La" is a single released by British producer Naughty Boy, featuring vocals from Sam Smith. It was released on 18 May 2013 as the second single from Naughty Boy's debut album, Hotel Cabana (2013). The track reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and also number one on the Czech Republic and Italian Charts and, at its time of release, was confirmed by the Official Charts Company as the fastest selling single of 2013 in the UK. By the end of 2013, "La La La" was the sixth fastest-selling single of the year in the UK, selling 145,000 copies in the first week.
Production and composition
According to Naughty Boy, "La La La" was conceived from experiences similar to the song "Don't Speak" by No Doubt, which "came from something [he] felt". He states that, "It was just before everything popped up and she was somebody I neglected while I was trying to find me. When I found me, she found it best to neglect me. It's cool... Covering my ears like a kid and saying, 'La. La. La.' It's the man-kid in me."
"La La La" was written by Khan, Jonny Coffer, Al-Hakam El Kaubaisy, Frobisher Mbabaz, James Murray, Jimmy Napes, Mustafa Omer, and Sam Smith. Although Naughty Boy originally intended to write the song with Emeli Sandé, she was on tour at the time, and he wrote it with Sam Smith instead. Naughty Boy said "It just had to be Sam because where it went from there is perfect.” Naughty Boy and Komi produced the track, with co-production handled by Mojam. The song was produced using Logic Pro and Reason. It was recorded and mixed at Cabana Studios (Ealing Studios) in Ealing, West London, and mastered by Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis Mastering Studios in London, UK. The song was finished in three hours, and was the last done for Hotel Cabana.
"La La La" plays for three minutes and 40 seconds. The piece is performed in F♯ minor, with the chord progression of F♯m—C♯m—D followed for most of the song, and Sam Smith's vocal ranges two octaves in the key of C♯, from a fourth to a sixth octave. The song performs in common time at a tempo of 125 beats per minute. According to Komi, the song's Indian sample in the hook was taken and chopped from an EarthMoments sample pack.
A music video to accompany the release of "La La La" was first released onto YouTube on 18 April 2013 at a total length of four minutes and five seconds. The video is directed by Ian Pons Jewell and shot in 4 days in La Paz, Salar de Uyuni and Potosí (Cerro Rico), Bolivia. Ian Pons Jewell was commissioned by Virgin EMI to create the concept for the video, which focuses on a child's magical journey. Jewell said that others compared the video to the Wizard of Oz and a local legend of the demon El Tio and that both legends influenced the concept of the video,
In the music video, a young boy is being verbally abused by a man who is presumably his father. Looking out of his apartment window, he sees an unusually dressed man and his dog standing on the pavement outside. The boy then puts his fingers in his ears and begins singing 'La la la' in response to his father's outburst. Running out of the apartment, the boy joins the mysterious figure outside and pets his dog. Seeing the boy outside, the father picks up an egg from a birds nest on the window-sill and throws it down at the boy.
The boy and dog run away and the scene cuts from evening to daytime. The boy is walking the dog along a city street, and he goes into a storefront and downstairs. In the basement of the building, he finds a gymnasium and a scared looking man who is covered in dust. The man holds a stereo which is providing music for a group of women doing aerobics. The boy encourages the man to leave, but he appears reluctant. The boy then mimes the act of putting his fingers in his ears and singing 'La la la', and the man responds by turning off the volume on the stereo. One of the women begins yelling at the man, and he puts his fingers in his ears and sings 'La la la' in response to her tirade. The dusty man, boy and dog leave the gymnasium and are followed by the woman who yells after them as they leave.
The pair then come across a vendor on the street. The boy gives him some coins, and he takes out what appears to be a human heart from a collection in his cart. He holds the heart in the air, the boy looks at him and then slips it inside the jacket pocket of the dusty man. The boy then looks onto the road and sees a traffic policeman dressed in an unusually coloured police uniform, made of knitted fabric matching the man's face which is also made of knitted fabric in place of skin. His exaggeratedly-sized nose and ears are also made of knitted fabric. The traffic policeman is dancing as he directs traffic. The boy mimes the ear plugging and singing to the traffic policeman, and he then performs the gestures himself. The three of them leave together, and the scene cuts to their journey into a mountainous region outside of the city. They walk along disused railway tracks and pass a discarded, unplugged television that still shows images on the screen. Their journey then takes them across long, flat plains of salt flats, with the traffic policeman carrying the sleeping boy and the dusty man walking the dog.
The scene cuts to nightfall where they have set up a campfire. The boy sleeps in the arms of the traffic policeman while the dusty man holds and pats the dog. The scene cuts to the next day, where they walk up a hillside towards a disused mine. Leaving the dog tied up at the entrance, they venture inside the mine. They discover El Tio sitting immobile at the end of a tunnel. At the sight of the figure, the boy begins crying and is hugged and comforted by both men. The men then leave, and the boy remains kneeling before the figure and singing 'La la la' with his fingers in his ears. The video ends with the two men and the dog having left the mine and they are shown walking away.
Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review, stating:
As the Wizard of Oz reimagining in the accompanying music video suggests, Naughty Boy is at his best when presenting tales of heartbreak with an otherworldly streak. "Yes our love is running out of time/ I won't count the hours, rather be a coward/ When our words collide," newcomer Sam Smith confesses to his beau over rattling beats and bewitching synths. It results in a soulful, ear-snagging masterpiece that will go down as one of the best investments The Deal or No Deal Banker has ever made.
"La La La" was announced to be the fifth biggest-selling song of 2013 in the United Kingdom. Its video was the eighth most popular YouTube video of 2013, and the United Kingdom's top trending video of the year. It won in both the "Best Song" and "Best Video" categories at the 2013 MOBO Awards. The song was nominated for a 2014 BRIT Award for Best British Single.
The tracks producer/co-writer Komi also released a remix (La La La - Komi and JL remix) which has received considerable airplay.
|1.||"La La La" (featuring Sam Smith)||3:40|
|2.||"La La La" (Kaos Remix)||3:54|
|3.||"La La La" (Pále Remix)||5:34|
|4.||"La La La" (DEVolution Remix)||5:47|
|5.||"La La La" (My Nu Leng Remix)||5:00|
|US digital download|
|1.||"La La La" (featuring Sam Smith)||3:41|
- Recorded and mixed at Cabana Studios (Ealing Studios) in Ealing; West London, UK.
- Mastered at Metropolis Mastering in London, UK.
Charts and certifications
|United Kingdom||19 May 2013||Digital download||Naughty Boy, Virgin EMI|
|Canada||15 October 2013|
|United States||10 December 2013||Capitol Records|
|14 January 2014||Contemporary hit radio|
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