Lollipop (Mika song)

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"Lollipop"
Single by Mika
from the album Life in Cartoon Motion
B-side "Relax, Take It Easy"
Released 31 December 2007 (UK)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Bubblegum pop
Length 3:03
Label Island
Writer(s) Mika (Michael Holbrook Penniman)
Producer(s) Greg Wells
Mika singles chronology
"Happy Ending"
(2007)
"Relax, Take It Easy / Lollipop"
(2007)
"We Are Golden"
(2009)

"Lollipop" is a song by Mika from his 2007 debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion. When the album was released, "Lollipop" had high numbers of downloads, even before it had been released as a single, charting in the Top 75 UK Singles Charts. In April 2007, it was released to radio in the UK, Norway, Switzerland, and Australia. On 31 December 2007, it was released as a double A-side single with "Relax, Take It Easy" in the UK. The single was available for digital download on 24 December 2007. Mika has said in interviews that the song was written as a message to his younger sister. The single performed well in the UK Singles Chart considering that it was released as a fifth single from Life in Cartoon Motion, peaking in the UK Top 20 this time at #18.

Background and writing[edit]

Mika wrote the song as a message to his younger sister, warning her not to have sex too soon as it would "mean something very different to guys than it would to her."[1]

The little girl who appears at the beginning saying, "What's the big idea?" and again saying the "I went walking..." part is Mika's cousin.[1]

It features the Diwali riddim[citation needed].

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed reviews from music critics. Alexander Berntsen from Sputnikmusic said that the track is "just funny to listen to. You're bound to be smiling by the end of the song."[2] Craig McLean from The Guardian wrote that the song is "terrific kiddie boogie destined for a slot on CBeebies."[3]

However, Mika's voice was criticized by Heather Phares from Allmusic, who wrote that on the song, Mika "straddles the line between adorable and annoying."[4] Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine commented that the song "features a sick-sweet falsetto hook that is, perhaps, irony-free."[5] Alex Fletcher from Digital Spy was direct, writing that "with candyfloss-sweet pop melodies and more high-pitched Mika vocal action than should be allowed by Government law, the song is intensely irritating."[6]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "Relax, Take It Easy" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Lollipop" (Live from L'Olympia Paris)
  3. "I Want You Back" (Live from L'Olympia Paris)
  4. "Relax, Take It Easy" (Dennis Christopher Remix) (Radio Edit)
  5. "Lollipop" (Fred Deakin's Fredmix)
UK CD2
  1. "Relax, Take It Easy" (New Radio Edit)
  2. "Lollipop"
Limited Edition USB Memory Stick
  1. "Relax, Take It Easy" (New Radio Edit)
  2. "Lollipop"
  3. "Relax, Take It Easy" (Alpha Beat Remix)
  4. "Relax, Take It Easy" (Frank Musik Mix)
  5. "Relax, Take It Easy" (Ashley Beedle's Castro Vocal Discomix)
  6. "Relax, Take It Easy" (Video - Live in Paris) (5.1 Surround)
  7. "Lollipop" (Video - 16:9 Bunny Action)

Music video[edit]

The animated music video for "Lollipop" was released in November 2007. It is a parody of Little Red Riding Hood, and is animated such a way that it emulates the Life in Cartoon Motion album art. It features the "Lollipop Girl" walking around a colourful land. The music video was originally set to contain a drawn version of Mika singing, but plans were scrapped. It was released by the name of "Lollipop 16:9 Bunny Action" on the internet. It was directed by Mika's sister.

Chart performance[edit]

At the beginning of 2007, the chart rules were changed allowing downloads to be eligible for the chart with or without a physical equivalent. "Lollipop" became on 11 February 2007 the first track from a newly released album to register enough sales to enter the Top 75. It was officially the 62nd best selling "single" in the UK that week despite only being an album track.[1] By 18 April 2008, the single had sold 66,594 copies in the UK.[7]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 51
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 24
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 21
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[11] 100
Germany (Media Control Charts)[12] 35
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 13
Norway (VG-lista)[14] 19
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 58
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[17] 59
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)
as double A-side with "Relax, Take It Easy".
18

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lollipop by Mika Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Berntsen, Alexander (10 February 2007). "Mika - Life in Cartoon Motion (album review) | Sputnikmusic". Sputnik Music. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  3. ^ McLean, Craig (21 January 2007). "CD: Mika, Life in Cartoon Motion | Music | The Observer". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Phares, Heather. "Life in Cartoon Motion - Mika | Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (17 March 2007). "Mika: Life In Cartoon Motion | Music Review | Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Fletcher, Alex (12 December 2007). "Mika: 'Relax (Take It Easy)'/ 'Lollipop' - Music Singles Review - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Jones, Alan (18 April 2008). "Madonna adds another 4 Minutes to her 27 weeks spent at chart summit". Music Week. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Mika – Lollipop" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mika – Lollipop" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mika – Lollipop" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Mika Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for Mika.
  12. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Mika > Lollipop – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Mika search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Mika – Lollipop". VG-lista.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mika – Lollipop". Singles Top 60.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mika – Lollipop". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Mika - Lollipop - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 

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