Mirror Mirror (Diana Ross song)

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"Mirror Mirror"
Single by Diana Ross
from the album Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Released December, 1981
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1981
Genre Rock, R&B, Pop, Dance
Length 6:02
Label RCA
Writer(s) Dennis Matkosky,
Michael Sembello
Producer(s) Diana Ross
Certification Gold (US)
Diana Ross singles chronology
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
(1981)
"Mirror Mirror"
(1982)
"Work That Body"
(1982)

"Mirror Mirror" is a 1982 rock-styled hit song recorded by American superstar Diana Ross, released as her second single on the RCA label.

The song, written by Dennis Matkosky and Michael Sembello, and produced by Ross herself, was the second release off of her Platinum-certified album, Why Do Fools Fall in Love.

The song talked of a love lost that the singer was going through and her deliberately asking herself while looking in the mirror why she allowed the love "to fall" apart, referencing the Wicked Queen's chant to the Magic Mirror in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: "Mirror, mirror on the wall".

"Mirror Mirror" became another smash for Diana, reaching #2 on the Soul chart and peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100[1] It became her second top 10 hit after leaving her longtime label, Motown, in the summer of 1981.

The music video was played on BET but rejected by MTV. It showcased the glamorous diva lip-syching the song and during the break, she danced with the video dividing her in double vision as she spun around. Despite the rudimentary production values, it was an early BET favorite. However, it was conspicuously left off of her best-selling VHS - and later DVD - compilation "Visions Of Diana Ross".

"Mirror Mirror" is also notable as one of the few songs Diana sung both lead and background vocals.

"Mirror Mirror" was performed on her recent 2010 concert tour. It was the first time it was performed in over 15 years.

Personnel[edit]

  • All vocals by Diana Ross
  • Guitar solo by Ray Chew
  • Produced by Diana Ross

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Belgian Singles Chart 22
Canadian Singles Chart 29
Dutch Top 40 24
New Zealand Singles Chart 15
UK Singles Chart 36
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)