Playmate to Jesus

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"Playmate to Jesus"
Single by Aqua
from the album Megalomania
Released 12 September 2011 (2011-09-12)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Electron Studio (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Genre Pop
Length 4:46
Label Universal
Writer(s) Søren Rasted, Claus Norreen, René Dif, Lene Nystrøm
Producer(s) (s) Claus Norreen, Søren Rasted
Certification Gold
Aqua singles chronology
"How R U Doin?"
(2011)
"Playmate to Jesus"
(2011)
"Like a Robot"
(2011)
Music sample
Music video
"Playmate to Jesus" on YouTube

"Playmate to Jesus" is a song by Danish-Norwegian pop band Aqua from their third studio album, Megalomania. The song, which was released in 2011, is about universal love and "what goes around comes around". The song was published the same day as their other single, "Like a Robot", which was originally planned to be released in July 2011. Despite the song's positive critical reaction, it only charted in Denmark, becoming the group's second lowest-charting single. The music video, directed by Michael Sauer Christensen and filmed in Lyngby, Denmark, premiered on 22 September 2011.

Production and composition[edit]

"Playmate to Jesus" was written by Aqua members Søren Rasted, Claus Norreen, René Dif and Lene Nystrøm, and produced by Norreen and Rasted. The song was recorded at Electron Studio in Copenhagen, and later mixed and mastered by Anders Schumann at C4 Studio.[1] It is a midtempo pop song played in an E major key and following the chord progression E−B−C♯m−A.[2][3] The song is about universal love and "what goes around comes around".[4] The sounds in the first seconds of the song are recorded on the spacecraft Discovery.[4] A piano and violins start the song, before the beat kicks in.[5] A Vocoder synth come's through Nystrom's vocal in certain parts of the song, and a synth bass and distorted snare drum are also played. Dif's bridge only appears on the album version.[6]

Release and reception[edit]

A preview of "Playmate to Jesus" was uploaded to Universal Music's Danish YouTube account on 6 September 2011.[7] It was released as the album's second single and as a radio single on 12 September, the same day as their club single "Like a Robot",[8][2] which was originally planned to be released in July.[9] "Playmate to Jesus" is the first track of their third album Megalomania.[10] The track was Aqua's second-lowest charting single. It debuted at number twenty-six on the Danish Singles Chart, issue dated 7 October 2011. The following week the song peaked at number thirteen. In its third and final week on the chart it fell to number thirty-three. It is the group's third single not to chart within the top 10 in Denmark, the others being "We Belong to the Sea" and "Spin Me a Christmas".[11] The song has been certified gold in Denmark by the IFPI for sales of 300,000 units.[12]

Despite the song's commercial performance, critical reactions to the song were mixed to positive. Jon O'Brien of Allmusic, in a review of Megalomania, viewed "Playmate to Jesus" as one of the highlight songs of the album saying, "The sweeping strings, inspired sound effects, and driving country-pop melodies of the lushly produced opener 'Playmate to Jesus', [...] shows the reunion hasn't been completely without merit."[13] Time said the song "has the dubious distinction of sounding vaguely like a Lady Gaga track that didn’t pass quality control," but was "relatively catchy, boasting the kind of musical infectiousness that causes you to hum it under your breath on the subway."[14] Gaffa's Signe Bønsvig Wehding considered the song to be "among the best tracks on the album", along with "Dirty Little Popsong", "Sucker for a Superstar" and "Like A Robot".[15] Idolator considered the song to be a knock-off of Far East Movement's "Like a G6", and more old school than "How R U Doin?."[16]

Music video[edit]

Aqua members wear dark and gray costumes in the video.

Pictures of shooting the music video in Lyngby, Denmark were released on Aqua's Facebook page on 14 September 2011.[17] A take of the video was also uploaded on their YouTube channel.[18] The video was officially uploaded on YouTube on 22 September.[19] Directed by Michael Sauer Christensen,[9] it is set in an eerie, empty house that is reminiscent of a horror film, where a black cloud wonders through the halls of the house. The members wear black and gray clothing in the video, with Nystrom's costume gradually changing throughout. The video ends by the members exiting the house through the roof and transforming into a beam of light shooting into the sky.[5] The video has a significant edit to the lyrics of the original song. The lines: 'Love Spreads love, forevermore, Fear spreads fear - the Devil's core, Take my hand and follow me, It's magical, This moment's gonna change my life.' This deletion blunts the force of the lyrics, and deadens the song. This edit might have occurred because someone was trying to make the song less controversial.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[8]
  1. "Playmate to Jesus" – 4:46

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from liner notes of Megalomania:[1]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Denmark[8] 12 September 2011 Digital download Universal Music
Norway[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Megalomania (liner notes). Aqua. Universal Music. 2011. 0602527677675.  Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b New Music: Aqua Release Two New Singles: "Like A Robot" and "Playmate to Jesus". Direct Lyrics. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  3. ^ Playmate To Jesus Chords. Ultimate Guitar Archive. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b Sjørvad, Rune Melchior. "Aqua-Lene – nu som lingeri-samurai!" (23 September 2011). Ekstra Bladet (in Danish). Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Schapiro, Jeff (27 September 2011). 90s Pop Group Aqua Trades in Barbie for Jesus. The Christian Post. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  6. ^ Kozain, RJ (29 September 2011). Aqua gets serious with “Playmate to Jesus” and return to perfect pop form. 2020k. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  7. ^ Aqua – Playmate To Jesus (teaser). YouTube. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  8. ^ a b c Playmate to Jesus – Single. Danish iTunes. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  9. ^ a b Sjørvad, Rune Melchior (18 June 2011). "Lene Nystrøm: Knep mig som en robot!". Ekstra Bladet (in Danish). Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "STORHEDSVANVID! Nyt album fra Aqua 3. oktober 2011: 'Megalomania"" (in Danish). Universal Music. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Danishcharts.com – Aqua – Playmate To Jesus". Tracklisten. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Certificeringer | ifpi.dk" (in Danish). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  13. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Megalomania – Aqua". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  14. ^ Pous, Terri (29 September 2011). Aqua Is Back: The ‘Barbie Girl’ Group Ditches Plastic for ‘Jesus’. Time. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  15. ^ Bønsvig Wehding, Signe (3 October 2011). Aqua: Megalomania. Gaffa. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  16. ^ Daw, Robbie (23 September 2011). Aqua’s “Playmate To Jesus” Video Is Goth-tastic. Idolator. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  17. ^ "Playmate To Jesus" videoshoot – 14. september 2011. Facebook. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  18. ^ Aqua – Shooting the video for "Playmate To Jesus" – Funny clip. YouTube. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  19. ^ Aqua – Playmate To Jesus. YouTube. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  20. ^ "Aqua – Playmate To Jesus Hitlisten.nu" (in Danish). Tracklisten. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  21. ^ Bit Track Top-20 – Uge 39 - 2011. hitlisterne.dk. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  22. ^ hitlisten.nu. Go to Streaming. Then, in the box next to Opdater, choose Uge 40 - 2011. Then click Opdater. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  23. ^ Playmate to Jesus - Single by Aqua. iTunes Norway. Retrieved 19 November 2013.

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