R U Mine?

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"R U Mine?"
Single by Arctic Monkeys
from the album AM
B-side "Electricity"
Released 27 February 2012
(See release history)
Format Digital download, 7"
Recorded January 2012 in Sheffield, UK[1]
Length 3:20
Label Domino
Writer(s) Alex Turner
Producer(s) Ross Orton
Arctic Monkeys singles chronology
"Black Treacle"
"R U Mine?"
"Come Together"

"R U Mine?" is a song by the English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. The song was released as a digital download in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2012 and was released physically for the Record Store Day on 21 April 2012 on a limited edition double A-side purple 7" vinyl along with new song "Electricity". The vinyl was limited to a run of only 1750 copies.

"R U Mine?" debuted at number twenty-three on the UK Singles Chart; the band's highest charting single since "Crying Lightning" reached number twelve in July 2009. Despite originally being released as a standalone single, the song was later included on their fifth studio album, AM, in a slightly-different version.

The song was also featured in the videogames Forza Horizon and Rocksmith 2014.


Alex Turner said that the band drew inspiration from Drake and Lil Wayne, saying "There's a few references for people to pick up on in there – 'Some Velvet Morning', Tracy Island. Those references are just me being a smartarse...That particular bit is like the thing Lil Wayne and Drake do. We've been listening to a lot of their stuff recently. I like that thing they do where they talk about something backwards, so they talk about it but then say what it actually is on the next line. It's hard to explain but I guess it's a little nod to that idea. So I say, 'I'm a puppet on a string', just before mentioning Tracy Island. That's what it's about – uncertainty."[7]

Music videos[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "R U Mine?" was first released onto YouTube on 27 February 2012 at a total length of three minutes and forty-four seconds and features radio DJ and musician Steve Jones debuting the song on his show on American modern rock radio station KROQ-FM while the band lip-sync the song in a car.[8]

A second video has been released onto YouTube on 29 March 2012, following their live show in Mexico City one day earlier. The video depicts a live performance of the song and shots of the excited crowd. It ends with an image of Turner's microphone with two bras hanging from it.[9]

The video won an NME award in 2013 for 'Best Video'.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "R U Mine?"   3:20
7" (UK Record Store Day limited edition) and second Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "R U Mine?"   3:20
2. "Electricity"   3:01



Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[19] 27 February 2012 Digital download Domino Recording Company
United States[20] 12 March 2012 Modern rock radio
United Kingdom[21] 21 April 2012 Double A-side 7" vinyl


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