Read All About It (song)

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"Read All About It"
Single by Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé or Dolcenera
from the album At Your Inconvenience
Released 21 October 2011 (2011-10-21)
(release history)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 3:55
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Stephen Manderson, Tom Barnes, Ben Kohn, Peter Kelleher, Iain James, Adele Sandé
Producer(s) TMS, iSHi
Certification Gold (BPI)
Professor Green singles chronology
"In the Air"
(2011)
"Read All About It"
(2011)
"Never Be a Right Time"
(2012)
Emeli Sandé singles chronology
"Heaven"
(2011)
"Read All About It"
(2011)
"Daddy"
(2011)
Dolcenera singles chronology
"L'amore è un gioco"
(2011)
"Read All About It (Tutto quello che devi sapere)"
(2011)
"Ci vediamo a casa"
(2012)

"Read All About It" is a song by British rapper Professor Green which features vocals from British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. The track served as the lead single for Professor Green's second studio album, At Your Inconvenience and was released as a digital download in the United Kingdom on 23 October 2011. The track debuted at number-one in the UK with sales of over 153,000 copies and spent two consecutive weeks at the peak.

Additional versions of the song, entitled "Read All About It, Pt. II", by Professor Green featuring Fink and "Read All About It, Pt. III", by Sandé on her own, were recorded for Q magazine[1] and Sandé's album Our Version of Events respectively.

A half-Italian version of the song, titled "Read All About It (Tutto quello che devi sapere)" and featuring singer-songwriter Dolcenera, was released as a digital single in Italy on 9 December 2011.[2] This version of the song was included on the Italian version of Professor Green's At Your Inconvenience,[3] as well as on Dolcenera's Evoluzione della specie².[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a very positive review stating:

If we were to liken it to the US rapper (Eminem), we'd suggest 'Read All About It' was his 'Cleanin' Out My Closet' moment; but in truth its lyrical content is too personal to be compared to his peers. "I wasn't even 5/ Life's a journey and mine wasn't an easy ride," he says of the tense relationship with his family after his father committed suicide, before a stadium-sized chorus courtesy of R&B-soul singer Emeli Sandé ensues. It may doff its cap to the rapping greats, but few can deny this is all Pro Green. 5/5 stars[5]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Read All About It" was first released onto YouTube on 15 September 2011 at a total length of three minutes and fifty-four seconds.[6]

The video begins with a five-year old boy (in the same situation Professor Green was in at that age) staring at his step-mother working and his younger half-sister playing. The child's step-mother realises that her step-son is outside staring inside the house, she then calls the child's father. Later on in the video you can see the boy's father talking to someone on the phone (probably the boy's mother). Later the child goes upstairs into what appears to be his old room and damages many things (such as pictures). His father catches him and his step-mother screams at him, the child also screams back. In the end he puts his hands on his ears and closes his eyes. When he opens his eyes, he finds himself in a warehouse. Then he sees Professor Green entering through the front door. The video also shows Professor Green rapping outside the warehouse against a background of altocumulus and stratocumulus clouds lit by the setting sun, as well as Emeli Sandé singing in the rain at night. This video is loosely based on the life of Professor Green himself.

Live performances[edit]

On 5 October 2011, Professor Green and Emeli Sandé performed the song live at the MOBO Awards at the SECC in Glasgow.[7] They performed the song on The X Factor Results Show on 23 October 2011.[8] On 18 November 2011 they performed the song live on Children in Need 2011.[9] On 28 January 2012, Professor Green and Dolcenera performed the song live during the first episode of the Italian show London Live 2.0.[10] On 16 February 2012, they also performed the song during the third night of the 62nd Sanremo Music Festival.[11] In August 2012, during weekend at V Festival 2012 Green and Sandé performed the song during Green's Set at both parks at V Festival. This is only festival Green and Sandé will perform the song together. The song was also again performed together at Sandé's Royal Albert Hall gig in London on 11 November 2012 it was also filmed for her DVD.

Chart performance[edit]

"Read All About It" first charted on 28 October 2011, when it debuted at number two on the Irish Singles Chart.[12] The track then debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 30 October 2011[13] with sales of over 153,000 copies; the second biggest first-week sales of 2011 behind "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction.[14] Marking the first number-one single for both Professor Green and Emeli Sandé, the track spent two consecutive weeks at the peak; falling to number four on 13 November 2011 to accommodate the return of "We Found Love" by Rihanna and Calvin Harris at the chart summit. The single also debuted at number one on both the R&B chart[15] and Scottish chart[16] on 30 October. "Read All About It" was certified Gold on 25 May by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for surpassing sales of 400,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[17]

Track listing[edit]

iTunes EP
No. Title Length
1. "Read All About It" (feat. Emeli Sandé) 3:55
2. "Read All About It" (Instrumental Version) 3:54
3. "Read All About It" (Cahill Remix) [feat. Emeli Sandé]) 6:21
4. "Read All About It" (Nu:Tone Remix) [feat. Emeli Sandé] [Explicit]) 5:11
Read All About It (Tutto quello che devi sapere) – single
No. Title Length
1. "Read All About It (Tutto quello che devi sapere)" (feat. Dolcenera) 3:55

Charts and certifications[edit]

Other versions[edit]

Part II[edit]

"Read All About It (Part II)" is a version of the song by Professor Green featuring Fink.

Part III[edit]

"Read All About It, Pt. III" is a song by Emeli Sandé which appears on her debut studio album, Our Version of Events (2012).[30] The song is the fourteenth and final track on the album and was produced by Gavin Powell. The song itself is a continuation from "Read All About It".

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Version
Ireland 21 October 2011[31] Digital download Virgin Records Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé
United Kingdom 23 October 2011[32]
Italy 9 December 2011[33] Professor Green featuring Dolcenera

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
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  3. ^ "Professor Green - At Your Inconvenience" (in Italian). Rockol.it. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Evoluzione della Specie 2" (in Italian). MTV Italy. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Robert Copsey. "Professor Green ft. Emeli Sandé: 'Read All About It' - Single review". Digital Spy. digitalspy.co.uk. 
  6. ^ Read All About It (feat. Emeli Sande) Official Video on YouTube
  7. ^ Professor Green & Emeli Sande @ MOBOs 2011 on YouTube
  8. ^ Professor Green & Emeli Sande on The X Factor on YouTube
  9. ^ Professor Green & Emeli Sande on Children in Need 2011 on YouTube
  10. ^ "Negrita, Simona Molinari, Professor Green & Dolcenera, Marracash e 77 Bombay Street" (in Italian). RAI. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sanremo 2012: Live Blogging della terza serata" (in Italian). Melodicamente.it. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  13. ^ a b "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Professor Green scores first singles No.1 with 'Read All About It'". DigitalSpy.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  15. ^ a b "Archive Chart" UK R&B Chart.
  16. ^ a b "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  17. ^ a b "BPI Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  18. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Professor Green feat. Emeli Sandé – Read All About It". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Top 40 Urban Singles Chart - 30/01/2012". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Professor Green feat. Emeli Sandé – Read All About It" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Professor Green feat. Emeli Sandé – Read All About It" (in French). Ultratop 50. Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Bulgarian Association of the Music Producers - Airplay Top5 - 02.01.2012-08.01.2012" Airplay Top 5. Bulgarian Association of Music Producers.
  23. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201205 into search.
  24. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  25. ^ "Archivio - Top Digital Download - Classifica settimanale WK 3 (dal 16-01-2012 al 22-01-2012)" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "Professor Green feat. Emeli Sandé – Read All About It – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "The Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles of the Year". BBC. 2011-12-31. 
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  29. ^ "Italian single certifications – Professor Green feat Dolcenera – Read All About It (Tutto quello che devi sapere)" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 22 April 2013.  Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Professor Green feat Dolcenera in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  30. ^ "Emeli Sandé 'Our Version of Events' - Album". Amazon. 2012-01-16. 
  31. ^ Read All About It (feat. Emeli Sandé) - EP by Professor Green iTunes
  32. ^ Read All About It (feat. Emeli Sandé) - EP by Professor Green iTunes
  33. ^ "Read All About It (Tutto quello che devi sapere) [feat. Dolcenera] - Single di Professor Green" (in Italian). iTunes. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 

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