Silly Boy (Eva Simons song)

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"Silly Boy"
Single by Eva Simons
Released 14 August 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2008[citation needed]
Genre Electropop, R&B[citation needed]
Length 3:22
Label EMI Germany
Writer(s) M. Hamilton & T. Person
Producer(s) Tearce "Kizzo" Keaz
Eva Simons singles chronology
"Silly Boy"
(2009)
"Take Over Control"
(2010)
Music video
"Silly Boy" on YouTube

"Silly Boy" is a song recorded by Dutch recording artist Eva Simons, released as her debut single on 14 August 2009 by EMI Music Germany. It was set to precede her debut album, Eva-Lution.[citation needed]

Background[edit]

The song was recorded by Simons and producer Tearce "Kizzo" Keaz in August 2008. In April 2009 the electro-pop track "Silly Boy" was leaked onto YouTube.[citation needed] Since then the song has attracted a large online fan community and became one of the most listened-to tracks online, generating over ten million clicks.[1]Template:Notinource Simons said in an interview that at the time of the leak she was devastated, but later became thankful for its helping the track gain exposure.[2] However, in an earlier interview she said, "At first I was happy because it was cool to hear my song on the internet," but then she considered the difficulties of getting credit for it.[3]

In a press release, EMI's Billy Mann said: "Eva has taken the internet by storm and she already has a huge fan base that's just waiting for more. 'Silly Boy' captures her fabulous energy and strength of personality."[1]

"Silly Boy" was also originally reported to be a demo for R&B star Rihanna[4] and to feature songstress Lady Gaga,[1] after it was posted on Kanye West's blog.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Nick Levine of media website Digital Spy gave the single a positive review and 5/5 stars stating: "Thankfully, the track itself is worth every little scrap of fuss. With its zapping synths, rock guitars, booming beats, spiky lyrics and planet-sized chorus, it's a whopper of a song - pop on steroids. As for Simons, her ballsy attitude matches the bombastic production and the hairdo she rocks in the video makes Elly Jackson look like a chicken with the styling wax. The result? The most striking pop debut since 'Just Dance'."[5]

Paul Lester of The Guardian stated that he thought the song was not up to much, but the producer deserves a medal, and also compared the song to Lady Gaga's single "Poker Face".[6]

Release[edit]

"Silly Boy" is being released as a single. "Silly Boy" will be released to a total of twenty EMI territories through EMI Music Germany, beginning on September 4, 2009, in Germany[1] and on October 12, 2009, in the United Kingdom through Virgin Records. The song is now available on iTunes[7] in Australia,[8] North America, and Europe.[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Micky Suelzer and Daniel Warwick, premiered on July 30, 2009, on both Simons' website and YouTube. The video shows Simons styling a large hairdo and a wearing a silver sparkly outfit during dance scenes, an outfit covered with plastic straws and a black jumpsuit during car scenes. Throughout the video, Simons is shown dancing with a team of backup dancers on the chorus of the song, and in a corridor singing with letters spelling her name in the verses. Also, Simons is shown in a car, which she later gets out of, slams the door of, and gets back into. The video features a very Disturbia-esque dance routine and Eva wears disco ball-themed clothing.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Silly Boy" (Original Version) — 3:27
  2. "Silly Boy" (Acoustic Version) — 3:32
  • Exclusive iTunes download bundle[11]
  1. "Silly Boy" (Original Version) — 3:27
  2. "Silly Boy" (Acoustic Version) — 3:32
  3. "Silly Boy" (Dave Audé Radio Version) — 4:04
  4. "Silly Boy" (Richard Vission Solmatic Mix) — 5:45

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Worldwide July 31, 2009 Digital download
Germany September 4, 2009 CD single
Rest of Europe September 14, 2009 CD Single
United Kingdom October 12, 2009[11] Digital EP

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[12] 45
Austria Singles Chart[12] 55
Belgium Ultratip Chart (Flanders)[13] 12
Czech Airplay Chart[14] 39
Dutch Top 40[15] 13
German Singles Chart[16] 36
Slovenian Airplay Chart[14] 50
Swedish Singles Chart[12] 51
UK Singles Chart[12] 149

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Press Release (23 July 2009). "EMI Music to release Eva Simon's worldwide online hit debut single 'Silly Boy'". EMI Group Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-04. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Q&A with EVA SIMONS!". The Beat Review. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)[dead link]
  3. ^ Levine, Nick (10 September 2009). "Eva Simons". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  4. ^ a b David Balls (12 May 2009). "Rihanna 'pens Brown split song'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  5. ^ Nick Levine (August 2009). "Music - Singles Reviews - Eva Simons: 'Silly Boy'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  6. ^ Paul Lester (3 September 2009). "New band of the day – No 620: Eva Simons". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Music - - Singles Release Diary - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  8. ^ "Eva Simons: Silly Boy - Single". Apple Inc. iTunes Store (Australia). Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  9. ^ "Eva Simons to release 'Silly Boy' via EMI". EMI Group Limited. July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-04. [dead link]
  10. ^ "CD Single - Silly Boy". amazon.de. amazon. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  11. ^ a b Nick Levine (2 September 2009). "Music - The Sound - Some exciting news about Eva Simons". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  12. ^ a b c d Eva Simons - Silly Boy Dutchcharts.nl, September 22, 2009
  13. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Eva+Simons&titel=Silly+Boy&cat=s
  14. ^ a b http://212.182.166.241/Search.aspx?On=eva%20simons
  15. ^ Nederlandse Top 40 (wk42) Futuremusiccharts.nl, September 22, 2009
  16. ^ http://acharts.us/song/49521