Skinny Love

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"Skinny Love"
Single by Bon Iver
from the album For Emma, Forever Ago
Released 28 April 2008 (2008-04-28)
Format Digital download
Genre Indie folk
Length 3:58
Label 4AD, Jagjaguwar
Writer(s) Justin Vernon
Bon Iver singles chronology
"Skinny Love"
(2008)
"Monster"
(2010)

"Skinny Love" is a song by American indie folk band Bon Iver.

Background[edit]

"Skinny Love" was the first single released from Bon Iver's 2007 début album For Emma, Forever Ago in America. The song was released as a single in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2008. The song was used in the first episode of Grey's Anatomy's fifth season. The digital download track "Skinny Love" was selected to be iTunes (UK) single of the week and was available for free during that time, as well as being featured as the track of the day on National Public Radio. On 6 October 2008, "Skinny Love" was featured in the NBC series Chuck (season 2, episode 3).[1][2] On 11 December 2008, Bon Iver performed "Skinny Love" on the Late Show with David Letterman.[3] On 26 January 2009, "Skinny Love" was announced at #21 by the Australian national radio station Triple J in the annual Hottest 100 countdown of the previous year's best songs.[4] In July 2009, "Skinny Love" was announced at #92 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of All Time countdown.[5] In June 2013, "Skinny Love" was announced at #16 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of the Last 20 Years countdown.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Skinny Love"   3:59

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Denmark (Tracklisten)[7] 32
UK Official Streaming Chart Top 100[8] 88

Birdy version[edit]

"Skinny Love"
Single by Birdy
from the album Birdy
Released 30 January 2011 (2011-01-30)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Alternative
Length 3:22
Label 14th Floor, Atlantic
Producer(s) Alex H. N. Gilbert
Birdy singles chronology
"Skinny Love"
(2011)
"Shelter"
(2011)

English musician Birdy released a cover version of the song on 30 January 2011 as a digital download. The single has been B-listed on Xfm and is a particular favourite with listeners of Shak's overnight show. The song was also chosen as "Record of The Week"[9] by UK radio DJ Fearne Cotton. This version was used in Season 2 Episode 21 of The Vampire Diaries and in Season 1 Episode 1 of Prisoners' Wives.

The song also skyrocketed in Australian popularity within the ARIA Charts' top ten, partly because of Bella Ferraro, an X Factor 2012 Top Four contestant, who performed the song at the X Factor auditions aired in Australia in August 2012. A similar thing took place in New Zealand in May 2013 after X Factor winner Jackie Thomas performed the song at her audition. The song entered the top 40 for the first time and reached #2 on the RIANZ charts following the broadcast.[10]

In 2011, "Skinny Love" sold 259,000 copies in the UK becoming the third biggest selling rock single of that year.[11] As of February 2012, the song had sold 320,475 copies in the UK.[12]

Birdy's version of the song will be serviced to U.S. contemporary hit radio on 11 February 2014.[13]

Music videos[edit]

There are three music videos for this single.

The first music video for the song was uploaded to YouTube on 1 April 2011.[14]

The second music video was shot in one take. It was uploaded on 14 October 2011.[15]

The third music video was uploaded on 15 January 2014.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Skinny Love"   3:22

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[34] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Belgium (BEA)[35] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[36] Gold 40,000^
France (SNEP)[37] Platinum 150,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[38] Gold 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Gold 400,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom 30 January 2011[40] Digital download Atlantic Records

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "BON IVER: Anywhere From Here". Volume One magazine. 4 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Letterman, David; indiemusicfilter. "The Late Show Musical Guest Bon Iver 12/11/08 HQ Video" (video). Late Show with David Letterman. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  4. ^ "Kings of Leon top Triple J's Hottest 100". Courier-Mail. 25 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Countdown | Hottest 100 – Of All Time | triple j". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  6. ^ "Countdown | Twenty Years of Triple J's Hottest 100 | triple j". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  7. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Bon Iver – Skinny Love". Tracklisten.
  8. ^ "Official Streaming Chart Top 100 – 19th January 2013 The Official Streaming Chart Top 100". Official Charts. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
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  11. ^ "The Top 20 rock singles and albums of 2011 revealed". The Official Charts Company. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Jones, Alan (13 February 2012). "Official Chart Analysis: Lana Del Rey scores biggest-selling album of 2012, Gotye shifts another 83k". Music Week. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/top40-mainstream/future-releases
  14. ^ "Birdy – Skinny Love [Official Music Video". YouTube. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  15. ^ "Birdy – Skinny Love [One Take Music Video". YouTube. 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
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  24. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Birdy search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
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  30. ^ "Birdy Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for Birdy. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  31. ^ "JAAROVERZICHTEN 2011" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  32. ^ "JAAROVERZICHTEN – SINGLE 2011". Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  33. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2012". Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  34. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  35. ^ NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for BELGIAN CERTIFICATION.
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  37. ^ "French single certifications – Birdy – Skinny Love" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  38. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Birdy; 'Skinny Love')". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
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