Slipping Away (Moby song)

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"Slipping Away"
Single by Moby
from the album Hotel
B-side "Where You End"
Released 23 January 2006 (original version)
25 September 2006 (with Mylène Farmer)
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 2005
Genre Electronic, alternative rock
Length 3:38
Label Mute
Writer(s) Moby
Producer(s) Moby
Moby singles chronology
"Beautiful"
(2005)
"Slipping Away"
(2006)
"New York, New York"
(2006)
Mylène Farmer singles chronology
"Peut-être toi"
(2006)
"Slipping Away (Crier la vie)"
(2006)
"Avant que l'ombre... (live)"
(2006)
Alternative covers
"Slipping Away (Crier la vie)" cover.
"Escapar (Slipping Away)" cover.

"Slipping Away" is a song by American electronica musician Moby. It was released on 23 January 2006 as the fourth UK and sixth international single from his 2005 album Hotel. It peaked at number 53 and stayed for a sole week on the chart.[1] It also reached number ten in Spain.[2] The single version features Alison Moyet as backing vocals.

Original version[edit]

Track listing[edit]

CD
CD1 (Europe)
No. Title Length
1. "Slipping Away (Single Version)"   3:38
2. "Slipping Away (MHC Radio Edit)"   3:38
CD2 (Europe)
No. Title Length
1. "Slipping Away (Axwell Vocal Mix)"   7:31
2. "Slipping Away (Axwell Instrumental Mix)"   7:31
3. "Slipping Away (MHC Extended Remix)"   6:47
4. "Slipping Away (Focus People That Slip Remix by Mathew Jonson)"   9:25
5. "Slipping Away (Zloot Remix)"   4:26
12" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Slipping Away (Axwell Vocal Mix)"   7:31
2. "Slipping Away (Tiga's All I Want is to be Dubbed Mix)"   7:04

Moby and Amaral version[edit]

The release of the album in some Spanish speaking countries included a full-Spanish version called "Escapar (Slipping Away)" with famous Spanish group Amaral. The song peaked at number three in Spain.[3]

Moby and Mylène Farmer version[edit]

Background and release[edit]

In June 2006, a rumor was launched that Mylène Farmer would record a duet with an international star. Several artists were mentioned, such as Lara Fabian, Benjamin Biolay, Diam's, or Madonna, but especially Robbie Williams who had apparently declared at the 2002 NRJ Music Awards that he would like to work with her.[4] Then the name of Moby was suggested because a possible collaboration with Mylène Farmer had been mentioned in the past by Moby himself.[5] In late August, the purchase order and Moby's official website indicated that the name of the song was "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)".[6]

Produced and remixed by MHC in London, this dance version of "Slipping Away" adds French lyrics. On his blog on 9 September 2006,[7] then in the edition of the 16 December 2006 of French newspaper Le Parisien, Moby stated that Farmer came to his restaurant Teany in New York, told him to record a duet version of "Slipping Away", as she liked this song from Moby's last album then, his best of. He explained that she wrote her lyrics in French and they worked together at a distance from each other (New York and Paris).[8][9]

The song was very regularly aired by all French radio stations,[10] including Fun Radio which aired it several times every day. As the song was very successful, new remixes were made and a second CD maxi and vinyl were released on November 15.[10]

Finally, several rumours went around: two duets were recorded, the next Mylène Farmer's album was entirely written by Moby, and an album composed of duets with artists such as Kate Bush or Brian Molko. All of this information was incorrect.[4] However, Farmer's 2008 album Point de Suture contains another duet with Moby called "Looking for My Name", which was recorded just after "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)".[7]

Music video[edit]

On 15 September 2006, the website Yahoo! presented the video in preview and five days later, it was broadcast for the first time on the French television channels. On 23 September, a TV promo campaign began and the video was aired every hour on the day of the single's release on Europe 2 TV.[11] The video, directed by Hugo Ramirez and available on a track of the CD maxi, is almost the same as that of the original version and is composed of a series of photos representing various events in U.S. during the 20th century, plus some new photos (Moby and Farmer when they were babies).[10] The song's lyrics are written in these images.[6]

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed for the first time on the Timeless Tour in 2013, including a virtual duet with Moby.

Chart performance[edit]

The single debuted at number one on the French SNEP Singles Chart, on 30 September, with 26,019 units. The single remained for 11 weeks in the top ten, 22 weeks in the top 50 and 37 weeks in the top 100. Thus, it was Moby's first and Farmer's fourth number one in France (after "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces", "Désenchantée", and "XXL"). It was also the single with longest chart trajectory in France for both artists.[12] The song peaked also at number one on French Digital Download Chart[13] and performed well in the various Airplay Charts. On 2006 Annual Charts, the song ranked at number 22 (physical sales)[14] and number 51 (digital download).[15]

The song was heavily aired on radio: it peaked at number two on the French Airplay Chart, number three on the Power 70 Airplay Chart, number two on the television Airplay Chart, and number 29 on the Club Chart.[16]

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD
France
No. Title Length
1. "Slipping Away"   3:39
2. "Slipping Away (Extended Remix)"   6:48
CD1 (France)
No. Title Length
1. "Slipping Away"   3:39
2. "Slipping Away (Axwell Remix)"   7:24
3. "Slipping Away (Zloot Remix)"   4:38
4. "Slipping Away (MHC Club Remix)"   7:30
CD2 (France, Germany)
No. Title Length
1. "Slipping Away"   3:39
2. "Slipping Away (Enzo Mori & Stephan Clark Remix)"   7:10
3. "Slipping Away (Original Single Version)"   3:41
4. "Slipping Away" (video) 3:58
Promo (France, Italy)
No. Title Length
1. "Slipping Away"   3:39
Maxi CD promo (France)
No. Title Length
1. "Slipping Away"   3:39
2. "Slipping Away (Extended Remix)"   6:48
3. "Slipping Away (Axwell Remix)"   7:24
4. "Slipping Away (Enzo Mori & Stephan Clark Remix)"   7:10
5. "Slipping Away (MHC Club Remix)"   7:30
Maxi CD promo (Greece)
No. Title Length
1. "Slipping Away"   3:39
2. "Slipping Away (MHC 2006 Extended Mix)"   6:48
3. "Slipping Away (MHC DUB Mix)"   7:24
4. "Slipping Away (Axwell Remix)"   7:24
5. "Slipping Away (Zloot Remix)"   4:38
7" vinyl
Limited edition 7" maxi (France)
No. Title Length
1. "Slipping Away"   3:39
2. "Slipping Away (Extended Remix)"   6:48
3. "Slipping Away (Enzo Mori & Stephan Clark Remix)"   7:10
4. "Slipping Away (Axwell Remix)"   7:24
5. "Slipping Away" (video) 3:58
Limited edition 7" maxi promo (France)
No. Title Length
1. "Slipping Away"   3:39
2. "Slipping Away (Axwell Remix)"   7:24
3. "Slipping Away (Zloot Remix)"   4:38
4. "Slipping Away (MHC Club Remix)"   7:34

Official versions[edit]

Version[17] Length Album Remixed by Year Comment
Single Version / Radio Edit 3:39 Go – The Very Best of Moby MHC aka Philip Larsen and Chis Smith 2006 Remixed version with dance sonorities, with English and French lyrics which alternate. This version is more rhythmic than the original one.
Extended Remix 6:48 MHC aka Philip Larsen and Chis Smith 2006 Similar to the previous but longer.
Axwell Remix 7:24 Axwell 2006 Used in a scene in the 2008 movie 21.
Enzo Mori & Stephan Clark Remix 7:10 Enzo Mori and Stephan Clark 2006
MHC club Remix 7:31 MHC aka Philip Larsen and Chis Smith 2006
Zloot Remix 4:36 Toni Toolz 2006
Music Video 3:58 2006

Credits and personnel[edit]

The credits and the personnel as they appear on the back of the single:[18]

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales Digital downloads Total
France[23] Gold 2006 200,000 168,000 (152,587[24] in 2006) 16,032[25] in 2006 250,000[26]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"La Loi du silence" by Johnny Hallyday
French SNEP number one single
September 30, 2006 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Pas le temps" by Faf Larage
Preceded by
"Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)"
by Bob Sinclar and Cutee-B
featuring Dollarman, Big Ali and Makedah
Belgian (Wallonia) number one single (first run)
November 11, 2006 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Façon Sex" by Tribal King
Preceded by
"Façon Sex" by Tribal King
Belgian (Wallonia) number one single (second run)
November 25, 2006 - December 2, 2006 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Mon Pays" by Faudel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Slipping Away". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 13 February 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Moby - Slipping Away (Song)". spanishcharts.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Moby & Amaral - Escapar (Slipping Away) (Song)". spanishcharts.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Discographie du single Slipping away (Crier la vie) (Duo avec Moby)". sans-logique.com (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)". Métro (in French). November 2006. 
  6. ^ a b "Moby & Mylène Farmer Slipping away (Crier la vie)". mylene.net (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Royer, 2008, pp. 230-31.
  8. ^ Chuberre, 2008, pp. 283-84.
  9. ^ Chuberre, 2007, pp. 206-07.
  10. ^ a b c Lagrange, Clément. "Mylène Farmer, l'icône". Jukebox (in French) 253: 10. 
  11. ^ Patrice Blouin (October 2006). "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)". Inrocks (in French). Devant-soi. Retrieved 23 March 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "Moby & Mylène Farmer - Slipping Away (Crier la vie) (Chanson)". lescharts.com (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "French Digital Download Chart, from 24.09.06 to 30.09.06" (in French). Ifop. Retrieved 19 January 2008. [dead link][dead link]
  14. ^ a b "Classement Singles - année 2006". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "2006 French Digital Singles Chart" (in French). Ifop. Retrieved 19 January 2008. Note : there are two number 24, so "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)" is 51st..  [dead link][dead link]
  16. ^ a b "French Airplay Chart" (in French). Yacast. Retrieved 19 January 2008. [dead link][dead link]
  17. ^ "Moby & Mylène Farmer Slipping Away (Crier la vie)". mylene.net (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Moby & Mylène Farmer Slipping Away (Crier la vie)". mylene.net (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Moby & Mylène Farmer - Slipping Away (Crier la vie) (Chanson)". ultratop.be (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "Результат поиска в разделах треков". tophit.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  21. ^ "Moby & Mylène Farmer - Slipping Away (Crier la vie)". hitparade.ch (in German). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  22. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". ultratop.be (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  23. ^ "Les certifications". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  24. ^ "Les 100 Singles les plus vendus en France en 2006 :". fanofmusic.free.fr (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  25. ^ "Les 50 Singles les téléchargés en France en 2006 :". fanofmusic.free.fr (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  26. ^ Royer, 2008, p. 368.

Notes[edit]

  • Chuberre, Erwan (2007). L'Intégrale Mylène Farmer (in French). City. ISBN 978-2-35288-108-7. 
  • Chuberre, Erwan (2008). Mylène Farmer, phénoménale (in French). City. ISBN 978-2-35288-176-6. 
  • Chuberre, Erwan (18 June 2009). Mylène Farmer : Des mots sur nos désirs (in French). Alphée. ISBN 2-7538-0477-X. 
  • Royer, Hugues (2008). Mylène, biographie (in French). Spain: Flammarion. ISBN 978-2-35287-139-2. 

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