We Are Golden

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"We Are Golden"
Single by Mika
from the album The Boy Who Knew Too Much
Released 6 September 2009 (Download)
(see Release history)
Format Digital download, CD, 12" vinyl, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Glam rock, power pop
Length 3:58 (Album Version)
3:30 (Radio Edit)
Label Casablanca[1]
Writer(s) Mika
Producer(s) Greg Wells, Mika
Mika singles chronology
"Relax, Take It Easy" / "Lollipop"
(2007)
"We Are Golden"
(2009)
"Rain"
(2009)

"We Are Golden" is the first single from English singer Mika's second studio album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much.[2] The song was produced and mixed by Greg Wells and features the Andrae Crouch Gospel Choir.[2]

Release[edit]

The single made its radio airplay debut in the United Kingdom on 20 July 2009, on BBC Radio 2.[3] It was made available for download on 14 August 2009 in Australia and later on 6 September 2009 in the United Kingdom. It was released physically on 7 September 2009 along with the limited edition 7" and 12" vinyl records. In the United States, "We Are Golden" became available exclusively from Apple's iTunes Store for one week starting 18 August 2009.[4] The song was featured in many TeenNick promos in Fall 2009. It is also used in an ABC series, Make It or Break It, while in Malaysia, it was used for the kids@fgw promo which is shown in January 2010 on ntv7 and in the first episode of the TV show Hellcats.

Description[edit]

In an interview with Q magazine, Mika says:

['We Are Golden' is] big sounding and aggressive, but in a good way. It's got a gospel choir on it and a kids' choir, but unlike the first record they're not singing sweetly, they're screaming at the top of their lungs.

—Mika, Q Magazine[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received mixed and generally positive reviews.

We Are Golden is unlikely to change anyone's mind. It sounds like Jim Steinman doing High School Musical and features two varieties of choir - gospel and kiddie, in case you were wondering. Mika, meanwhile, flits in and out of falsetto whenever he fancies. What do we think? Well, the big old chorus makes his foibles worth putting up with... as long as we don't have to watch the video too.

3/5 stars Nick Levine, Digital Spy. [6]

Music video[edit]

A frame from the "We Are Golden" music video.

The music video for "We Are Golden" was shot on 9 July and 10 July 2009 in Elstree Studios. It was directed by the Swedish film director Jonas Åkerlund.[7] The video premiered on 4 August 2009 in the United Kingdom on Channel 4.[8] The video features Mika dancing around a bedroom in his underwear as a "celebration of all the years Mika spent dancing around his bedroom as a teenager." [9]

Tracklisting[edit]

UK CD single[10]
No. Title Length
1. "We Are Golden"   3:59
2. "We Are Golden" (Calvin Harris Remix) (Radio Edit) 3:34
3. "Lonely Alcoholic"   3:05
UK Digital Download[10]
No. Title Length
1. "We Are Golden"   3:57
2. "Blue Eyes" (Live From Sadler's Wells) 3:34
UK Digital EP[11]
No. Title Length
1. "We Are Golden"   3:58
2. "We Are Golden" (Calvin Harris Club Mix) 6:28
3. "We Are Golden" (Mirwais Vocal Mix) 6:12
4. "We Are Golden" (Don Diablo Dub) 6:11
5. "We Are Golden" (Bob Sinclar's Big Room Remix) 6:38
6. "We Are Golden" (Acoustic Version) 3:09
UK 12" Single
No. Title Length
1. "We Are Golden" (Calvin Harris Club Remix)  
2. "We Are Golden" (Calvin Harris Dub Remix)  
3. "We Are Golden" (Mirwais Dub Remix)  
4. "We Are Golden" (Don Diablo Vocal Remix)  
UK 7" Single
No. Title Length
1. "We Are Golden"   3:58
2. "We Are Golden" (Jokers Of The Scene Remix) 8:10
German 2-Track CD single[12]
No. Title Length
1. "We Are Golden"   3:58
2. "We Are Golden" (Bob Sinclar's Big Room Remix) 6:38
German 4-Track CD single[13]
No. Title Length
1. "We Are Golden"   3:59
2. "We Are Golden" (Calvin Harris Remix) (Radio Edit) 3:34
3. "Lonely Alcoholic"   3:05
4. "We Are Golden" (Music Video)  
Italian CD single[14]
No. Title Length
1. "We Are Golden"   3:58
2. "We Are Golden" (Bob Sinclar's Big Room Remix) 6:38
3. "We Are Golden" (Calvin Harris Remix) (Radio Edit) 3:34
4. "We Are Golden" (Calvin Harris Club Mix) 6:28
5. "We Are Golden" (Mirwais Vocal Mix) 6:12

Charts[edit]

The single debuted on the UK Singles Chart at #4, on 13 September 2009, before dropping out the Top 10 on its second week, falling to #11.[15] Despite becoming Mika's second UK Top 5 single, it was his shortest lasting single, spending only 7 weeks in the UK Top 100. The single was released in August in the United States, but failed to make any impact on the charts. In Italy it was a huge success, it peaked at #3 after 18 weeks on the singles charts and while his second single from The Boy Who Knew Too Much, "Rain" was still at #9. It was also certified gold by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.[16]

Charts (2009) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 10
Austrian Singles Chart 17
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 9
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 7
Canadian Hot 100[17] 15
Czech Airplay Chart[18] 39
Dutch Singles Chart[19] 20
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 4
French Singles Chart[20] 19
German Singles Chart[17] 29
Hungarian Singles Chart[17] 10
Irish Singles Chart[21] 14
Israeli Singles Chart[22] 8
Italian Singles Chart[23] 3
Japan Hot 100[24] 15
Norwegian Singles Chart 16
Romanian Top 100[25] 71
Slovak Airplay Chart[26] 26
Spanish Singles Chart[17] 37
Spanish Airplay Chart[27] 14
Spanish Physical Singles Chart[28] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[29] 30
Swiss Singles Chart 11
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 5

End-of-year charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
Italian Singles Chart[30] 50
Romanian Top 100 [31] 54
UK Singles Chart[32] 170

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Australia 14 August 2009[33] Digital download
United States 18 August 2009 Digital download
United Kingdom, Ireland 20 July 2009 Radio airplay
6 September 2009 Digital download
7 September 2009 CD single
Italy 24 July 2009 Radio airplay

Credits[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Business Wire (14 June 2009). "Global Pop Phenomenon, MIKA, Releases Sophomore Album, WE ARE GOLDEN, 22 September", Business Wire. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  2. ^ a b "Life in technicolor". London: guardian.co.uk. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Radio 2 Programmes - Ken Bruce, 20/07/2009". BBC. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Mika Conquered The World, America Is Next". Billboard.com. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  5. ^ Allen, Matt (1 June 2009). "Exclusive: Mika's Second Coming", Q magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  6. ^ Published Wednesday, 2 September 2009, 16:32 BST (2 September 2009). "Mika: 'We Are Golden' - Music Singles Review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
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  15. ^ UK Singles Chart - 20 Sept.
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  21. ^ ">> IRMA << Irish Charts - Singles, Albums & Compilations >>". Irma.ie. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
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  24. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN: 2009/08/10". 10 August 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  25. ^ RT100 13 September
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  28. ^ "Physical Single Top 20". Hung Medien. 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
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  31. ^ "Topul celor mai difuzate piese în România în 2010" (in Romanian). România Liberă. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
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