Young (Tulisa Contostavlos song)

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"Young"
Single by Tulisa Contostavlos
from the album The Female Boss
Released 29 April 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Dance, house, trance
Length 4:12 (album version)
3:35 (single version)
Label All Around the World
Writer(s) Peter Ibsen, Ali Tennant, Richard Rawson
Producer(s) STL & Andres Chevalle
Tulisa Contostavlos singles chronology
"Teardrop"
(2011)
"Young"
(2012)
"Live It Up"
(2012)

"Young" is the debut single by British singer Tulisa Contostavlos from her debut solo album, The Female Boss. It was released as the album's lead single on 29 April 2012. "Young" peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, as well as number five in the Republic of Ireland.

Background and composition[edit]

"Young" was written by Peter Ibsen, Ali Tennant, and Contostavlos's former boyfriend and N-Dubz member Fazer.[1] It was produced by the duo STL, which consists of Fazer and Peter Ibsen, and Andres Chevalle (aka Futtize).[2] "Young" is Contostavlos's first solo single outside of group N-Dubz, following 10 top 40 singles with the group. It is an uptempo dance song with house and trance music influences.

The song was originally titled "We Are Young", but it was changed to simply "Young" in order to avoid confusion with Fun's "We Are Young". "Young" was intended for another artist, but Contostavlos was determined to record the song when she heard it for the first time: "They didn't even get a chance to pitch it to the [other singer]. It wasn't even finished and I was like, 'I'm having that song, give it to me!'".[3] Although it was not written by Contostavlos, the singer has said the song represents everything she's about: "[...] It was written in such a way that I could have wrote it anyway – I could relate to it that much so I went 'yep, that's fine give me that record – I want to take it'."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song four out of five stars, writing "[...] Musically she couldn't have picked a more certain path. "I make mistakes that I learn from/ 'Cause I'm young," she calls over a well-trodden mix of pulsing beats helmed by her former beau and bandmate, before a chorus of glorious strobing trance ensues. Its timing might initially seem suspicious, but by the song's final chorus, we honestly couldn't care less."[5] Daily Star's John Earls referred to the song as "quality rave" and wrote, "it's more universal than N-Dubz but still sharp enough for her young crew."[6] Amy Dawson of Metro wrote, "‘Forgive me for what I have done, ’cause I’m young,’ belts out the former N-Dubz, X Factor judge on her debut solo single, a brain-witheringly generic serving of Ibiza trance-pop. We forgive her that; but surely she’s old enough to know better than this?".[7]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, "Young" entered at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 6 May 2012 ― for the week ending dated 12 May 2012 ― with first-week sales of 122,000 copies, becoming the fastest selling single of 2012.[8] The song has sold 385,000 copies in Britain as of December 2012.[9] Meanwhile, in the Republic of Ireland, the song peaked at number five on the Irish Singles Chart.

Live performances[edit]

Contostavlos performed the song live on the first semi-final of Britain's Got Talent on the 6 May 2012. Contostavlos also performed the song on 5 July at T4 On The Beach.

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on 23 March 2012 and lasts 3 minutes and 40 seconds. The video has received over 20 million views.[10] The video features Contostavlos hanging out with friends, dancing and partying in different places, singing about always being young. It was filmed in Miami, and rapper Chipmunk makes a cameo appearance in the video.

Track listing[edit]

  • European Digital EP[11]
  1. "Young" – 3:35
  2. "Young" (Preditah Mix) – 3:20
  3. "Young" (Breeze & Modulate Mix) – 3:38
  4. "Young" (Expanda Mix) – 4:35
  5. "Young" (Agent X Mix) – 3:22
  • North American/Mexican Digital Remixes[12]
  1. "Young" (Gregor Salto Edit) - 3:16
  2. "Young" (Gregor Salto Extended) - 5:34
  3. "Young" (Gregor Salto Extended) - 5:16
  4. "Young" (Gregor Salto Dub) - 3:36
  5. "Young" (Vice Edit) - 3:29
  6. "Young" (Vice Extended) - 6:00
  7. "Young" (Vice Instrumental) - 6:00
  8. "Young" (Expanda Remix Edit) - 3:29
  9. "Young" (Expanda Remix) - 4:33
  10. "Young" (Expanda Remix Instrumental) - 4:33
  11. "Young" (Hector Fonseca Edit) - 4:03
  12. "Young" (Hector Fonseca Club) - 6:02
  13. "Young" (Hector Fonseca Dub) - 5:32

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[13] 53
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 5
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[15] 52
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 1
Sales and certifications
Country Provider Certification Sales
United Kingdom BPI Gold 400,000

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[17] 43

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland[18] 29 April 2012 (2012-04-29) Digital download All Around the World
United Kingdom[11]
United States 29 July 2012 Island Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tulisa Reveals Video For Single 'We Are Young'". MTV. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Corner, Lewis (23 March 2012). "Tulisa unveils debut single 'Young' music video - watch". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tulisa soars toward debut solo Number 1". The Official Charts Company. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tulisa: "I Had Doubts About Releasing 'Young' As Debut Solo Single" - Audio". Capital FM. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Copsey, Robert (30 April 2012). "Tulisa: 'Young' - Single review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Earls, John (1 May 2012). "TULISA - YOUNG". Daily Star. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Dawson, Amy (30 April 2012). "Tulisa's Young and Cover Drive's Sparks: Singles of the week". Metro. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tulisa scores fastest selling debut smash hit of 2012 with Young". Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Dan Lane (10/12/2012). "Official Charts Advent Calendar 2012: Day 10". The Official Chart Company. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tulisa - 'Young (Official Video)'". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  11. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Young (Remixes) - EP by Tulisa". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  12. ^ iTunes - Música - Young (Remixes) de Tulisa
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tulisa – Young" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  14. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201223 into search.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 2012". BBC Radio 1. BBC Online. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - Young (Remixes) - EP by Tulisa". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 

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