Because (Jessica Mauboy song)

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"Because"
Single by Jessica Mauboy
from the album Been Waiting
Released 12 June 2009 (2009-06-12)
Format
Recorded 2008
Genre
Length 4:12
Label Sony
Writer(s)
  • Jessica Mauboy
  • Dion Howell
  • Michael "Fingaz" Mugisha
Producer(s) Fingaz
Jessica Mauboy singles chronology
"Been Waiting"
(2009)
"Because"
(2009)
"Up/Down"
(2009)
Music sample

"Because" is a song by Australian R&B recording artist Jessica Mauboy. Written by Michael "Fingaz" Mugisha, Mauboy and Dion Howell, "Because" was released as the fourth single from Mauboy's debut album Been Waiting on 12 June 2009. The song is about a past relationship of Mauboy's and she has stated that it is her favourite song off the album. "Because" peaked at number nine on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

Background and chart performance[edit]

"Because" was written by Jessica Mauboy, Dion Howell and Michael "Fingaz" Mugisha, and was mixed by Phil Tan.[1] Mauboy revealed that it is a break-up song about an ex-boyfriend of hers.[2] She told The Sydney Morning Herald, "at the time it happened, I couldn't talk to anyone about it. But definitely writing it just made me feel really free."[2] Mauboy has stated that "Because" is her favourite track off the album.[3]

"Because" debuted and peaked at number nine on the ARIA Singles Chart, becoming Mauboy's third top ten single on the chart.[4] It spent 11 weeks in the ARIA top fifty and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for selling 35,000 copies.[5]

Music video[edit]

A scene in the music video of Mauboy standing in the rain.

The music video for "Because" was directed by Mike Corte and David Murrell,[6] and premiered on YouTube on 29 May 2009.[7] The video opens with a drop of water evaporating from a large puddle then quickly cuts to a portrait shot of Mauboy looking towards the camera as she sings the lines, "It's all because." The next scene displays Mauboy standing on a thin layor of shallow water with pages of text individually floating in the air. Rain kicks in as it pours down on Mauboy and reoccurs throughout the video. The portrait shot also keeps recurring along with many objects falling into a puddle of water, such as a vase, a photo of Mauboy and her ex-boyfriend, and an ink container. Mauboy worked with stylist Michael Azzollini to create an ultra-glam Beyoncé-inspired look for the video.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Because" (Radio Edit) – 4:17
  2. "That Girl" – 4:10
  • Digital EP[9]
  1. "Because" (Radio Edit) – 4:17
  2. "That Girl" – 4:10
  3. "Do It Again" – 4:13

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 9
Australia Urban (ARIA)[10] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Rank
ARIA Urban Singles Chart[11] 25
Australian Artists Singles Chart[12] 19

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[5] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date Format Label
Australia 12 June 2009[9] CD, digital download Sony Music Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jessica Mauboy's New Single + Video 'Because' Coming Soon!". Sony Music Australia. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Sams, Christine (28 June 2009). "All sexed up because of 'Magoo'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jessica Mauboy – Burnin' Up". SameSame. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Australian-charts.com – Jessica Mauboy – Because". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  5. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "And then there was Jessica Mauboy's "Because" – Official Video". Captiv8. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  7. ^ Jessica Mauboy – Because (Official Video). YouTube. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Jessica Mauboy – Because CD Release". Sony Music Australia. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Because – EP by Jessica Mauboy". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 22 June 2009. p. 20. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Urban Singles 2009". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts Top 50 Australian Artist Singles 2009". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 

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