Chasing Pirates

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"Chasing Pirates"
Norah Jones "Chasing Pirates" - Single 2009 .jpg
Single by Norah Jones
from the album The Fall
ReleasedOctober 13, 2009
LabelBlue Note, EMI
Songwriter(s)Norah Jones
Producer(s)Jacquire King
Norah Jones singles chronology
"Until the End"
"Chasing Pirates"
"Young Blood"

"Chasing Pirates" is the first single by American singer Norah Jones from her fourth album, The Fall. It was released exclusively to iTunes on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. The song also had its North American radio station premiere on the defunct 97.3 EZ Rock, now CHBM, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on October 9, 2009. The song went top ten in Japan, The Netherlands and Belgium. In the U.S.A., "Chasing Pirates" peaked at No. 13 on Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and No. 7 on Jazz Songs.

"Chasing Pirates" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, becoming Jones's third nomination, after "Don't Know Why" and "Sunrise".


Norah Jones explained how "Chasing Pirates" came to be, "About a year ago, I did some demos in my home studio. I had some friends come in and we figured out a cool arrangement for 'Chasing Pirates,' with a cool drum part. It went somewhere I didn't expect it to go, and that became a direction to look in."[1]

Music video[edit]

October 27, 2009 VH1 aired the full version of Norah Jones's "Chasing Pirates" music video directed by Rich Lee. In the beginning of the music video, she finds a map of Manhattan in a bottle while sitting on the couch in an apartment complex. In the next scene of the music video, she steers a building from a roof made to look like a pirate ship as she tries to find what is marked on the map. She also sits on deck before the roof transforms into a pirate ship. The music video also gained significant airplay on Australia's channel GO as filler time between programs in late 2009 and early 2010.


She performed the song live on ABC's Dancing with the Stars on October 20, as well as Late Show with David Letterman on November 11, 2009, Good Morning America on November 16, 2009, The View on November 23, 2009, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on December 15, 2009 and Jimmy Kimmel Live![2]

Chart positions[edit]

The song entered the Adult Album Alternative charts on October 21, 2009 at #13.[citation needed] It became the highest entry by a female artist on that chart since Alanis Morissette's "Everything" in 2004.[citation needed] The last single by a female artist to chart at a higher position was another single by Jones, "Sunrise."[3] The song entered on the Irish Singles Chart for the first time on #39.[citation needed]

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart 38
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 21
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 6
European Hot 100 84
German Singles Chart 66
Irish Singles Chart 39[4]
Italian Singles Chart 21
Norwegian Top Airplays (IFPI) 10
New Zealander Top Airplays 69
Japan Hot 100 4[5]
Swedish Singles Chart 26
Swiss Music Charts 23[6]
UK Singles Chart 87[7]
U.S. Billboard Digital Songs 100
U.S. Billboard Jazz Songs 7[8]
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 13[9]
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 38[10]


  1. ^ "Chasing Pirates Songfacts". Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  2. ^ Fast Atmosphere. "Norah Jones". Norah Jones. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  3. ^ "Billboard Chart Beat". Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  4. ^ ">> IRMA << Irish Charts - Singles, Albums & Compilations >>". 2009-12-03. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. Retrieved 2009-12-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Norah Jones - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Norah Jones - Chasing Pirates". Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  7. ^ "The Official UK Charts Company : TOP 100 SINGLES CHART". Archived from the original on March 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Chasing Pirates". Billboard. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 2010-03-20. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  10. ^ "Chasing Pirates - Norah Jones". Retrieved 2012-02-09.

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