Clown (Emeli Sandé song)

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Single by Emeli Sandé
from the album Our Version of Events
B-side "Kill the Boy"
Released 3 February 2013 (2013-02-03)
Format Digital download
Length 3:41
Label Virgin
Producer(s) Naughty Boy
Emeli Sandé singles chronology
"Beneath Your Beautiful"
"Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe"
"Beneath Your Beautiful"
"Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe"

"Clown" is a song by Scottish recording artist Emeli Sandé. It was released on 3 February 2013 as the fifth single from her debut studio album, Our Version of Events (2012). "Clown" was written by Sandé, Shahid Khan, Grant Mitchell and produced by Khan under his production name of Naughty Boy.


The song was written by Sandé, Shahid Khan, Grant Mitchell and produced by Khan under his production name of Naughty Boy. The story of the song talks about Sandé's first experiences in the music industry, mainly reflecting her search to get signed by a music company and the encounters with several music business people in the industry. Commenting on the song, Sandé said: “It’s about how I felt when I was trying to get signed, I was going for all these meetings and people were looking at me like ‘What do we do with you’? It’s about not allowing yourself to be judged by others or to be taken for an idiot. I feel the video reflects that.”[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Clown" was first released onto YouTube on 6 December 2012 at a total length of three minutes and forty-seven seconds.[2] It was directed by WIZ.[1] The video was held in the style of a Silent film and shows Sandé being urged by a group of men, in military uniform, to sign a document in order to get something in return.[1]


Sandé performed "Clown" during the final of the ninth series of The X Factor on 9 December 2012,[3] as well as appearing on The Voice of Holland in November 2012.[4] Sandé also performed the song on The Graham Norton Show on 11 January 2013.[5]

"Clown" debuted in Australia at #34 on the week commencing 2 June 2014 on the back of The Voice contestants Candice Skjonnemand and Thando Sikwila performing the song on the show on 26 May 2014.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital EP[7]
  1. "Clown" – 3:41
  2. "Clown" (Live at the Royal Albert Hall) – 4:06
  3. "Kill the Boy" – 3:43
  4. "Clown" (Instrumental) – 3:41
  5. "Clown" (Music video) – 3:46
2013 Brit Awards
  1. "Clown" / "Next to Me" (Live from the BRITs) - 4:53

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals – Emeli Sandé
  • Lyrics – Emeli Sandé, Shahid Khan, Grant Mitchell
  • Producers – Naughty Boy
  • Piano – Grant Mitchell
  • Label: Virgin Records

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format(s) Label
United Kingdom[7] 3 February 2013 Digital EP Virgin Records

O'G3NE version[edit]

Single by O'G3NE
from the album We Got This (Special Edition)
Released 23 May 2016
Recorded 2015
Genre Pop
Length 3:47
Label Cornelis Music
O'G3NE singles chronology
"Take the Money and Run"
"Loved You First"
"Take the Money and Run"
"Loved You First"

Dutch three-piece girl group O'G3NE, released a cover version of the song. It was released in the Netherlands as a digital download on 23 May 2016 by Cornelis Music. The song peaked at number 64 on the Dutch Singles Chart. The song is included on the Special Edition of their third studio album We Got This.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Clown" 3:47


Chart (2016) Peak
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 64

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Netherlands 23 May 2016[21] Cornelis Music


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  2. ^ Emeli Sandé – Clown on YouTube
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  5. ^ List of The Graham Norton Show episodes#Series 12 (2012/13)
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts Chartifacts w/c 2 June 2014". ARIA. 5 June 2014. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
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  8. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  9. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  10. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  11. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown" (in Dutch). Ultratop Urban. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  12. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Chart Track: Week 4, 2013". Irish Singles Chart.
  14. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-02-16". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  16. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201314 into search.
  17. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-02-16" UK Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Emeli Sandé – Clown". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Clown in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  20. ^ " – O'G3ne – Clown" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  21. ^ 'Clown - Single' van OG3NE op Apple Music

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