Hey Boy (Sia song)

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"Hey Boy"
Single by Sia
from the album Music
Released19 November 2020
GenrePop
Length2:29
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jesse Shatkin
Sia singles chronology
"Del Mar"
(2020)
"Hey Boy"
(2020)
"Floating Through Space"
(2021)

"Hey Boy" is a song by Australian singer-songwriter Sia released on 19 November 2020, through Atlantic Records.[1] It is taken from her album, Music – Songs from and Inspired by the Motion Picture and it follows "Together" and "Courage to Change" as the third single from the album.[2] An alternate version of the track featuring Burna Boy was released on 14 January 2021.[3]

Background, release and promotion[edit]

Sia revealed that "Hey Boy" was originally written for Rihanna.[4]

On 12 November 2020, Sia announced the release of the single through her social media accounts and it was made available for pre-save on streaming platforms.[5] It was released alongside its lyric video on 19 November 2020 at 13:00 UTC.[6] With the release of the single, Sia's ninth studio album Music – Songs from and Inspired by the Motion Picture was made available for pre-order.[1][7]

Sia performed "Hey Boy" live at the 2020 MTV Movie & TV Awards, on 6 December 2020.[8]

Composition[edit]

"Hey Boy" was written by Sia, Jesse Shatkin and Kamille and has a length of 2:29.[9] Derrick Rossignol of Uproxx described it as "a quick dose of bouncy pop in which Sia expresses a desire for some male company."[2] Billboard described the track as a "hip-swiveling tune".[3]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from TIDAL.[9]

  • Sia Furler – writer, vocals
  • Kamille – writer
  • Jesse Shatkin – writer, producer, bass, drum programmer, drums, engineer, guitar, keyboards, organ, percussion, synthesizer
  • Sean Kantrowitz – guitar
  • Sam Dent – engineer
  • Serban Ghenea – mixer
  • John Hanes – mixing engineer
  • Chris Gehringer – masterer

Burna Boy version[edit]

"Hey Boy"
Sia - Hey Boy feat Burna Boy.jpg
Single by Sia featuring Burna Boy
from the album Music
Released14 January 2021
GenrePop
Length3:01
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Burna Boy singles chronology
"20 10 20"
(2020)
"Hey Boy"
(2021)

An alternate version of "Hey Boy" featuring Nigerian artist Burna Boy was released on 14 January 2021, alongside an animated music video.[3][10] It is featured on Music – Songs from and Inspired by the Motion Picture as a bonus track.[11]

Composition[edit]

Burna Boy is credited as a songwriter on the alternate version of "Hey Boy"; it runs for a length of 3:01.[12] On the track, Burna Boy performs background vocals and lends a rap verse.[3][13][14]

Music video[edit]

The animated music video for "Hey Boy", directed by Rafatoon, premiered alongside the track's release on 14 January 2021.[15][16][17][18] In the video, Sia, depicted as a "voluptuous" diva, is chased around by a "horny anthropomorphic wolf".[15] Burna Boy, backup dancers and other characters also appear throughout the video as animals.[15] Claire Shaffer of Rolling Stone noted the video took inspiration from Disney cartoons of the 1980s and 1990s, such as Red Hot Riding Hood, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and A Goofy Movie, and described it as a "vibrant and colorful concert sequence".[15] Billboard described the video as "eye-popping" and Sia, in it, as a "21st century Jessica Rabbit".[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for "Hey Boy"
Chart (2021) Peak
position
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[19] 27

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Hey Boy" – 2:29
  1. "Hey Boy" (feat. Burna Boy) – 3:01
  • Digital download and streaming – The Remixes EP[24][25][26]
  1. "Hey Boy" (Country Club Martini Crew Remix) – 3:02
  2. "Hey Boy" (Wideboys Remix) – 2:27
  3. "Hey Boy" (Stave Remix) – 3:29
  4. "Hey Boy" (feat. Burna Boy) – 3:01

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various 19 November 2020 Original
[20][21]
Italy 28 December 2020 Contemporary hit radio Warner [27]
Various 14 January 2021
  • Digital download
  • streaming
Burna Boy
  • Monkey Puzzle
  • Atlantic
[22][23]
22 January 2021 The Remixes EP [24][25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sia drops trailer for film 'Music,' new single "Hey Boy" from upcoming album - Music News - ABC News Radio". abcnewsradioonline.com. 19 November 2020. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b Rossignol, Derrick (19 November 2020). "Sia Announces Her 'Music' Soundtrack Album With The Bouncy 'Hey Boy'". UPROXX. Archived from the original on 28 November 2020. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Sia Adds Burna Boy to Bouncy 'Music' Single 'Hey Boy': Listen". Billboard. 14 January 2020. Archived from the original on 14 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  4. ^ Levine, Nick. "Sia – Music – Songs from and Inspired by the Motion Picture review: better than the movie". NME. Archived from the original on 18 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Login • Instagram". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  6. ^ Sia (19 November 2020). "Hey Boy (Lyric Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  7. ^ Strauss, Matthew (19 November 2020). "Sia Announces Album, Shares New Song "Hey Boy"". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 4 February 2021. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  8. ^ Warner, Denise (6 December 2020). "Sia Brings Colorful 'Hey Boy' to the 2020 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time". Billboard. Archived from the original on 17 February 2021. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Sia / Hey Boy / Credits". TIDAL. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  10. ^ Moore, Sam (14 January 2021). "Listen to Sia and Burna Boy's new version of 'Hey Boy'". NME. Archived from the original on 21 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
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  13. ^ "Burna Boy features on Australian Grammy winner, Sia's new single, 'Hey Boy'". Pulse Nigeria. 14 January 2021. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Sia teams up with Burna Boy for 'Music' soundtrack: Watch visual for 'Hey Boy' – GRUNGECAKE". grungecake.com. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  15. ^ a b c d Shaffer, Claire (14 January 2021). "Sia, Burna Boy Release Animated, Anthropomorphic Video for 'Hey Boy'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 14 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  16. ^ Stickler, Jon (14 January 2021). "Sia Enlists Burna Boy For Hey Boy Remix From Upcoming Album 'Music' - Stereoboard". Stereoboard. Archived from the original on 29 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  17. ^ Kenneally, Cerys (14 January 2021). "Sia recruits Burna Boy for new version of "Hey Boy" and unveils Music album tracklist". The Line of Best Fit. Archived from the original on 29 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Sia releases new version of "Hey Boy" featuring Burna Boy - Music News - ABC News Radio". abcnewsradioonline.com. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  19. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  20. ^ a b "Album Hey Boy, Sia | Qobuz: download and streaming in high quality". Qobuz. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  21. ^ a b Sia - Hey Boy, retrieved 22 January 2021
  22. ^ a b "Album Hey Boy (feat. Burna Boy), Sia | Qobuz: download and streaming in high quality". Qobuz. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  23. ^ a b Sia - Hey Boy (feat. Burna Boy), retrieved 22 January 2021
  24. ^ a b "Album Hey Boy (The Remixes), Sia | Qobuz: download and streaming in high quality". Qobuz. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  25. ^ a b Sia - Hey Boy (The Remixes), retrieved 22 January 2021
  26. ^ a b Hey Boy (The Remixes) - EP by Sia, retrieved 22 January 2021
  27. ^ "SIA "Hey Boy" | (Radio Date: 28/12/2020)". radiodate.it. Retrieved 22 January 2021.