Hollywood (Michael Bublé song)

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Single by Michael Bublé
from the album Crazy Love: The Hollywood Edition
B-side "Mack The Knife"
Released September 7, 2010
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2010
Genre Power pop, pop rock
Length 4:13 (Album Version)
3:35 (Radio Edit)
Label 143 Records, Reprise
Writer(s) Michael Bublé, Robert G. Scott
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Michael Bublé singles chronology
"Crazy Love"
"All I Want for Christmas Is You"
Official music video
Hollywood on YouTube

"Hollywood", originally titled "Hollywood Is Dead",[1] is a song by Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, released as the fifth and final single from his fourth studio album Crazy Love, and is the only from its re-release, The Hollywood Edition, which was released on October 25, 2010.[2] "Hollywood" was released worldwide on September 7, 2010.


Bublé described the song as being about his "tongue-in-cheek statement on the culture of celebrity," saying "People will do anything for their 15 minutes, and you have to remember who you are and why you wanted it. At the end of the day, you should be careful: You might get what you wish for."[3] "Hollywood" was originally planned to be Crazy Love's third single[4] and was reported to be released as a stand-alone single at a later date because the song did not fit the album thematically or stylistically.[3][5] It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at the fifty-fifth position, with 46,000 digital downloads in its first week.[6] He performed "Hollywood" on The X Factor on October 31, 2010. He also performed the song on The Today Show on November 28 and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on December 12.


The song is based on a beat-like groove, unlike Bublé's many other uptempo singles, which feature a swing feel, such as "Haven't Met You Yet", "It's a Beautiful Day" and "Feeling Good".

It contains at least two references to songs by The Beatles. First, the melody of the first two lines of the verse is nearly identical to the song "Do You Want To Know A Secret?". Second, the first line of the fourth verse mentions a tango, and the groove of the song changes slightly, differentiating this verse from the first three - exactly the same happens in Chuck Berry's song "Rock And Roll Music", and its cover version by the Beatles.

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on September 27, 2010[7] and was directed by Rich Lee. It features Bublé walking through Hollywood and watching himself parodying several different characters and celebrities, such as an astronaut, James Dean driving his Porsche 550 Spyder numbered 130, a Starsky and Hutch-esque character in a police chase driving a GTO Judge muscle car, Clint Eastwood as a cowboy in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and Justin Bieber,[8][9] which Bublé described on his website as "a loving tribute" to the fellow Canadian singer.[10] The official lyric video was released on September 10.[11] UsMagazine.com premiered the exclusive backstage filming of the music video on October 5.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hollywood" - 4:13
  2. "Mack the Knife" - 3:20


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010–11) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[15] 17
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[16] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 55
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[21] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
UK Singles Chart[22] 143

Cover versions[edit]

John Barrowman covered the song on the album You Raise Me Up in 2014.


  1. ^ Liss, Sarah (October 19, 2009). "Mike check". CBC News. 
  2. ^ "Michael Buble Goes Hollywood and Sold- Out Tour Continues | Michael Buble Official Site". Michaelbuble.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  3. ^ a b Lindquist, David (June 25, 2010). "Michael Bublé answers our questions". Metromix Indianapolis. 
  4. ^ Graff, Gary (November 9, 2009). "Michael Buble Adds More 'Love'". Billboard. 
  5. ^ Moran, Jonathon (October 11, 2009). "The Buble bursts into a better life". Herald Sun. 
  6. ^ Trust, Gary (September 15, 2010). "Santana, Michael Buble, Kings Of Leon Preview New Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  7. ^ ""Hollywood" Video Is Here". MichaelBuble.com. September 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Who's That Boy? Is It Justin Bieber? Is He James Dean? Clint Eastwood? Or Michael Buble? -- Michael Buble Debuts New Video for Current Single "Hollywood"". marketwire.com. September 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Exclusive Video: Watch Michael Buble Turn Into Justin Bieber!". Us Magazine. October 5, 2010. 
  10. ^ September 22 News michaelbuble.com
  11. ^ "News: "Hollywood" Lyric Video Out Now". MichaelBuble.com. September 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Hollywood" - U.K. 2-track digital single on iTunes.
  13. ^ "Hollywood" U.K. CD single on MichaelBuble.com.
  14. ^ "Hollywood" U.K. 2-track CD single on eBay.
  15. ^ "Michael Bublé – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Michael Bublé. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
  16. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  17. ^ "Chart Track: Week 41, 2010". Irish Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-10-23". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-10-23" UK Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Michael Bublé – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Michael Bublé. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
  21. ^ "Michael Bublé – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Michael Bublé. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
  22. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 

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