Lately (Divine song)

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Single by Divine
from the album Fairy Tales
Released August 25, 1998
Format CD single
Recorded 1998
Genre R&B
Length 4:18 (single version)
Label Pendulum/Red Ant
Writer(s) Will Baker, Christopher Kelly, Pete Woodruff
Producer(s) John Howcott, Donald Parks
Divine singles chronology
"One More Try"

"Lately" is a ballad recorded by American R&B girl group Divine. The song was released as the group's debut single in 1998 and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. The gospel-inspired song was eventually released to international markets, but it failed to make as big of an impact as it did in North America.

Track listing[edit]

US promotional CD single
  1. "Lately" (radio edit) 4:05
  2. "Lately" (main edit) 4:18
  3. "Lately" (instrumental) 5:16
US CD single
  1. "Lately" (radio edit) 4:05
  2. "My Love" 4:51

Charts and certifications[edit]

Samantha Mumba version[edit]

Lately (Samantha Mumba song).jpg
Single by Samantha Mumba
from the album Gotta Tell You
Released December 10, 2001
Format CD maxi single
Recorded 2000
Genre Pop/R&B
Length 5:10
Label Polydor Records/Wildcard
Writer(s) Willie Baker, Edward Woodruff, Chris Kelly
Producer(s) Steve Mac
Samantha Mumba singles chronology
"Don't Need You To (Tell Me I'm Pretty)"
"I'm Right Here"

In 2000 Samantha Mumba released her version of the song on her debut LP Gotta Tell You. Due to the lack of popularity of the original version, performed by Divine, throughout the world (except in the US), Mumba's label decided to release the song as a single internationally. The single was released in the Autumn of 2001, followed by a commercial release in December 2001. The single managed to peak at number 6 in the UK Singles Chart.

Mumba's version is the most popular version to date internationally.

"Lately" was the fifth and final single from "Gotta Tell You" internationally. It is technically the album's sixth single overall.

Music video[edit]

In the music video you see flashes of Mumba singing, and a wall calendar flipping down the days. The video eventually goes into a scene of an Asian man's photo hanging on a wall, to whom Mumba is singing about. The video late shows Mumba in front of a dancing choir. It eventually closes with Mumba's face singing the last line "lately".

Critical reception[edit]

The song has gotten mixed reviews. PopRescue wrote "sounds like the kind of dreary dirge that every X Factor winner has to record. Tedious, nauseating, and paint-by-numbers ballad."[6]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Lately" (Radio edit) 3:54
  2. "Lately" (Ralphi's Vox 12" Vocal Club Mix) 7:03
  3. "Lately" (Junior Jack Club Mix) 7:04
  4. "Lately" music video
UK promotional CD1 - Remixes
  1. "Lately" (Almighty Mix) 9:10
  2. "Lately" (Craig J's Jump Mix) 4:04
  3. "Lately" (Stuntmasterz Vocal Mix) 7:03
  4. "Lately" (Ralphi's Vox 12") 7:03
  5. "Lately" (Ralphi's Tech-House Dub) 7:46
  6. "Lately" (Stuntmasterz Dub) 6:37
  7. "Lately" (Ralphi's Tribe Dub) 9:31
  8. "Lately" (Sao Benitez Remix) 8:58
  9. "Lately" (Junior Jack Remix) 7:04
  10. "Lately" (Blacksmith Club Rub feat. Know ?uestion) 5:26
  11. "Lately" (Blacksmith Club Dub) 5:26
UK promotional CD2
  1. "Lately" (radio edit) 3:55
12" promotional vinyl 1
  1. A. "Lately" (Ralphi's Vox 12") 7:03
  2. A. "Lately" (Ralphi's Tech House Dub) 7:46
  3. B. "Lately" (Stuntmasterz Dub) 6:37
  4. B. "Lately" (Ralphi's Tribe Dub) 9:31
12" promotional vinyl 2
  1. A. "Lately" (Almighty Club Mix) 9:10
  2. A. "Lately" (Craig J's Jump Mix) 4:04
  3. B. "Lately" (Stuntmasterz Vocal Club Mix) 7:03
  4. B. "Lately" (radio edit) 3:54
Single-sided 12" promo 1
  1. "Lately" (Sao Benitez Club Mix) 8:58
Single-sided 12" promo 2
  1. "Lately" (Junior Jack Remix) 7:04

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Peak
2001 Irish Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart 6


  1. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Archived from the original on 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  3. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Divine – Lately". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  5. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  6. ^ Doe, John (July 15, 2015). "Pop Rescue review". Pop Rescue. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Divine version)
November 28, 1998
Succeeded by
"I'm Your Angel" by R. Kelly and Celine Dion