Luka (song)

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"Luka"
Single by Suzanne Vega
from the album Solitude Standing
Released 1987
Recorded 1986
Genre Folk rock[1]
Length 3:48
Label A&M
Writer(s) Suzanne Vega
Suzanne Vega singles chronology
"Gypsy"
(1986)
"Luka"
(1987)
"Tom's Diner"
(1987)

"Luka" is a song recorded by Suzanne Vega and released as a single in 1987. It remains her highest-charting hit in the United States, reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Vega also recorded a Spanish-language version of the song, featured on the single.

"Luka" earned Vega nominations at the 1988 Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Content[edit]

The song deals with the issue of child abuse.

Music video[edit]

This video was directed by Michael Patterson and Candice Reckinge. It was shot over three days, in New York City. The part of Luka was played by actor Jason Cerbone, who was chosen after the directors auditioned more than 90 children for the part.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 21
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 33
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 5
France (SNEP)[5] 24
Ireland (IRMA) 11
Italy (FIMI)[6] 34
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 2
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 23
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 3
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[11] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[12] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs[13] 48

Follow-up[edit]

During a 2012 episode of BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes, Vega revealed that she had written a follow-up to 'Luka', from the point of view of the character as he looked back on his life.[1] The song, titled 'Song of the Stoic', would later feature on her 2014 album Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles.

Covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Browne, David (June 18, 1987). "Suzanne Vega: Solitude Standing : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone (502). Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 329. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and June 19, 1988.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Suzanne Vega – Luka" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Suzanne Vega – Luka" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Lescharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Luka" (in French). Les classement single.
  6. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: V". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Suzanne Vega search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Suzanne Vega – Luka". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Luka". Singles Top 100.
  10. ^ "Mariah, Madonna Make Billboard Chart History". Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart - Billboard". Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  12. ^ Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks
  13. ^ "Latin Music: Top Latin Songs - Billboard". Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Evan Dando & The Lemonheads - Interviews". Retrieved 2 June 2016. 

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