Mockingbird (Eminem song)

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"Mockingbird"
Mockingbird (Eminem song) cover.jpg
Single by Eminem
from the album Encore
Released April 25, 2005
Format
Recorded 2004
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:11
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Eminem
  • Luis Resto (add.)
Eminem singles chronology
"Like Toy Soldiers"
(2005)
"Mockingbird"
(2005)
"Ass Like That"
(2005)
Curtain Call: The Hits track listing
"The Real Slim Shady"
(11)
"Mockingbird"
(12)
"Guilty Conscience"
(13)
Music video
"Mockingbird" on YouTube

"Mockingbird" is a song by American rapper Eminem from his fifth studio album Encore (2004). It was released as the fifth single from the album in April 2005. It peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100, and number four in the United Kingdom. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance. "Mockingbird" was later included on Eminem's greatest hits compilation album Curtain Call: The Hits (2005).

The song is another that addresses Eminem's relationship with his daughter Hailie Jade, his adopted daughter Alaina and his relationship with his wife Kim. The single cover features a still from the video with Eminem sitting on the couch. This song was also featured on the 2005 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music 19 (U.S. series).

Background[edit]

The lyrics are a personal, undisguised account of his early relationship with his wife and daughters. Critics praised the song for its lyrics. This song mixes an original rap dialogue about Eminem's failed marriage, as he apologizes to his daughters with a straight melodic version of the traditional "Mockingbird" lullaby called "Hush, Little Baby". The second verse is about the difficulties including Kim and Eminem's divorce and the beginning of Eminem's fame.

Critical response[edit]

Entertainment Weekly's David Browne was angered: "Again he addresses a song to his daughter (Mockingbird) and explains how he's working hard at being a good father. Again he berates various women, including his ex-wife and his mother (although he's a little kinder toward his mom this time). Again he includes phone-call skits with his worried lawyer."[1] J-23 praised the song: "Things get a bit better at the end, 'Mockingbird' is another song for Hailie that is most notable for flawless delivery."[2] Steve Jones was positive: "The affectionate Mockingbird talks directly to his 9-year-old daughter, Hailie Jade, and 8-year-old niece, Alaina, trying to explain Kim's troubles with the law and his constant travel."[3] RapReviews was also satisfied: "Predictably, Eminem lays down one for Hailie with "Mockingbird," but what is not foreseeable is that it actually works" and he noted that it imitates Em himself.[4] The New York Times was mixed: the I-love-my-daughter ode "Mockingbird" isn't the most exciting thing according to critic.[5] Stylus Magazine was negative: "Encore dutifully deploys the obligatory Hailie ode ("Mockingbird")."[6]

Music video[edit]

The video premiered on MTV TRL on February 21, 2005 and features Eminem sitting in his empty house watching home movies about his daughters. It also features footage with his mentor, Dr. Dre. This is the second video to feature Eminem with his glasses, the first being "Stan".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Encore" (UMI Fade Version) (featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) - 5:12
  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Mockingbird" (Instrumental) - 4:11
  3. "Just Lose It" (DJ Green Lantern Remix) - 3:30
  4. "Mockingbird" (Video) - 4:11
  • Digital download[9]
  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Encore" (UMI Fade Version) (featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) - 5:12
  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Mockingbird" (Instrumental) - 4:11
  3. "Just Lose It" (DJ Green Lantern Remix) - 3:30
  • German 3" CD single[11]
  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Encore" (UMI Fade Version) (featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) - 5:12
  • German CD single[12]
  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Encore" (UMI Fade Version) (featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) - 5:12
  3. "Mockingbird" (Instrumental) - 4:11
  4. "Mockingbird" (Video) - 4:11

Charts and certifications[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[13] 9
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[14] 18
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[15] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[16] 20
Czech Republic (IFPI)[17] 14
Denmark (Tracklisten)[18] 11
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[19] 19
European Hot 100 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[20] 15
Irish Singles Chart 7
Italy (FIMI)[21] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[22] 8
Norway (VG-lista)[23] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 14
UK Singles Chart 4
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 11
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[25] 51
US Billboard Rap Songs[25] 10
US Billboard Pop Songs[25] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] Gold 35,000^
Italy (FIMI)[27] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[29] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Encore - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  2. ^ HipHopDX (15 November 2004). "- HipHopDX". HipHopDX. 
  3. ^ "USATODAY.com - Eminem's edgy 'Encore' deserves an ovation". Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Eminem :: Encore :: Shady/Aftermath/Interscope". Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "All the Time in the World, Slim Shady? That's Scary". The New York Times. 15 November 2004. 
  6. ^ "Eminem - Encore - Review - Stylus Magazine". Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mockingbird: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mockingbird [CD 2]: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - Mockingbird - Single by Eminem". iTunes. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Mockingbird (UK Only Version) by Eminem". iTunes. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Mockingbird (pock It) by Eminem: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Mockingbird: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Eminem – Mockingbird". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Eminem – Mockingbird" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eminem – Mockingbird" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eminem – Mockingbird" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  17. ^ "musicserver.cz - Hitparády IFPI". Archived from the original on November 6, 2005. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Eminem – Mockingbird". Tracklisten.
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Eminem search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  20. ^ "Musicline.de – Eminem Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  21. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Eminem – Mockingbird". Top Digital Download. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  22. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eminem – Mockingbird". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  23. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eminem – Mockingbird". VG-lista. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Eminem – Mockingbird". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  25. ^ a b c d http://www.billboard.com/artist/301722/eminem/chart
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Italian single certifications – Eminem – Mockingbird" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved December 12, 2016.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Eminem in the field Filtra. Select 2016 in the field Anno. The certification will load automatically
  28. ^ "British single certifications – Eminem – Mockingbird". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 19, 2016.  Enter Mockingbird 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
  29. ^ "American single certifications – Eminem – Mockingbird". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 12, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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