Movie Star (song)

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"Movie Star"
Roisin Murphy - Movie Star.png
Single by Róisín Murphy
from the album Overpowered
A-side "Slave to Love"
Released 14 October 2008 (2008-10-14)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2007
Length 4:02
Label EMI
Producer(s) Parrot & Dean
Róisín Murphy singles chronology
"You Know Me Better"
"Movie Star"
"Orally Fixated"
"You Know Me Better"
"Movie Star"
"Orally Fixated"

"Movie Star" is a song by Irish singer Róisín Murphy from her second studio album, Overpowered (2007). It was written by Murphy, Paul "Seiji" Dolby and Mike Patto, while production was handled by Parrot & Dean. The song was released digitally in the United States on 14 October 2008 as the album's fourth and final single.


The track was set to be released as the album's fourth single on 21 July 2008, but was then pushed back many times for a release in November. It was to be released as a double A-side single with a cover of Bryan Ferry's 1985 song "Slave to Love" to coincide with its use in the Gucci Pour Homme advertising campaign. On 4 December 2008, it was announced that the European and UK release of the single had been cancelled. Nevertheless, "Movie Star" was released digitally in the United States on 14 October 2008.

Critical reception[edit]

Heather Phares of AllMusic referred to "Movie Star" as "Murphy's spin on Goldfrapp's glossy glam pop (and the only time she seems in danger of being overpowered by someone else's sound on the album)."[1] Stephen Trouss of Pitchfork agreed, saying the song "laces itself a little too tighly into Alison Goldfrapp's glam pop corset."[2] Digital Spy music editor Nick Levine, however, wrote that the song is "possibly Murphy's most immediate moment yet, a trancey dance-pop epic with a chorus that reaches for the stars. The lyrics, which tell the tale of an ambitious starlet desperate to 'break into cinema', are sharp and amusing too."[3] Jax Spike from viewed the track as "a departure in conception and more reminiscent of something closer to early 90s eurodance crossed with industrial which generates an urgent, grinding sound."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Movie Star" was directed by Simon Henwood and features Murphy on a night out in London with several drag queens and performers, including Jodie Harsh and Theo Adams. Some scenes are inspired by the work of John Waters, such as the attack by Lobstora from his 1970 film Multiple Maniacs and the appearance of Divine lookalikes.

Track listings[edit]


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Overpowered.[9]

  • Róisín Murphy – vocals, songwriting
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixing
  • Dean Honer – additional recording, production, programming, synthesiser
  • Ross Orton – drums
  • Parrot – producer, programming, synthesiser
  • Mike Patto – guitar, songwriting
  • Seiji – engineering, songwriting


Chart (2008) Peak
US Hot Singles Sales (Billboard)[10] 8
US Hot Dance Singles Sales (Billboard)[11] 3


  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Overpowered – Róisín Murphy". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Trouss, Stephen (18 October 2007). "Róisín Murphy: Overpowered". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Levine, Nick. "Roisin Murphy: 'Movie Star'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Spike, Jax. "Roisin Murphy – 'Overpowered'". Archived from the original on 4 April 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Movie Star – EP by Róisín Murphy". iTunes Store (US). Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Movie Star" / "Slave to Love" (UK promotional CD-R maxi single liner notes). Róisín Murphy. EMI. 2008. 
  7. ^ "Movie Star" / "Slave to Love" (UK promotional CD single liner notes). Róisín Murphy. EMI. 2008. CDEMDJ760. 
  8. ^ "Movie Star" / "Slave to Love" (Danish promotional CD-R maxi single liner notes). Róisín Murphy. EMI. 2008. 
  9. ^ Overpowered (CD liner notes). Róisín Murphy. EMI. 2007. 5070902. 
  10. ^ "Search results: Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Dance Singles Sales". Billboard. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2016.