Never Be Your Woman

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"Never Be Your Woman"
Single by Naughty Boy with Wiley featuring Emeli Sandé
Released28 February 2010 (2010-02-28)
GenreUK garage
  • 2:27 (Shy FX radio edit) 3:32 (original version)
Producer(s)Naughty Boy
Naughty Boy singles chronology
"Phat Beach (I'll Be Ready)"
"Never Be Your Woman"
Emeli Sandé singles chronology
"Diamond Rings"
"Never Be Your Woman"
Wiley singles chronology
"Never Be Your Woman"
"Now or Never"

"Never Be Your Woman" is a song recorded by British record producer Naughty Boy, featuring lead vocals from British rapper Wiley and British singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé. It was released on 28 February 2010 by Relentless Records (Virgin Records) and samples White Town's 1997 number-one single "Your Woman", which in turn features a trumpet line taken from "My Woman" by Al Bowlly. It is included as a bonus track on Naughty Boy's debut album, Hotel Cabana (2013).

Critical reception[edit]

Fraser McAlpine of BBC Chart Blog gave the song a positive review stating:

In these globally conscious times – where wasting precious resources on trivial things would be a shooting offense, if we could only spare the bullets – everyone loves a good recycler. Music is no different, in this regard. You can recycle old sounds, or old guitars, old ideas, old clothes or old poses. You can re-use the swagger of an olden-days singer or the hairstyle of some rock grandad or other. It's all there for the taking.

The trick is to find something which hasn't been recycled so often it loses its original shape and starts to get a bit baggy at the seams, so you end up having to basically remake the whole thing from scratch (Glee people, I am looking at you).

Credit to wiley old Mr Wiley then, for finding a sample of a late '90s hit which itself contains a sample of an old song from the past. This is therefore double recycling. He can basically drive a Hummer into a panda now, and he'll still be ahead of most of us. 4/5 stars.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

According to midweek figures,[2] "Never Be Your Woman" was scheduled to debut on the UK Singles Chart at number 5, selling just under 20,000. It was revealed on 7 March 2010 that "Never Be Your Woman" entered the UK Singles Chart at its current peak position of number 8, marking Wiley's second UK top 10 hit, after "Wearing My Rolex", which peaked at number 2 back in 2008. As of 4 January 2011, "Never Be Your Woman" has sold 120,000 units in the UK.

Track listings[edit]

UK iTunes single
  1. "Never Be Your Woman" (Shy FX Radio Edit) – 2:26
  2. "Never Be Your Woman" (Original Version) – 3:32
  3. "Never Be Your Woman" (Hervé re-work) – 3:40
CD single[3]
  1. "Never Be Your Woman" (Shy FX Radio Edit) – 2:29
  2. "Never Be Your Woman" (Original Version) – 3:32
Original EP
  1. "Never Be Your Woman" (Original Version) – 3:32 (In the EP, the original version was replaced by the Shy FX remix)
  2. "Never Be Your Woman" (Hervé re-work) – 3:40
  3. "Never Be Your Woman" (Jaymo & Andy George's Moda mix) – 4:50
  4. "Never Be Your Woman" (Craze & Hoax remix) – 3:13
  5. "Never Be Your Woman" (Solo UK 'Loves Garage' remix) – 4:02

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 28 February 2010[4] Digital download
1 March 2010[3] CD single


Chart (2010) Peak
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[5] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 8
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[7] 4


  1. ^ Fraser McAlpine (21 February 2010). "Wiley ft. Emeli Sandé - 'Never Be Your Woman'". BBC.
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  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.