New York (Paloma Faith song)

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"New York"
Single by Paloma Faith
from the album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?
B-side "Luv Ya"
Released 13 September 2009
  • CD
  • digital download
Recorded 2009
Length 3:39
Label Epic
  • Paloma Faith
  • Jodi Marr
  • Jodi Marr
  • George Noriega
  • Rob Wells
Paloma Faith singles chronology
"Stone Cold Sober"
"New York"
"Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?"
Music video
"New York" on YouTube

"New York" is a song by English recording artist Paloma Faith from her debut studio album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? (2009). It was released on 13 September 2009. The song features a sweeping gospel chorus by the London based Souls of Prophecy Gospel Choir.[1] The song was re-released in a new remix featuring rapper Ghostface Killah.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

BBC chart blog gave the song a more positive review than her previous single and rewarded it with 4 stars.[3]

Digital Spy gave the song 3/5 stars and a less positive rating than Stone Cold Sober: 'New York', Faith's follow-up, is a rather more straightforward offering than its predecessor. The lyrics tell the tale of a girl who loses a guy to "another lady", but sadly for Paloma the lass in question isn't a flesh-and-blood adversary, but actually the Big Apple. It's a much bigger target of course, but one that's harder to hit with a swinging vintage handbag. Despite its sweeping strings and soaring vocals, 'New York' is a shade unremarkable compared to her debut, but it still manages to whet the appetite for Faith's upcoming album.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

New York is Faith's fourth most successful single to date, behind "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" " Picking Up the Pieces" and "Can't Rely on You" charting in the top forty in six different countries. The song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at 21, the following week, it fell to 31, then rose 16 places to 15 on its third week, which became its peak position. It stayed eleven weeks in the UK chart.

The song had moderate success elsewhere, reaching number 54 in Germany, 12 in Ireland, 13 in Switzerland, 8 in Finland, 29 in Denmark and number 28 in Sweden.

Music video[edit]

The video sees Paloma with her fictional boyfriend Tyrone having fun at a bowling alley. Both of them are bowling partners initially seeing them holding championship trophies that they won together. As Paloma sings we get a scene or Paloma in a cross between New York City and the Bowling Alley crossed with each other, as Tyrone starts to lose interest in Paloma and having some doubts. In one scene Paloma uses a bowling ball to pretend she was pregnant as she gets Tyrone to kiss the bowling ball, however the next scene later he tells her that he's leaving her for New York. She then lets her boyfriend leave as another shot of Paloma is shown crossed with the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty in the background this time, with her boyfriend now in a new team as he bowls with them. However Paloma doesn't want to move on as she remembers the good time they had as he bowls some scene of New York flashes in between her, Tyrone and both of them together. She then walks along the bowling lanes as the bowlers play on as she then walks over to where Tyrone is and finds out that he's with another woman who is also pregnant, doesn't fancy bowling as he does but Paloma is just disgusted with him and just moves on as the merging of New York and the Bowling alley fades back to the Bowling Alley with Paloma sitting on one of the lanes as the camera fade off to black.

The music video was shot at a London bowling alley and features professional bowlers. The director was Vaughan Arnell, who also directed the video to Robbie Williams' song, Bodies.[5] The video was released on 2 August 2009.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[7]
No. Title Length
1. "New York"   3:18
2. "Luv Ya"   2:49

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom 13 September 2009
Germany[17] 29 January 2010


"New York"
Single by Paloma Faith featuring Ghostface Killah
B-side New York (BBC Radio 2 Live) & Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful (Widower Remix)
Released 1 August 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Length 3:18
Label Epic Records
  • Paloma Faith
  • Jodi Marr
  • Jodi Marr
  • George Norigea
  • Rob Wells
Paloma Faith chronology
"Upside Down"
"New York"
"Smoke & Mirrors"
Ghostface Killah chronology
"Guest House"
"New York"
"2getha Baby"

In June 2010, Faith announced that she would release a new remix of the song featuring an appearance from American rapper Ghostface Killah. The song was released on 1 August 2010.[18]

Critical reception[edit]

The remix received mixed responses, many critics[who?] said that the song has been ruined by the rap. In 2012, Faith remarked that she thought the collaboration with Ghostface Killah was unnecessary, and that she felt he did not know what the song was about when he wrote the rap accompaniment.[19]

Charts performance[edit]

Due the lack of airplay, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at 82 on 7 August 2010. However it then climbed to 44 in its second week on the chart. The original was played on radio during the re-release of this track. It spent five weeks on the chart.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[7]
No. Title Length
1. "New York (feat. Ghostface Killah)"   3:21
2. "New York (BBC Radio 2 Live)"   3:15
3. "Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful (Widower Remix)"   5:52


Chart (2010) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 44


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  3. ^ "BBC - Chart Blog: Paloma Faith - 'New York'". Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Paloma Faith: 'New York'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "New York by Paloma Faith". Songfacts. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "New York Official Video". YouTube. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Faith,Paloma - - -". Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  8. ^ " – Paloma Faith – New York". Tracklisten.
  9. ^ "Paloma Faith: New York" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  10. ^ " – Paloma Faith – New York". GfK Entertainment.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 41, 2009". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ " – Paloma Faith – New York". Singles Top 60.
  13. ^ " – Paloma Faith – New York". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-10-10" UK Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  16. ^ "British single certifications – Paloma Faith – New York". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 October 2014.  Enter New York in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  17. ^ "New York: Musik". Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Love, Ryan (30 June 2010). "Paloma Faith to re-release single". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi (UK) Ltd. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  19. ^ Copsey, Robert (2 April 2012). "Paloma Faith: 'Ghostface Killah didn't understand New York'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Paloma Faith: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.

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