Paper Gods

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Paper Gods
Duran duran paper gods album artwork.png
Standard and deluxe edition cover. On the Target-exclusive edition, the shades of blue in the background are replaced with shades of pink.
Studio album by Duran Duran
Released 11 September 2015
Studio London[1]
Length 57:21 (standard edition)
63:05 (Target exclusive)
69:54 (deluxe edition)
Label Warner Bros.
Duran Duran chronology
All You Need Is Now
(2011)All You Need Is Now2011
Paper Gods
Singles from Paper Gods
  1. "Pressure Off"
    Released: 19 June 2015
  2. "Last Night in the City [2]"
    Released: 10 March 2017

Paper Gods is the 14th studio album from the British new wave band Duran Duran, released in September 2015 on Warner Bros. Records. The album was produced by Mr Hudson and Joshua Blair, who had worked with the band on All You Need Is Now (2010) and A Diamond in the Mind; Nile Rodgers, who had previously first worked on the band's "The Reflex", his remixed version reaching number 1, "The Wild Boys" single and Notorious album, and Mark Ronson, who produced All You Need Is Now. The first single, "Pressure Off", features vocals from American singer Janelle Monáe.[1] Duran Duran promoted the album through the Paper Gods on Tour.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Billboard3.5/5 stars[5]
Consequence Of SoundB-[6]
Drowned In Sound5/10[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB-[8]
The Guardian3/5 stars[9]
Magnet4/5 stars[10]
PopMatters8/10 stars[11]
Q3/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[13]


The album cover, designed by artist Alex Israel, is his 2013 painting titled, "Sky Backdrop",[14] that features icons that represent the band's history. This includes lips and the eye painted by artist Patrick Nagel for their Rio album;[15] also representing the Rio album is a chauffeur's cap alluding to that record's closing track "The Chauffeur"; a pink telephone, champagne glass and the saxophone representing the single "Rio"; a sumo wrestler representing their controversial video for "Girls on Film"; Duran Duran's teeth are shown to be from "The Wild Boys"; the Eiffel Tower is a reference to the title song from the film A View to a Kill; a rocket from the greatest hits album, Decade; a silhouette of a female representing the single "Skin Trade";[16] an image of a tiger and a snake nodding to their third album Seven and the Ragged Tiger; a white shoe from the single cover and the music video of "Come Undone"; a stylized ice cream cone taken from their "Perfect Day" single.[1][17] The deluxe physical copy of the record comes with sixteen stickers of Duran Duran iconography to mirror the album cover.[18]


The band announced a tour of the United States and the United Kingdom to coincide with the album's release.[19]

The lead single from the album, "Pressure Off", was released in the United States on 19 June, first via Microsoft's Xbox Music.[20] The song subsequently appeared on Google Music.[21]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album entered the UK albums chart at number 5, becoming their 9th Top 5 album overall and making them one of only a handful of bands who have scored Top 5 albums in four consecutive decades. In the US it entered the Billboard 200 at number 10 and became their first top 10 album since 1993's Duran Duran (1993). In its second week, the album fell to number 76, and in its third and final week fell to number 194, though it reentered the Billboard 200 at #45 in January 2016. In Italy, the album peaked at number 2.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and produced by John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, with additional writers and producers noted

Standard edition[22]
No.TitleWriter(s)Additional producer(s)Length
1."Paper Gods" (featuring Mr Hudson)Mr HudsonMr Hudson7:04
2."Last Night in the City" (featuring Kiesza)Kiesza, Mr HudsonMr Hudson, Josh Blair4:44
3."You Kill Me with Silence"Mr HudsonMr Hudson4:26
4."Pressure Off" (featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers)Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Mr Hudson, Janelle MonáeRonson, Rodgers, Mr Hudson, Blair[a]4:21
5."Face for Today"Dom BrownBlair3:52
6."Danceophobia" (featuring Lindsay Lohan)Brown, Mr HudsonBlair, Mr Hudson[b]4:14
7."What Are the Chances?" (featuring John Frusciante)Brown, Mr HudsonBlair, Mr Hudson[b]4:55
8."Sunset Garage" (featuring Hollie Cook)Mr HudsonMr Hudson, Blair4:43
9."Change the Skyline" (featuring Jonas Bjerre)Mr HudsonBlair, Rodgers[b]3:57
10."Butterfly Girl"BrownBlair3:15
11."Only in Dreams"Rodgers, Ronson, Mr HudsonRodgers, Ronson, Mr Hudson[b], Blair[b]6:05
12."The Universe Alone" Blair5:48
Total length:57:40
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)[23]
No.TitleWriter(s)Additional producer(s)Length
13."Planet Roaring"BrownBlair3:49
14."Valentine Stones" Blair3:30
15."Northern Lights"BrownBlair5:13
Total length:69:54
Target-exclusive edition (bonus tracks)[24]
No.TitleAdditional producer(s)Length
13."On Evil Beach"Blair2:48
14."Cinderella Ride"Blair3:56
Total length:63:05


  • ^[a] signifies lead vocal production
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer



Chart (2015) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[25] 19
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[26] 24
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[27] 19
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[28] 8
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[29] 7
Croatian Albums (HDU)[30] 10
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[31] 14
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[32] 27
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[33] 4
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[34] 28
French Albums (SNEP)[35] 60
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[36] 24
Greek Albums (IFPI)[37] 13
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[38] 6
Irish Albums (IRMA)[39] 27
Italian Albums (FIMI)[40] 2
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[41] 45
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[42] 24
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[43] 16
Scottish Albums (OCC)[44] 6
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[45] 18
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[46] 15
UK Albums (OCC)[47] 5
US Billboard 200[48] 10
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[49] 2


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