Paradise (George Ezra song)

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"Paradise"
Paradise George Ezra.jpg
Single by George Ezra
from the album Staying at Tamara's
B-side"Ask Your Sister" (demo)[1]
Released19 January 2018
Format
Recorded2017
Genre
Length3:42
LabelSony
Songwriter(s)George Ezra
Producer(s)Cam Blackwood
George Ezra singles chronology
"Don't Matter Now"
(2017)
"Paradise"
(2018)
"Shotgun"
(2018)
Music video
"Paradise" on YouTube

"Paradise" is a song by English singer-songwriter George Ezra. The song was written by Ezra and produced by Cam Blackwood. It was released to digital retailers on 19 January 2018, as the second single from Ezra's second studio album Staying at Tamara's (2018).[2] A music video was released the following week, on 24 January.[3] Ezra performed the track live for the first time on The Graham Norton Show on 2 February 2018.[4]

The song reached the top ten in Austria, Belgium, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, and also peaked at number one in Scotland.

Background[edit]

Ezra said the song was aiming to capture "a feeling that takes over when you've fallen in love", and was dedicated to his girlfriend and the early days of their relationship.[5] He explained that the song's lyrics were "not looking at a particular love story, but more the effect that love has on your psyche. You become a mess, but it's good. It doesn't matter what's going on around you - you're in your own little world", and described "Paradise" as the "perfect love song version" of Staying at Tamara's themes of "escaping and dreaming and taking yourself away a little bit".[6]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[7]

  • George Ezra – composition, lyrics, vocals, keyboard, bass guitar, guitar
  • Cam Blackwood – production, guitar, percussion, piano, programming, synthesizer
  • Joel Davies – mix engineering
  • Charles Hicks – mix engineering
  • Dan Grech-Marguerat – mix engineering, programming
  • Dave Kutch – mastering engineer
  • Liam Thorne – engineering, programming
  • Florrie Arnold – background vocals, drums
  • Matthew Racher – drums, percussion, programming

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 2
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 7
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 6
Croatia Airplay (HRT)[11] 7
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[12] 97
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 24
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[14] 30
Hungary (Single Top 40)[15] 21
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 5
Mexico Airplay (Billboard)[17] 35
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 1
Slovenia (SloTop50)[19] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 2
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[22] 39

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[23] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Ezra – Paradise". Banquet Records. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  2. ^ Reilly, Nick (19 January 2018). "George Ezra returns with comeback single 'Paradise'". NME. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ Britton, Luke Morgan (24 January 2018). "Watch George Ezra's striking new video for 'Paradise'". NME. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  4. ^ Duncan, Amy (2 February 2018). "Who is on The Graham Norton Show tonight – guests include George Ezra, Will.i.am and Cuba Gooding Jr". Metro. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  5. ^ Nerssessian, Joe (18 January 2018). "George Ezra talks falling in love as he unveils new album". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Interview: George Ezra Announces New Album 'Staying at Tamara's with Single 'Paradise' & UK Tour Dates". DIY. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Paradise / George Ezra TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – George Ezra – Paradise" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – George Ezra – Paradise" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – George Ezra – Paradise" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Croatia ARC TOP 100". HRT. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  12. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201813 into search. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – George Ezra – Paradise". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  16. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – George Ezra". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Mexico Airplay: May 5, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  19. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". slotop50.si. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – George Ezra – Paradise". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  22. ^ "George Ezra Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Austrian single certifications – George Ezra – Paradise" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 8 June 2018. Enter George Ezra in the field Interpret. Enter Paradise in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen. 
  24. ^ "British single certifications – George Ezra – Paradise". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 11 June 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Paradise in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.