Paris Is Burning (song)

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"Paris Is Burning"
Single by Ladyhawke
from the album Ladyhawke
B-side "Paris S'enflamme"
Released 30 June 2008
Format CD single, digital download
Genre New wave
Length 3:49
Label Universal/Island
Songwriter(s) Pip Brown, Roy Kerr & Anu Pillai
Producer(s) Kid Gloves
Ladyhawke singles chronology
"Back of the Van"
"Paris Is Burning"
"Dusk Till Dawn"
"Back of the Van"
"Paris Is Burning"
"Dusk Till Dawn"

"My Delirium"
(2008) My Delirium2008

"Paris Is Burning (re-release)"
(2009) Paris Is Burning (re-release)2009

"Back of the Van (re-release)"
(2009) Back of the Van (re-release)2009
Alternative covers

"Paris Is Burning" is a song by Ladyhawke, taken from her debut self titled album. It was issued on 30 June 2008 on Universal Records in the United Kingdom. "Paris Is Burning" is the musician's second single, however it is the first to receive a physical release. On 6 July 2008 it was appeared on the United States market. The song has been featured on season three of Ugly Betty, as a theme song for the French TV show Paris 16e and Le Grand Journal's "coming next" sequence, and remixed for the beginning of a CSI: Miami episode in the seventh season.

Chart performance[edit]

In the UK this song charted two weeks: it debuted at number 61, which became its peak position, the next week dropping 39 places to number 100. It entered the New Zealand Singles Chart at number 40, making it Ladyhawke's highest charting song. In Australia it peaked at 52, this is despite the song being in heavy rotation on Australian music channel, Channel V.

The track was re-released on 2 March 2009 as a digital download/limited 7" vinyl release. The limited edition of "Paris Is Burning" did better than the original release.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Paris Is Burning" includes Pip Brown walking through a street with a wolf ahead of her, intermittently showing her walking through falling feathers, electric sparks, and bits of plastic. She also carries a drunk man and is followed by people for portions of the music video before she walks into a bright light in the distance with the wolf, car alarms blaring as the video fades. The video was directed by Danish director Casper Balslev.

Track listing[edit]

(MODCDS058; Released: 7 July 2008)

  1. "Paris Is Burning" – 3:49
  2. "Paris Is Burning" (Cut Copy Remix) – 5:24
  3. "Paris Is Burning" (Kid Gloves CDG Chi Remix) – 6:43
  4. "Paris Is Burning" (A Chicken Lips Malfunction) – 6:38
  5. "Paris Is Burning" (Chicken Lips Dub Deluxe) – 6:38
  6. "Paris Is Burning" (Video)

UK 7" Vinyl
(MODVL 97; Released: 2008)

Side A

  1. "Paris Is Burning" (Original)

Side B

  1. "Paris Is Burning" (Alex Gopher Remix)

UK 7" Vinyl
(MODVL 98; Released: 2008)

Side A

  1. "Paris Is Burning" (Peaches Remix)

Side B

  1. "Paris S'enflamme"

US Digital EP[1]
(Released: 2008)

  1. "Paris Is Burning" – 3:51
  2. "Back of the Van" – 3:38
  3. "Paris s'enflamme" (French version of "Paris Is Burning") – 3:51
  4. "Paris Is Burning" (Cut Copy Remix) – 5:24
  5. "Back of the Van" (Van She Tech Turbo Fire Engine Mix) – 6:07
  6. "Danny & Jenny" – 3:31

(Digital only; Released: 2 March 2009)

  1. "Paris Is Burning" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Paris Is Burning" (Matthew Dekay Remix)
  3. "Paris Is Burning" (Simmons and Cristopher Radio Mix)
  4. "Paris Is Burning" (Simmons and Cristopher Club Mix)
  5. "Paris Is Burning" (Innerpartysystem Remix)
  6. "Paris Is Burning" (Funkagenda Remix)
  7. "Paris Is Burning" (Original)

Limited white 7" Vinyl
(MODVL113; Released: 2 March 2009) Limited to 600 copies

Side A

  1. "Paris Is Burning"

Side B

  1. "Paris Is Burning" (Chicken Lips Zeefungk Beatdown)

Other versions

  1. "Paris Is Burning" (Alex Metric Remix) – 4:49
  2. "Paris Is Burning" (Fred Falke Mix) – 6:42
  3. "Paris Is Burning" (Kim Fai Remix) – 7:24


Chart (2008/2009) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 52
Belgian Tip Chart (Flanders)[3] 5
Global Dance Tracks[4] 33
New Zealand Singles Chart[5] 40
UK Singles Chart[6] 47[A]
  • A ^ The song originally reached number sixty-one in July 2008.[7]