Popular Song (Mika song)

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"Popular Song"
Single by Mika featuring Ariana Grande
from the album The Origin of Love and Yours Truly
Released December 21, 2012
Format
Recorded 2012
Genre Pop
Length 3:20
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Greg Wells
  • Mika
Mika singles chronology
"Origin of Love"
(2012)
"Popular Song"
(2012)
"Live Your Life"
(2013)
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Put Your Hearts Up"
(2011)
"Popular Song"
(2012)
"The Way"
(2013)
Audio sample
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Music video
"Popular Song" on YouTube

"Popular Song" is a song by Lebanese-British recording artist Mika, released as the second single in the United States from his third studio album, The Origin of Love. The song features American singer Ariana Grande and is included on her debut album, Yours Truly. The track was written by Mika, Priscilla Renea, Mathieu Jomphe and Stephen Schwartz, and produced by Mika and Greg Wells. The new remix version featuring Ariana Grande was produced by Jason Nevins.

The song is an updated cover of the original version, based on the song "Popular" from the musical Wicked. The album version of the song features vocals from Priscilla Renea, and features expletives. However, the single version replaces Renea with Ariana Grande, removes the expletives, and modifies the instrumental arrangement and tempo to create a version which heavily links to Mika's former hits, "Grace Kelly" and "We Are Golden". The new remix version, produced by Jason Nevins, is the main version which was officially released.

Background[edit]

The original version of the song was made available on Mika's third studio album, The Origin of Love, and features vocals from songwriter Priscilla Renea. This version is based on the original from Wicked, and uses a very rough tempo and instrumentation, to fit in with the theme of the album. However, for the track's release as a single, Mika decided to completely change the arrangement, and create something similar to his hit single "Grace Kelly". To do this, he enlisted the help of American actress and performer Ariana Grande, rewrote some of the lyrics, changed the instrumentation and tempo, and reworked the song's structure.

The new version was released to the iTunes Store on 21 December 2012, being released as the album's second single in the United States.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on 29 April 2013, directed by Chris Marrs Piliero.[2][3] It features a gothic theme, being set in a 'spooky, dark, "Addams Family"-esque high school'.[4] The video features product placement from Sony and Mini. Mika uses a Sony Xperia Z to text an invitation for a dinner party to his popular classmates who are bullying him.[3] This is interlaced with scenes of the two brewing a potion in a witch's cauldron and scenes of them falling victim to bullying.[3] Mika and Grande return to Mika's mansion in his talking car, a 2013 Mini Cooper. At the dinner party, the bullies consume their drinks drugged with the potion, and turn to stone.[5] They are then ruthlessly smashed into pieces by Mika and Grande, with the former using a candlestick and the latter using a food tray. However, the video ends with a twist: [6][7] as Mika and Grande have a toast and the former takes a sip from his drink, the video flashes back to when the two were children and Mika is seen kicking down Grande's castle made of wooden blocks. As Grande glares coldly at him, Mika subsequently turns to stone as well. The video then ends with Grande sipping her drink as she smirks evilly at the camera.

As of May 2015, the video has had more than 100 million views on YouTube.

Critical reception[edit]

Bryon Flitsch of MTV's Buzzworthy noted that 'Popular Song' is a different view of Mika's previous efforts, stating that its "peppy beat + catchy melody + playful lyrics = perfect song to bounce around to." Furthermore, Flitsch also praised Grande's vocals in the song for being "flawless" alongside Mika's. Marques Daniels of examiner.com devise that 'Popular Song' is a song to inspire bullied and unpopular people to stand up. Daniels also praised the song for being a stand out track.

Commercial performance[edit]

Popular Song debuted and has since peaked at number 87 in the US Billboard Hot 100, and in 2015 it was certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[1]
  1. "Popular Song (feat. Ariana Grande)" – 3:20

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 71
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 8
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 92
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[12] 100
South Korea (GAON)[13] 89
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 87

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000^

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Popular Song (feat. Ariana Grande) - Single by MIKA". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  2. ^ "New Video: Mika featuring Ariana Grande – Popular Song - MARRS ATTACKS". marrsattacks.com. 
  3. ^ a b c MIKA - Popular Song ft. Ariana Grande on YouTube
  4. ^ Depland, Michael (29 April 2013). "New Video: Mika Featuring Ariana Grande, 'Popular Song'". MTV.com. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ariana Grande and Mika "Popular Song" Video: Revenge on Bullies!". Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mika - Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ariana Grande And MIKA "Popular Song" Music Video". Disney Dreaming. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Chartifacts". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mika Feat. Ariana Grande – Popular Song" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mika Feat. Ariana Grande – Popular Song" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mika Feat. Ariana Grande – Popular Song" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ "Airplay 100, Podcast (03 Nov), cca. minute 90" (in Romanian). Kiss FM (Romania). 
  13. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Gaon Chart)". Gaon Chart. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "MIKA – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for MIKA.
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Mika – Popular Song". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 27 February 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH