Radioactive (Rita Ora song)

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"Radioactive"
Radioactive (Rita Ora song).jpg
Single by Rita Ora
from the album Ora
Released 11 February 2013 (2013-02-11)
Format
Recorded 2012
Genre
Length 4:11
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Greg Kurstin
Rita Ora singles chronology
"Shine Ya Light"
(2012)
"Radioactive"
(2013)
"Lay Down Your Weapons"
(2013)
"Shine Ya Light"
(2012)
"Radioactive"
(2013)
"Lay Down Your Weapons"
(2013)

"Radioactive" is a song recorded by British recording artist Rita Ora, released as the fourth overall single from her debut studio album, Ora (2012). The single was released on 11 February 2013.[1] The song was co-written by Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin, while the latter also produced the cut.

Background and composition[edit]

In July 2012, it was announced that "Radioactive" would serve as the third single from Ora in the United States.[2] In November 2012, it was confirmed that "Radioactive" would serve as the fourth single from Ora in the United Kingdom.[3] The cover artwork for the song was revealed on 9 January 2013. It features Ora against a backdrop of colorful stars.[4] Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin wrote the song, while Greg Kurstin was the producer.

Critical reception[edit]

"Radioactive" received favorable reviews from music critics. According to a reviewer of Metro, "Radioactive is a dancefloor-ready track that is more about the beat than the lyrics or any deeper meaning behind them". An example is when she sings: "‘I’m checking you out in your sweet desire/I’m coming over to make you mine/It’s a crime boy, you’re so fine/I’m taking you out, boy, it’s a green light/I’m glad you came over, it was about time/It feels right, boy you’re so fine".[5]

Scott Kara from New Zealand Herald found it a highlight on the album and called it a "serenade" track.[6] Robert Corpsey from Digital Spy said he sees her in "Guetta-style dancefloor mode". He found the song a highlight on the album.[7] Jon O'Brien from Yahoo! Music called it a "gleaming neo-disco number".[8] Laurence Green from MusicOMH was very positive towards his statements of the song, calling it a "David Guetta-esque euro-techno" song and branded it "excellent".[9]

Entertainment Focus gave it an acclaimed review, awarding the song five stars out of five, saying "This is such a catchy track that will be sure to blow up the charts and we are sure that it will also be a massive smash in the club land too [...] This is the perfect song to stick on whilst getting ready for a big Friday night out. Well done Rita Ora, this is simply a fantastic song that will appeal to most that hear it and it makes us want to get our party shoes on!".[10] A reviewer from musiceyz.co.uk stated personally: "it’s my favourite song that Rita Ora has released and I have heard by her so far, there is just something about it that makes it so easy to listen to. The simplicity of it is what makes it so big".[11]

Chart performance[edit]

"Radioactive" was released in UK on 11 February 2013 as the fourth single from Ora. It reached No. 18 in the UK Singles Chart.[12] The track was serviced to Australian radio only four weeks after "Shine Ya Light", and has peaked at No. 73 on the "Australian Radio Airplay Chart".[13] It was released as the third single from Ora in the US on 26 February 2013 via digital download .[14]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Syndrome,[15] premiered on YouTube on 10 December 2012, at a total length of four minutes and twenty-two seconds.[16] The music video features intense animation and graphics, along with futuristic fashion and robotics. There are several different scenarios in the video; the first one, Ora stands in a nuclear cloud and forms the word "Radioactive" whilst animated rings circle her; the next she is in a chair in a barren wasteland, which is made to look like it has been destroyed by a nuclear explosion, and there are two men in gasmaks holding torn flags; the next, we see Ora in a high-tech room, with animated figures of people being created and a rotating head of Ora with animatronic parts; and the last scene, Ora is riding through a tunnel on a motorbike. On 18 December 2012, a behind-the-scenes video was posted on her official VEVO page.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[18]
No. Title Length
1. "Radioactive" 4:11
2. "Radioactive" (Zed Bias Remix) 6:16
3. "Radioactive" (Waze & Odyssey Remix) 6:44
4. "Radioactive" (The Flexican Remix) 5:08
5. "Radioactive" (Baggi Begovic Remix) 5:46
6. "Radioactive" (Lucien Foort Remix) 6:22

Chart performance[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 11 February 2013 Digital download Roc Nation
United States[26] 26 February 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rita Ora reveals new single 'Radioactive' artwork". Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Rita Ora Says Next U.S. Single Will Be ‘Radioactive’". Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Rita Ora confirms new single 'Radioactive' – listen". Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Rita Ora reveals new single 'Radioactive' artwork". Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  5. ^ "Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble v Rita Ora’s Radioactive: Video Fight Club". metro.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  6. ^ "Album review: Ora – Rita Ora". nzherald.co.nz. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Rita Ora: 'ORA' – Album review". digitalspy.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  8. ^ Yahoo! Music Ora Review "Rita Ora 'Ora' album review" Check |url= value (help). uk.omg.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  9. ^ MusicOMH Ora Review "Rita Ora – Ora" Check |url= value (help). musicomh.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  10. ^ "Rita Ora – Radioactive single review". entertainment-focus.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  11. ^ http://musiceyz.co.uk/2013/01/17/radioactive-by-rita-ora-review/
  12. ^ "2013 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive 9th February 2013". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  13. ^ [1] AUM Report. Retrieved 2013-1-13
  14. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/radioactive-single/id609027692?l=es
  15. ^ "WATCH IT: Rita Ora "Radioactive" (Syndrome, dir.)". videostatic.com. 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  16. ^ "RITA ORA – Radioactive". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  17. ^ "RITA ORA – Radioactive – Behind The Scenes". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  18. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/radioactive-remixes/id592411848
  19. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Rita Ora – Radioactive". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  20. ^ a b c "Ultratop.be – Rita Ora – Radioactive" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Flanders" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  21. ^ "Chart Track: Week 05, 2013". Irish Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-02-09". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  23. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201251 into search. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  24. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-02-09" UK Singles Chart.
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved August 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  26. ^ http://www.ritaora.com/us/node/2060

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