Radioactive (Rita Ora song)

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

"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 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


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