Real Girl

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Real Girl
Real Girl (Mutya Buena).jpg
Studio album by
Released4 June 2007 (2007-06-04)
Recorded2006–2007
GenreR&B, dance, soul
Length51:17
LabelIsland
ProducerEg White, Matt Ward, Dean Gillard, Groove Armada, Jony Rockstar, Felix Howard, Guz Lally, Guy Sigsworth, Salaam Remi, Johnny Douglas, Wayne Wilkins, RedEye
Singles from Real Girl
  1. "This Is Not Real Love"
    Released: 20 November 2006
  2. "Real Girl"
    Released: 28 May 2007
  3. "Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)"
    Released: 27 July 2007
  4. "Just a Little Bit"
    Released: 22 October 2007
  5. "B Boy Baby"
    Released: 23 December 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Digital Spy3/5 stars[2]
NME4/10 stars[3]
Yahoo! Music UK7/10 stars[4]

Real Girl is the debut solo album by British recording artist Mutya Buena. It was released on 4 June 2007 via Universal Records, following her departure from UK girl group the Sugababes in December 2005.

Singles[edit]

"Real Girl" was the album's lead single and it was digitally released on 14 May 2007. The single was produced by Full Phatt, a London-based production company. It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Buena's most successful single to date. It also reached the top ten in Finland, Slovakia and the Netherlands. The second single from the album was "Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)" and it was released on 27 July 2007. The song was a collaboration with electronic music duo Groove Armada. It peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart, becoming her second top ten solo single. "Song 4 Mutya" received heavy airplay in Australia, where it peaked at number twenty-four in the country. It also managed to chart in other countries including Ireland, the Netherlands and Finland where it peaked at number twelve on the Finnish Singles Chart. "Just a Little Bit" was chosen to be the third single, and was released in late October in the United Kingdom. The single peaked at number sixty-five on the UK Singles Chart. The fourth and final single from the album was "B Boy Baby", and featured Amy Winehouse; it was released in late December and peaked at number seventy-three on the UK Singles Chart.

One track on the album was written by Buena's replacement in the Sugababes, Amelle Berrabah. Buena was reportedly unhappy upon finding this out, but record company executives pushed for the song's inclusion on the album.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Real Girl debuted and peaked at number ten on the UK Albums Chart, having sold 35,103 copies.In Ireland, the album charted at number twenty-five. It also managed to chart on the Netherlands and Switzerland albums charts, at number thirty-three and thirty-six, respectively.

Track listing[edit]

Real Girl  - Standard edition
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Just a Little Bit"E. White, P. Sheyne3:17
2."Real Girl"L. Kravitz, N. Scarlett, M. Ward, D. Gillard3:29
3."Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)" (featuring Groove Armada)Groove Armada, K. Poole, M. Buena, T. Hutton3:30
4."Breakdown Motel"C. Dodds, J. Dollar4:20
5."Strung Out"Pete Kirtley, Tim Hawes, Obi Mhondera, M. Buena4:20
6."It's Not Easy"M. Buena, F. Howard, S. Frank, P. Simm4:32
7."Suffer for Love"A. Tennant, G. Lally, M. Buena, L. Simon, L. Brownlee, G. Redmond3:27
8."Not Your Baby"M. Buena, M. Ward, D. Gillard3:29
9."Wonderful"J. Thompson, G. Roudette-Muschamp3:07
10."B Boy Baby" (featuring Amy Winehouse)P. Spector, E. Greenwich, J. Barry, A. Hunte3:53
11."This is Not (Real Love)" (featuring George Michael)G. Michael, J. Jackman, R. Cushnan5:58
12."Paperbag" (UK bonus track)J. Douglas, N. Woodward, M. Buena4:18
13."My Song"J. Thompson, G. Roudette-Muschamp, W. Wilkins3:36
14."Real Girl" (Duncan Powell Remix) (Japanese bonus track)L. Kravitz, N. Scarlett, M. Ward, D. Gillard5:58

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Released on Monday, 4 June 2007 (4 June 2007). "Digital Spy review". Digitalspy.co.uk. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  3. ^ "NME review". Nme.com. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Yahoo! Music UK review". Uk.launch.yahoo.com. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  5. ^ 12 July 2007, 23:30 BST (12 July 2007). "Buena unhappy over Sugababes song – Music News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Mutya Buena – Real Girl". British Phonographic Industry.