Real Things (song)

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"Real Things"
Real Things.jpg
Single by Javine
from the album Surrender
Released 7 July 2003 (2003-07-07)
Format CD single
Recorded 2003
Genre R&B
Length 3:23
Producer(s) StarGate
Javine singles chronology
"Real Things"
"Surrender (Your Love)"
"Real Things"
"Surrender (Your Love)"

"Real Things" is the debut single by English singer Javine. The single, which features a sample of M.O.P.'s "Ante Up" and a lyrical interoperation of "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills, reached the top 5 in the UK singles chart and is currently the biggest hit of her career to date. The song has also featured on the SingStar games, being the 19th single featured on SingStar Party.

After finishing sixth in Popstars: The Rivals and narrowly missing out on a spot in Girls Aloud, Javine signed and worked in an R&B-oriented style, and "Real Things" became the first piece of music to show so.


After auditioning on the television show Popstars: The Rivals for a spot in girl group Girls Aloud, Javine missed out on a spot (finishing sixth, with five members only wanted) despite her popularity with the public and being 'too good for the band', as said by the judges.[1] The voting claimed to be rigged by the public, as she was the show's favourite artist.[2] Days after the show ended and the episode had aired, several record labels knocked on her door for a contract. She eventually signed to Innocent Records, home of fellow girl group Atomic Kitten.[3]

Javine did show disappointment in the fact she did not make the cut, however said "the decision was a blessing and a curse." When asked why, she explained she could move into a more R&B-oriented career instead of the pop career the show was looking for. "Real Things" became the first piece of material to do so, and was commercially successful followed up by other tracks on her album Surrender.

"Real Things" was written by Tor Hermansen, Hallgeir Rustan, Mikkel Eriksen, Jamal Gerard Grinnage, Eric Murry, Darryl Pittman and Javine herself. Production was handled by EMI and the song was officially released in the UK on 7 July 2003. The song is about materialism, (with the course going 'You could be the hottest/ You could be the finest/ It don't matter to me/ You could be the baddest/ Be the most stylish/ You could be rolling in money/ It don't matter what you got/ If your heart is out of love/ You could be the hottest/ You could be the finest/ It don't matter to me.') with the main message being you could have everything somebody wants or needs, however if you are out of love or are not willing to give all your love, there is no sign of interest.

Chart performance[edit]

"Real Things" charted at number four on the UK Singles Chart. It became the 96th best-selling single of the year. After becoming commercially successful in the United Kingdom, the song became heavily noticed. It eventually became the opening act for R. Kelly's concert in the UK, and also served as the 19th track on the famous SingStar platform's Party version. The cover art, however, is the album artwork, and not the official single artwork.

Music video[edit]

A music video was shot in early 2003, but was not released. It was uploaded onto YouTube in late 2011. The song starts with brief shots of Javine leaving her house. She then walks down the street as people begin to notice her and point out. Several men also glance and are interested, however Javine does not show the same feelings back. Instead she hangs out with friends and in the last chorus meets up with the one, covering his eyes as he closes his shop. They walk away, holding hands. During the video, she is seen dancing in a black catsuit, dancing (with two back-ups) behind a wall which has been spray-painted 'Javine'. A then little-known Kanye West makes an appearance as a man driving a yellow sports car whom Javine rejects.

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD: 1

  1. Real Things
  2. Real Things (Ignorantz Remix)

CD: 2

  1. Real Things
  2. Real Things (Ignorantz Remix)
  3. Real Things (D'Influence Summer Groove Remix)
  4. Real Things (D'Influence Lazy Days Remix)


  1. Real Things
  2. Real Things (Ignorants Edit)


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[4] 60
Belgian Flanders Chart[5] 44
Irish Singles Chart[6] 23
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[7] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 96

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United Kingdom 7 July 2003
Australia[10] 1 September 2003