Say Nothing (song)

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"Say Nothing"
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Single by Example
from the album The Evolution of Man
Released 16 September 2012 (2012-09-16)
Format Digital download


dance-pop [1]
Length 3:46
Label Ministry of Sound
Example singles chronology
"We'll Be Coming Back"
"Say Nothing"
"Close Enemies"
"We'll Be Coming Back"
"Say Nothing"
"Close Enemies"
The Evolution of Man track listing
"Queen of Your Dreams"
"Say Nothing"
"All My Lows"

"Say Nothing" is a song by British singer Example, from his fourth studio album The Evolution of Man. It was released as the album's lead single on 16 September 2012 in the United Kingdom. The song was written by Example, Johnny McDaid, and Dirty South, and it was produced by Dirty South with additional production by Moám.[2] The song features guitar work by Graham Coxon.[3]

"Say Nothing" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 2, being kept off the top spot by The Script's "Hall of Fame", which spent a second week at number one.[4]

Background and release[edit]

"Say Nothing" received its world premiere on 30 July 2012 on the Capital FM Breakfast Show. NME confirmed that the single would feature remixes from Roska, TC, BURNS, Foamo and Hardwell.[5] The interview also stated that "Say Nothing" and "Perfect Replacement" would receive their live debuts in August 2012 at the V Festival.[5]

On 30 July 2012, Example revealed the single artwork via Twitter [6] and confirmed via a comment on Facebook that it features a photo of his younger self, around two years old [7] layered over a photo he took in Austria on an aeroplane. In an interview, he revealed that the original photo won a 'Good Looking Baby' contest in his local paper, and he wanted the single artwork to be different from the popular 'boring' artwork, and just wanted it to look 'cool'.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The single has received mixed reviews. It was criticised for the double negative 'don't speak no more' by Popjustice,[9] but generally getting good reception. Capital FM received many positive tweets from listeners after the world premiere [10] and 4Music expressed their love for it, saying it was 'definitely worth the wait' with a 'humongous guitar riff and big stadium chorus'.[11] Digital Spy rated it four stars, calling it "an electronic anthem that's ready to take over the airwaves" and commenting that it "maintains a sense of depth, proving that despite his questionable celebrity jibes his talent still comes out on top".[1]

Music video[edit]

The official video for "Say Nothing" premiered on Example's YouTube channel on 8 August 2012.[12] The video was recorded in Almería, Andalucia, Spain.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[14]
No. Title Length
1. "Say Nothing" (Radio Edit) 3:46
2. "Say Nothing" (Extended Club Mix) 5:45
3. "Say Nothing" (Hardwell and Dannic Remix) 6:15
4. "Say Nothing" (Foamo Remix) 5:41
5. "Say Nothing" (Roska Remix) 3:37
6. "Say Nothing" (TC Remix) 3:44
"Say Nothing" (BURNS Remix) – single[15]
No. Title Length
1. "Say Nothing" (BURNS Remix) 4:39
CD single (EP)
No. Title Length
1. "Say Nothing" (Radio Edit) 3:46
2. "Say Nothing" (Extended Club Mix) 5:45
3. "Say Nothing" (Hardwell and Dannic Remix) 6:15
4. "Say Nothing" (BURNS Remix) 4:39
5. "Say Nothing" (Foamo Remix) 5:41
6. "Say Nothing" (Roska Remix) 3:37
7. "Say Nothing" (TC Remix) 3:44
8. "Say Nothing" (Instrumental Edit) 3:46
CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Say Nothing" (Radio Edit) 3:46
2. "Say Nothing" (Extended Club Mix) 5:45

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Example – songwriter
  • Johnny McDaid – songwriter, backing vocals
  • Dirty South – songwriter, producer, keyboards and drum programming
  • Moám – additional production, keyboards and synthesizers
  • Wez Clarke – mixer, additional programming and drums
  • Jon Moon – vocal recording
  • Graham Coxon – guitars[16]
  • Tom Goss – guitars[17]

Credits adapted from album liner notes.[18]


Chart (2012) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[19] 54
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[20] 94
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 22
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[22] 2
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[23] 66
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 2
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[25] 1
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[26] 1


  1. ^ a b "Example: 'Say Nothing' - Single review". Digital Spy. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  2. ^ "SAY NOTHING (Legal Title)". Broadcast Music, Inc. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Blur's Graham Coxon to feature on new Example album". NME. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  4. ^ BBC - Radio 1 - Chart - The Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart
  5. ^ a b "Example announces new single details | News". Nme.Com. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  6. ^ "Twitter / example: And the artwork for my next". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Wall Photos". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  8. ^ "Interview #784: Example". I Like Music. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  9. ^ "Example - 'Say Nothing'". Popjustice. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  10. ^ "Example's New Single 'Say Nothing' Hailed As "Amazing" After First Play On Capital". Capital FM. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  11. ^ "News - General - First Listen: Example - Say Nothing". 4Music. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  12. ^ "Example - 'Say Nothing' (Official Video) (Out 16.09.12)". YouTube. 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  13. ^ "Twitter / example: The Official Video for me next". Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  14. ^ "Say Nothing (Remixes) - EP". iTunes. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Say Nothing (BURNS Remix) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Twitter / example: Thanks to @dirtysouth for the ..." Twitter. 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  17. ^ "Twitter / RainmanGOSS: I played some gits on the new ..." Twitter. 2012-09-20. 
  18. ^ The Evolution of Man (Media notes). Example. Ministry of Sound. 2012. MOSART6. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201243 into search.
  21. ^ "Chart Track: Week 39, 2012". Irish Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  23. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201243 into search.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  25. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  26. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 September 2012.

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