Slipping Away (Moby song)

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"Slipping Away"
Slipping Away.jpg
Single by Moby
from the album Hotel
B-side"Where You End"
ReleasedJanuary 23, 2006
Format
Length
  • 3:37 (album version)
  • 3:42 (single version)
LabelMute
Songwriter(s)Moby
Producer(s)Moby
Moby singles chronology
"Beautiful"
(2005)
"Slipping Away"
(2006)
"Escapar (Slipping Away)"
(2006)

"Slipping Away" is a song by American electronica musician Moby. It was released as the sixth and final single from his seventh studio album Hotel on January 23, 2006. It served as the fourth single from Hotel in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 53 on the UK Singles Chart,[1] and as the sixth international single from the album. The single version features British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet on backing vocals.

Moby also recorded two alternate versions of the song, which were later released as singles: "Escapar (Slipping Away)" with Spanish rock band Amaral, which reached number three in Spain, and "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)" with French recording artist Mylène Farmer, which topped the charts in France and Belgium.

Track listing[edit]

CD single (CDMUTE365)
No.TitleLength
1."Slipping Away" (single version)3:42
2."Slipping Away" (MHC radio edit)3:37
CD single (LCDMUTE365) / digital single
No.TitleLength
1."Slipping Away" (Axwell Vocal Mix)7:31
2."Slipping Away" (Axwell Instrumental Mix)7:31
3."Slipping Away" (MHC Extended Remix)6:47
4."Slipping Away" (Focus People That Slip Remix by Mathew Jonson)9:25
5."Slipping Away" (Zloot Remix)4:26
12-inch single (12MUTE365)
No.TitleLength
1."Slipping Away" (Axwell Vocal Mix)7:31
2."Where You End" (Tiga's All I Want Is to Be Sampled Mix)7:04

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006–07) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[2] 9
Belgium Dance (Ultratop)[3] 8
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[4] 16
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 63
Greece (IFPI)[6] 8
Italy (FIMI)[7] 44
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[8] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[1] 53
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[9] 14

Moby and Amaral version[edit]

"Escapar (Slipping Away)"
Amaral Single Slipping Away.jpg
Single by Moby and Amaral
Released2006
Format
Recorded2005
Length3:42
LabelMute
Songwriter(s)Moby
Producer(s)Moby
Moby singles chronology
"Slipping Away"
(2006)
"Escapar (Slipping Away)"
(2006)
"Slipping Away (Crier la vie)"
(2006)

The release of Hotel in some Spanish speaking countries included a full-Spanish version called "Escapar (Slipping Away)" with the Spanish rock band Amaral. The song peaked at number three in Spain.[10]

Track listing[edit]

CD single (0094637506509)
No.TitleLength
1."Escapar (Slipping Away)"3:42
2."Slipping Away" (single version)3:42
3."Escapar (Slipping Away)" (video)3:42
Digital single
No.TitleLength
1."Escapar (Slipping Away)" (Manhattan Clique Club Remix)7:30

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[10] 3

Moby and Mylène Farmer version[edit]

"Slipping Away (Crier la vie)"
Escapar Slipping Away.jpg
Single by Moby and Mylène Farmer
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2006
Format
Recorded2005
Length3:38
LabelMute
Songwriter(s)Moby
Producer(s)Moby
Moby singles chronology
"Escapar (Slipping Away)"
(2006)
"Slipping Away (Crier la vie)"
(2006)
"New York, New York"
(2006)
Mylène Farmer singles chronology
"Peut-être toi"
(2006)
"Slipping Away (Crier la vie)"
(2006)
"Avant que l'ombre... (live)"
(2006)

Background and release[edit]

In June 2006, a rumor was launched that Mylène Farmer would record a duet with an international star. Several artists were mentioned, such as Lara Fabian, Benjamin Biolay, Diam's, or Madonna, but especially Robbie Williams who had apparently declared at the 2002 NRJ Music Awards that he would like to work with her.[11] Then the name of Moby was suggested because a possible collaboration with Mylène Farmer had been mentioned in the past by Moby himself.[12] In late August, the purchase order and Moby's official website indicated that the name of the song was "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)".[13]

Produced and remixed by MHC in London, "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)" is a dance version of "Slipping Away" adds French lyrics. On his blog on September 9, 2006,[14] then in the December 16, 2006 edition of the French newspaper Le Parisien, Moby stated that Farmer came to his restaurant Teany in New York and suggested to him that they record a duet version of "Slipping Away", as she had heard the song on his best of and liked it. He explained that she wrote her lyrics in French and they worked together at a distance from each other (New York and Paris).[15][16]

The song was very regularly aired by all French radio stations,[17] including Fun Radio which aired it several times every day. As the song was very successful, new remixes were made and a second CD maxi and vinyl were released on November 15.[17]

Farmer's 2008 album Point de Suture contains another duet with Moby called "Looking for My Name", which was recorded just after "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)".[14]

Music video[edit]

On September 15, 2006, the website Yahoo! presented the video in preview and five days later, it was broadcast for the first time on the French television channels. On September 23, a TV promo campaign began and the video was aired every hour on the day of the single's release on Europe 2 TV.[18] The video, directed by Hugo Ramirez and available on a track of the CD maxi, is almost the same as that of the original version and is composed of a series of photos representing various events in the United States during the 20th century, plus some new photos (Moby and Farmer when they were babies).[17] The song's lyrics are written in these images.[13]

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed for the first time on the Timeless Tour in 2013, including a virtual duet with Moby.

Chart performance[edit]

The single debuted at number one on the French SNEP Singles Chart on September 30, with 26,019 units. The single remained for 11 weeks in the top ten, 22 weeks in the top 50 and 37 weeks in the top 100. It became Moby's first number one in France and Farmer's fourth, after "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces", "Désenchantée", and "XXL". It was also the single with longest chart trajectory in France for both artists.[19] The song also peaked at number one on French Digital Download Chart[20] and performed well on various airplay charts. On the 2006 Annual Charts, the song ranked at number 22 (physical sales)[21] and number 51 (digital download).[22]

The song was heavily aired on radio: it peaked at number two on the French Airplay Chart, number three on the Power 70 Airplay Chart, number two on the television Airplay Chart, and number 29 on the Club Chart.[23]

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD
France
No.TitleLength
1."Slipping Away"3:39
2."Slipping Away (Extended Remix)"6:48
CD1 (France)
No.TitleLength
1."Slipping Away"3:39
2."Slipping Away (Axwell Remix)"7:24
3."Slipping Away (Zloot Remix)"4:38
4."Slipping Away (MHC Club Remix)"7:30
CD2 (France, Germany)
No.TitleLength
1."Slipping Away"3:39
2."Slipping Away (Enzo Mori & Stephan Clark Remix)"7:10
3."Slipping Away (Original Single Version)"3:41
4."Slipping Away" (video)3:58
7" vinyl

Official versions[edit]

Version[24] Length Album Remixed by Year Comment
Single Version / Radio Edit 3:39 Go – The Very Best of Moby MHC aka Philip Larsen and Chis Smith 2006 Remixed version with dance sonorities, with English and French lyrics which alternate. This version is more rhythmic than the original one.
Extended Remix 6:48 MHC aka Philip Larsen and Chis Smith 2006 Similar to the previous but longer.
Axwell Remix 7:24 Axwell 2006 Used in a scene in the 2008 movie 21.
Enzo Mori & Stephan Clark Remix 7:10 Enzo Mori and Stephan Clark 2006
MHC club Remix 7:31 MHC aka Philip Larsen and Chis Smith 2006
Zloot Remix 4:36 Toni Toolz 2006
Music Video 3:58 2006

Credits and personnel[edit]

The credits and the personnel as they appear on the back of the single:[25]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales Digital downloads Total
France[29] Gold 2006 200,000 168,000 (152,587[30] in 2006) 16,032[31] in 2006 250,000[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Moby – Slipping Away" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ultratop Dance – 18/02/2006" (in Dutch). Ultratop Dance. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 20071 into search. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Moby – Slipping Away". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  6. ^ IFPI archive
  7. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Moby – Slipping Away". Top Digital Download. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Moby – Slipping Away" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Spanishcharts.com – Moby & Amaral – Escapar (Slipping Away)" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "Discographie du single Slipping away (Crier la vie) (Duo avec Moby)". sans-logique.com (in French). Archived from the original on February 13, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  12. ^ "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)". Métro (in French). November 2006.
  13. ^ a b "Moby & Mylène Farmer Slipping away (Crier la vie)". mylene.net (in French). Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  14. ^ a b Royer, 2008, pp. 230-31.
  15. ^ Chuberre, 2008, pp. 283-84.
  16. ^ Chuberre, 2007, pp. 206-07.
  17. ^ a b c Lagrange, Clément. "Mylène Farmer, l'icône". Jukebox (in French). 253: 10.
  18. ^ Blouin, Patrice (October 2006). "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)". Inrocks (in French). Devant-soi. Archived from the original on 13 February 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2008.
  19. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Moby & Mylène Farmer – Slipping Away (Crier la vie)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  20. ^ "French Digital Download Chart, from 24.09.06 to 30.09.06" (in French). Ifop. Archived from the original on October 22, 2006. Retrieved January 19, 2008.
  21. ^ a b "Classement Singles - année 2006". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  22. ^ "2006 French Digital Singles Chart" (in French). Ifop. Archived from the original (there are two number 24, so "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)" is 51st.) on September 13, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2008.
  23. ^ "French Airplay Chart" (in French). Yacast. Archived from the original on January 18, 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2008.
  24. ^ "Moby & Mylène Farmer Slipping Away (Crier la vie)". mylene.net (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  25. ^ "Moby & Mylène Farmer Slipping Away (Crier la vie)". mylene.net (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  26. ^ "Ultratop.be – Moby & Mylène Farmer – Slipping Away (Crier la vie)" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  27. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Moby & Mylène Farmer – Slipping Away (Crier la vie)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  28. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  29. ^ "Les certifications". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  30. ^ "Les 100 Singles les plus vendus en France en 2006 :". fanofmusic.free.fr (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  31. ^ "Les 50 Singles les téléchargés en France en 2006 :". fanofmusic.free.fr (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  32. ^ Royer, 2008, p. 368.

Notes[edit]

  • Chuberre, Erwan (2007). L'Intégrale Mylène Farmer (in French). City. ISBN 978-2-35288-108-7.
  • Chuberre, Erwan (2008). Mylène Farmer, phénoménale (in French). City. ISBN 978-2-35288-176-6.
  • Chuberre, Erwan (18 June 2009). Mylène Farmer : Des mots sur nos désirs (in French). Alphée. ISBN 2-7538-0477-X.
  • Royer, Hugues (2008). Mylène, biographie (in French). Spain: Flammarion. ISBN 978-2-35287-139-2.

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