Talking Body

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"Talking Body"
Talking Body Tove Lo cover.png
Single by Tove Lo
from the album Queen of the Clouds
Released13 January 2015 (2015-01-13)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2014; MXM Studios, Wolf Cousins Studios (Stockholm)
GenreElectropop
Length3:58
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Tove Lo singles chronology
"Not on Drugs"
(2015)
"Talking Body"
(2015)
"Come Back to Me"
(2015)

"Talking Body" is a song by Swedish singer and songwriter Tove Lo, released to American contemporary hit radio on 13 January 2015 by Republic Records.[1] It serves as the second single from her debut studio album, Queen of the Clouds (2014).

Composition[edit]

"Talking Body" was written by Lo, Jakob Jerlström and Ludvig Söderberg, while its production was handled by The Struts and Shellback. It is an electropop song, with elements of trip hop, synthpop and indie pop. Lyrically, the song is about trying to seduce someone into having sexual relations. The song plays in the key of E minor, at a tempo of 120 beats per minute. It has a chord sequence of Em-D-G-C-D.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The song was praised for its impudence. Sam Lansky of Time.com wrote "Lo can be vulgar, as on the lusty “Talking Body,” which sets a scabrous singalong hook against some of Shellback’s irresistibly catchy production, but that sexiness is shot through with frustration; she owns her desire, full-throttle."[3]

Music video and live performances[edit]

The music video was premiered on 12 January 2015.[4]

In 2017–2018, many of her performances of the song for a live audience involved "stripping her clothes or flashing the crowd".[5]

Chart performance[edit]

The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her second top 20 entry after "Habits (Stay High)". Additionally, it peaked at number four on the Mainstream Top 40 charts, which lists the most played songs on pop radio stations. To date, the single has spent 30 weeks on the Hot 100, and has sold two million downloads. It has also peaked at number 14 in Canada. As for Europe, it has peaked at number 16 in Sweden, number 100 in Germany, number 17 on the UK Singles Chart and number eight in Scotland, becoming her third top 20 entry after "Habits (Stay High)" and "Heroes (We Could Be)" with Alesso.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital EP – The Remixes[6][7]
  1. "Talking Body" (Gryffin Remix) – 4:29
  2. "Talking Body" (KREAM Remix) – 3:39
  3. "Talking Body" (WDL Remix) – 3:41
  4. "Talking Body" (Panic City Remix) – 4:46
  5. "Talking Body" (The Young Professionals Remix) – 3:39

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[43] Platinum 60,000^
Italy (FIMI)[44] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[46] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States 13 January 2015 Contemporary hit radio [1]
23 March 2015 Rhythmic contemporary radio [47]
United Kingdom 3 May 2015 Digital download
(Remixes EP)
Polydor [48]
United States 26 May 2015 Island [6]
Canada Universal [7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cantor, Brian (8 December 2014). ""Talking Body" Now Slated as Tove Lo's Next Pop Radio Single". Headline Planet. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  2. ^ Tove Lo "Talking Body" Sheet Music in E Minor musicnotes.com
  3. ^ Lansky, Sam (September 12, 2014). "Talking Body is excessively vulgar". Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Tove Lo - Talking Body". Youtube. January 12, 2015. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "These are Tove Lo's Sexiest Performances of "Talking Body" Live (NSFW)". Just Random Things. May 26, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Talking Body (The Remixes) - EP by Tove Lo". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Talking Body (The Remixes) - EP by Tove Lo". iTunes Store (CA). Apple Inc. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  8. ^ Ryan, Gavin (23 May 2015). "ARIA Singles: Grace Sewell Has The New No 1 In Australia". Noise11. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tove Lo – Talking Body" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tove Lo – Talking Body" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
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  13. ^ "Tove Lo Chart History (Canada AC)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Tove Lo Chart History (Canada CHR/Top 40)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
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  16. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 201520 into search. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  17. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201527 into search. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Tove Lo – Talking Body". Tracklisten. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  19. ^ "Tove Lo: Talking Body" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
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  21. ^ "Chart Track: Week 23, 2015". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Tove Lo – Talking Body" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  23. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  24. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201530 into search. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  25. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201507 into search. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  26. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Tove Lo – Talking Body". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  27. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  28. ^ "Tove Lo Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  29. ^ "Tove Lo Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  30. ^ "Tove Lo Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  31. ^ "Tove Lo Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  32. ^ "Tove Lo Chart History (Dance Mix/Show Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  33. ^ "Tove Lo Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  34. ^ "Tove Lo Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  35. ^ "Canadian Hot 100: Year End 2015". Billboard. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  36. ^ "Track Top-100 2015". Hitlisten. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  37. ^ "Årslista Singlar - År 2015" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Swedish Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  38. ^ "Hot 100: Year End 2015". Billboard. billboard.com. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  39. ^ "Pop Songs Year End 2015". Billboard. Prometheus Media Group. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  40. ^ "Adult Pop Songs: Year End 2015". Billboard. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  41. ^ "Dance Club Songs Year End 2015". Billboard. billboard.com. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  42. ^ "Dance/Mix Show Songs – Year-End 2015". Billboard. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  43. ^ "Certificeringer: Tove Lo – Habits" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  44. ^ "Italian single certifications – Tove Lo – Talking Body" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Select "2016" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Talking Body" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  45. ^ "British single certifications – Tove Lo – Talking Body". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 October 2015. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Talking Body in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  46. ^ "American single certifications – Tove Lo – Talking Body". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 12 August 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  47. ^ "Tove Lo "Talking Body"". Republic Playbook. Republic Records. Archived from the original (Rhythm) on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  48. ^ "Talking Body (The Remixes) - EP by Tove Lo". iTunes. Retrieved 7 April 2015.

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