When Will I Be Famous?

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"When Will I Be Famous?"
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Single by Bros
from the album Push
Released 16 November 1987
Format 7" single, 12" vinyl, Cassette, Mini CD
Recorded 1987
Genre Dance-pop
Length 5:02 (album version)
4:00 (single edit)
Label CBS
Songwriter(s) The Brothers
Producer(s) Nicky Graham
Bros singles chronology
"I Owe You Nothing"
(1987)
"When Will I Be Famous?"
(1987)
"Drop The Boy"
(1988)
"I Owe You Nothing"
(1987)
"When Will I Be Famous?"
(1987)
"Drop The Boy"
(1988)
Push track listing
"When Will I Be Famous?"
(1)
"Drop The Boy"
(2)
Music video
"When Will I Be Famous?" on YouTube

"When Will I Be Famous?" is a song by British boy band Bros, released as a single on 16 November 1987 and later appearing on their 1988 album Push. Lyrically, the protagonist is either an agent/talent scout or closer friend of a rising star. As such, the well-known title and chorus is a case of the protagonist quoting his interlocutor rather than uttering those words in self-reference. The song originally peaked at number 62, but later entered the UK charts at number two when reissued. It reached number one in Ireland. The song was later used in a Hyundai commercial in 2000, leading to the eventual re-release of Push.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan.[1]

Other cover versions[edit]

In 2007, the song was performed by Westlife on their The Love Tour.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

  • 12" maxi
  1. "When Will I Be Famous?" - 5:40
  2. "When Will I Be Famous?" (the contender dub mix) - 8:16
  3. "Love To Hate You" - 4:40
  • 7" single
  1. "When Will I Be Famous?" - 3:59
  2. "Love To Hate You" - 4:40
  • Mini CD single (Japan)
  1. "When Will I Be Famous?" - 3:59
  2. "Love To Hate You" - 4:40
  • Mini-Album CD single (Japan)
  1. When Will I Be Famous? - 5:48
  2. When Will I Be Famous? (Infamous Mix) - 5:41
  3. When Will I Be Famous? (The Contender Dub Mix) - 8:19

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987–88) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 9
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[4] 4
Belgium (Ultratop Wallonia)[4] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 4
France (SNEP)[4] 7
Germany (Media Control AG)[6] 4
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 1
Israel (Media Forest)[8] 2
Italy (FIMI)[9] 17
Japan (Oricon)[10] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 43
Norway (VG-lista)[4] 2
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[12] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[4] 20
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[4] 2
UK (Official Charts Company)[13] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 83
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard)[14] 10
Year-end chart (1988) Position
Australian Singles Chart[15] 26
Swiss Singles Chart[16] 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - Bros. - "When will I be famous?"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 47. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. This chart was licensed by ARIA until they commenced producing the chart in-house from 26 June 1988. "When Will I Be Famous?" peaked at #5 on the Kent Report before the ARIA-produced chart began.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Bros – When Will I Be Famous?" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "When Will I Be Famous?", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 17 February 2008)
  5. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  6. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de Archived 16 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 9 August 2008)
  7. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 17 February 2008)
  8. ^ http://swisscharts.com/song/Bros/When-Will-I-Be-Famous-1751.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Italian Singles Chart [1] (Retrieved 9 August 2008)
  10. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/3167/profile/history/
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Bros – When Will I Be Famous?". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  12. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  13. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 9 August 2008)
  14. ^ a b Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved 9 August 2008)
  15. ^ 1988 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved 9 August 2008)
  16. ^ 1988 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved 9 August 2008)

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