When Will I Be Famous?

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For the 2007 BBC television series, see When Will I Be Famous? (TV series).
"When Will I Be Famous?"
Single by Bros
from the album Push
Released 16 November 1987
Format 7" single, 12" vinyl, Cassette, Mini CD
Recorded 1987
Genre Pop
Length 5:02 (album version)
4:00 (single edit)
Label CBS
Writer(s) The Brothers
Producer(s) Nicky Graham
Bros singles chronology
"I Owe You Nothing"
(1987)
"When Will I Be Famous"
(1987)
"I Owe You Nothing"
(1988)
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
Australian Singles Chart[2] 5
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 9
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[3] 4
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 5
Finnish Singles Chart[4] 4
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 7
German Singles Chart[5] 4
Irish Singles Chart[6] 1
Italian Singles Chart[7] 17
Japanese Singles Chart[8] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 43
Norwegian Singles Chart[3] 2
Spanish Singles Chart[9] 10
Swedish Singles Chart[3] 20
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 2
UK Singles Chart[10] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 83
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[11] 10
Year-end chart (1988) Position
Australian Singles Chart[12] 26
Swiss Singles Chart[13] 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. ^ a b c d e f g h "When Will I Be Famous?", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 17 February 2008)
  4. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  5. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved 9 August 2008)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 17 February 2008)
  7. ^ Italian Singles Chart [1] (Retrieved 9 August 2008)
  8. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/3167/profile/history/
  9. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  10. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 9 August 2008)
  11. ^ a b Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved 9 August 2008)
  12. ^ 1988 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved 9 August 2008)
  13. ^ 1988 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved 9 August 2008)

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