White Lies (Mr Hudson song)

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"White Lies"
Single by Mr Hudson
from the album Straight No Chaser
Released 12 October 2009 (2009-10-12)
Format CD single
Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop, Contemporary R&B, alternative
Length 3:10
Label Mercury/GOOD Music
Writer(s) Mr. Hudson
Producer(s) Dave McCraken, Music Kidz
Mr Hudson singles chronology
"White Lies"
"Young Forever"

"White Lies" is the third single from British singer Mr Hudson. The song was released on 12 October 2009 in the United Kingdom, taken from his second studio album, Straight No Chaser. The song made the BBC Radio 1 – A List.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Mayer Nissim of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating:

To put it mildly, life's changed a bit for Ben Hudson since he and his folky crossover group The Library just missed the top 40 with 'Too Late, Too Late' in 2007. The Library are no more, while Hudson himself has been taken under the wing of none other than Kanye West – producer of Jay-Z, critic of Taylor Swift and a bona fide pop superstar in his own right.

Following the number two smash 'Supernova' comes 'White Lies', which like the rest of upcoming album Straight No Chaser has been "executive produced" by West. A shameless admission of being economical with the truth in pursuit of love, it doesn't quite have the explosive pull of its predecessor. Despite that, it's still a diverting enough synth-driven track that succeeds in fusing Hudson's melodic strengths and ear for a hook with the downbeat feel of West's 808s & Heartbreak album.

The song was awarded a 3 star.[2]


Mr Hudson performed the song at the 2009 MOBO Awards in Glasgow, Scotland.[3] Hudson also performed the song on The Paul O'Grady Show in October 2009.[4]

He also performed the track in the Radio 1 Live Lounge.

Music video[edit]

The music video for" White Lies" showed Ben Hudson singing the song in front of a background which lights up with various colours. It also shows Hudson with black hair wearing a black jacket singing the song. It was shot in 2009.

Chart performance[edit]

The song entered the UK Singles Chart on 18 October 2009 at number 20.[5][6] In the song's second week it fell to #29.[7][8] In its third week it fell to #70.[8][9]

Chart (2009) Peak
UK Singles Chart 20
Scottish Singles Charts 21


  1. ^ "Radio 1 - Playlist". BBC. 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  2. ^ Mayer Nissim (12 October 2009). "Mr Hudson – 'White Lies'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Mr Hudson On Red Carpet | Daily Urban Music News". Mobo.com. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Mr Hudson". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  6. ^ "Mr Hudson - White Lies - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Radio 1 - Chart - The Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart". BBC. 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  8. ^ a b "Mr Hudson - White Lies". Chart Stats. 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  9. ^ [2] Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.

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