Pack Up Eliza Doolittle



” Pack Up ” is by Eliza Doolittle ( Eliza Sophie Caird ), the English singer and songwriter. Born in 1988 in Westminster, Eliza grew up in Camden Town, a district of north-west London. Her stage name was chosen because it was her nickname when she was a child. Eliza Doolittle is a Cockney flower girl character from the My Fair Lady musical. The musical was based on Pygmalion, the play by George Bernard Shaw.
Although Eliza had always wanted to be a singer, she briefly played Young Cosette in Les Misérables, shown in the West End between 1996 to 1997. Her TV work includes a cameo role as a nightclub singer in the BBC series, The Great Train Robbery. The drama, shown in two parts in 2013, told the story of the famous robbery.
Her debut single ” Skinny Genes “, released on the 12th of April 2010, peaked at number twenty-two on the UK Singles Chart. In addition to her work, Eliza has collaborated with other artists like UK garage artist Wookie and Disclosure, the English electronic music duo. In the Summer of 2014, Burt Bacharach invited Eliza to sing with him at the Henley Festival. The Festival is an event which celebrates the best of the UK and international music. It takes place over a five day period in Henley On Thames, Oxfordshire, England.
The song was written by Tim Woodcock, Eliza Doolittle, Felix Powell, George Asaf and Matt Prime. Production for the single was by Matt Prime, the British songwriter and producer. Matt has worked with the likes of Simon Webbe, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, McBusted, Kylie, Natalie Imbruglia and Olly Murs.
” Pack Up ” was released on the 5th of July 2010 by record label Parlophone ( Warner Music Group ) and taken as the second single from Eliza’s debut album, Eliza Doolittle.
The album was released on the 12th of July 2010 in the United Kingdom and on the 19th of April 2011 in the United States. It reached a peak of number three on the UK Albums Chart. Eliza Doolittle notched up sales in the United Kingdom of 300,000, and in January 2011 it was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ).
The song features Lloyd Wade, the English gospel and Soul singer, singing the leading hook ” Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag “. The 1915 song was written by George Henry Powell, the Welsh songwriter. His lyrics were set to music by Felix Powell, his brother.
In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, Eliza explained why she used the title of a 1915 song as the hook ” I always knew that song, and I love the optimism of it. I also love songs like ‘We’ll Meet Again.’ I wanted to write a feelgood song with a happy vibe. There are so many horrible things going on out there, like war and poverty, but people lose their perspective, because, for most of us, things aren’t that bad. So we took that song to a happier level – there’s a lot of darkness behind the original because of the war. ”
The accompanying music video was filmed over three days on location in Jamaica. The video was directed by Paul Minor.
In an interview with the Camden Review, Eliza explained about the video saying that “ I thought it was so cute the idea of me coming out of a suitcase and it wasn’t too like ‘let’s try and make a really cool video with loads of effects. Paul Minor’s references felt right; they were all from French movies and stuff. I thought it was quite sweet and romantic. It was in a war veteran bar, and all these kids and everyone came and danced. We tried to create that romantic happy vibe and Jamaica was perfect for it. I was there for three days. I didn’t really get to see everything but what I saw was so beautiful, white sand, turquoise water – like the ideal screen saver. ”
” Pack Up ” was a commercial success for Eliza. The song made its debut at number twelve on the UK Singles Chart on the 11th of July 2010. The following week it climbed to number eight making it Eliza’s first single to reach the Top Ten. After the third week on the UK Singles Chart, the song rose to number five. It spent six weeks in the Top Ten and a total of thirty-two weeks on the UK chart.

BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A

UK Highest Chart Position: 5

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 96, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 10, Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 11, Belgium Airplay (Ultratop Flanders) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 34, Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 2, Belgium Airplay (Ultratop Wallonia) 16, Denmark (Tracklisten) 37, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 16, Germany (Official German Charts) 49, German Airplay Chart 40, Ireland (IRMA) 6, Italy (FIMI) 24, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 19, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 4, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 75

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