” Popular Song ” is by Mika ( Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr. ), the French, Spanish and Italian fluent speaking British singer and songwriter. In 2007, Mika released Life in Cartoon Motion, the first of four full-length studio albums.
The album was a huge success, selling in the region of 5.6 million copies worldwide. The accomplishment gained Mika a Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough act and a Grammy Award nomination.
The song was written by Mika, Priscilla Renea, Mathieu Jomphe and Stephen Schwartz. Production for the single was by Greg Wells and Mika. Greg is a Los Angeles based, Canadian musician, record producer and songwriter.
He has worked with a variety of artists from Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Adele and Twenty One Pilots to Rufus Wainwright, Theophilus London, Weezer, Kid Cudi, OneRepublic, Dua Lipa, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Pharrell Williams and Elton John. At the 2000 Juno Awards, Greg was nominated for producer of the year.
” Popular Song ” was released on the 29th of April 2013 by record labels Barclay Records and Casablanca Records ( both Universal Music Group ), the single was taken as the second single from Mika’s third album, The Origin of Love.
The album, released in France on the 17th of September 2012 and on the 8th of October the same year in the United Kingdom, features the work of Greg Wells, Dan Wilson, Nick Littlemore and Klas Åhlund, all of which get credit for written material and production.
A successful album for Mika, it debuted at number forty-seven on Billboard 200 in the United States and spent one week on the chart.
In the United Kingdom, The Origin of Love made a brief appearance at number twenty-four on the UK Albums Chart.
It was to be France where Mika had the most success; there it debuted at the top of the country’s albums chart. The Syndicat National de l’Édition Phonographique ( SNEP ) certified the album Platinum with sales of over 100,000.
” Popular Song ” features American singer and actress Ariana Grande ( Ariana Grande-Butera ). Ariana’s career started in the Broadway musical 13; she then landed the role of Cat Valentine in the 2009 Nickelodeon television series, Victorious. After signing a recording contract with Republic Records, she released her debut album, Yours Truly, in 2013.
The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 Chart. Ariana was thrust into the spotlight in 2017 when during her show in Manchester, England, a suicide bomber killed 23 people and injuring 119, many teenagers. Later she went back to Manchester and held a benefit concert in the city, the show, called One Love Manchester, was to honour and aid the victims of the atrocity.
The song is a cover, which was updated from the original version that was based on the song ” Popular ” from the musical Wicked. Mika wanted something different, so decided to completely change the arrangement, creating something similar to the hit single ” Grace Kelly “, for which he is best known. Along with enlisting the help of Ariana Grande, Mika rewrote some of the lyrics, changed the tempo and instrumentation and reworked the structure of the song.
The accompanying music video was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero, the American actor, writer, producer and director of music videos and short films.
As a music video director, he has worked with Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, The Black Keys and The Wanted. Chris directed The Black Keys 2010 music video for the single ” Tighten Up “, which won the 2010 MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video. Released on 29 April 2013, it was built around a Gothic theme and features product placement from Sony and Mini.
” Popular Song ” was a commercial success for Mika. In the United States, the song debuted and peaked at number eighty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2015 it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 copies.
The song also charted in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania and South Korea. It did not chart ( or was not released ) in the United Kingdom.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 87
UK Highest Chart Position: N/A
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 71, Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 8, Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 12, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 92, Romania (Romanian Top 100) 100, South Korea (GAON) 89
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