We Are Golden Mika
Song Title: We Are Golden
Date of release: 6th of September 2009
Description: ” We Are Golden ” is by Mika ( Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr. ), the French, Spanish and Italian fluent speaking British singer and songwriter.
Born in Beirut on the 18th of August 1983, Mika wrote his first song ” Angry “, a piano instrumental, at the age of seven. His first attempt at writing is something that he now calls ” awful “.
In 2007, Mika released Life in Cartoon Motion, the first of four full-length studio Albums. Life in Cartoon Motion was a huge success, selling in the region of 5.6 million copies worldwide. The success of the Album gained Mika a Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough act and a Grammy Award nomination.
In France during March 2010, Mika received the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier (Knight)) for services to music. The Order of Arts and Letters is connected to the Order of Saint-Michel, a French dynastic order of chivalry founded by Louis XI of France on 1 August 1469.
Mika has sold over 10 million records worldwide. In addition to being a successful singer-songwriter, Mika is also a clothes designer and a writer.
The song was written by Mika with production for the single 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. His songs have appeared on over 85 million Albums.
” We Are Golden ” was released on the 6th of September 2009 by record label Casablanca Records ( Universal Music Group ) and was taken the first single Mika’s second studio Album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much.
The Album, released on the 21st of September 2009, was well received by music critics. Titled initially We Are Golden after the first single from the Album of the same name; the Album was re-titled after Mika decided he wanted ” something a little more ridiculous. ”
The Album became a success, reaching number nineteen on the Billboard 200 Chart in the United States and number four on the UK Albums Chart. The Boy Who Knew Too Much was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) for sales of 220,000 units in the United Kingdom alone.
Mika described the song in an interview with British music and film magazine Q saying that “ [‘We Are Golden’ is] big sounding and aggressive, but in a good way. It’s got a gospel choir on it and a kids’ choir, but unlike the first record they’re not singing sweetly, they’re screaming at the top of their lungs. ”
The accompanying music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund ( Hans Uno Jonas Åkerlund ), the Swedish director. As a director, Jonas first tasted fame working with Roxette. He directed the Prodigy’s ” Smack My Bitch Up ” video which was released in 1997; controversy surrounded the video due to the depiction of drug use, violence, and nudity.
In 1998, he directed the video for Madonna’s ” Ray of Light “. During his career, Jonas has worked with artists such as Metallica, Christina Aguilera, U2, Blink-182, P!nk, Rammstein, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.
” We Are Golden ” was a commercial success for Mika. In the United States, the song reached number five on the Dance Club Songs Chart, spending fourteen weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 19th of September 2009 and reached a peak of number four. It spent one week in the Top Ten and a total of seven weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Singles Chart 10, Austrian Singles Chart 17, Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 9, Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 7, Brazil (ABPD) 30, Canadian (Hot 100) 15, Czech Airplay Chart 39, Dutch Singles Chart 20, French Singles Chart 19, German Singles Chart 29, Hungarian Singles Chart 10, Irish Singles Chart 14, Israeli Singles Chart 8, Italian Singles Chart 3, Japan Hot 100 15, Norwegian Singles Chart 16, Romanian Top 100 71, Slovak Airplay Chart 26, Spanish Singles Chart 37, Spanish Airplay Chart 14, Spanish Physical Singles Chart 1, Swedish Singles Chart 30, Swiss Singles Chart 11
Official Website: Mikasounds.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/mikasounds
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Mika