Popular Song (Mika song)

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"Popular Song"
Single by Mika featuring Ariana Grande
from the album The Origin of Love and Yours Truly
Released16 April 2013
Genre Dance-pop
Length4:05 (album version)
3:20 (radio edit)
  • Greg Wells
  • Mika
  • Jason Nevins (single version)
Mika singles chronology
"Origin of Love"
"Popular Song"
"Live Your Life"
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Put Your Hearts Up"
"Popular Song"
"The Way"
Audio sample
Music video
"Popular Song" on YouTube

"Popular Song" is a song by Lebanese-British recording artist Mika, released as the second single in the United States from his third studio album, The Origin of Love . The song features American singer and actress Ariana Grande and is included on her debut album, Yours Truly . The track was written by Mika, Priscilla Renea, Mathieu Jomphe and Stephen Schwartz, and produced by Mika and Greg Wells. The radio version featuring Ariana Grande was produced by Jason Nevins. [1]

Mika (singer) British-Lebanese singer-songwriter

Mika, stylised as MIKA, is a Lebanese-born English recording artist and singer-songwriter.

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<i>The Origin of Love</i> 2012 studio album by Mika

The Origin of Love is the third studio album released by British singer-songwriter Mika. The album was released in France on 17 September 2012, and in the United Kingdom on 8 October 2012, via Casablanca Records and Barclay Records respectively. The album was preceded by an alternate lead single in each region. "Elle me dit" was first released in France, whereas "Celebrate" served as the first official single for the United Kingdom.


The song is an updated cover of the original version, based on the song "Popular" from the musical Wicked . The album version of the song features vocals from Priscilla Renea, and features mature language. The single version replaces Renea with Ariana Grande, removes the mature language, and modifies the instrumental arrangement and tempo to create a version which heavily links to Mika's former hits, "Grace Kelly" and "We Are Golden". The version with Ariana Grande, produced by Jason Nevins, is the main version which was officially released. [2]

"Popular" is a song from the Tony Award-winning musical Wicked. It is performed by the Broadway company's original Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth, on the original Broadway cast recording. The song is about a popular girl (Glinda) trying to help her unpopular roommate (Elphaba) become more popular.

<i>Wicked</i> (musical) musical by Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Winnie Holzman (book)

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Priscilla Renea Hamilton is an American singer and songwriter. She is signed to Capitol Records, and her debut album, Jukebox, was released on December 1, 2009. She is best known for writing/co-writing the hit singles "California King Bed" by Rihanna, "Worth It" by Fifth Harmony, and "A No No" by Mariah Carey.


The original version of the song was made available on Mika's third studio album, The Origin of Love , and features vocals from songwriter Priscilla Renea. This version is based on the original from Wicked , and uses a very rough tempo and instrumentation, to fit in with the theme of the album. However, for the track's release as a single, Mika decided to completely change the arrangement, and create something similar to his hit single "Grace Kelly". To do this, he enlisted the help of American actress and performer Ariana Grande, rewrote some of the lyrics, changed the instrumentation and tempo, and reworked the song's structure.

Grace Kelly (song) 2007 single by Mika

"Grace Kelly" is a song by the British singer Mika, released for download on 2007. It also appears on Mika's 2007 album Life in Cartoon Motion. Produced and mixed by Greg Wells, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number three and the UK Official Download Chart at number one. One week later, it jumped to the top of the UK Singles Chart. The track was number one on the UK Singles Chart for five weeks, and ended 2007 as the year's third biggest-selling single in that country. In the US, "Grace Kelly" was made available for digital download on 16 January 2007. This song was also #89 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007. It was designed to be a mocking satire of musicians who try to reinvent themselves to be popular.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

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The new version was released to the iTunes Store on 16 Apil 2013, being released as the album's second single in the United States. [3]

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Music video

The music video was released on 29 April 2013, directed by Chris Marrs Piliero. [4] [5] It features a gothic theme, being set in a 'spooky, dark, "Addams Family"-esque high school'. [6] The video features product placement from Sony and Mini. Mika uses a Sony Xperia Z to text an invitation for a dinner party to his popular classmates who are bullying him. [5] This is interlaced with scenes of the two brewing a potion in a witch's cauldron and scenes of them falling victim to bullying. [5] Mika and Grande return to Mika's mansion in his talking car, a 2013 Mini Cooper. At the dinner party, the bullies consume their drinks drugged with the potion, and turn to stone. [7] They are then ruthlessly smashed into pieces by Mika and Grande, with the former using a candlestick and the latter using a food tray. However, the video ends with a twist: [8] [9] as Mika and Grande have a toast and the former takes a sip from his drink, the video flashes back to when the two were children and Mika is seen kicking down Grande's castle made of wooden blocks. As Grande glares coldly at him, Mika subsequently turns to stone as well. The video then ends with Grande smirking evilly at the camera. The gothic theme of the video and its vengeful nature, as well as the costume worn by Mika as he and Grande are shown 'cooking', is generally considered reminiscent of the aesthetic and plot of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, tying back to the musical theatre roots of the song established in modifying a song from Wicked .

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Goth subculture Contemporary subculture

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As of July 2018, the video has accumulated over 175 million views on Vevo.

Critical reception

Bryon Flitsch of MTV's Buzzworthy noted that 'Popular Song' is a different view of Mika's previous efforts, stating that its "peppy beat + catchy melody + playful lyrics = perfect song to bounce around to." Furthermore, Flitsch also praised Grande's vocals in the song for being "flawless" alongside Mika's. Marques Daniels of examiner.com devise that 'Popular Song' is a song to inspire bullied and unpopular people to stand up. Daniels also praised the song for being a stand out track.

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Bullying use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others

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Popularity In sociology, the popularity of a person, idea, item or other concept can be defined in terms of liking, attraction, dominance and superiority.

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Commercial performance

"Popular Song" debuted and has since peaked at number 87 in the US Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold in 2015 by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies in the country.

Track listing

  1. "Popular Song (feat. Ariana Grande)" – 3:20


Chart (2013)Peak
Australia (ARIA) [10] 71
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) [11] 8
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) [12] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [13] 92
Romania (Romanian Top 100) [14] 100
South Korea Gaon International (GAON) [15] 7
US Billboard Hot 100 [16] 87


RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA) [17] Gold500,000^

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