The Origin of Love

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The Origin of Love
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Studio album by
Released17 September 2012 (2012-09-17)
Recorded2011–12
Genre
Length45:19
Label Casablanca, Barclay
Producer Klas Åhlund, Benny Benassi, Fryars, Nick Littlemore, Peter Mayes, Mika, Greg Wells, Dan Wilson
Mika chronology
The Boy Who Knew Too Much
(2009)
The Origin of Love
(2012)
Songbook Vol. 1
(2013)
Singles from The Origin of Love
  1. "Elle me dit"
    Released: 11 July 2011
  2. "Celebrate"
    Released: 15 June 2012
  3. "Underwater"
    Released: 5 October 2012
  4. "Origin of Love"
    Released: 3 December 2012
  5. "Popular Song"
    Released: 16 April 2013
Professional ratings
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Metacritic (69/100) [3]
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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.

Mika (singer) British-Lebanese singer-songwriter

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

France Republic with mainland in Europe and numerous oversea territories

France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom, officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but more commonly known as the UK or Britain, is a sovereign country lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Contents

Background

Mika's second studio album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much , was released in September 2009. It garnered positive critical reviews upon release, [14] and debuted at its peak position of number four on the UK Albums Chart. [15]

<i>The Boy Who Knew Too Much</i> (album) 2009 studio album by Mika

The Boy Who Knew Too Much is the second studio album by singer Mika. It was released on 21 September 2009, under Casablanca/Universal Republic in the United States and Island in the United Kingdom.

The Official Albums Chart is a list of albums ranked by physical and digital sales and audio streaming in the United Kingdom. It was published for the first time on 22 July 1956 and is compiled every week by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on Fridays. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and published in Music Week magazine, and on the OCC website.

Mika worked with Greg Wells, Dan Wilson, Nick Littlemore and Klas Åhlund on The Origin of Love. The team contributed both written material and production credits. Mika was confirmed to be recording the album in various locations, including Montreal, Miami and Sweden. In an interview for Digital Spy, Mika described the album as "more simplistic pop, less layered than the last one". He also described the album's themes as dealing with the adult years, claiming that "it's a serious album, but still has the boppy, happy tunes." [16] In an interview for a popular French magazine, Mika claimed that the album's musical style will include elements of Daft Punk and Fleetwood Mac. [17]

Greg Wells Canadian songwriter

Greg Wells is a Grammy award winning Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer based in Los Angeles. Wells has songs on over 120 million albums sold and streaming numbers in the billions. He has produced and written with Adele, Dua Lipa, The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Grace VanderWaal, Rufus Wainwright, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Twenty One Pilots, Kid Cudi, Deftones, Creeper Lagoon, Mayer Hawthorne, Theophilus London, Weezer, OneRepublic, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Pharrell Williams, The All-American Rejects, Otep, Aerosmith, Burt Bacharach, Celine Dion, Crash Test Dummies, Elton John, Jars of Clay, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

Dan Wilson (musician) American singer, songwriter and musician

Daniel Dodd "Dan" Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and visual artist. His songwriting resume includes "Closing Time", which he wrote for his band, Semisonic, "Not Ready to Make Nice" and "Someone like You". He earned a Grammy nomination for “Closing Time” and won Grammys for Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

Nicholas George "Nick" Littlemore is an Australian musician and record producer. As a musician, he is the frontman of the electronic duo Pnau, a member of the art-rock band Teenager and one part of the electro pop-duo Empire of the Sun. As a record producer, he has worked with Elton John, Robbie Williams, Lover Lover, Ellie Goulding, Lost Valentinos, Mercy Arms, Groove Armada and Mika. From late 2009, Littlemore had worked with the Cirque Du Soleil as a composer and musical director for the touring arena show, Zarkana, which debuted on 29 June 2011. His older brother Sam La More is also a musician and record producer.

Singles

"Elle me dit" (English: She Tells Me) was released as the album's lead single in France. The song was first rumoured when a twelve-second preview was published online on 1 July 2011. [18] Just ten days later, the French iTunes Store made the whole song available as a digital download. [19] However, its official release did not occur until 26 September 2011. The single was very successful, peaking at #1 on the French Singles Chart. [20] "Elle me dit" appears on the regular version of the album in English, as the track "Emily".

Elle me dit 2011 single by Mika

"Elle me dit" is a song by Lebanese-born British singer and songwriter Mika, released as a single in France ahead of the release of his third studio album, The Origin of Love. Mika re-recorded the song in English under the title "Emily". "Emily" is included on the standard track listing of The Origin of Love, while "Elle me dit" is featured as a bonus track the French standard edition of the album, and all international deluxe editions. The song was released on 11 July 2011.

iTunes Store digital media store

The iTunes Store is a software-based online digital media store operated by Apple Inc. that opened on April 28, 2003, as a result of Steve Jobs' push to open a digital marketplace for music. As of January 2017, iTunes offered over 35-40 million songs, 2.2 million apps, 25,000 TV shows, and 65,000 films. When it opened, it was the only legal digital catalog of music to offer songs from all five major record labels. As of June 2013, iTunes Store possessed 575 million active user accounts, and served over 315 million mobile devices, including Apple Watches, iPods, iPhones, Apple TV and iPads.

"Celebrate" was released as the album's lead single in the United Kingdom, Europe and America, and the second single in France. The single was made available in French-speaking countries on 1 June 2012. The song features American singer Pharrell Williams and was written by Mika, Williams and Fryars, and produced by Peter Mayes and Nick Littlemore. On 14 June 2012, Mika revealed a 30-second clip of the song. It was uploaded to Amazon ahead of its official unveiling the next day. [21] The song was officially released on 15 June 2012. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2012. [22]

Celebrate (Mika song) 2012 single by Pharrell Williams and Mika

"Celebrate" is a song by British singer and songwriter Mika. It was released as the lead single of his third studio album, The Origin of Love (2012), in the United Kingdom, Europe and America, and the second single in France. The song features American singer Pharrell Williams. It was written by Mika, Williams and Ben Garrett and produced by Peter Hayes and Nick Littlemore.

Europe Continent in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere

Europe is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia.

United States federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

"Underwater" was released as the album's third single in France, and the second single in Europe, on 23 November 2012. The music video for the track was filmed in Los Angeles during the third week of October, and premiered on 21 November 2012, just two days' before the single's official release. [23] The single peaked at #134 in France, becoming Mika's worst performing single in the region. The single will not be released in the United Kingdom, and instead, the single's artwork was adapted for the British equivalent single release, "The Origin of Love".

Underwater (Mika song) 2012 single by Mika

"Underwater" is a song by singer-songwriter Mika, released as the album's third single in France, and the second single in Europe from his third studio album, The Origin of Love.

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California and the second most populous city in the United States, after New York. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. Nicknamed the "City of Angels" partly because of its name's Spanish meaning, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood, and the entertainment industry, and sprawling metropolis.

"Origin of Love" was released as the album's second single in the United Kingdom on 3 December 2012. It carried the same artwork as its European equivalent release, "Underwater", but was heavily edited for radio play. The music video for the original version of the track originally premiered on 15 September 2012, and was filmed in Chile. It featured explicit scenes of a man and a woman engaging in sex, whilst in a loving relationship. The video was shown on British music channels, but these were edited out, replacing the original version of the track with the radio version.

"Popular Song" was released as the album's second single in the United States on 16 April 2013. The song was heavily edited for its release as a single, completely rearranging the instrumentation, tempo and removing the expletives "Bitch" and "Shit" from the lyrics. The single version also features Ariana Grande, instead of Priscilla Renea, who appears on the album version. The single version bears a strong resemblance to Mika's debut single, "Grace Kelly". [24]

Commercial performance

In Mika's home country of the United Kingdom, The Origin of Love briefly appeared at number 24 on the UK Albums Chart, the issue dated 20 October 2012. [25] It also was number 32 on the Scottish Albums Chart that same week, a regional chart for the UK Albums Chart. [26] The album was the most successful in France, where it debuted at number one on the country's album chart and was certified platinum by the SNEP. [27] The record also reached the top ten in Belgium and Korea; In Belgium, the album peaked at number seven in Flanders [28] and number six in Wallonia, [29] while in Korea it was number nine on the country's main album chart [30] and topped the nation's International Albums chart. [31] In the United States, it debuted at No. 47 on Billboard 200 with 8,500 copies sold in its first week, and has sold 33,000 copies in the US as of May 2015. [32]

Track listing

Standard Edition [33]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Origin of Love"Mika, Nick Littlemore, Paul SteelNick Littlemore, Greg Wells, Mika4:37
2."Lola"Mika, Benjamin Garrett, Jodi MarrMika, Benjamin Garrett3:45
3."Stardust"Mika, Wayne Hector, Benny Benassi, Alessandro Benassi Benny Benassi, Wells3:18
4."Make You Happy"Mika, Garrett, MarrWells, Garrett, Mika3:11
5."Underwater"Mika, Littlemore, SteelWells, Mika3:12
6."Overrated"Mika, Marr Klas Åhlund, Wells3:38
7."Kids"Mika, LittlemoreMika, Littlemore3:04
8."Love You When I'm Drunk"Mika, MarrLittlemore, Mika2:54
9."Step with Me"Mika, Mathieu Jomphe, Hillary Lindsey Wells, Mika3:36
10."Popular Song" (featuring Priscilla Renea)Mika, Priscilla Renea, Mathieu Jomphe, Stephen Schwartz Wells, Mika4:06
11."Emily"Mika, DoriandÅhlund, Wells3:34
12."Heroes"Mika, Littlemore, Jack Milas, Oli ChangMika, Jack Milas, Oli Chang3:16
13."Celebrate" (featuring Pharrell Williams)Mika, Pharrell Williams, Garrett Peter Mayes, Littlemore, Garrett3:08

Charts

Chart (2012)Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart [37] 31
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) [28] 7
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) [29] 6
Canadian Albums Chart [38] 10
Croatian Foreign Albums Chart [39] 17
Dutch Albums Chart [40] 15
French Albums Chart [41] 1
German Albums Chart [42] 43
Irish Albums Chart [43] 61
Italian Albums Chart [44] 12
Japanese Albums Chart [45] 28
Mexican Albums Chart [46] 71
Scottish Albums Chart [26] 32
South Korean Albums Chart [30] 9
South Korean International Albums Chart [31] 1
Spanish Albums Chart [47] 11
Swiss Albums Chart [48] 15
UK Albums Chart [25] 24
US Billboard 200 [49] 47

Year-end charts

Chart (2012)Position
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) [50] 69
French Albums Chart [51] 53
South Korean International Albums Chart [52] 30

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP) [27] Platinum100,000*
Italy (FIMI) [53] Gold30,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

Release history

RegionsDatesFormat(s)Label(s)
France [54] 17 September 2012 CD, 2CD, digital download Barclay Records
Spain [55] 21 September 2012 Casablanca Records
Italy [56] 25 September 2012 Universal Music
Ireland [57] 5 October 2012
Germany [58] 5 October 2012
Australia [59] 12 October 2012
United Kingdom [60] 8 October 2012 Island Records
United States [61] 16 October 2012 Casablanca Records

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