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== Background ==
 
== Background ==
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 heavily based on the original from ''Wicked'' and uses a very rough tempo and instrumentation, to fit in with the theme of the album. It also used the expletives 'b****' and 's***'. 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 to remove the expletives, changed the instrumentation and tempo, and reworked the song's structure.
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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 heavily based on the original from ''Wicked'', and uses a very rough tempo and instrumentation, to fit in with the theme of the album. It also used the expletives 'b****' and 's***'. 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 to remove the expletives, changed the instrumentation and tempo, and reworked the song's structure.
   
 
The new version was released to the iTunes Store on December 21, 2012, being released as the album's second single in the United States. It subsequently peaked at #79 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100, becoming Mika's second most successful song in the region, following "Grace Kelly". It has not been revealed if the track will be released as a single elsewhere.
 
The new version was released to the iTunes Store on December 21, 2012, being released as the album's second single in the United States. It subsequently peaked at #79 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100, becoming Mika's second most successful song in the region, following "Grace Kelly". It has not been revealed if the track will be released as a single elsewhere.
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== Critical reception ==
 
== 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'' devises 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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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'' 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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