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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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==Music video==
 
==Music video==
 
 
The music video was first confirmed by Mika on February 16, 2013.<ref>[https://twitter.com/mikasounds/status/303115425686904833 MIKA confirming that "Popular Song" will have a music video]</ref> The music video was released on April 29, 2013. It follows a gothic theme, being set in a 'spooky, dark, "Addams Family"-esque high school'. Mika texts an invite to a dinner party to his popular classmates who are bullying him and Grande. This is interlaced with scenes of the two brewing a potion in a witch's cauldron and scenes of them falling victim to bullying. Mika and Grande later prepare to return to the former's mansion in his talking car. At the dinner party, the bullies consume their drinks drugged with the potion, and turn to stone. They are then smashed into pieces. The video ends with a twist, 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. Mika subsequently turns to stone as well.
 
The music video was first confirmed by Mika on February 16, 2013.<ref>[https://twitter.com/mikasounds/status/303115425686904833 MIKA confirming that "Popular Song" will have a music video]</ref> The music video was released on April 29, 2013. It follows a gothic theme, being set in a 'spooky, dark, "Addams Family"-esque high school'. Mika texts an invite to a dinner party to his popular classmates who are bullying him and Grande. This is interlaced with scenes of the two brewing a potion in a witch's cauldron and scenes of them falling victim to bullying. Mika and Grande later prepare to return to the former's mansion in his talking car. At the dinner party, the bullies consume their drinks drugged with the potion, and turn to stone. They are then smashed into pieces. The video ends with a twist, 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. Mika subsequently turns to stone as well.
   
 
==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'' 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.
 
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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You were the popular one, the popular chick
 
You were the popular one, the popular chick
 
It is what it is, now I'm popular-ish
 
It is what it is, now I'm popular-ish
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'''MIKA:'''
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
Standing on the field with your pretty pompoms
 
Standing on the field with your pretty pompoms
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I could have been a mess but I never went wrong
 
I could have been a mess but I never went wrong
 
'Cause I'm putting down my story in a popular song
 
'Cause I'm putting down my story in a popular song
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'''Ariana:'''
 
'''Ariana:'''
 
La la, la la
 
La la, la la
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'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
I said I'm putting down my story in a popular song
 
I said I'm putting down my story in a popular song
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Now you're in the front row
 
Now you're in the front row
 
'Cause my song is popular
 
'Cause my song is popular
 
 
Popular
 
Popular
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'''MIKA:'''
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
I know about popular
 
I know about popular
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'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
 
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
 
You're only ever who you were
 
You're only ever who you were
 
Popular
 
Popular
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'''MIKA:'''
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
I know about popular
 
I know about popular
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'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
And all that you have to do, is be true to you
 
And all that you have to do, is be true to you
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'''Ariana:'''
 
'''Ariana:'''
 
Always was on the lookout for someone to hate
 
Always was on the lookout for someone to hate
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'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
Picking on me like a dinner plate
 
Picking on me like a dinner plate
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'''Ariana:'''
 
'''Ariana:'''
 
You'd hit during classes and in between them
 
You'd hit during classes and in between them
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'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
Dunk me in the toilets now it's you that cleans em'
 
Dunk me in the toilets now it's you that cleans em'
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'''MIKA:'''
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
You tried to make me feel bad with the things you do
 
You tried to make me feel bad with the things you do
 
It ain't so funny when the joke's on you
 
It ain't so funny when the joke's on you
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'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
Ooh
 
Ooh
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'''Ariana:'''
 
'''Ariana:'''
 
The joke's on you
 
The joke's on you
 
Got everyone's laughing
 
Got everyone's laughing
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'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
Got everyone clapping, asking
 
Got everyone clapping, asking
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Now you're in the front row
 
Now you're in the front row
 
'Cause my song is popular
 
'Cause my song is popular
 
 
Popular
 
Popular
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'''MIKA:'''
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
I know about popular
 
I know about popular
  +
 
'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
 
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
 
You're only ever who you were
 
You're only ever who you were
 
Popular
 
Popular
  +
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
I know about popular
 
I know about popular
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'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
And all that you have to do, is be true to you
 
And all that you have to do, is be true to you
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All you ever need to know
 
All you ever need to know
 
You're only ever who you were
 
You're only ever who you were
 
 
Popular
 
Popular
  +
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
I know about popular
 
I know about popular
  +
 
'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
 
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
 
You're only ever who you were
 
You're only ever who you were
 
Popular
 
Popular
  +
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
I know about popular
 
I know about popular
  +
 
'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
 
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
 
You're only ever who you were
 
You're only ever who you were
 
Popular
 
Popular
  +
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
'''MIKA:'''
 
I know about popular
 
I know about popular
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'''Both:'''
 
'''Both:'''
 
And all that you have to do, is be true to you.
 
And all that you have to do, is be true to you.
 
That's all you ever need to know
 
That's all you ever need to know
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'''Ariana:'''
 
'''Ariana:'''
 
That's all you ever need to know
 
That's all you ever need to know
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==References==
 
==References==
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"Popular Song" is a song by British singer-songwriter Mika, released as the second single in the United States from his third studio album, The Origin of Love. "Popular Song" is also on Ariana Grande's album, Yours Truly. The song features American singer and actress Ariana Grande. The track was written by Mika, Priscilla Renea, Mathieu Jomphe and Stephen Schwartz, and produced by Mika and Greg Wells.

The song is an updated cover of the original version, as featured in the musical Wicked. The album version of the song features vocals from the original songwriter, Priscilla Renea, and features low-level expletives, as featured in Wicked. However, the single version removes Renea and replaces her with Ariana Grande, removes the expletives, and completely changes the instrumental arrangement and tempo, to create a version which heavily links to Mika's former hits, "Grace Kelly" and "We Are Golden".

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.

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.

Music video

The music video was first confirmed by Mika on February 16, 2013.[1] The music video was released on April 29, 2013. It follows a gothic theme, being set in a 'spooky, dark, "Addams Family"-esque high school'. Mika texts an invite to a dinner party to his popular classmates who are bullying him and Grande. This is interlaced with scenes of the two brewing a potion in a witch's cauldron and scenes of them falling victim to bullying. Mika and Grande later prepare to return to the former's mansion in his talking car. At the dinner party, the bullies consume their drinks drugged with the potion, and turn to stone. They are then smashed into pieces. The video ends with a twist, 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. Mika subsequently turns to stone as well.

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 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.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Ariana is only featured on the single version, not on the album version.
  • The song was released on December 20, 2012.
  • Frankie Grande tweeted about this song.

Lyrics

Ariana:
La la, la la
You were the popular one, the popular chick
It is what it is, now I'm popular-ish

MIKA:
Standing on the field with your pretty pompoms
Now you're working at the movie selling popular corn
I could have been a mess but I never went wrong
'Cause I'm putting down my story in a popular song

Ariana:
La la, la la

Both:
I said I'm putting down my story in a popular song

My problem, I never was a model,
I never was a scholar,
But you were always popular,
You were singing, all the songs I don't know
Now you're in the front row
'Cause my song is popular
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
You're only ever who you were
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
And all that you have to do, is be true to you
That's all you ever need to know
So catch up, 'cause you got an awful long way to go
So catch up, 'cause you got an awful long way to go

Ariana:
Always was on the lookout for someone to hate

Both:
Picking on me like a dinner plate

Ariana:
You'd hit during classes and in between them

Both:
Dunk me in the toilets now it's you that cleans em'

MIKA:
You tried to make me feel bad with the things you do
It ain't so funny when the joke's on you

Both:
Ooh

Ariana:
The joke's on you
Got everyone's laughing

Both:
Got everyone clapping, asking
How come you look so cool?
'Cause that's the only thing that I learnt at school, boy
I said that's the only thing I learnt at school

My problem, I never was a model,
I never was a scholar,
But you were always popular,
You were singing, all the songs I don't know
Now you're in the front row
'Cause my song is popular
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
You're only ever who you were
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
And all that you have to do, is be true to you
That's all you ever need to know
So catch up, cause you got an awful long way to go
So catch up, cause you got an awful long way to go

All you ever need to know
You're only ever who you were
All you ever need to know
You're only ever who you were
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
You're only ever who you were
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
It's not about who you are or your fancy car
You're only ever who you were
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
And all that you have to do, is be true to you.
That's all you ever need to know

Ariana:
That's all you ever need to know

References

Yours Truly
September 3, 2013 • 46:28 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Almost Is Never EnoughBaby IBetter Left UnsaidDaydreamin'Honeymoon AvenueLovin' ItPianoPopular SongRight ThereTattooed HeartThe WayYou'll Never Know
Unreleased Boyfriend MaterialDo You Love MeLa Vie En RosePink ChampagneStick AroundSuitcaseVoodoo LoveYou're My Only Shawty
Artists
Ariana GrandeBig SeanMac MillerMIKANathan Sykes
Tour
The Listening Sessions
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