Silly Boy (Eva Simons song)

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"Silly Boy"
Single by Eva Simons
from the album EVA-LUTION
ReleasedAugust 14, 2009 (digital download)
September 4, 2009 (CD Single)
FormatCD single, digital download
Recorded2008
GenreElectropop, R&B
Length3:22
LabelEMI Music Germany
Writer(s)M. Hamilton & T. Person
Producer(s)Tearce "Kizzo" Keaz
Eva Simons singles chronology
"Silly Boy"
(2009)
"Take Over Control"
(2010)
Music video
"Silly Boy" on YouTube
 
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"Silly Boy"
Single by Eva Simons
from the album EVA-LUTION
ReleasedAugust 14, 2009 (digital download)
September 4, 2009 (CD Single)
FormatCD single, digital download
Recorded2008
GenreElectropop, R&B
Length3:22
LabelEMI Music Germany
Writer(s)M. Hamilton & T. Person
Producer(s)Tearce "Kizzo" Keaz
Eva Simons singles chronology
"Silly Boy"
(2009)
"Take Over Control"
(2010)
Music video
"Silly Boy" on YouTube

"Silly Boy" is a song by Dutch pop singer Eva Simons and the debut single released from her debut studio album EVA-LUTION.

Background[edit]

The song was recorded by Simons and producer Tearce "Kizzo" Keaz in August 2008. In April 2009 the electro-pop track "Silly Boy" was leaked onto YouTube. Since then the song has attracted a large online fan community and became one of the most listened-to tracks online, generating over ten million clicks.[1] Simons said in an interview that at the time of the leak she was devastated, but later became thankful for its helping the track gain exposure.[2] However, in an earlier interview she said, "At first I was happy because it was cool to hear my song on the internet," but then she considered the difficulties of getting credit for it.[3]

In a press release, EMI's Billy Mann said: "Eva has taken the internet by storm and she already has a huge fan base that's just waiting for more. 'Silly Boy' captures her fabulous energy and strength of personality."[1]

"Silly Boy" was also originally reported to be a demo for R&B star Rihanna[4] and to feature songstress Lady Gaga,[1] after it was posted on singer Kanye West's blog.[4] It was later announced on Simons' official YouTube page that the song was her own, and Simons stated in an interview that she did write the song and being that, turned out only to be a mix of Rihanna and Lady Gaga.

Critical reception[edit]

Nick Levine of media website Digital Spy gave the single a positive review and 5/5 stars stating: "Thankfully, the track itself is worth every little scrap of fuss. With its zapping synths, rock guitars, booming beats, spiky lyrics and planet-sized chorus, it's a whopper of a song - pop on steroids. As for Simons, her ballsy attitude matches the bombastic production and the hairdo she rocks in the video makes Elly Jackson look like a chicken with the styling wax. The result? The most striking pop debut since 'Just Dance'."[5]

Paul Lester of The Guardian stated that he thought the song was not up to much, but the producer deserves a medal, and also compared the song to Lady Gaga's single "Poker Face".[6]

Release[edit]

"Silly Boy" is being released as a single. "Silly Boy" will be released to a total of twenty EMI territories through EMI Music Germany, beginning on September 4, 2009, in Germany[1] and on October 12, 2009, in the United Kingdom through Virgin Records. The song is now available on iTunes[7] in Australia,[8] North America, and Europe.[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Micky Suelzer and Daniel Warwick, premiered on July 30, 2009, on both Simons' website and YouTube. The video shows Simons styling a large hairdo and a wearing a silver sparkly outfit during dance scenes, an outfit covered with plastic straws and a black jumpsuit during car scenes. Throughout the video, Simons is shown dancing with a team of backup dancers on the chorus of the song, and in a corridor singing with letters spelling her name in the verses. Also, Simons is shown in a car, which she later gets out of, slams the door of, and gets back into. The video features a very Disturbia-esque dance routine and Eva wears disco ball-themed clothing.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Silly Boy" (Original Version) — 3:27
  2. "Silly Boy" (Acoustic Version) — 3:32
  1. "Silly Boy" (Original Version) — 3:27
  2. "Silly Boy" (Acoustic Version) — 3:32
  3. "Silly Boy" (Dave Audé Radio Version) — 4:04
  4. "Silly Boy" (Richard Vission Solmatic Mix) — 5:45

Official versions & remixes[edit]

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Release history[edit]

RegionDateFormat
WorldwideJuly 31, 2009Digital download
GermanySeptember 4, 2009CD single
Rest of EuropeSeptember 14, 2009CD Single
United KingdomOctober 12, 2009[11]Digital EP

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009)Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[12]45
Austria Singles Chart[12]55
Belgium Ultratip Chart (Flanders)[13]12
Czech Airplay Chart[14]39
Dutch Top 40[15]13
German Singles Chart[16]36
Slovenian Airplay Chart[14]50
Swedish Singles Chart[12]51
UK Singles Chart[12]149

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Press Release (23 July 2009). "EMI Music to release Eva Simon's worldwide online hit debut single 'Silly Boy'". EMI Group Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-04. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Q&A with EVA SIMONS!". The Beat Review. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ Levine, Nick (10 September 2009). "Eva Simons". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  4. ^ a b David Balls (12 May 2009). "Rihanna 'pens Brown split song'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  5. ^ Nick Levine (August 2009). "Music - Singles Reviews - Eva Simons: 'Silly Boy'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  6. ^ Paul Lester (3 September 2009). "New band of the day – No 620: Eva Simons". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Music - - Singles Release Diary - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  8. ^ "Eva Simons: Silly Boy - Single". Apple Inc. iTunes Store (Australia). Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  9. ^ "Eva Simons to release 'Silly Boy' via EMI". EMI Group Limited. July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-04. [dead link]
  10. ^ "CD Single - Silly Boy". amazon.de. amazon. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  11. ^ a b Nick Levine (2 September 2009). "Music - The Sound - Some exciting news about Eva Simons". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  12. ^ a b c d Eva Simons - Silly Boy Dutchcharts.nl, September 22, 2009
  13. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Eva+Simons&titel=Silly+Boy&cat=s
  14. ^ a b http://212.182.166.241/Search.aspx?On=eva%20simons
  15. ^ Nederlandse Top 40 (wk42) Futuremusiccharts.nl, September 22, 2009
  16. ^ http://acharts.us/song/49521