Boyfriend (Mabel song)

"Boyfriend" is a song by English singer Mabel, released on 26 February 2020. The song is featured as a bonus track on the Digital & Streaming edition of Mabel's debut studio album High Expectations (2019).[2] The song additionally serves as the lead single from her upcoming second studio album.[3] "Boyfriend" samples "Remember Me" (1997) by Blue Boy which in turn sampled "Woman of the Ghetto" (1969) by Marlena Shaw.[4]

"Boyfriend"
Mabel - Boyfriend.png
Single by Mabel
from the album High Expectations
Released26 February 2020 (2020-02-26)
Recorded2019
GenrePop[1]
Length3:46
LabelPolydor
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Steve Mac
Mabel singles chronology
"Loneliest Time of Year"
(2019)
"Boyfriend"
(2020)
"West Ten"
(2020)
Music video
"Boyfriend" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

Mabel announced the song's release on 21 February 2020.[5] She described the song as "wanting someone in your life doesn't mean you can't still be dat bitchh".[6]

CompositionEdit

Musically, "Boyfriend" is an empowering upbeat pop anthem with a bumping production.[7][8][1] Lyrically, the song sees Mabel wanting a boyfriend, but saying how she doesn't necessarily need one "I want a boyfriend... Even though a man ain't something I need".

Music videoEdit

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Isaac Rentz and was released on 26 February 2020.[9][10] According to Mabel the video for "Boyfriend" was inspired by late American singer Aaliyah. [11] It sees Mabel make her ideal boyfriend in an underground computer laboratory.[7] It is a gender-reverse flip of the 1985 film Weird Science.[7]

Track listingEdit

Digital download[1]
No.TitleLength
1."Boyfriend"3:46
Digital download - Tiësto Remix[12]
No.TitleLength
1."Boyfriend" (Tiësto Remix)2:57
Digital download - Endor Remix[13]
No.TitleLength
1."Boyfriend" (Endor Remix)2:51
Digital download - Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix[14]
No.TitleLength
1."Boyfriend" (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)3:01

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[15]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[16] 4
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[17] 26
Croatia (HRT)[18] 55
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[19] 37
Euro Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[20] 16
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[21] 25
Ireland (IRMA)[22] 9
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[23] 27
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[24] 38
Romania (Airplay 100)[25] 53
Scotland (OCC)[26] 11
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[27] 81
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 5
UK Singles (OCC)[29] 10

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Gold 400,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various 26 February 2020 Original Polydor [1]
United Kingdom 28 February 2020 Contemporary hit radio [31]
Australia 2 March 2020 Universal [32]
Italy 6 March 2020 [33]
Various 27 March 2020
  • Digital download
  • streaming
Tiësto Remix Polydor [12]
3 April 2020 Endor Remix [13]
10 April 2020 Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix [14]

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ @Mabel (21 February 2020). "NEW MUSIC LOADINGGGGGG ARE YOU READY?! 26.02 Mabel.lnk.to/BoyfriendPreSave ...pic.twitter.com/GO2iaHvtmh" (Tweet). Retrieved 27 February 2020 – via Twitter.
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  18. ^ "Croatia ARC TOP 100". HRT. Archived from the original on 24 March 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
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  21. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  22. ^ "Official Irish Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  23. ^ "Mabel Chart History: Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  24. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 9 March 2020. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  25. ^ Arvunescu, Victor (27 April 2020). "Top Airplay 100 - Saint Jhn face legea!" [Top Airplay 100 – Saint Jhn makes the rules!] (in Romanian). Un site de muzică. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
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