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"Bubbly" is a song by American singer Colbie Caillat from her debut album, Coco (2007). Written by Caillat and Jason Reeves and produced by Mikal Blue, the song was released as the album's lead single on May 15, 2007. It remains Caillat's biggest hit in the US to date, and her only single to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, "Bubbly" reached number one in Australia and became a top-ten hit in several European countries, including Belgium, Germany and Norway.

"Bubbly"
Bubbly (Colbie Caillat).jpg
Single by Colbie Caillat
from the album Coco
B-side"Circles"
ReleasedMay 15, 2007 (2007-05-15)
Format
Recorded2007
GenreFolk-pop
Length3:17
LabelUniversal Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Mikal Blue
Colbie Caillat singles chronology
"Bubbly"
(2007)
"Mistletoe"
(2007)

The single's music video, directed by Liz Friedlander, aired on MTV, VH1 and CMT. A still from the music video was used as the cover for Caillat's debut album, Coco. The single is also featured in the hit PlayStation 2 karaoke game SingStar Pop Vol 2, released in late September 2008 in the United States. It was also featured in SingStar Hottest Hits in PAL regions.

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Background and compositionEdit

"Bubbly" was written by Colbie Caillat and Jason Reeves. It is an alternative pop song, folk song, and acoustic song. "Bubbly" is written in the key of A and primarily features a gentle guitar instrumentation which uses a capo of seventh fret.[1] The guitar uses open D tuning (low to high): D–A–D–F–A–D.[2]

Caillat commented on the lyrical composition of the song in an interview with Wilson County News on February 20, 2008, following her live performance on The View, "I didn't write "Bubbly" for any [special] guy. I wrote it about the feelings you get when you have a crush on somebody, and when they give you butterflies in your stomach and they just make you smile."[3]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Susan Visakowitz of Billboard wrote that Caillat's "warm vocals along with a gentle acoustic arrangement effortlessly conjure the idyllic California she calls home".[4]

Commercial performanceEdit

On the issue dated October 6, 2007, "Bubbly" rose from number 16 to number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, eventually peaking at number five for seven weeks. It also topped the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks charts for 19 and 14 weeks, respectively. The song was placed at number two on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks year-end chart of 2008, behind Sara Bareilles' "Love Song".[5] The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on December 13, 2007,[6] with sales of more than 2.6 million downloads in the US.[7] It peaked at number two for three weeks on the Canadian Hot 100. In Australia—where "Bubbly" was used in a promotional video for the Seven Network soap opera Home and Away—it reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart for the week of April 7, 2008. Elsewhere, the single reached number one in the Czech Republic and charted within the top ten in Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, and Sweden. It did not fare as well in the British Isles, peaking at number 58 in the United Kingdom and number 48 in Ireland.

On VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '00s, "Bubbly" ranked number 71 on the list.[8]

Music videoEdit

SynopsisEdit

""It was just about being by the beach and having a wonderful day with a person you like. It captures that whole feeling."

—Colbie Caillat in an interview with Wilson Country News, describing how the music video for "Bubbly" relates to the overall theme of the song.[3]

Filmed in Colbie Caillat's hometown of Malibu and in Santa Barbara in southern California,[3] the music video features intercut scenes of Caillat playing the guitar while dreamily singing the lyrics of the song and spending time with her lover in their home and out in nature. It is a sunny day, and some shots feature Caillat basking in sun-baked golden fields as she sings. Later in the video, Caillat drives in an old Bronco and then is pictured singing as she walks slowly along the coast of California and looks out over a cliff into the Pacific Ocean. Caillat performs clad in a simple tank top and jeans which are slightly ripped at the knees; she also is seen wearing a necklace made of sea shells.

ReceptionEdit

Uploaded to Caillat's YouTube and Vevo account on December 13, 2009, the video for "Bubbly" has received a generally positive reaction from fans and has garnered over 48 million views.[9]

Track listingsEdit

  • UK CD single
  1. "Bubbly" – 3:17
  2. "Circles" – 3:53
  • European CD single
  1. "Bubbly" – 2:53
  2. "Magic" (Piano Version) – 3:18
  • European CD maxi single
  1. "Bubbly" – 3:17
  2. "Circles" – 3:53
  3. "Magic" (Piano Version) – 3:18
  4. "Bubbly" (Video) – 3:25

PersonnelEdit

  • Colbie Caillat – vocals
  • Mikal Blue – producer, engineer, mixing, acoustic guitar, bass, synthesizer
  • Ken Caillat – mixing
  • Jaco Caraco – electric guitar
  • Victor Indrizzo – drums
  • Doug Sax – mastering

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[60] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[61] Gold 25,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[62] Gold 30,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[63] Gold 7,500^
Germany (BVMI)[64] Gold 150,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[65] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[66] Silver 200,000 
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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