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"Clown" is a song by the Scottish recording artist Emeli Sandé. It was released on 3 February 2013 as the fifth single from her first studio album, Our Version of Events (2012). "Clown" was written by Sandé, Shahid Khan and Grant Mitchell, and produced by Khan under his production name of Naughty Boy.

Emeli Sandé - Clown.jpg
Single by Emeli Sandé
from the album Our Version of Events
B-side"Kill the Boy"
Released3 February 2013 (2013-02-03)
FormatDigital download
Producer(s)Naughty Boy
Emeli Sandé singles chronology
"Beneath Your Beautiful"
"Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe"



The song talks about Sandé's first experiences in the music industry, mainly reflecting her search to be signed by a music company and the encounters with several music business people. Commenting on the song, Sandé said, "It’s about how I felt when I was trying to get signed, I was going for all these meetings and people were looking at me like ‘What do we do with you’? It’s about not allowing yourself to be judged by others or to be taken for an idiot. I feel the video reflects that."[1]

Music videoEdit

A music video to accompany the release of "Clown" was first released onto YouTube on 6 December 2012 with a total length of three minutes and forty-seven seconds.[2] It was directed by WIZ.[1] The video was made in the style of a silent film and shows Sandé being urged by a group of men, in military uniform, to sign a document in order to receive something in return.[1]


Sandé performed "Clown" during the final of the ninth series of The X Factor on 9 December 2012,[3] as well as appearing on The Voice of Holland in November 2012.[4] Sandé also performed the song on The Graham Norton Show on 11 January 2013.

"Clown" debuted in Australia at #34 in the week commencing 2 June 2014 on the back of The Voice contestants Candice Skjonnemand and Thando Sikwila performing the song on the show on 26 May 2014.[5]

Track listingEdit

Digital EP[6]
  1. "Clown" – 3:41
  2. "Clown" (Live at the Royal Albert Hall) – 4:06
  3. "Kill the Boy" – 3:43
  4. "Clown" (Instrumental) – 3:41
  5. "Clown" (Music video) – 3:46
2013 Brit Awards
  1. "Clown" / "Next to Me" (Live from the BRITs) - 4:53

Credits and personnelEdit

  • Lead vocals – Emeli Sandé
  • Lyrics – Emeli Sandé, Shahid Khan, Grant Mitchell
  • Producers – Naughty Boy
  • Piano – Grant Mitchell
  • Label - Virgin Records

Charts and certificationsEdit

Release historyEdit

Country Release date Format(s) Label
United Kingdom[6] 3 February 2013 Digital EP Virgin Records

O'G3NE versionEdit

Single by O'G3NE
from the album We Got This (Special Edition)
Released23 May 2016
LabelCornelis Music
O'G3NE singles chronology
"Take the Money and Run"
"Loved You First"

The Dutch three-piece girl group O'G3NE, released a cover version of the song in the Netherlands as a digital download on 23 May 2016 by Cornelis Music. The song peaked at number 64 on the Dutch Singles Chart. The song is included on the Special Edition of their third studio album, We Got This.

Track listingEdit

Digital download


Chart (2016) Peak
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 64

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
Netherlands 23 May 2016[20] Cornelis Music


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  2. ^ Emeli Sandé – Clown on YouTube
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts Chartifacts w/c 2 June 2014". ARIA. 5 June 2014. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  7. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  8. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  9. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  10. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown" (in Dutch). Ultratop Urban. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  11. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Chart Track: Week 4, 2013". Irish Singles Chart.
  13. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  15. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201314 into search.
  16. ^ " – Emeli Sandé – Clown". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "British single certifications – Emeli Sandé – Clown". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Clown in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ " – O'G3ne – Clown" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  20. ^ 'Clown - Single' van OG3NE op Apple Music

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