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Little Bird (Annie Lennox song)

"Little Bird" is a song composed and recorded by the Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox. Taken from her debut solo album, Diva (1992), it was released in 1993 as a double A-side with "Love Song for a Vampire" (which appeared on the soundtrack for the Francis Ford Coppola film Bram Stoker's Dracula) in Ireland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In other territories, "Little Bird" was released alone. The two songs were both released as separate singles in Italy.

"Little Bird"
Single by Annie Lennox
from the album Diva
A-side "Love Song for a Vampire"
Released 1993
Format CD single, 7 inch and cassette single
Genre Dance
Length 4:48 (Album Version)
4:32 (Edit)
Label BMG
Columbia Records
Arista Records (US)
Songwriter(s) Annie Lennox
Producer(s) Stephen Lipson
Annie Lennox singles chronology
"Cold"
(1992)
"Little Bird" / "Love Song for a Vampire"
(1993)
"No More I Love You's"
(1995)

"Cold"
(1992)
"Little Bird" / "Love Song for a Vampire"
(1993)
"No More I Love You's"
(1995)
Music video
"Little Bird on YouTube

Lennox performed "Little Bird" during the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London on 12 Aug 2012. A live version was played in the end credits to The Sopranos episode "Eloise". The song was also featured in the film Striptease. The video for "Little Bird" does not appear on the video album for Diva but is heard instrumentally over the end credits.

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Critical receptionEdit

The Gavin Report wrote about the song: "Her hit streak is about to carryover into 1993 on the wings of a sensitively written and brilliantly produced song that expresses what many people feel from time to time. All that, and it's uptempo!"[1]

Chart performanceEdit

"Little Bird" / "Love Song for a Vampire" peaked at number three in the United Kingdom and Ireland and number 34 in Switzerland. "Little Bird" peaked at number 49 in the United States. It also peaked within top 10 in Canada, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. In 2012, after Lennox performed the song during the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, it charted as a solo single for the first time, reaching number 96 on the UK Singles Chart.

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Sophie Muller and features several Lennox lookalikes dressed as the many different personas that Lennox has used in her videos (both solo and as part of Eurythmics) over the past decade as they perform with Lennox herself in a Cabaret-esque setting. The music videos referenced by the personas include:

Lennox was in late stages of pregnancy with her second daughter Tali during the filming of the video.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Annie Lennox, unless otherwise noted.

CD - Arista (US)

  1. "Little Bird (Edit)" - 4:32
  2. "Love Song for a Vampire" (from Bram Stoker's Dracula) - 4:16
  3. "Why" - 5:04 *
  4. "The Gift" (Lennox/Buchanan, Bell, Moore) - 4:36 *
  5. "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart" (Lennox/Stewart) - 4:06 *

CD - BMG (UK)

  1. "Little Bird" - 4:39
  2. "Love Song for a Vampire (From Bram Stoker's Dracula)" - 4:17
  3. "Little Bird (Utah Saints Version)" - 6:35
  4. "Little Bird (N-Joi Version)" - 4:46

12" - Arista (US)

  1. "Little Bird (House of Gypsies Version)" - 6:59
  2. "Little Bird (House of Gypsies Radio Version)" - 4:18
  3. "Little Bird (House of Annie Version)" - 4:19
  4. "Little Bird (Single Version)" - 4:32
  5. "Little Bird (Utah Saints Version)" - 6:38
  6. "Little Bird (N-Joi Version)" - 4:52

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sholin, Dave (11 December 1992). "Gavin Picks > Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. No. 1935. p. 48. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Annie Lennox – Little Bird". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 100235." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 1709." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Annie Lennox – Why". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (02.04.1993 - 08.04.1993)" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Little Bird / Love Song for a Vampire". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  9. ^ "HitParadeItalia - Lennox, Annie" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Annie Lennox – Little Bird". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Top 10 Portugal" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Annie Lennox – Little Bird / Love Song for a Vampire". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Annie Lennox: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Annie Lennox Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Annie Lennox Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Annie Lennox Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  18. ^ "The RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  19. ^ "The RPM Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1993". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  20. ^ "British single certifications – Annie LennoxDion – Little Bird / Song for a Vampire". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Little Bird / Song for a Vampire in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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