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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).

"Little Bird"
Love song for a vampire.jpg
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.

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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" peaked at number 3 in the UK and at number 49 in the US. It peaked within top 10 in Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

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

NoteEdit

In Europe and Australasia, "Little Bird" was released as a double A-side single with "Love Song for a Vampire".

Certifications and salesEdit

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

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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. ^ "RPM Dance". RPM. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Annie Lennox – Love Song for a Vampire" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Annie Lennox – Why". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (02.04.1993-08.04.1993)" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Annie Lennox". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  10. ^ "HitParadeItalia - Lennox, Annie" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Annie Lennox – Little Bird". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Top 10 Portugal" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
  13. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Annie Lennox – Little Bird / Love Song for a Vampire". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Annie Lennox: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Annie Lennox Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Annie Lennox Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Annie Lennox Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  19. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  20. ^ "British single certifications – Annie LennoxDion – Little Bird / Song for a Vampire". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Little Bird / Song for a Vampire in the search field and then press Enter.