B Boy Baby

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"B Boy Baby"
Mutya buena b boy baby cd1.jpg
Single by Mutya Buena
from the album Real Girl
Released23 December 2007 (UK)
Recorded2006
Genre
Length3:54
Label4th & B'way
Songwriter(s)
  • Phil Spector
  • Ellie Greenwich
  • Jeff Barry
  • Craig Klepto Tucker
  • Peter Celik
  • Angela Hunte
Producer(s)Salaam Remi
Mutya Buena singles chronology
"Just a Little Bit"
(2007)
"B Boy Baby"
(2007)
Amy Winehouse singles chronology
"Love Is a Losing Game"
(2007)
"B Boy Baby"
(2007)
"Body and Soul"
(2011)
Alternative cover
Promotional cover
Promotional cover

"B Boy Baby" is a song written by British recording artist Mutya Buena with prominent background vocals by singer Amy Winehouse. The song heavily samples "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes, written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, with new lyrics by Angela Hunte, It was produced by Salaam Remi for Buena's debut album, Real Girl (2007) and released as the fourth and final single from the album in December 2007.

Background

Buena left the girl group Sugababes in December 2005, shortly after the birth of her daughter. She began working on her debut solo album after signing with Island Records. "B Boy Baby" resulted from sessions with British producer Salaam Remi, famous for his work with Amy Winehouse, Nas, and Fugees. It borrows lyrical and melodic passages from "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes, with the sampled chorus sung by Winehouse.

Reception

Sharon Mawer of Allmusic wrote, "Buena raps the verses on "B Boy Baby" before launching into a chorus consisting of a slowed down version of the Ronettes/Phil Spector '60s masterpiece which even Amy Winehouse couldn't save from dreary boredom."[1] Popjustice's Peter Robinson hoped that Winehouse's appearance on the "almost universally disapproved-of" song could help Buena's fledgling solo career "turn around."[2] The single was ultimately a commercial failure, charting at number 73 on the UK Singles Chart. However, promotion for the single did see Real Girl return to the UK Albums Chart, re-entering the lower end of the charts at number 88 and rising to number 83. "B Boy Baby" has since been used in various adverts on UK television.

Music video

The video premiered on 4Music on 4 December 2007.[3] It was filmed in Millennium Square, Bristol, and features "The Physical Jerks" – a group of break dancers. Amy Winehouse was supposed to appear in the video, however, she was ultimately unable to.

Track listing

  1. "B Boy Baby" (Radio Edit) – 3:02
  2. "Fast Car" (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Session) – 3:12
  3. "B Boy Baby" (Video) – 3:05
  1. "B Boy Baby" (Radio Edit) – 3:02
  2. "B Boy Baby" (Soul Seekerz Remix) – 5:36
  3. "B Boy Baby" (Music Kidz Remix) – 6:37

Charts

References

  1. ^ Sharon Mawer. "Real Girl Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  2. ^ Peter Robinson (5 December 2007). "Could Mutya turn everything around with the release of 'B‑Boy Baby'?". Popjustice. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  3. ^ YouTube - Mutya Buena - B Boy Baby - Ft Amy Winehouse
  4. ^ "B Boy Baby".
  5. ^ "B Boy Baby (Remixes) - EP by Mutya Buena". January 2007.
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/b-boy-baby-radio-edit-single/id270742533
  7. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 200823 into search. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Rádiós Top 100 - hallgatottsági adatok alapján - 2008". Mahasz. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
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