Love Today (song)

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"Love Today"
Mika - Love Today.png
Single by Mika
from the album Life in Cartoon Motion
Released23 April 2007 (2007-04-23)
Genre
Length
  • 3:57 (album version)
  • 3:22 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)Mika
Producer(s)Greg Wells
Mika singles chronology
"Grace Kelly"
(2007)
"Love Today"
(2007)
"Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)"
(2007)
Music video
"Love Today" on YouTube

"Love Today" is the second single released by London-based singer Mika, taken from his debut studio album Life in Cartoon Motion (2007). The song was produced by Greg Wells at Rocket Carousel studios and engineered by Drew Pearson. It was released in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2007 as a digital download, with the official physical release appearing on 23 April 2007. It has since peaked at number six.[1] The single was released in Australia on 23 July 2007,[2] peaking at number three on the ARIA Singles Chart, and was used for Austereo radio station network advertising. The song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording at the 50th Grammy Awards but lost to Justin Timberlake's "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows".

Background and composition

Love Today was written by Mika and produced by Greg Wells. He described the story behind the song in an interview with the Sun Newspaper, on 2 February 2007:

"I was really happy when I wrote this and when I'm in that kind of mood I always hope everyone else feels the same way. Everybody is looking for the same thing - to love someone and be loved back. Or just to get laid. It all depends on how you look for it. 'Love Today' captures that, the euphoric feeling you get when those things go right."[3]

Mika revealed to The Times, on 20 November 2009 that the song came fully formed "after the first time I had sleepy with somebody and actually loved it."[3]

Critical reception

The song received mixed reviews from music critics. Heather Phares from AllMusic wrote that on the song "Mika straddles the line between adorable and annoying."[4] John Murphy from musicOMH agreed, writing that his voice is "infuriating" on the track.[5] In the same vein, Graham Griffith from About.com wrote that the song "finds itself hijacked by Mika's otherwise appealing falsetto, which morphs into an unflattering shriek and transforms the song into something altogether intolerable."[6]

Christian John Mikane from PopMatters wrote that the song is "sincere."[7] Mikane further added that "The pop-disco arrangement of 'Love Today' dresses Mika in legwarmers and leotards; it’s the kind of song you’d expect the TV cast of Fame to perform mid-episode. Frankly, it’s refreshing to hear an unproven artist take risks with material that, historically, is subject to derision."[7] Lizzie Ennever from BBC Music wrote a positive review, saying that the song is "another winner - truly funky disco-pop that has you shoulder-shimmying non-stop, and even though you hate yourself for enjoying it, you simply can't stop yourself having a great time whilst you listen."[8] Craig McLean from The Observer called it "turbo-funk falsetto fun genetically modified to lay waste to hen nights and Freshers' Balls from Dundee to Dungeness."[9]

In popular culture

"Love Today" was used as the background music during the National Costume and Opening Presentation of Miss Universe 2008 held in Nha Trang, Vietnam. A portion of this song was used as a background song in a TV commercial for Mizone, an Indonesian isotonic drink, in 2010. The song was also featured in the films Get Him to the Greek, Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage and Monte Carlo.

Track listings

UK CD single[10]

  1. "Love Today"
  2. "The Only Lonely One" (demo)
  3. "Billy Brown" (acoustic)
  4. "Love Today" (Switch Remix)

UK 7-inch single[11]

A. "Love Today" (album version)
B. "Stuck in the Middle" (acoustic version)

UK 12-inch single[12]

  1. "Love Today" (Switch Remix)
  2. "Love Today" (Rob Mello No Ears Vocal)
  3. "Love Today" (Rob Mello No Ears Dub)

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[42] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[43] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Silver 200,000double-dagger

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Region Date Format Label(s) Ref.
United Kingdom 23 April 2007 CD [45]
Australia 23 July 2007 [46]

References

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