Famous (Play song)

Single by Play
from the album Under My Skin
Released February 15, 2010
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2010
Length 2:52
Label Bonnier Amigo
  • Alexander Almonte
  • Marcus Englöf
Play singles chronology
"Not the One"
Music video
"Famous" on YouTube

"Famous" is an English language hit by Swedish girl group Play, taken from the album Under My Skin released April 21, 2010. It is the only number-one single for the group on the Swedish Singles Chart, and their only top 10 hit since Play began in 2001.

The song was released as a one-track digital download on February 15, 2010,[1] while on February 16 it was released as a two-track CD single including the song "Girls" as a B-side.[2] It debuted on the Swedish Singles Chart for the week ending February 19, 2010 at number five, reaching number one the following week and staying there for one week.[3] After five consecutive weeks on the chart, it left for one week before returning for two more, giving it a seven-week run.[3]


In late 2009, as part of the Swedish television program Made in Sweden, the show's judges tried to reunite the Swedish pop group Play which split up in 2005. Three members from the original group were due to take part: Fanny Hamlin, Anaïs Lameche and Rosanna Munter, but Rosanna dropped out two weeks prior to filming. After a search for a third member, Sanne Karlsson, a demo recorder for one of their songs, was chosen. She joined the band and the cameras followed the group throughout the four-episode program in their journey to get back in shape for the music industry. By the last episode of the show on February 11, 2010, "Famous", the show's theme song, was announced as the group's first single since 2004.[4]

Track listing

Digital download

  1. "Famous" (Radio Version) – 2:52

CD single

  1. "Famous" – 2:52
  2. "Girls" – 3:12

Release history

Country Date Format Label
Sweden February 15, 2010[1] Digital download Bonnier Music
February 16, 2010[2] CD single


Chart (2010) Peak
Swedish Singles Chart 1

Big Time Rush version


"Famous" cover
Promotional single by Big Time Rush from the album BTR (International Version)
Released June 29, 2010
Format Digital download
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:06
Label Columbia

"Famous" was also recorded by American pop group Big Time Rush. It was played in its entirety for the first time immediately following the debut of the episode "Big Time Fever" on June 26, 2010, then released 3 days later on June 29, 2010 as their fourth single.[5] It was originally intended to be the fourth single from their debut album BTR, but the song failed to make the final track list. The two songs appear in international version of the album.

Song Information

The song was released as the band's fourth single. It was the first song to be heard on the show.

Music video

The music video was released on June 25, 2010 and was recorded in both a studio and a concert held in Times Square on June 10, 2010.


  1. 1 2 Staff (February 15, 2010). "Famous by Play". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  2. 1 2 Staff (February 16, 2010). "Famous [Single, Import]". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  3. 1 2 Staff (April 30, 2010). "Play - Famous". SwedishCharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  4. Staff (February 11, 2010). "Made in Sweden: Season 2". Made in Sweden. TV4 (Sweden).
  5. "Famous: Big Time Rush: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
Preceded by
"Ambitions" by Donkeyboy
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single (Play version)
February 26, 2010 - March 4, 2010
Succeeded by
"This Is My Life" by Anna Bergendahl
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