Easy Lover

"Easy Lover"
Easy Lover by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins US 12-inch dance remix front cover.jpg
Front cover of North American 12-inch vinyl single
Single by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
from the album Chinese Wall
B-side"Woman"
Released
  • November 1984 (US)
  • 25 February 1985 (UK)[1]
Format
Recorded1984
Genre
Length5:02
LabelColumbia/CBS
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Phil Collins
Philip Bailey singles chronology
"Photogenic Memory"
(1984)
"Easy Lover"
(1984)
"(Walkin' On The) Chinese Wall"
(1984)
Phil Collins singles chronology
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
(1984)
"Easy Lover"
(1984)
"One More Night"
(1984)
Alternative cover
Front cover of UK 7-inch vinyl single
Front cover of UK 7-inch vinyl single

"Easy Lover" is a song performed by Philip Bailey, of Earth, Wind & Fire, and Phil Collins of Genesis and jointly written and composed by Bailey, Collins, and Nathan East. The song appeared on Bailey's solo album Chinese Wall. Collins has performed the song in his live concerts and it appears on both his 1990 album Serious Hits... Live! and his 1998 compilation album, ...Hits.

The song was a No. 1 hit in several countries worldwide, including Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. In the U.S., it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 2 February 1985, kept out of the top spot by "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner. In the UK Singles Chart, it reached No. 1, staying there for four weeks.[2] The single sold over a million copies in the U.S. and was certified gold,[3] as the RIAA requirement for a platinum single disc was not lowered to one million units until 1989.[4] In addition, "Easy Lover" has been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 400,000 in the UK[1] and platinum in Canada by Music Canada.[5]

The single did not receive a local release in Australia due to a dispute between Bailey's record company, CBS, and Collins' record company, WEA. As a result, it was only available through imports from New Zealand, which is the reason for its poor showing on the Australian charts.

"Easy Lover" won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video in 1985 and was Grammy Award nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals in 1986.[6][7]

  1. ^ a b "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for Phil Collins (page 3)". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 447. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - March 29, 2014". RIAA. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Rock Music, etc., Terms". spider.georgetowncollege.edu. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Music Canada : Gold Platinum Database". Musiccanada.com. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  6. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards History: Best Overall Performance". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group or Duo". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 29 March 2014.

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