Beautiful Life (Union J song)

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"Beautiful Life"
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Single by Union J
from the album Union J
Released 21 October 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Pop
Length 4:03
Label Syco, RCA
Songwriter(s) Jon Maguire, Jon Lilygreen, Jo Perry, Jo Lawrence, Blair Dreelan
Union J singles chronology
"Carry You"
"Beautiful Life"
"Loving You Is Easy"

"Carry You"
"Beautiful Life"
"Loving You Is Easy"

"Beautiful Life" is a song by British boy band Union J. It was released as on 21 October 2013 as the second single from their debut studio album, Union J (2013).


On 3 September 2013, Union J announced via Twitter the name of their next single would be "Beautiful Life" and will be released on 21 October: "THE WAIT IS OVER! Our brand new single is called ‘Beautiful Life’ and is released on 21st Oct #UnionJBeautifulLife".[1] George Shelley said: "Single 2 is called Beautiful Life, and its my favourite song in the world. Means so much to me, and you'll love it!"[2] The group also commented on the track: "The guitar is back!", and Josh Cuthbert described it as a "mid-tempo song" that "builds throughout".[3] The single officially debuted on 9 September.[4]

Music video[edit]

On 4 September 2013, it was reported the band were filming the music video for their new single.[5] In late September, 4Music revealed a behind-the-scenes of the video for "Beautiful Life".[6] The video was filmed in London at a shipping dock as the song progresses young people emerge from the crates and join Union J.[7] The music video officially premiered on 16 September 2013.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Roberts Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song three out of five stars, saying: "As such, Union J's latest single 'Beautiful Life', which encourages people to live life to the fullest - including one insecure girl who lives a 'broken dream' and spades on the make-up 'to cover up an empty space' - feels a touch on the dated side. The jaunty guitar riff, singalong lyrics and arms-aloft chorus are all present and correct, but what is sorely lacking is a dose of youthful charm."[9]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
1."Beautiful Life"4:03
2."Beautiful Life" (Acoustic)4:01
Other Versions
  • 7th Heaven Club Mix - 6:28


Chart (2013) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 19
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 8

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Indonesia[13] 27 September 2013 Digital download Sony Music
Australia[14] 18 October 2013 RCA Records, Sony Music
New Zealand[16]
United Kingdom[17]


  1. ^ "Union J Announce New Single 'Beautiful Life'". 3 September 2013.
  2. ^ Corner, Lewis (3 September 2013). "Union J announce new single 'Beautiful Life'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Union J Announce New Single 'Beautiful Life'". Metro Radio. 3 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Union J unveil new single 'Beautiful Life'". 9 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Union J Films "Beautiful Life" Music Video". 4 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Union J 'Beautiful Life' behind the scenes". 25 September 2013. Archived from the original on 25 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Union J Confirm New Single, Shoot Music Video in London". 3 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Union J unveil 'Beautiful Life' music video - watch". 16 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Union J: 'Beautiful Life' - Single review". 10 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Chart Track: Week 45, 2013". Irish Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Beautiful Life – Single – Union J". iTunes Store (Apple Inc.). Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Beautiful Life – EP – Union J". iTunes Store - AUS (Apple Inc.). Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Beautiful Life – EP – Union J". iTunes Store - IRE (Apple Inc.). Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Beautiful Life – EP – Union J". iTunes Store - NZ (Apple Inc.). Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  17. ^ "Beautiful Life – EP – Union J". iTunes Store - UK (Apple Inc.). Retrieved 3 October 2013.