Falling Down (Duran Duran song)

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"Falling Down"
Duran Duran Falling Down.jpg
Single by Duran Duran featuring Justin Timberlake
from the album Red Carpet Massacre
B-side "(Reach Up For The) Sunrise" (Live)
Released 12 November 2007 (2007-11-12) (UK)
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Rock, pop rock, new wave
Length 5:42 (Album Version)
3:40 (Radio Edit)
Label Epic - 88697191302
Songwriter(s) Justin Timberlake, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor, James Bates
Producer(s) Justin Timberlake and Duran Duran
Duran Duran singles chronology
"Falling Down"
"All You Need Is Now"

"Falling Down"
"All You Need Is Now"
Music video
"Falling Down"
"Falling Down" (Extended Version)
on YouTube

"Falling Down" is a single by English band Duran Duran from their 2007 album Red Carpet Massacre, which was sent to radio and made available to download from iTunes USA on 25 September 2007 (2007-09-25). It was recorded in two sessions in Blueprint Studios, Manchester and Sarm Studios, London. It is the only song on the album produced solely by Justin Timberlake and the band. All other songs are produced by Danja and Timbaland.

According to the band's official website, the single wasn't released on CD in the USA, due to the decline of physical singles being released in the US over passing time. However, the single was still released on CD in several European countries on 12 November 2007 (2007-11-12) and an 8-track promo CD was also released featuring remixes by artists such as Sebastian Leger and T-empo.

The single was the band's last to be released on Epic Records.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Falling Down" centres around models in rehab with the members of Duran Duran acting as doctors and therapists, wearing white suits and thick glasses, counselling a group of the models and passing round pills. The band has publicly stated that pop star Britney Spears served as inspiration for the main character in the music video.[1]

Apart from the MTV-friendly version, an "R-rated" version featuring topless models was also made (though this version has yet to appear). It was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Anthony Mandler who also did the video for The Killers' "When You Were Young".[2] Models Allie Crandell and Tatiana Kovylina starred in the video.[3]

The music video premiered on 16 October on Yahoo! Music.


In the UK, the single charted at No. 52, the second worst-performing single in Duran Duran's history after "Someone Else Not Me". Contrarily, "Falling Down" was a surprise hit in Italy, where it peaked at No. 2.

Chart (2007) Peak
Italian Singles Chart[4] 2
UK Singles Chart[5] 52
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 60
Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Airplay Chart[7] 25
Czech IFPI Top 100 Chart[8] 6

Track listing[edit]

CD: Epic / 88697 19130 2 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Falling Down" – 5:42
  2. "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise (Live)" – 3:26

CD: Epic / (US promo)[edit]

  1. "Falling Down (Radio Edit)" – 3:40
  2. "Falling Down (Extended Version)" – 5:42

CD: Epic 8-track promo (UK)[edit]

  1. "Falling Down (Sebastian Leger Vocal Mix)" – 7:25
  2. "Falling Down (Sebastian Leger Dub)" – 6:14
  3. "Falling Down (T-empo Main Mix)" – 7:36
  4. "Falling Down (Freeks Main Mix)" – 7:12
  5. "Falling Down (Ashanti Boys Main Mix)" – 6:03
  6. "Falling Down (Freeks Instrumental)" – 7:12
  7. "Falling Down (Sebastian Leger Radio Mix)" – 3:48
  8. "Falling Down (Original Version)(Radio Edit)" – 3:40

CD: Epic 8-track promo (US)[edit]

  1. "Falling Down (Single Edit)" – 3:40
  2. "Falling Down (Album Version)" – 5:42
  3. "Falling Down (Ashanti Boys Main Mix)" – 6:03
  4. "Falling Down (Freeks Main Mix)" – 7:12
  5. "Falling Down (Sebastian Leger Vocal Mix)" – 3:48
  6. "Falling Down (Freeks Instrumental)" – 7:12
  7. "Falling Down (Sebastian Leger Dub)" – 6:14
  8. "Falling Down (Jeff Barringer Mix)" – 3:44

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Justin Timberlake - producer, background vocals
  • Jean-Marie Horvat - mixer
  • Dom Brown - guitars


External links[edit]