Army of Love is a single released by Kerli, from her shelved second studio album Utopia. The song was written by Kerli, Jean Baptiste, Mick McHenry and Ryan Buendia and was produced by Free School Music and Jean Baptiste. It was released on December 16, 2010 via free download on Kerli's official website. It was released for purchase as a single on April 12, 2011. A 9-track remix EP was released on May 3, 2011, and part 2 was released on June 21, 2011.
The song charted on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play Songs chart for a total of 11 weeks, and peaked at number 1 for the week of May 7, 2011. Army of Love was number 12 on the 2011 Billboard Year-End Dance/Club Songs chart.
Background[edit | edit source]
Kerli announced on November 4, 2010 that the first promotional single from her sophomore album would be titled Army of Love and that the video had nearly finished production.
Composition[edit | edit source]
Army of Love was written by Kerli, Jean Baptiste, Michael McHenry and Ryan Buendia. It was produced by Free School Music and Baptiste. "Army of Love" features a very distinct rhythmic electronic beat primarily consisting of an electronic keyboard, synths and a short drum beat. The song samples melody from 3 a.m. Eternal by the KLF.
Critical reception[edit | edit source]
About.com Dance Music / Electronica's DJ Ron Slomowicz selected the track as "Song of the Day", stating "Whether blatantly selling out or making a true artistic shift in musical direction, Army of Love is catchy and may just make Kerli more accessible across the board".
PopEater.com gave the song a positive review, commending the "infectious electronic beat" and noting that her "etherial vocals are the icing on the cake".
Chart performance[edit | edit source]
The song debuted at number 51 on the Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart and after eleven weeks, peaked at number 1. It also peaked at number 3 on the "Raadio Uuno Top 40" and number 10 on the Estonian Top 40.
Music video[edit | edit source]
The music video for Army of Love was filmed in a ghost town in Estonia sometime in 2011. The music video included a "fairytale-inspired magical forest" and a rave scene. Kerli and all the extras were dressed in a white palette for this video. It was directed by Kaimar Kukk and the outfits were designed by Kerli, Liisi Eesmaa and Grete Laus.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
The video begins with a title that says: "Kerli", then "Army of Love". The first scene of the video is Kerli sitting in what appears to be a child's bedroom. She is in a rocking chair, playing with a Rubik's Cube. Then it shows Kerli in an abandoned warehouse where she picks up a phone and announces "Moon Children, prepare to take over the universe". The scene cuts to Kerli outside the building singing the first chorus and verse into a megaphone. During this, people (presumably Moonchildren) come out of various places and follow her to the street for the next scene. They follow her into a forest, where she finds a unicorn as a fairy (Kerli) sits swinging on a swing. The next scene features Kerli on a truck singing for the large crowd that surrounds it. The video is concluded by the Moonchildren marching after her as she rides the unicorn. The screen fades to black and another title is shown: "To Be Continued..." In the beginning of the video, up until the point when she says "Moonchildren, prepare to take over the universe", you can hear words like "integrity", "love", and "unity" being whispered into the background. Throughout the first part of the video, words such as "integrity", "love", "unity", "we're coming", and "K713" blink on and off screen.
Vlog[edit | edit source]
Kerli had a series of five video blogs documenting the music video for Army of Love from December 1, 2010, through December 21, 2010, on AOL's PopEater music blog.
Reception[edit | edit source]
As of January 2015, the music video has 4,607,958 views on YouTube. Review site Idolator said that the song's music video is the "hottest rave to hit Middle Earth", referencing the works of J. R. R. Tolkien due to Kerli's elfin appearance in the video and the forest setting.
Lyrics[edit | edit source]
Track listing[edit | edit source]
- Army of Love - 03:24
Digital remix EP
- Army of Love (Mixin Marc & Tony Svejda Radio Edit) - 04:12
- Army of Love (Chew Fu Rain Las Vegas Radio Edit) - 03:46
- Army of Love (Sultan & Ned Shepard Radio Edit) - 03:39
- Army of Love (Mixin Marc & Tony Svejda Remix) - 07:02
- Army of Love (Chew Fu Rain Las Vegas Refix Extended Club) - 05:35
- Army of Love (Sultan & Ned Shepard Extended Club Mix) - 05:15
- Army of Love (Mixin Marc & Tony Svejda Instrumental) - 07:01
- Army of Love (Chew Fu Rain Las Vegas Refix Dub) - 05:35
- Army of Love (Sultan & Ned Shepard Club Dub) - 04:59
Digital remix EP, pt. 2
- Army of Love (Extended Army) - 05:20
- Army of Love (WAWA Edit) - 03:32
- Army of Love (Cherry Cherry Boom Boom Edit) - 03:14
- Army of Love (WAWA Extended Mix) - 06:17
- Army of Love (Cherry Cherry Boom Boom Refreak Mix) - 04:39
- Army of Love (DJ Lynnwood Club Mix) - 07:07
- Army of Love (WAWA Dub) - 06:17
- Army of Love (DJ Lynnwood Dub) - 06:09
Digital remix EP, pt. 3
- "Army of Love (Sonny Wharton Dub)" - 6:30
- "Army of Love (Sonny Wharton Remix)" - 6:29
- "Army of Love (Sonny Wharton Radio Edit)" - 3:25
- "Army of Love (Riley & Durrant Radio Edit)" - 3:37
- "Army of Love (Riley & Durrant Dub)" - 5:18
- "Army of Love (Riley & Durrant Vocal Mix)" - 5:48
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- s, w, p, b, v&results_pp=20&start=1 A. O. L.. ASCAP. Retrieved on March 30, 2011.
- Army Of Love - Kerli. Vevo. Retrieved on March 30, 2011.
- Intro. Chalkboard Music. Retrieved on March 30, 2011.
- Army of Love (Remixes): Kerli. iTunes. Retrieved on May 3, 2011.
- Army of Love (Remixes), pt. 2: Kerli. iTunes. Retrieved on June 21, 2011.
- Club Music, Hot Dance Songs, Club Songs, Dance Club Music Charts. Billboard. Retrieved on May 3, 2011.
- Kerli uus muusikavideo aitab teistele paljastada tema "salajast Eestit". November 4, 2010. Noorte Hääl. Retrieved on March 30, 2011. Template:Link language
- Kerli's Army of Love sample of The KLF's 3 a.m. Eternal (Live at the S.S.L.). WhoSampled.
- Song of the Day: Kerli - Army of Love. About.com. Retrieved on May 3, 2011.
- Kerli, 'Army of Love' -- Exclusive Song Premiere. December 12, 2010. PopEater.com. Retrieved on May 3, 2011.
- Eesti top 40. 2011. Raadio Uuno. (Estonian). Retrieved on May 27, 2011.
- Kerli - Army Of Love. Vevo. December 17, 2010. YouTube. Retrieved on May 3, 2011.
- Kerli Raves In The Woods In Her “Army Of Love” Video. Becky Bain. December 22, 2010. Idolator.
- Army of Love (Remixes): Kerli. Amazon.com. Retrieved on July 13, 2012.