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Tegan and Sara - Boyfriend (Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016)

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Boyfriend on Wikipedia
Single by Tegan and Sara
from the album Love You to Death
ReleasedApril 8, 2016 (2016-04-08)
FormatDigital download
  • Vapor
  • Warner Bros.
  • Tegan Quin
  • Sara Quin
  • Greg Kurstin
Producer(s)Greg Kurstin
Tegan and Sara singles chronology

"Boyfriend" is a song written and recorded by Canadian musical duo Tegan and Sara for their eighth studio album, Love You to Death (2016). The twins co-wrote the track with its producer, Greg Kurstin, who had previously worked with them on the majority of their breakthrough album, Heartthrob (2013). Released to digital retailers April 8, 2016 through Vapor Records and Warner Bros. Records, "Boyfriend" serves as the album's lead single and their first non-soundtrack single in nearly three years.[2]

Upon its release, "Boyfriend" was met with generally positive reviews and moderate commercial reception. In the duo's native Canada, the song entered the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 at number 92 and has impacted multiple national airplay charts.[3]


  • 1 Background and release
  • 2 Lyrics and composition
  • 3 Critical reception
  • 4 Track listing
  • 5 Music video
  • 6 Live performances
  • 7 Charts
    • 7.1 Weekly charts
  • 8 Release history
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Background and release

After a three year gap since the release of their more commercial, pop-oriented album, Heartthrob (2013), Tegan and Sara announced their then-upcoming eighth studio album, Love You to Death, in March 2016.[4] They reconnected with Greg Kurstin, who produced over half of the former (including all four of its official and promotional singles), for the entirety of the new album. "Boyfriend" was selected as the album's lead single and the duo released a teaser video to YouTube on March 30, 2016.[5]

The song premiered in full through Beats 1 radio on April 7, 2016; it was then made available to download the following day (April 8, 2016).[6] Official remixes were commissioned by the duo's record label, Warner Bros. Records, in May and the resulting remix extended play was released on May 27, 2016.[7] "Boyfriend" is scheduled to impact American hot adult contemporary and AC radio formats on June 6, 2016.[8]

Lyrics and composition

"Boyfriend" is a synthpop song[1][9] with elements of new wave[10] written by Tegan Quin, Sara Quin, and Greg Kurstin and produced by Kurstin. The song is set in common time and lasts for a duration of two minutes and forty-seven seconds. Blaring synths accompany a "thundering" percussion beat, while the song also makes use of hand claps.[9][11] The soundscape of "Boyfriend" has been compared to that of Heartthrob in addition to being described as "bombastic" and "stadium-shaking... full-on pop."[9][11]

Lyrically, the song tackles the subject of defining a relationship, with the chorus listing contradictory behaviour that makes the narrator feel sometimes like a lover and others like a friend.[6] Inspired by a love triangle from Sara Quin's past in which she was dating a bisexual woman who had never dated another woman and was still also dating a man, "Boyfriend" also touches on LGBT themes including societal heteronormativity.[6] On the relatability of the song, Sara Quin explained: "Obviously, being gay, there's sort of a bit of a gender twist in the song... that sometimes doesn't seem immediately relatable to everybody[...]. But... we've all been in that situation where we really like someone and we want to make it official and they're not ready, that's what the song is about."[11]

Critical reception

Music blog Idolator gave the song a 7.3/10 based on three contributors' reviews. "The duo aren’t just simply sticking with what they do best this time around," writes Robbie Daw, who graded the song an 8/10, "they’re fine-tuning it." Mike Wass also awarded the song an 8/10 and described the song as "joyous and anthemic — albeit with a bittersweet edge" while also praising the unique perspective. A more mixed review came from the blog's Carl Williott (6/10), who expressed himself "disappointed" in the song's "glossy" pop sound but appreciated the twins' presence on the track.[12]

Jenn Pelly of Pitchfork wrote that the chorus "plants itself firmly into your skull" and that it is "inspiring" the way Tegan and Sara "come into their own" on the song.[13] In an advance review of the album, Christopher Bohlsen of Renowned for Sound cited "Boyfriend" as a "great example of the sheer quality of the sisters' writing" for their ability to "cut right to the emotional heart of the concept." Bohlsen also praised Kurstin's production and the "gendered" language.[14]

Music video

The official music video for "Boyfriend" was directed by Clea DuVall and premiered April 27, 2016.[15] In it, the twins take part in a fashion photo shoot organized by a fictionalized Rachel Antonoff which involved dogs, confetti, and a fan. Parenthood actresses Mae Whitman and Sarah Ramos also make cameo appearances.[16]

Live performances

Tegan and Sara performed "Boyfriend" live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon during the May 10, 2016 episode on which they served as a musical guest.[17]


  1. ^ a b Lau, Melody (April 7, 2016). "Tegan and Sara debut new single 'Boyfriend'". CBC Music (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Boyfriend (2016) | Tegan And Sara". 7digital (Canada). Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Canada Singles Top 100 - Music Charts". / Billboard. May 14, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ Kreps, Daniel (March 12, 2016). "Tegan and Sara Announce New Album 'Love You to Death'". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ Helman, Peter (March 30, 2016). "Preview Tegan And Sara's New Single "Boyfriend"". Stereogum (Spin Media). Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Carley, Brennan (April 7, 2016). "Tegan and Sara Debut 'Boyfriend' on Beats 1, Earth Rejoices". Spin (Spin Media). Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Boyfriend (Remixes) - EP by Tegan and Sara". iTunes Store (Canada). Apple Inc. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Hot/Modern/AC Future Releases". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c Blistein, Jon (April 7, 2016). "Hear Tegan and Sara Navigate Love Triangles on New Song 'Boyfriend'". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  10. ^ Gaca, Anna (April 2, 2016). "Tegan and Sara Share Teaser Clips for 'Boyfriend,' the First Single From 'Love You to Death'". Spin (Spin Media). Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c Stutz, Colin (April 7, 2016). "Tegan and Sara Get Stuck in a Love Triangle on Poppy New Song 'Boyfriend': Listen". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  12. ^ Wass, Mike; Williott, Carl; Daw, Robbie (April 8, 2016). "Pop Perspective: Tegan And Sara’s “Boyfriend” Rated & Reviewed". Idolator (Spin Media). Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  13. ^ Pelly, Jenn (April 8, 2016). ""Boyfriend" by Tegan and Sara Review". Pitchfork (Advance Publications). Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  14. ^ Bohlsen, Christopher (May 30, 2016). "Renowned for Sound | Album Review: Tegan and Sara – Love You To Death". Renowned for Sound. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Tegan and Sara - Boyfriend (2016)". IMVDb. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ Rettig, James (April 27, 2016). "Tegan And Sara – "Boyfriend" Video". Stereogum (Spin Media). Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  17. ^ Payne, Chris (May 11, 2016). "Watch Tegan and Sara Rock Their New Synthpop Gem 'Boyfriend' on 'Fallon'". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Tegan and Sara – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Tegan and Sara. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  19. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Canada AC for Tegan and Sara. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Canada CHR/Top 40 for Tegan and Sara. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Canada Hot AC for Tegan and Sara. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Boyfriend (Remixes) - EP by Tegan and Sara". iTunes Store (UK). Apple Inc. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Boyfriend (Remixes) - EP by Tegan and Sara". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple Inc. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 

External links

Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics


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