The Boy Who Murdered Love

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"The Boy Who Murdered Love"
Single by Diana Vickers
from the album Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree
B-side "Once (Radio 1 Live Lounge)
"Just Say Yes" (Radio 1 Live Lounge)"
"Cold Kiss"
Released 19 July 2010
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2009
Genre Indie, pop rock, synthpop
Length 3:21
Label RCA
Writer(s) Diana Vickers, Chris Braide
Diana Vickers singles chronology
"The Boy Who Murdered Love"
"My Wicked Heart"

"The Boy Who Murdered Love" is a song written by Diana Vickers and Chris Braide and recorded by Vickers for her debut album, Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree. The song was released as the album's second single as a digital download on 18 July 2010 with the CD single released the following day. The single was playlisted on Radio 1. A demo of the song has surfaced online after accidentally being uploaded to Vickers' Myspace page where it remains.


[clarification needed] The title phrase and "Shot, shot, shot, shot, shot like a bullet" hook together helped form a song skeleton that Braide developed further with Vickers at a writing session in Braide's studio.[1]

Critical reception

"The Boy Who Murdered Love" has received positive reviews from critics. Robert Copsey from Digital Spy wrote that "It all adds up to a smart, sophisticated pop tune carried off with enough conviction to discourage any future bad boys hoping to give her the runaround."[2] Fraser McAlpine from BBC Radio 1 gave the song four stars out of five, saying "I'm just saying there's room for improvement. Constructive criticism, y'see. And on the plus side, well what a lovely chorus you've made. It really is a wondrous thing, because at the beginning it is all jabby and urgent and angry, and at the end it becomes floaty and mournful. That's very good indeed, especially coming after the purring verses. So well done there."[3]

Music video

The music video to accompany the release of "The Boy Who Murdered Love" premiered on MSN on 3 June 2010.[4] It features Vickers in a house reflecting over her boyfriend, who has recently broken her heart. Throughout the video, various cartoon images appear, including lips, hearts, water and arrows. Cartoon text is also seen to accompany the lyrics "pain", "hurt" and "love". During the chorus of the song, Vickers re-enacts the metaphorical "put the arrow in my back" lyrics through the use of a cartoon bow and arrows.


Vickers began promotion for "The Boy Who Murdered Love" on the week beginning 12 July 2010.[citation needed] She appeared as a guest on 14 July 2010 on BBC Radio 1's The Chris Moyles Show[citation needed] as well as The Five O'Clock Show, which was hosted by Fern Britton.[5] Vickers also performed the song on The Graham Norton Show and as part of her performance at T4 On The Beach on 4 July 2010, in which she performed on both stages, filling in for Faithless who were unable to attend the festival.[6] Vickers also performed the single at T in the Park 2010, in which she appeared on King Tut's Wah Wah Tent in the morning on 10 July 2010.[citation needed] She appeared on Loose Women on 22 July 2010 and Magic Numbers on 24 July 2010. Vickers' also did a Hot Desk Interview for ITV2 around the time of release of The Boy Who Murdered Love.

Track listing

CD single[7]
No. Title Length
1. "The Boy Who Murdered Love"   3:21
2. "Once" (Radio 1 Live Lounge) 3:00
3. "Just Say Yes" (Radio 1 Live Lounge) 4:13
4. "Cold Kiss" (demo) 3:17
No. Title Length
1. "The Boy Who Murdered Love" (Guena LG Remix aka Glam As You Radio Edit) 3:32

Chart performance

Chart (2010) Peak
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[9] 28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 36

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Ireland[citation needed] 16 July 2010 Digital download RCA Records
CD single
Scotland[citation needed] 21 July 2010 Digital download
CD single
United Kingdom[11] 18 July 2010 Digital download
19 July 2010 CD single RCA Records


  1. "Interview with Chris Braide". HitQuarters. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 31 Aug 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Copsey, Robert (16 July 2010). "Diana Vickers: 'The Boy Who Murdered Love". Digital Spy.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. McAlpine, Fraser (7 July 2010). "Diana Vickers - 'The Boy Who Murdered Love'". BBC.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Diana Vickers - The Boy Who Murdered Love
  5. See Diana Perform LIVE on the 5 O'Clock
  6. T4 on the Beach:
  7. The Boy Who Murdered Love: Music
  8. iTunes - Music - The Boy Who Murdered Love (Guena LG Remix) - Single by Diana Vickers
  9. "Archive Chart". 30 October 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. UK release date: