Beautiful Life is Union J's second single. It peaked at number eight in the UK charts.
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". 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!" The group also commented on the track: "The guitar is back!", and Josh Cuthbert described it as a "mid-tempo song" that "builds throughout". The single officially debuted on 9 September.
On 4 September 2013, it was reported the band were filming the music video for their new single. In late September, 4Music revealed a behind-the-scenes of the video for "Beautiful Life". The video was filmed in London at a shipping dock as the song progresses young people emerge from the crates and join Union J. The music video officially premiered on 16 September 2013
|Released||September 16, 2013|
|Filmed||September 4, 2013|
|VEVO views||5 million+|
Roberts Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song three out of five stars, saying: "As such, their 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."
- Beautiful Life - 4:03
- Beautiful Life (Acoustic) - 4:01