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“Hotline Bling” by Drake

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“Hotline Bling” by Drake

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    “Hotline Bling” by Drake (official video) is an R&B song.

    Song Title: Hotline Bling (official video)
    Artist: Drake
    Genre: R&B, rhythmic, dance, pop
    Composer: Copyright © 2014 Aubrey Graham [Drake], Paul Jefferies, Timmy Thomas
    Lead Vocals: Drake
    Sample: “Why Can’t We Live Together” by Timmy Thomas
    Director: Director X
    Producer: nineteen85
    Recorded: 2014-2015
    Released: 31 July 2015
    Format: digital download
    Label: Cash Money / Republic

    Rolling Stone 50 Top Songs of 2015: Hotline Bling (official video) was selected number #3 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 50 Best Songs of 2015. See Rolling Stone.

    Number of listens: 41832
    Current rank: 46 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 46 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)


    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Hotline Bling” is a song by Canadian rapper Drake. It was digitally released as a single on July 31, 2015. Produced by frequent collaborator nineteen85, the song’s instrumental heavily samples R&B singer Timmy Thomas’ 1972 song “Why Can’t We Live Together”. Upon release, it received various comparisons to “Cha Cha” by American rapper D.R.A.M., which Drake had expressed interest in remixing, with Rap-Up calling it a “quasi-cover” of D.R.A.M.’s song. Drake first played the song along with “Charged Up”, and “Right Hand” on “OVO Sound Radio” Episode 2, a program on Apple Music, on July 26, 2015. The song has been widely covered by a variety of different artists, including British recording artists Disclosure and Sam Smith together in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge in the United Kingdom.

    “Hotline Bling” has reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Drake’s first top-10 single in two years, as well becoming his highest-charting single as a lead artist (tied with “Best I Ever Had”). The song’s music video was released on October 19, 2015 via Apple Music, and on October 26, it was released on Vevo.

Music video

    On October 4, 2015, Drake announced a music video for the track via his Instagram account. The Director X-directed video was released on October 19, 2015 via Apple Music and was inspired by the work of American artist James Turrell. X has stated that he hopes that the video inspires men to dance more. The video features Dominican model Damaris Lopez who appears at the beginning of the video. The video received positive reviews by critics. Rap-Up wrote that Drake “shows just how suave he can be with his moves” in this video. Evan Minsker of Pitchfork called it a “pretty minimal clip”. The video, which has inspired many parodies, helped the song rise in chart position according to NME. The video was also VH1’s The 20 final number one music video before the shows cancellation.

Critical response

    Leor Galil of the Chicago Reader praised Drake’s performance in “Hotline Bling,” stating that he “sounds hurt, neglected, and confused even while he’s admonishing his ex,” and that “it’s hard to imagine anyone else pulling off this kind of song with the same verve.” Jayson Greene of Pitchfork selected “Hotline Bling” as the “Best New Track” of the day, praising its “muted and intimate” beat and declaring it a “halting, aching song” about a man “a little too concerned” for a woman that could be “rewrite” of “Roxanne” by the The Police. Brad Wete of NPR hailed the song as both “remarkably catchy and damp with boo-hoo reflection,” writing that “musically, it twinkles with bright organ riffs and boasts a bass line fit to thump in clubs” while its lyrics feature Drake “deeply wondering aloud, channeling the jealous ex in all of us.” Rhian Daly of NME described the track’s “simple and minimal” production as “secondary to Drake’s emotions.” Rolling Stone ranked “Hotline Bling” at number 3 on its year-end list to find the 50 best songs of 2015. Billboard ranked “Hotline Bling” at number 2 on its year-end critics’ poll for 2015: “In a trio of freebies Drake plopped on SoundCloud in July, “Hotline Bling” was the only non-diss track. Backed by a tropical, groovy melody, “Hotline Bling” finds Aubrey Graham [Drake’s birth name] giving a rap a hard pass and singing his heart out for some late-night loving through the phone. The record caught some drama, initially being referred to as a remix to Virginia rapper D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha.” Still, the Toronto MVP got his dance on for the uber-viral video parodied by everyone from presidential candidate Donald Trump to Toronto Councillor Norm Kelly.”

    “Hotline Bling” also received criticism for the perceived sexist and controlling attitude expressed by the male narrator toward his female ex in its lyrics. Carol H. Hood of The Frisky described the song as “an incredibly salty and self-centered rant about an ex having the courage to move on.” Allyson Shiffman of Bullett took issue with the “super sexist lyrics,” explaining that “while [the song is] packaged as a good old fashioned ‘Why doesn’t bae like me anymore?’ Drake tune,” what it is “really saying is, ‘You used to wanna bone me all the time and now that I’ve left the 6, you’ve gotten a life of your own and I’m not okay with that.’ ” Tahirah Hairston of Fusion wrote that, in the song, “Drake is distraught that his ex has moved on,” but because he “opts for condescendingly slut-shaming her” and “dictating where she does and doesn’t belong,” it “comes off so petty that you forget his feelings are hurt.” Antonio Garcia, writing for College City News, characterized the song as “sex shaming,” highlighting what he saw as the “convenient” double standard “that she can get nasty with Drake, but the moment she stops ‘blinging’ his hotline she’s no longer a ‘good girl.’ ”

Commercial performance

    “Hotline Bling” entered the US Billboard Hot 100 chart dated August 22, 2015 at number 66. Its chart debut was fueled primarily by digital download sales, with 41,000 copies sold in its first week. The song soon became Drake’s first top 10 in two years when the song reached number nine. It has since peaked at number two on the chart dated October 24, 2015, tying as his highest-charting single as a lead act with “Best I Ever Had” which reached number two in 2009. The song has peaked at number two for five non-consecutive weeks, behind both “The Hills” by The Weeknd and “Hello” by Adele. As of November 2015, the song has sold 1,335,000 copies in the United States.

    In the United Kingdom, “Hotline Bling” peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Drake’s highest-charting song in Britain as a lead artist. The song also peaked at the top of the UK R&B Chart. On November 27, 2015, “Hotline Bling” received gold certification by the British Phonographic Industry.

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    Laila: Hotline Bling is John’s favorite song.

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