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“Come With Me Now” by KONGOS

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    “Come With Me Now” by KONGOS (official video) is an alternative rock song.

    Song Title: Come With Me Now (official video)
    Artist: KONGOS
    Album: Lunatic
    Genre: alternative rock, Kwaito, pop, rock, adult alternative, mainstream rock, adult pop
    Composer: Copyright © 2011 Johnny Kongos
    Vocals: Johnny Kongos, Jesse Kongos, Dylan Kongos, Danny Kongos
    Guitar: Jesse Kongos, Dylan Kongos, Danny Kongos
    Slide Guitar: Danny Kongos
    Pedal Steel Guitar: Dylan Kongos
    Piano: Johnny Kongos
    Synthesizer: Johnny Kongos, Jesse Kongos
    Programmer/programming: Johnny Kongos, Jesse Kongos, Dylan Kongos, Danny Kongos
    Accordion: Johnny Kongos
    Bass Guitar: Jesse Kongos, Dylan Kongos
    Drums: Jesse Kongos
    Producer: Kongos
    Released: 2011
    Label: Tokoloshe, Epic
    Number of listens: 13024

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Come with Me Now” is a song by South African band Kongos. Initially released in 2011 as single from their album Lunatic, “Come with Me Now” found commercial success in the United States in 2014, eventually peaking at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and becoming their first charting single in the United States.

Background and release

    In 2011, Kongos released their album Lunatic, which featured “Come with Me Now” which was released as a single. With the band performing the song live while opening for American band Linkin Park in South Africa, “Come with Me Now” was considered a fan favorite there though it initially struggled to find an audience in the United States. The band admitted that when “it didn’t seem like things were getting along we really lost heart — we were ready to move on to new material”.

    In early January 2014, the song began receiving airplay in the US, generating major label attention for the band who was eventually signed to Epic Records. It was released to US contemporary hit radio on 15 April 2014.


    “Come with Me Now” has been described by Billboard as an “accordion-tinged” rock song. Members of the band themselves say that the song is heavily influenced by Kwaito music, which is described as being a blend of South African jazz, township pop, and Western house music.

Commercial performance

    On April 9, 2014, “Come with Me Now” debuted at number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their first charting single on the chart; it has since peaked at number 38. It has since also topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. By reaching the summit of the chart in 10 weeks, it is the quickest song of a rookie band to top the chart since American rock band Evanescence’s 2003 song “Bring Me to Life”. The single has also peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart and number 7 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song has sold 628,000 copies, as of June 29, 2014, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single is currently peaking at number 14, number 18 and number 28 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts, respectively. The song also topped the Official South African Singles Chart and peaked in the Top 40 in New Zealand.

Music video

    The music video for “Come with Me Now” was uploaded on July 31, 2012. To date, the video has received a total of over 5,000,000 views on YouTube.

Live performances

    The band performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 5, 2014.

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