All My Love (Major Lazer song)

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"All My Love"
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Artwork released by Major Lazer
Song by Major Lazer featuring Ariana Grande
from the album The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay, Part 1
Released13 November 2014 (2014-11-13)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length3:32
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay, Part 1
track listing
15 tracks
  1. "Meltdown"
  2. "Dead Air"
  3. "Scream My Name"
  4. "Kingdom"
  5. "All My Love"
  6. "Lost Souls"
  7. "Yellow Flicker Beat"
  8. "The Leap"
  9. "Plan the Escape (Son Lux Cover)"
  10. "Original Beast"
  11. "Flicker (Kanye West Rework)"
  12. "Animal"
  13. "This Is Not a Game"
  14. "Ladder Song"
  15. "The Hanging Tree"

"All My Love" is a song by American electronic music project Major Lazer featuring vocals from American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on 13 November 2014 as the fifth song from the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014) by Republic Records. The song was written by Grande, Ella Yelich-O'Connor, and Karen Ørsted with production handled by Boaz van de Beatz, Jr Blender and Diplo, a member of Major Lazer. It is an electropop song with elements of dancehall. It received positive reviews from music critics who complimented the track's production.

Major Lazer American electronic music group

Major Lazer is an American electronic dance music trio, which includes record producer Diplo, and DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. It was founded in 2008 by Diplo and Switch, with Switch leaving after three years in 2011. He was then replaced by both Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Its music spans numerous genres, mixing reggae with dancehall, reggaeton, soca, house and moombahton.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for her wide vocal range and has received such accolades including one Grammy Award, one Brit Award and three American Music Awards.

<i>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1</i> (soundtrack) 2014 soundtrack album by various artists

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is the official soundtrack to the 2014 Lionsgate science-fiction adventure film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, curated by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde. The film is an adaptation of the 2010 novel by Suzanne Collins and is the third installment in The Hunger Games film series. The soundtrack has been described by music critics as an electropop record with elements of hip hop, synth pop and usage of electronic beats throughout the album. The melodic style of the songs is a deviation from the guitar-driven sound of the previous soundtracks in the series.

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Commercially, the track performed modestly in Belgium and charted in France and the United Kingdom. A remix of the song featuring vocals from Grande and soca singer Machel Montano was released on 21 January 2015 and appears as the final track on Major Lazer's third studio album Peace Is the Mission (2015). It features an interpolation of Aqua's 1997 song "Lollipop (Candyman)". This version performed modestly in Belgium and charted in Canada, peaking at 15 and 87, respectively.

Machel Montano Trinidad and Tobago musician

Machel Montano is a Trinidadian soca singer, actor, record producer and songwriter.

<i>Peace Is the Mission</i> 2015 studio album by Major Lazer

Peace Is the Mission is the third studio album by American electronic dance music band Major Lazer. It was released on June 1, 2015. The album was preceded by the international hit single "Lean On" featuring DJ Snake and MØ. The single reached number one in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands and peaked within the top ten in an additional fourteen countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany.

Aqua (band) Danish-Norwegian eurodance group

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Background and release

Ariana Grande co-wrote and contributed vocals to "All My Love" Dangerous Woman Tour in Manchester4 (cropped).jpg
Ariana Grande co-wrote and contributed vocals to "All My Love"

"All My Love" was written by Lorde (credited under her birth-name Ella Yelich-O'Connor), Ariana Grande and Karen Ørsted, [1] while production of the song was handled by Boaz van de Beatz, Jr Blender and Diplo, a member of Major Lazer. Leaked on 13 November 2014 before the official release date, [2] "All My Love" was included as the fifth track for the soundtrack album of the motion picture The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 . [1]

Lorde New Zealand singer and songwriter

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, known professionally as Lorde, is a New Zealand singer, songwriter and record producer. Taking inspiration from aristocracy for her stage name, she is known for employing unconventional musical styles and thoughtful songwriting. Born in the Auckland suburb of Takapuna and raised in neighbouring Devonport, Lorde expressed interest in performing at local venues in her early teens. She signed with Universal Music Group in 2009 and collaborated with producer Joel Little in 2011 to start recording material.

MØ Danish musician, singer-songwriter

Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, known professionally as , is a Danish singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born in Ubberud, MØ began her music career when she sang in the punk duo MOR with her friend in 2007. They released a series of singles and EPs until the duo was disbanded in 2012. MØ became a solo artist and signed a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment In 2012, subsequently releasing her debut extended play, Bikini Daze (2013), and her debut studio album, No Mythologies to Follow (2014).

<i>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1</i> 2014 film by Francis Lawrence

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the first of two films based on Suzanne Collins' novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and the third installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik and distributed by Lionsgate. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. Principal photography for both parts of the film began on September 23, 2013, in Atlanta, before moving to Paris for two weeks of filming and officially concluding on June 20, 2014, in Berlin.

Since Lorde wanted "All My Love" to be included on the film's soundtrack, Diplo rushed to produce the song. In an annotation posted to Genius that Diplo wrote, he mentioned that he was on vacation in London at the same time Grande was there. He managed to get in touch with her and go "back and forth with certain mixes." Diplo said that he was willing to "screw around" and surprise people with "this kind of collaboration." [3]

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Diplo first mentioned the track on 16 October 2014 via Twitter. However, he deleted the tweet afterwards. [4] When the album's official track list was announced on 21 October 2014, the song was listed as "Track 5". [5] Lorde, who curated the film's soundtrack, said on Twitter that the song was not excluded for "secrecy's sake" but because it was "not quite finished". [6] [7] A week later, Grande revealed in a livestream that she was included in the film's soundtrack. She described the song as "very interesting" and "very different." [6] Lorde announced the track's title via Twitter on 3 November 2014. [8]

Diplo American DJ, music producer, and songwriter

Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr., known professionally as Diplo, is an American DJ and record producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is the co-creator and lead member of the electronic dancehall music project Major Lazer, a member of the supergroup LSD, with Sia and Labrinth also working with producer and DJ Skrillex as part of the electronic duo Jack Ü, as well as on Silk City with Mark Ronson. He founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as co-founding the non-profit organization Heaps Decent. Among other jobs, he has worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia. His 2013 EP, Revolution, debuted at number 68 on the US Billboard 200. The EP's title track was later featured in a commercial for Hyundai and is featured on the WWE 2K16 soundtrack.

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Composition and reception

"All My Love" is an electropop song, with elements of dancehall. [9] Stereogum's Tom Breihan compared it to Grande's previous single, "Break Free" (2014), featuring Russian-German DJ Zedd. [10] Bradley Stern from Idolator described its production as having "rich, tribal" sounds and "’90’s-leaning dance floor pulsations". [11] Exclaim writer Alex Hudson called the track an "electronic banger with in-your-face beats and a manic breakdown." Hudson said that the juxtaposition of the song's "freaky beats" with Grande's vocals build a "rather tame pop foundation". [12] Complex writer Edwin Ortiz called the song an "electronic pop cut" with a "heart-pulsing backdrop" and described Grande's vocals as "sweet". [13] Brennan Carley of Spin noted that "yelping, punctuated beats and synthesizers pierce the air" when Grande sings the lines, “I would do anything for us / It’s worth the pain”. [2] Stereogum 's Breihan described the song as a "glimmering dance-pop jam with just a hint of dancehall to it". [10]

Electropop is a music genre combining elements of electronic and pop genres. Usually, it is described as a variant of synth-pop that heavily emphasizes on its electronic sound. The genre has seen a revival of popularity and major influence since the 2000s.

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"All My Love" received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Michelle Geslani from Consequence of Sound called the song a "Grade A electropop banger." Geslani also praised both artists, stating that "Diplo’s dancehall alter ego doles out breezy yet bouncy island rhythms while Grande’s angelic croon soars high above the seas." [9] In a review of the soundtrack, Nick Levine of NME stated that both artists sounded like they were "holding a rave in the rainforest". [14] In a mixed review of the soundtrack, Jim Farber of New York Daily News called Grande's inclusion in the song a "commercial move", stating that her vocals proved "too mainstream for an album meant to project something sinister." [15] "All My Love" was moderately successful in Belgium, where it peaked within the top 40 in both the Flanders and Wallonia chart components. [16] [17] It reached number 135 in France and number 194 in the United Kingdom. [18] [19]

Remix

"All My Love (Remix)"
All My Love (Remix) Artwork.jpg
Remix artwork cover
Song by Major Lazer featuring Ariana Grande and Machel Montano
from the album Peace Is the Mission
Released21 January 2015 (2015-01-21)
Genre
Length
  • 3:49
Label Mad Decent
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Diplo
  • Boaz van de Beatz
  • Jr Blender

On 21 January 2015, a remix version featuring vocals from Ariana Grande and soca singer Machel Montano was released. [20] It appears as the ninth track on Major Lazer's third studio album, Peace Is the Mission (2015). Thomas Pentz, a member of Major Lazer, co-wrote the song with producers Boaz de Jong, Philip Meckseper, Gamal Doyle and featured artist Machel Montano. [21]

According to Pitchfork writer Claire Lobenfeld, the song features an interpolation of Aqua's "Lollipop (Candyman)" (1997) and has a "dancehall-inflected festival dubstep". [22] Matt Medved from Billboard labelled it as "soca/house mash". [23] Rolling Stone 's Jon Dolan called the remix a "weapons-grade sun splash". [24] Commercially, the remix of the song charted at number 87 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart [25] and peaked at number 15 on the US Dance/Electronic Songs chart at number 66; [26] it reached number 66 on the latter's year-end chart. [27]

Credits and personnel

Recording and management

Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) and Peace Is the Mission. [1] [21] All personnel contributed to both the solo and remix versions, except where noted.

Charts

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