Best Mistake

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"Best Mistake"
Promotional single by Ariana Grande featuring Big Sean
from the album My Everything
ReleasedAugust 12, 2014 (2014-08-12)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2014
Genre R&B
Length3:53
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
  • Denisea "Blu June" Andrews
  • Brittany Coney
  • Sean Anderson
  • Ariana Grande
Producer(s)
  • Key Wane
  • Sauce

"Best Mistake" is a song by American recording artist Ariana Grande that features American hip hop recording artist Big Sean. The song served as a promotional single from Grande's second studio album, My Everything (2014), and was released at midnight on August 12, 2014. Written by Denisia "Blu June" Andrews, Brittany Coney, Grande, Big Sean, and produced by Key Wane, the song is a ballad with piano, string, and drum machine instrumentation that lyrically deals with a couple trying to decide on what their future, troubled relationship is going to be like. Grande has claimed it is her favorite track off My Everything.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious from 2010 to 2013, and in the spinoff Sam & Cat from 2013 to 2014. Grande made her first musical appearance on the soundtrack for Victorious and was signed to Republic Records in 2011 after music executive Monte Lipman came across one of her YouTube videos covering songs.

Big Sean American rapper and singer

Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper. Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam Recordings in 2008 and Roc Nation in 2014. After releasing a number of mixtapes, Sean released his debut studio album, Finally Famous, in 2011, the album peaked at #3 on The US Billboard 200, and went Platinum. He released his second studio album, Hall of Fame, in 2013, that peaked at #3 on The Billboard 200, and went Gold. Sean's third studio album, Dark Sky Paradise, was released in 2015 and earned him his first number one album in the US, and went Platinum. In 2017, he released his fourth studio album, I Decided, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, and went Platinum.

<i>My Everything</i> (Ariana Grande album) 2014 studio album by Ariana Grande

My Everything is the second studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande, released on August 25, 2014 by Republic Records. Grande wanted My Everything to sound as "an evolution" from her debut album, Yours Truly (2013); it explores more mature themes and genres. In the album's production, Ariana worked with a host of producers – including Max Martin, Shellback, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Darkchild, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Zedd, and David Guetta. Upon its release, the album debuted atop the Billboard 200, selling 169,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at number one in Australia and Canada as well, and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries worldwide. As of April 2018, the album has sold 735,000 copies in the United States.

Contents

It peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 49, and within the top 50 on other record charts in North America, Europe, and Oceania. On the US Digital Songs chart, it debuted at number six, making Grande the first act since Michael Jackson, and also the first female artist, to have three songs in the top ten on that chart the same week, with the other two songs being "Bang Bang" (with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj) and "Break Free" (featuring Zedd). Grande and Big Sean have performed the song live, including at the iHeartRadio theater in Los Angeles.

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

The Digital Songs chart ranks the best-selling digital songs in the United States, as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and published by Billboard. It debuted in the issue dated January 22, 2005, and merged all versions of a song sold from digital music distributors. Its data was incorporated in the Hot 100 three weeks later. Since October 2004, digital sales have been incorporated into many of Billboard's music singles charts. The decision was based on the dramatic increase of the digital market while commercial single sales in a physical format were becoming negligible.

Production and composition

"Best Mistake" was written by Denisia "Blu June" Andrews, Brittany Coney, Ariana Grande, Big Sean, Corey Jackson Carter, and with production, programming and instruments done by Key Wane. The vocals were produced by Curtis "Sauce" Wilson, with Gregg Rominiecki engineering Big Sean's vocals. Serban Ghenea handled the mixing of the track, which was engineered by John Hanes, and finally the mix was mastered by Aya Merrill and Tom Coyne. [1] It is a minimal hip-hop piano ballad lament that utilizes instrumentation from strings and a drum machine. [2] It is about a couple trying to "make up their minds about the future of their relationship, with deep affection buried underneath their problems." [2] [3] [4] [5] Grande revealed that "Best Mistake" was her favorite track on My Everything: "I just think the world of [Big Sean] and I'm obsessed with his writing on this song in particular. I'm a huge fan of his in general but I feel like his writing on this song is so, so fantastic, it like strikes a chord in my heart. I love it so much." [6]

Dwane Marshall Weir II is an American Hip Hop/R&B Producer and songwriter, professionally known as Key Wane. Wane has produced for artists such as Big Sean, Jazmine Sullivan, Beyoncé, Drake, Jhene Aiko, Wale, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Juicy J, Ariana Grande, Logic, Ty Dolla Sign and Meek Mill among others. Wane signed a co-publishing deal with Warner/Chappell and Big Sean in 2011. Wane also signed a management deal with Roc Nation in 2017. He is best known for producing Drake's "All Me", Beyoncé's "Partition", Jazmine Sullivan's "Let It Burn" & "Insecure", Meek Mill's "Amen", Big Sean's "Guap", "Beware", "IDFWU" and an extensive amount of his albums including Hall of Fame, Dark Sky Paradise, and Twenty 88.

Minimal music is a form of art music that employs limited or minimal musical materials. In the Western art music tradition the American composers La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass are credited with being among the first to develop compositional techniques that exploit a minimal approach. It originated in the New York Downtown scene of the 1960s and was initially viewed as a form of experimental music called the New York Hypnotic School. As an aesthetic, it is marked by a non-narrative, non-teleological, and non-representational conception of a work in progress, and represents a new approach to the activity of listening to music by focusing on the internal processes of the music, which lack goals or motion toward those goals. Prominent features of the technique include consonant harmony, steady pulse, stasis or gradual transformation, and often reiteration of musical phrases or smaller units such as figures, motifs, and cells. It may include features such as additive process and phase shifting. Phase shifting leads to what has been termed phase music. Minimal compositions that rely heavily on process techniques that follow strict rules are usually described as process music.

In 19th century romantic music, a piano ballad is a piece for solo piano written in a balletic narrative style, often with lyrical elements interspersed. This type of work made its first appearance with Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 of 1836, closely followed by the ballad included in Clara Schumann's Soirées musicales Op. 6 published in the same year.

Release

Grande first confirmed the title of "Best Mistake" on June 28, 2014, the same day that she confirmed the name of her second studio album, My Everything. [7] On July 8, 2014, Grande released a 15-second snippet of "Best Mistake" onto her Instagram profile. [3] The song finally came out on August 12, and the release added more speculation to the relationship rumors between Grande and Big Sean. [8] [9] [10]

Commercial performance

With "Best Mistake", Grande became the first act since Michael Jackson (pictured in 1988) to have three songs in the top ten of the US Digital Songs chart on the same week. Michael Jackson1 1988.jpg
With "Best Mistake", Grande became the first act since Michael Jackson (pictured in 1988) to have three songs in the top ten of the US Digital Songs chart on the same week.

In the United States, shortly after its release, the song reached number two on the weekly Billboard Twitter Real-Time chart [11] and topped the iTunes singles chart. [12] It sold 104,000 digital downloads in its first week, landing at number six on the Digital Songs chart. This made Grande the first female to have three songs in the top ten on that chart, the other two being "Bang Bang" and "Break Free." The last artist to do this was Michael Jackson, shortly after his death, on the issue dated July 18, 2009. [13] The sales of "Best Mistake" also helped it land at number 49 on the US Billboard Hot 100 [14] In Canada, the track appeared on the Canadian Hot 100 at number 39. [15]

The Billboard Twitter Real-Time charts were four interactive Billboard music magazine charts first published on May 27, 2014. The charts ranked trending songs from popular and emerging artists based on how often they are mentioned in messages called "tweets" sent by social networking site Twitter in the United States.

iTunes Store digital media store

The iTunes Store is a software-based online digital media store operated by Apple Inc. that opened on April 28, 2003, as a result of Steve Jobs' push to open a digital marketplace for music. As of January 2017, iTunes offered over 35-40 million songs, 2.2 million apps, 25,000 TV shows, and 65,000 films. When it opened, it was the only legal digital catalog of music to offer songs from all five major record labels. As of June 2013, iTunes Store possessed 575 million active user accounts, and served over 315 million mobile devices, including Apple Watches, iPods, iPhones, Apple TV and iPads.

Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj song) song by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

"Bang Bang" is a song recorded by English singer Jessie J, American singer Ariana Grande and American rapper Nicki Minaj. It was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson and Minaj, and produced by Martin, Göransson and Ilya, with Kuk Harrell serving as a vocal producer. The song was first sent to hot adult contemporary radio on July 28, 2014 through Republic Records and released as a digital download the next day by Lava and Republic Records as the lead single from Jessie J's third studio album Sweet Talker (2014). It is also included on the deluxe version of Ariana Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014), serving as the third single from that album.

In European nations, "Best Mistake" debuted at number 49 and 10 on the Flanders Ultratop 50 and Urban chart respectively, number 29 on the Danish Tracklisten chart, [16] 23 on the Finnish Singles Chart, [17] 103 on the French SNEP chart, [18] 5 on the Billboard Greek Digital chart, [19] 67 on the Netherlands Mega Single Top 100, [20] 35 on the Spain PROMUSICAE chart, [21] and number 154 on the UK Singles Chart. [22] In Oceania, it reached number 45 and 19 on the Australian ARIA pop and urban songs chart respectively, [23] and 29 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart. [24] On the Japan Hot 100, it peaked at the 74th spot. [25] As of Year-End 2016, Best Mistake has sold 684,337 digital downloads in South Korea, according to Gaon Music Chart. [26] [27]

The Official Finnish Charts are national record charts in Finland composed by Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. The name Suomen virallinen lista/Finlands officiella lista, which is singular in both Finnish and Swedish, is used generically to refer to both the albums and the singles chart, and the context reveals which chart is meant.

The National Syndicate of Phonographic Publishing is the inter-professional organization that protects the interests of the French record industry. SNEP was established in 1922 and has 48 member companies.

MegaCharts music charts in the Netherlands

MegaCharts, since 2008 called GfK Dutch Charts, is a chart company responsible for the composition and exploitation of a broad collection of official charts in the Netherlands, of which the Single Top 100 and the Album Top 100 are the most known ones. Dutch Charts are also part of GfK Benelux Marketing Services.

Critical reception

Big Sean's verse on "Best Mistake" garnered mixed reviews. Big sean.jpg
Big Sean's verse on "Best Mistake" garnered mixed reviews.

Evan Sawdey of PopMatters called it the second best song from My Everything, coming close to "Love Me Harder", [28] and Bustle writer Kadeen Griffiths called it "one of Grande's best love songs so far." [10] HollywoodLife's Caitlin Beck said it was "sure to be another hit!" [29] Carolyn Menyes of the Music Times applauded Grande for her calming vocals and transition into a more mature sound of music. [30] Billboard 's Jason Lipshutz called the production "impressive" and said the song "rows stickier upon each listen". [31] Digital Spy writer Lewis Corner and Entertainmentwise's Shaun Kitchener noted the song showed her R&B roots, [32] [33] the latter stating that it "wouldn't have sounded out of place on Kelly Rowland's under-rated last album [ Talk a Good Game ]." [33] The Official Charts Company critic Rob Copsey felt it was "like an extension of Yours Truly , albeit moodier and more grown up." [34] Brennan Carley of Spin called it "classic Grande, eshcewing any of the bells and whistles that she's fond of, instead focusing entirely on her carefully sung vocals and the quiet piano line in the song's background." [35] Newsday critic Glenn Gamboa described "Best Mistake" as a "gorgeous hip-hop" song that "showcases her wide-ranging voice, without focusing on the upper notes too much." [36] Sydney Gore of The 405 called it an improvement of the two's previous collaboration "Right There", writing that "the singer and rapper serenade us on the grounds that sneaking around with each other was the best mistake they ever made." [37]

There were, however, some mixed reviews of "Best Mistake". Idolator's Kathy Iandoli described it as "the average looking cousin of their previous duet "Right There"". [38] Reviewing for Slant Magazine , Andrew Chan said it "makes the mistake of hemming her into her frail middle register, where she has a habit of delivering every word as if it were a pout." [39] Big Sean's appearance on "Best Mistake" also got varied reception. Pitchfork Media's Meaghan Garvey said his rap on the track made "a mockery of the song's serious tone with hysterically awful lines like "How can we keep the feelings fresh/ How do we Ziploc it?"" [40] Lipshutz found his verse "unnecessary, yet [it] has morphed into an interesting confessional now that the dating rumors are on." [31] Sawdey called it a "pretty outstanding verse," with "his own voice never overpowering the sparse atmosphere, his rhymes measured and metered in a way that fits the song perfectly", [28] while James Shotwell of Under the Gun Review said "Grande is a treat, but I think it's Big Sean who steals the show." [8]

Live performances

In 2014, Grande and Big Sean performed "Best Mistake" on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. [41] They also performed "Best Mistake" at A Very Grammy Christmas on November 18, 2014. [42] Grande also performed the song during The Honeymoon Tour. Big Sean performed the song with her at the tour's stop in Detroit.

Credits and personnel

Credits are adapted from the liner notes of My Everything. [1]

Charts

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