|Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1|
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|Released||30 June 2017|
|Calvin Harris chronology|
|Singles from Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1|
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is the fifth studio album by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris. It was released on 30 June 2017 by Columbia Records.The album features guest vocals by Frank Ocean, Migos, Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor, DRAM, Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Future, Khalid, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Big Sean, Kehlani, Lil Yachty and Jessie Reyez, as well as prominent writing contributions from Starrah.
Adam Richard Wiles, known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, record producer, singer, and songwriter from Dumfries. He is best known for his singles "We Found Love", "This Is What You Came For", "Summer", "Feel So Close", and "Feels". His collaboration single with Rihanna, "We Found Love", became an international success, giving Harris his first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. He has released five studio albums and runs his own record label, Fly Eye Records, which he founded in 2010.
Columbia Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. It was founded in 1887, evolving from the American Graphophone Company, the successor to the Volta Graphophone Company. Columbia is the oldest surviving brand name in the recorded sound business, and the second major company to produce records. From 1961 to 1990, Columbia recordings were released outside North America under the name CBS Records to avoid confusion with EMI's Columbia Graphophone Company. Columbia is one of Sony Music's four flagship record labels, alongside former longtime rival RCA Records, as well as Arista Records and Epic Records.
Frank Ocean is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 was supported by five singles: "Slide", "Heatstroke", "Rollin", "Feels" and "Faking It". The album received generally positive reviews from critics, and debuted at number two on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.
In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.
"Slide" is a song written and performed by Scottish musician Calvin Harris, American singer Frank Ocean, and American rappers Quavo and Offset from the hip hop group Migos. It is the lead single from Harris's fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, released on 23 February 2017 through Sony Music.
"Heatstroke" is a song by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris. It features vocals from American rapper Young Thug, American singer and rapper Pharrell Williams and American singer Ariana Grande. It is the second single from Harris's fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (2017). It was released on 31 March 2017 through Sony Music, following "Slide".
Harris previously announced that he would release 10 new singles in 2017.On 15 February, he tweeted that he had "worked with the greatest artists of our generation". Later, on 9 May, he confirmed the album would be released on 30 June.
The album's lead single, "Slide", was released on 23 February 2017. The song features guest vocals from American singer Frank Ocean and American rappers Quavo and Offset from the hip hop group Migos.
A lead single is the first single to be released from a studio album, by a musician or a band, usually before the album itself is released.
Quavious Keyate Marshall, known professionally as Quavo, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as a member of the hip hop and trap music trio Migos. Quavo is related to his fellow Migos members, being Takeoff's uncle and Offset's cousin.
Kiari Kendrell Cephus, known professionally as Offset, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is a member of the hip hop and trap music trio Migos, alongside cousins Takeoff and Quavo.
The album's second single, "Heatstroke", was released on 31 March 2017. The song features guest vocals from American rapper Young Thug, American singer and rapper Pharrell Williams, and American singer Ariana Grande.
Jeffery Lamar Williams, known professionally as Young Thug, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Known for his eccentric vocal style and fashion, he first received attention for his collaborations with rappers Rich Homie Quan, Future, Birdman, Cash Out, Shawty Lo and Gucci Mane. Young Thug initially released a series of independent mixtapes beginning in 2011 with I Came from Nothing. In early 2013, he signed with Gucci Mane's 1017 Records, and later that year he released his label debut mixtape 1017 Thug to critical praise.
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo comprise the record production duo The Neptunes, producing hip hop and R&B music. He is the lead vocalist of the band N*E*R*D, that he formed with Hugo and childhood friend, Shay Haley. He released his first solo single, "Frontin'", in 2003 and followed up with his debut solo album, In My Mind, in 2006. His second album, Girl, was released in March 2014 and included the commercially successful single, "Happy". As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous singles for various recording artists.
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.
The album's third single, "Rollin", was released on 12 May 2017. The song features guest vocals from American rapper Future and American singer Khalid.It was later released to rhythmic contemporary radio on 27 June 2017.
"Rollin" is a song by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris. It features vocals from American rapper Future and American singer Khalid. It is the third single from Harris' fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (2017), following "Slide" and "Heatstroke". It was released on 12 May 2017 through Sony Music.
Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, known professionally as Future, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Wilburn first became involved in music as part of the Dungeon Family collective, where he was nicknamed "the Future". After amassing a series of mixtapes between 2010 and 2011, Future signed a major record label deal with Epic Records and Rocko's A1 Recordings, which helped launch Future's own label imprint, Freebandz. He subsequently released his debut album, Pluto, in April 2012 to positive reviews. Future's second album, Honest, was released in April 2014, surpassing his debut on the album charts.
Khalid Donnel Robinson, known mononymously as Khalid, is an American singer and songwriter. He is signed to Right Hand Music Group and RCA Records. His debut single, "Location", was released in July 2016 and peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was later certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His debut studio album, American Teen, was released on March 3, 2017. In 2018, "Love Lies", his duet with singer Normani, recorded for the Love, Simon film soundtrack, reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
The album's fourth single, "Feels", was released on 16 June 2017. The song features guest vocals from American singer-songwriters Pharrell Williams and Katy Perry, and American rapper Big Sean.It was later released to contemporary hit radio on 20 June 2017.
The album's fifth single, "Faking It", was released to contemporary hit radio on 17 October 2017.The song features guest vocals from American singer Kehlani and American rapper Lil Yachty.
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Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 70, based on 15 reviews.Neil Z. Yeung from AllMusic gave a positive review, stating "Calvin Harris managed to find a way to distill the sounds of summer into a near-perfect spirit on his fifth effort, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, assembling an all-star roster of performers for an economic ten-track burst that doesn't overstay its welcome." He summed up the review by saying "Funk Wav Bounces impresses not just with the marquee names, but with how effortless, communal and fun Harris makes it all feel." Clayton Purdom of The A.V. Club said, "It's a winning bid for artistic credibility: not going for smarter, more complex, or bigger, just better, more fun. Full of island affectations, soft-rock gloss, and chintzy good-life strings, it is, at last, the sort of fun you don’t have to feel bad about the next day." Collin Brennan of Consequence of Sound wrote: "Funk Wav Bounces isn't the kind of album that's going to change the conversation in pop music, but it doesn't want to. All it wants to do is sit by the pool, release, let go, and have a good time." Leonie Cooper of NME was also positive, saying the album is, "a triumph, a good-time album of wall-to-wall hits with a carefree, funky tropical feel and more than enough cool points to see him embraced by the hipster crowd as well as holding on to the pop kids."
In a mixed review, The Guardian 's Alexis Petridis stated: "Harris seems unsure whether an 80s boogie revival is the future of either dance music or mainstream pop, however. Elsewhere, there's a sense of bets being hedged and versatility being demonstrated to varying degrees of success." Jon O'Brien of Prefix Magazine said, "Ultimately, Harris appears to have simply swapped one formula for another, and if there's to be a Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2 he will need to discover at least a few new tricks. ... [But] there are encouraging signs here that the Harris of old hasn't been entirely lost for good." In his review, Josh Goller of Slant Magazine states, "By showing little interest in challenging the clichés of men fixated on conquest and status symbols and women focused on "feels," Harris undermines what could have been an inspired creative reinvention." In a negative review, Andy Gill of The Independent said, "It's a typical contacts-book R&B exercise, with an impressive cast of guests (including Frank, Pharrell, Snoop, Nicki, Katy, Ariana and others) on a fairly underwhelming series of grooves."
|Billboard||Billboard's 50 Best Albums of 2017|
|Complex||The Best Albums of 2017|
|Newsweek||The 17 Best Albums of 2017|
|Rap-Up||Rap-Up's 20 Best Albums of 2017|
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart with 19,000 copies sold in its first week, including 7,000 from streams.The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 68,000 album-equivalent units—the highest position for Harris and the highest debut of any artist in the week of its release. In its first week, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 sold nearly twice as many units as Harris's last album, Motion , sold in its first week. In August 2017, Spotify announced that "Feels" was one of the most streamed songs of mid-2017. The album's lead single, "Slide", was certified double platinum on 13 October 2017.
Credits were adapted from the album's liner notes.
|1.||"Slide" (featuring Frank Ocean and Migos)||3:50|
|2.||"Cash Out" (featuring Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor and DRAM)||3:55|
|3.||"Heatstroke" (featuring Young Thug, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande)||3:49|
|4.||"Rollin" (featuring Future and Khalid)||4:32|
|5.||"Prayers Up" (featuring Travis Scott and A-Trak)||3:24|
|6.||"Holiday" (featuring Snoop Dogg, John Legend and Takeoff)||2:49|
|7.||"Skrt on Me" (featuring Nicki Minaj)||3:48|
|8.||"Feels" (featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean)||3:43|
|9.||"Faking It" (featuring Kehlani and Lil Yachty)||4:00|
|10.||"Hard to Love" (featuring Jessie Reyez)||3:50|
Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.
Production and design
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||40,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Gold||10,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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