Heatstroke (song)

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"Heatstroke"
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Single by Calvin Harris featuring Young Thug, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande
from the album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Released31 March 2017
Format Digital download
Recorded2016–17
Studio
  • God's Eyes (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Circle House (Miami, FL)
Genre
Length3:49
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"Slide"
(2017)
"Heatstroke"
(2017)
"Rollin"
(2017)
Young Thug singles chronology
"Gang Up"
(2017)
"Heatstroke"
(2017)
"Trap Trap Trap"
(2017)
Pharrell Williams singles chronology
"Surfin'"
(2016)
"Heatstroke"
(2017)
"Feels"
(2017)
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Beauty and the Beast"
(2017)
"Heatstroke"
(2017)
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
(2017)

"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". [2]

Calvin Harris Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer

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.

Young Thug American rapper from Georgia

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 Williams American singer, rapper and record producer from Virginia

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.

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Composition

The song was written by Calvin Harris, Young Thug, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Brittany Hazzard, Robin Hannibal, and Cecilie Karshøj. [3] Initially Hannibal and Karshøj of Danish duo Quadron were not credited as co-writers. According to Karshøj, Quadron wrote the demo version of "Heatstroke" with Pharrell Williams in 2012, but when Pharrell Williams released the song with Calvin Harris in March 2017, Hannibal and Karshøj were uncredited as co-writers. Karshøj alleges that she has a video recording of herself recording the demo vocals for "Heatstroke", which were later re-recorded by Ariana Grande. Karshøj has said that the duo receives 15 percent of the song's royalties. [4]

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Florida to a family of New York-Italian origin, she began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–13) and in its spinoff Sam & Cat (2013–14). 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.

Brittany Talia Hazzard, professionally known as Starrah, is an American songwriter, singer and rapper. She has written 14 singles thus far that have reached Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. 1 of which went #1 and 5 peaking in the top 10. She has cowritten songs such as Rihanna's "Needed Me, "Camila Cabello - "Havana", Maroon 5 - "Girls Like You", "Drake - "Fake Love", Halsey - "Now or Never", Kevin Gates' "2 Phones, and Nicki Minaj's "No Frauds", as well as studio albums including Travis Scott's Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight and 5 songs on Calvin Harris’s Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, including "Feels" featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean.

Robin Hannibal Mølsted Braun is a Danish record producer and songwriter, best known for being one half of the musical duo Quadron and for being a founding member of Rhye, which he has since left. Besides being involved in both, he is also known for producing two tracks for Little Dragon's Nabuma Rubberband and received co-writing credits for Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe by Kendrick Lamar, as the song heavily contains a sample of "Tiden Flyver" performed by his band Boom Clap Bachelors.

Musically, "Heatstroke" is a house song that combines hip hop and dance music. [5] [6] News.com.au described the song as a "sun-kissed disco funk delight." [7]

House music is a genre of electronic dance music created by club DJs and music producers in Chicago in the early 1980s. Early house music was generally characterized by repetitive 4/4 beats, rhythms provided by drum machines, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, and synthesized basslines. While house displayed several characteristics similar to disco music, which preceded and influenced it, as both were DJ and record producer-created dance music, house was more electronic and minimalistic. The mechanical, repetitive rhythm of house was one of its main components. Many house compositions were instrumental, with no vocals; some had singing throughout the song with lyrics; and some had singing but no actual words.

Hip hop music music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping

Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music, is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the late 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records, and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

news.com.au Australian news website

news.com.au is an Australian news and entertainment website owned by News Corp Australia. It has a unique audience of 9.5 million readers each month and specialises in breaking national and international news as well as entertainment, sport, lifestyle, travel, technology and finance.

Credits and personnel

Rhodes piano Electric piano invented by Harold Rhodes

The Rhodes piano is an electric piano invented by Harold Rhodes, which became particularly popular throughout the 1970s. Like a piano, it generates sound using keys and hammers, but instead of strings, the hammers strike thin metal tines, which are then amplified via an electromagnetic pickup which is plugged into an external keyboard amplifier and speaker.

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) [30] Platinum70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [31] Silver200,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

^shipments figures based on certification alone
Double-dagger-14-plain.pngsales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

CountryDateFormatLabelRef.
United States31 March 2017 Digital download Columbia [32]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Sony [33]
United Kingdom5 May 2017Columbia [34]

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