Play Hard

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"Play Hard"
Guetta - Play Hard single.jpg
Single by David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo and Akon
from the album Nothing but the Beat 2.0
Released15 March 2013 [1]
Recorded2012
Genre
Length
  • 3:21
3:28 (New Edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • David Guetta
  • Giorgio Tuinfort
  • Frédéric Riesterer
David Guetta singles chronology
"Just One Last Time"
(2012)
"Play Hard"
(2013)
"Right Now"
(2013)
Ne-Yo singles chronology
"Forever Now"
(2012)
"Play Hard"
(2012)
"Tonight"
(2013)
Akon singles chronology
"Like Money"
(2012)
"Play Hard"
(2012)
"Interstellar"
(2015)
Music video
"Play Hard" on YouTube
Audio sample
13 second sample from David Guetta's "Play Hard"

"Play Hard" is a song by French DJ and record producer David Guetta featuring vocals from American singers Ne-Yo and Akon. It was released on 15 March 2013 as a single from the re-release of Guetta's fifth studio album, Nothing but the Beat (2011). This is the second collaboration between Guetta and Akon since "Sexy Bitch" in 2009. All three artists co-wrote the song along with Frédéric Riesterer and Giorgio Tuinfort, both of whom produced the song with Guetta. Akon's vocals were written and recorded at Sonic Vista Studios in Ibiza in July 2012.[ citation needed ] The song samples the 1998 Eurodance song "Better Off Alone" by Alice Deejay and "In My Dreams (XXL Remix)" by Noemi. "Play Hard" peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart, thus becoming his fourteenth top 10 hit in the UK as a lead artist. It also charted within the top 10 of the charts in several other countries including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland; as well as the top 20 in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and New Zealand.

Contents

Music video

An official music video was uploaded to Guetta's official Vevo channel on April 22, 2013. [2] The video uses the New Edit version of the song. Directed by Swede Andreas Nilsson, [3] it generated controversy for its stereotypical portrayal of Mexico. [4] [5] [6] The video and an advertisement from Neon Mixr feature the popular dancers, Les Twins. The video has over 1.0 billion views as of August 2020.

Track listing

Digital download [7]
No.TitleLength
1."Play Hard"3:21
Digital download [8]
No.TitleLength
1."Play Hard" (New Edit)3:28
Digital download – EP [9]
No.TitleLength
1."Play Hard" (Albert Neve Remix)6:52
2."Play Hard" (R3hab Remix)4:06
3."Play Hard" (Maurizio Gubellini & Delayers in da House Remix)5:00
4."Play Hard" (Maurizio Gubellini Remix)5:11
5."Play Hard" (Spencer & Hill Remix)6:19
6."Play Hard" (Extended)5:12
German CD single [10]
No.TitleLength
1."Play Hard" (Albert Neve Remix)6:52
2."Play Hard" (R3hab Remix)4:06
3."Play Hard" (Maurizio Gubellini & Delayers in da House Remix)5:00
4."Play Hard" (Maurizio Gubellini Remix)5:11
5."Play Hard" (Spencer & Hill Remix)6:19
6."Play Hard" (Extended Version)5:12

Charts and certifications

Release history

RegionDateFormat
GermanyMarch 15, 2013
ItalyApril 5, 2013 [76] Contemporary hit radio
United StatesMay 7, 2013 [77] Rhythmic radio
United KingdomMay 20, 2013 [78] Digital remixes
United StatesJune 11, 2013 [79] Mainstream radio

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