R.E.M (song)

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"R.E.M"
Song by Ariana Grande
from the album Sweetener
ReleasedAugust 17, 2018
RecordedJanuary 2017
Studio Glenwood Place (Burbank, California)
Genre R&B
Length4:06
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Pharrell Williams
Sweetener chronology
"The Light Is Coming"
(3)
"R.E.M"
(2018)
"God Is a Woman"
(5)

"R.E.M" is a song performed by American singer Ariana Grande from her fourth studio album Sweetener , released in 2018. It was written and produced by Pharrell Williams, with additional songwriting by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

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

<i>Sweetener</i> (album) 2018 studio album by Ariana Grande

Sweetener is the fourth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on August 17, 2018, through Republic Records. The album is the follow-up to her 2016 studio album, Dangerous Woman, and features guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott.

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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Background and composition

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"R.E.M" was written and produced by Pharrell Williams (pictured in 2016)

"R.E.M" is a R&B song containing a doo-wop beat. [1] It runs for a duration of four minutes and six seconds. [2] The song "Wake Up" was originally recorded as a demo by Beyoncé. [3] [4] Grande kept the chorus, but changed the song's lyrics. [5] She previewed "R.E.M" prior to the release of Sweetener. [6] [7] [8]

Contemporary R&B is a music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, funk, hip hop and electronic music.

Doo-wop style of rhythm & blues

Doo-wop is a genre of rhythm and blues music developed in the 1940s by African American youth, mainly in the large cities of the upper east coast including New York. It features vocal group harmony that carries an engaging melodic line to a simple beat with little or no instrumentation. Lyrics are simple, usually about love, ornamented with nonsense syllables, and often featuring, in the bridge, a melodramatically heartfelt recitative addressed to the beloved. Gaining popularity in the 1950s, doo-wop enjoyed its peak successes in the early 1960s, but continued to influence performers in other genres.

Beyoncé American singer, songwriter, producer, and actress

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, actress, director, record producer and dancer. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the best-selling girl groups in history. Their hiatus saw Beyoncé's theatrical film debut in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), and the release of her first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003). The album established her as a solo artist worldwide, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and earned her five Grammy Awards. The album also featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles, "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".

The song's title refers to rapid eye movement sleep, and is about "a relationship that blurs between the dreamworld and reality". Grande has said "R.E.M" is about "dreaming someone into your life", and is one of her favorite tracks on Sweetener. [9] Grande's vocals span 3 octaves, from Eb3 to Eb6. [10]

Rapid eye movement sleep unique phase of sleep in mammals and birds, characterized by random/rapid movement of the eyes

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Reception

In 2018, Complex 's Mallorie List ranked "R.E.M" number three on her list of "The Best Ariana Grande Songs". [11] Christopher Rosa of Glamour called the song's lyrics "a tad generic". [12] Out 's Dennis Hinzmann said the track "feels like a throwback and a fresh pick all at the same time". [13]

<i>Complex</i> (magazine) magazine

Complex is an American New York-based media platform for youth culture which was founded as a bi-monthly magazine by fashion designer Marc (Ecko) Milecofsky. Complex reports on trends in style, pop culture, music, sports and sneakers with a focus on streetwear, sneaker culture, hip hop, and graphic art. Complex reached over 90 million unique users per month in 2013, across its owned and operated and partner sites, socials and YouTube channels. The magazine ceased publication with the December 2016/January 2017 issue.

<i>Glamour</i> (magazine) American magazine

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<i>Out</i> (magazine) magazine

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Live performances

Grande performed a snippet of the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 16, 2018.[ citation needed ] The song was officially debuted live on August 20, 2018 at The Sweetener Sessions.[ citation needed ]

<i>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</i> American late-night talk show

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The Sweetener Sessions 2018 concert series by Ariana Grande

The Sweetener Sessions was the first promotional tour by Ariana Grande, in support of her fourth studio album Sweetener (2018). It began on August 20, 2018 in New York, United States and ended on September 4, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

She also performed the song live on BBC Radio 1 in September 2018, [14] and on the one-hour special, Ariana Grande at the BBC , which was recorded on September 7, 2018, and aired on November 1. [15]

<i>Ariana Grande at the BBC</i>

Ariana Grande at the BBC is a BBC television special featuring Ariana Grande. Grande performed thirteen songs during the hour-long special, and was interviewed by Davina McCall. The program was announced on 31 August 2018, recorded on 6 September, and aired on 1 November. The BBC special is scheduled to also air in France on 19 December 2018 on NRJ.

Credits and personnel

Recording and management

Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Sweetener and Tidal. [16] [17]

Charts

Chart (2018)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [18] 52
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [19] 68
Hungary (Single Top 40) [20] 35
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [21] 100
Portugal (AFP) [22] 67
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan) [23] 16
US Billboard Hot 100 [24] 72

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