Thunder (Jessie J song)

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Single by Jessie J
from the album Alive
Released8 December 2013 (2013-12-08)
Format Download
Genre Pop
Jessie Jsingles chronology
"It's My Party"
"Calling All Hearts"

"Thunder" is a song by English singer Jessie J. It was written by Jessie J, Claude Kelly, Benjamin Levin, Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen for her second studio album Alive (2013), while production was helmed by StarGate and Benny Blanco.

Jessie J English singer and songwriter

Jessica Ellen Cornish, known professionally as Jessie J, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, she began her career on stage, aged 11, with a role in the West End musical Whistle Down the Wind. She studied at the BRIT School before signing with Gut Records and striking a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Claude Kelly American musician

Claude Kelly is an American singer, songwriter and music producer. He is a four-time Grammy Award nominee, and has written or co-written songs for Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Kesha, Brandy, and One Direction. He and Chuck Harmony make up the R&B duo Louis York, and founded the music collective Weirdo Workshop.

<i>Alive</i> (Jessie J album) 2013 studio album by Jessie J

Alive is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Jessie J. It was released on 23 September 2013 through Lava Music and Universal Republic. American rap artist Becky G, singer Brandy Norwood, American hip-hop artist Big Sean and British Grime artist Dizzee Rascal all make guest appearances on the album. Jessie co-wrote the album with Claude Kelly, amongst a host of collaborators from both new and old. Upon release, the album was met with a mixed reception of music critics. While there was praise for Jessie's vocals, some felt that the album was too generic. Musically, Alive is a pop and R&B album that features influences from dance-pop, pop rock, soul and hip hop in its production.



"Thunder" was written by Jessie J, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Claude Kelly and Benny Blanco. [1] It was produced by Eriksen and Hermansen, credited under their production name StarGate, along with Blanco. [1] Jessie's vocals were recorded by Chris Sclafani, Joel Peters, and Justin Pancionendon, with Mark "Exit" Goodchild serving as its engineer. [1] Kelly provided additional vocals on the song. [1] "Thunder" was mixed by Phil Tan and assistants Daniela Rivera and Phil Seaford. Eriksen and Hermansen recorded the song's instrumentation, and Tim Blacksmith and Danny D. were assigned as its executive producers. [1] Andrew "McMuffin" Luftman and Scott "Yarmov" Yarmovsky were credited as production coordinators on the song. [1]

Benny Blanco American record producer

Benjamin Joseph Levin, known professionally as Benny Blanco, is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. He is the recipient of the 2013 Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a five-time BMI Songwriter of the Year award winner and 2017 iHeartRadio Producer of the Year award winner.

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Phil Tan is a Malaysian-American music and audio engineer.

The song was the last song Jessie and Kelly penned for the Alive album. [2] "It got sent over by Stargate and Benny Blanco, and Claude and myself were like, 'Thunder, thunder, thunder'", Jessie later elaborated, "we just started writing and had it finished in about half an hour before I went to the airport to fly home from New York." [2] Lyrically, "Thunder" was inspired by Jessie J's religious beliefs. [3] "Thunder is a dedication to God," she told British newspaper The Mirror . "I remember I prayed a lot when I worked on this album and it's not something I've ever spoken about openly," she shared. "I've very much enjoyed bringing my beliefs onto the album. I think it's important that whatever your beliefs are you use them in your day-to-day life." [3]

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

<i>Daily Mirror</i> British daily tabloid newspaper owned by Reach plc.

The Daily Mirror is a British national daily tabloid newspaper founded in 1903. It is owned by parent company Reach plc. From 1985 to 1987, and from 1997 to 2002, the title on its masthead was simply The Mirror. It had an average daily print circulation of 716,923 in December 2016, dropping markedly to 587,803 the following year. Its Sunday sister paper is the Sunday Mirror. Unlike other major British tabloids such as The Sun and the Daily Mail, the Mirror has no separate Scottish edition; this function is performed by the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, which incorporate certain stories from the Mirror that are of Scottish significance.


On 18 October 2013, Jessie J announced that "Thunder" was chosen for release as the third single from Alive and also debuted the single's art work on her Instagram page alongside the caption: "My next UK single is…". [4] It officially impacted European contemporary and rhythmic radio stations on 26 November 2013. On 6 December, the single was released digitally and as a CD single, which contained the album version of the song and producer Erik Arbores's remix of the song. [5] Following its release, "Thunder" first appeared in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart at number 40. One week later, it climbed nine places to 31, then another thirteen places to number 18 the week after. [6]

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Cover art is a type of artwork presented as an illustration or photograph on the outside of a published product such as a book, magazine, newspaper (tabloid), comic book, video game, DVD, CD, videotape, or music album. The art has a primarily commercial function, for instance to promote the product it is displayed on, but can also have an aesthetic function, and may be artistically connected to the product, such as with art by the creator of the product.

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Contemporary hit radio is a radio format that is common in the United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, and the Philippines, that focuses on playing current and recurrent popular music as determined by the top 40 music charts. There are several subcategories, dominantly focusing on rock, pop, or urban music. Used alone, CHR most often refers to the CHR-pop format. The term contemporary hit radio was coined in the early 1980s by Radio & Records magazine to designate top 40 stations which continued to play hits from all musical genres as pop music splintered into adult contemporary, urban contemporary and other formats.

Music video

The accompanying music video was directed by Emil Nava. As her Christian faith took on an important role in the development of both Alive and "Thunder", it was significantly incorporated into production of the video. [3] "That's why in the video I'm levitating, that feeling of being lifted to the light," Jessie told The Mirror . [3] The clip sees her demonstrate some more classic dance moves. In it, she is shown with a short blond cropped hairstyle and wears a skin-toned bodysuit with strategically placed black embroidery and a slinky black cape. She also channels a more gothic look, with dark eye makeup and dark red lipstick. Jessie levitates, dances in the sand and in front of a car as lights flash around her. [3]

A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, and is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for toys or for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip".

Emil Nava is a British music video director.

Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Its adherents, known as Christians, believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and the savior of all people, whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, called the Old Testament in Christianity, and chronicled in the New Testament. It is the world's largest religion with about 2.4 billion followers.

Track listing

  1. "Thunder" (Full Crate Remix) – 4:38
  2. "Thunder" (Erik Arbores Remix) – 5:12
  3. "Thunder" (Erik Arbores Dub) – 5:12
  4. "Thunder" (Instrumental) – 3:34

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Alive. [1]


Chart (2013)Peak
Australia (ARIA) [8] 100
Ireland (IRMA) [9] 55
Scotland (Official Charts Company) [10] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [6] 18

Release history

United Kingdom [6] 8 December 2013 Digital download Universal Island

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