Saturday, October 28, 2017

Post Malone hit #1 with “Rockstar”

First posted 10/30/2019.

Rockstar

Post Malone with 21 Savage

Writer(s): Austin Post/Shayaa Abraham-Joseph/Louis Bell/Carl Austin Rosen/Jo Vaughn Virginie/Olufunmibi Awoshiley (see lyrics here)


Released: 9/15/2017


First Charted: 10/7/2017


Peak: 18 US, 114 RB, 14 UK, 16 CN, 17 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales *: 8.0 US, 1.8 UK, 13.26 world (includes US + UK)


Radio Airplay *: --


Video Airplay *: 891.0


Streaming *: 1605.0


* in millions

Review:

As the lead single from his second album, “Rockstar” took Post Malone to new heights. “Congratulations,” from his debut album, had gone top 10 on the U.S. pop and R&B charts, but “Rockstar” gave Post Malone his first #1 on those charts as well as countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. WK The song was also nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year and won Song of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The song was marketed with an unusual, albeit unofficial YouTube video consisting solely of an audio of the song’s chorus. While some considered it a trick to qualify for downloads, others called it a clever marketing scheme which may have been responsible for its #1 status. Spin magazine said, “the chorus loop may be a weirdly hypnotic, post-Vine marketing gimmick, but it seems like it worked.” WK However, they also named it one of the worst songs of 2017. WK

Lyrically, the song is a celebration of the hedonistic lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. English singer-songwriter Ian Dury’s 1977 single “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll” first popularized the phrase. SF Post Malone and 21 Savage, with whom he duets on the track, both brag about the amount of sex and drugs which they have incorporated into their rock ‘n’ roll lifestyles. SF

Musically, the song grew out of two chance meetings between Post Malone and Tank God, a young producer who was working on a session next door at Quad Studios in New York. Tank God ran into Post Malone again in a sneaker store in Los Angeles and asked if he could play some beats for Post Malone. SF When it was recorded, T-Pain and Joey Badass were first featured on the song before they were replaced by 21 Savage. SF


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