Acapella (Kelis song)
|Single by Kelis|
|from the album Flesh Tone|
|Released||February 23, 2010|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Genre||Electro house, tribal house, electropop|
|Length||4:28 (Album version with segue)
4:08 (Single version)
3:15 (UK Radio Edit)
|Writer(s)||Kelis, David Guetta, Frédéric Riesterer, Jean Baptiste, Makeba Riddick|
|Producer(s)||David Guetta, Frédéric Riesterer|
|Kelis singles chronology|
"Acapella" is a song performed by American recording artist Kelis, taken from her fifth studio album Flesh Tone (2010). The song is a departure from her past singles in that it is a dance/electronic track rather than hip hop/R&B influenced. The song was first premiered on her Twitter page and her official website in November, but was digitally released February 23, 2010 as the lead single from the singer's fifth studio album Flesh Tone.
The song's co-writer Makeba Riddick revealed that the song had previously been called "Majestic". Kelis stated that she wrote the song "with love and life in my mind" and as a tribute to her son, Knight. It has received positive reviews from critics many of whom praise the song for its inspirational lyrics and for its uptempo feel-good vibe which includes angelic harmonies. The song was listed at #20 on the NME's best tracks of 2010, which they describe it "her most thrilling tune since ‘Milkshake’".
The single has so far received universally positive reviews. Pitchfork Media gave the song a positive review, rating the track an 8 [out of a possible 10] and saying: "'Acapella' is a smooth, Donna Summer-style track with Kelis as an icy electro queen, a robotic embrace of house's metronomic bliss." About.com's "Dance Music" section reviewed the track favorably, calling the song "majestic" and named it its "Song of the Day". Entertainment Weekly called the song a "feathery dance-floor delight" and placed the song on its "The MustList" for 2010 whilst Billboard magazine added the song to its 2010's "Best Bits" listing. NME magazine also loved the song calling it "the most thrilling tune since "Milkshake" whilst Heat said the "banger" deserves four stars.
Nick Levine of Digital Spy was more than impressed by the song. He said "Will.i.am's been a busy boy lately, but what's the best thing he's done for us – the new Usher single ['OMG']? Nah. 'Meet Me Halfway'? Hmm... maybe. Signing Kelis... Bingo! We say this because 'Acapella' is quite possibly the most sublime slice of club pop we'll hear all year. Over tub-thumping beats ... Kelis delivers a heartfelt tribute to her baby son, Knight. "Before you my whole life was acapella," she gushes on the near-hymnal chorus, "Now a symphony is the only song to sing". The result is so uplifting, so full of energy and emotion, it doesn't just make you want to dance – it makes you want to dance with everyone who's a little bit special to you." Fraser McAlpine of BBC Chart Blog was also gushing with praise for the song, saying it's "a song which is itself so sparkling and loveable as to make other pop songs seem un-inspired and un-glorious, even the really good ones. [The] melody has been launched from a throat of pure devotion, and is borne aloft by a host of angelic harmonies."
"Acapella" is Kelis's third solo U.S. dance chart-topper and first since 2003's "Milkshake", not including her 2004 feature on Enrique Iglesias's "Not in Love" that also reached the top of the dance chart. It remained at number one for one week, but the single did fail to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
On 15 April 2010, "Acapella" debuted on the Irish Singles Chart at number 30, and climbed two places to 28 the following week. On its third week in the chart, the single rose a further 6 places to its current peak of 22. By the fifth week the single rose to number 17 on the Irish music charts breaking into the top 20. In the United Kingdom, the song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number five making it the singer's sixth top-five hit and ninth top-ten hit on the chart. In its second week it fell to number seven, however on the UK Dance Chart it went to number one for two consecutive weeks.
The clip was filmed in the first week of March 2010, led by a British team consisting of portrait and fashion photographer John "Rankin" Waddell and musical director Chris Cottam. It was released to the singer's official Vevo account on March 29, 2010. An Making video was made April 29, 2010.
- Technical credits
Adapted from Video Static.
- Directors – John "Rankin" Waddell, Chris Cottam, Nicole Ehrlich
- Producers – Coleen Haynes, Ron Mohrhoff, Nicole Ehrlich
- Production company – HSI
- DP – Christopher Probst
- Editor – Zuk
- Production designer – Charles Infante
- Stylist – Paula Bradley
- Hair – Anthony Dickey
- Make-up – Kathy Yeung
- Body painter – Nelly Recchia
The clothing of the video shown aload of string sewed onto her others.
The video begins with Kelis walking in a jungle as a huntress and then putting on a crown made out of peacock skin on and singing. This scene was filmed in black and white. Another scene shows her in front of a fabric and the next shows her on the floor, demonstrating her breathing. In the chorus it shows Kelis on a chair with a black background with glitter falling down. The next verse shows the chorus scene in a lion's mouth and then in gold body paint. The chorus shows Kelis in a yellow dress what fills half of the scene, and then the final verse shows her on a desert island dressed in brown. The chorus shows Kelis shooting an arrow in the black and white scene and then the video's ending shows with Kelis on the desert island and with something holding a baby boy.
"Acapella" was recorded at Casa de Kelis and mixed at Gum Prod Studios in Paris.
- Songwriting – Kelis, David Guetta, Frédéric Riesterer, Jean Baptiste, Makeba Riddick
- Production – David Guetta
- Co-production – Frédéric Riesterer
- Mixing – David Guetta
- Recording – Brian B Russ
Procession and succession
"The Power of Music" by Kristine W
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs number-one single
March 20, 2010
"Fancy Free" by Sun
"Hot" by Inna
|UK Dance Chart number-one single
18 April 2010 - 2 May 2010
"Good Times by Roll Deep
|United States||February 23, 2010||Digital download||will.i.am music|
|France||April 5, 2010||Polydor Records|
|United Kingdom||April 11, 2010|
|Germany||May 7, 2010||CD single||Universal Music|
|United Kingdom||May 10, 2010||Polydor Records[unreliable source?]|
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