Brother (Smashproof song)

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"Brother"
Single by Smashproof featuring Gin Wigmore
from the album The Weekend
Released 5 January 2009 (2009-01-05) (NZ)[1]
Format CD
Genre Hip hop, rap
Length 3:50
Label MTC, Universal
Certification 2x Platinum (RIANZ)
Smashproof singles chronology
"Brother"
(2009)
"It's Friday"
(2009)
Gin Wigmore singles chronology
"Under My Skin"
(2008)
"Brother"
(2009)
"Oh My"
(2009)

"Brother" is a single by New Zealand hip-hop group Smashproof, released in early 2009. The song features Gin Wigmore. It was made as a metaphor to life in South Auckland. The song debuted in New Zealand at number twenty-three on 26 January 2009, rising to number one in its fifth week, where it stayed on the RIANZ Top 40 for eleven weeks, finally being knocked off the top spot by Eminem's "We Made You". It also had minor notoriety in Germany, reaching #81 on their national chart.[2]

The song broke a 23-year-old record by clocking up the longest consecutive run at number-one by a local act on the New Zealand Singles Chart. The record was previously set by the America’s Cup-themed single "Sailing Away" by All Of Us, which spent nine consecutive weeks at the top in 1986.

The song's lyrics concern the January 2008 killing of tagger Pihema Cameron in Manukau, New Zealand by Bruce Emery.

The song was certified 2x Platinum on 6 September 2009,[3] selling over 30,000 copies.[4] It stayed on the chart for twenty-nine weeks.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009/2010) Peak
position
German Singles Chart[5] 81
New Zealand Singles Chart[6] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b "SMASHPROOF FEAT. GIN WIGMORE – BROTHER (SONG)". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  3. ^ RadioScope.net.nz: Brother 2x Platinum Certification[dead link]
  4. ^ "New Zealand Chart Facts". RIANZ.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  5. ^ "MTV | Hitlist Germany KW 5 | charts". Mtv.de. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Smashproof Feat. Gin Wigmore – Brother (Song)". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Rianz.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
Preceded by
"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
New Zealand RIANZ singles chart number-one single
23 February 2009 – 3 May 2009
Succeeded by
"We Made You" by Eminem