Come with Me Now

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"Come with Me Now"
Single by Kongos
from the album Lunatic
Released 2011
Format Digital download
Genre Alternative rock, kwaito[1]
Length 3:31
Label Tokoloshe, Epic
Writer(s) Johnny Kongos
Producer(s) Kongos
Kongos singles chronology
"I'm Only Joking"
(2011)
"Come with Me Now"
(2011)
"I Want to Know"
(2012)

"Come with Me Now" is a song by South African band Kongos. Initially released in 2011 as single from their album Lunatic, "Come with Me Now" found commercial success in the United States in 2014, eventually peaking at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart[2] and becoming their first charting single in the United States.[2]

Background and release[edit]

In 2011, Kongos released their album Lunatic, which featured "Come with Me Now" which was released as a single. With the band performing the song live while opening for American band Linkin Park in South Africa, "Come with Me Now" was considered a fan favorite there though it initially struggled to find an audience in the United States. The band admitted that when "it didn't seem like things were getting along we really lost heart - we were ready to move on to new material".[3]

In early January 2014, the song began receiving airplay in the US, generating major label attention for the band which was eventually signed to Epic Records.[3] It was released to US contemporary hit radio on 15 April 2014.[4]

The song was released in the UK as the lead single off Lunatic on August 17, 2014.

Composition[edit]

"Come with Me Now" has been described by Billboard as an "accordion-tinged" rock song.[3] Members of the band themselves say that the song is heavily influenced by Kwaito music, which is described as being a blend of South African jazz, township pop, and Western house music.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

On April 9, 2014, "Come with Me Now" debuted at number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their first charting single on the chart; it has since peaked at number 31.[5] It has since also topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.[2] By reaching the summit of the chart in 10 weeks, it is the quickest song of a rookie band to top the chart since American rock band Evanescence's 2003 song "Bring Me to Life".[5] The single has also peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart[2] and number 7 on the Canadian Hot 100.[2] The song has sold 1.3 million copies in the United States, as of December 2014.[6] The single is currently peaking at number 14, number 16, and number 18 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts, respectively. The song also topped the Official South African Singles Chart and peaked in the Top 40 in New Zealand. The single has sold over 1 million copies in the US,[7] and over 160,000 copies in Canada [8]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Come with Me Now" was uploaded on July 31, 2012. As of January 2015, the video has received a total of over 22 million views on YouTube.[9]

Live performances[edit]

The band performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 5, 2014.[1][10]

Use in popular culture[edit]

  • The song received notoriety as the song of choice for Kansas State Football: intro video for the 2014 college football season.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[39] 2× Platinum 160,000^
United States (RIAA)[40] Platinum 1,300,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
South Africa December 15, 2012 Digital download Tokoloshe Records [41]
United States April 15, 2014 Contemporary hit radio Epic Records [42]
United Kingdom September 4, 2014 Digital download [43]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c d Lipshutz, Jason (March 14, 2014). "Kongos Scores Fastest Top 10 Alternative Debut Single Since Lorde's 'Royals'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 12 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Trust, Gary (April 9, 2014). "Pharrell Williams Leads Hot 100; John Legend Gains At No. 2". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
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  7. ^ Paul Grein (August 20, 2014). "Chart Watch: The Return Of Chris Brown". Yahoo! Music. 
  8. ^ Gonshor, Bram (August 6, 2014). "Kongos Presented With Double Platinum Plaques For Hit Single "Come With Me Now"". Music Canada. Music Canada. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
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  10. ^ "Watch KONGOS Perform "Come With Me Now" On Jimmy Kimmel Live". KROQ 106.7 FM. CBS Local. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ "WWE Music". WWE. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Come With Me Now used during Bowl Championship Series on ESPN". Kongos. January 1, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel -- Last Hope Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ Ryan, Gavin (January 10, 2015). "ARIA Singles: Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars Stay At No 1". Noise11. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
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  40. ^ "American single certifications – KONGOS – Come With Me Now". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
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  43. ^ "Come With Me Now (2014)". United Kingdom: 7digital. Retrieved September 14, 2014.