Earthquake (Labrinth song)

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"Earthquake"
Single by Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah
from the album Electronic Earth
Released 23 October 2011
Format
Recorded 2011
Genre
Length 4:34 (full version)
3:35 (radio edit)
3:53 (music video)
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Labrinth
Labrinth singles chronology
"Let It Go"
(2010)
"Earthquake"
(2011)
"Teardrop"
(2011)
Tinie Tempah singles chronology
"Love Suicide"
(2011)
"Earthquake"
(2011)
"Angels & Stars"
(2012)

"Earthquake" is a song by British musician Labrinth which features long-time collaborator Tinie Tempah. The track was released on 23 October 2011 in the United Kingdom as the second single from the artist's debut studio album, Electronic Earth (2012). It debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart, having sold 115,530 copies — the second highest one week sales at number 2 of the year, behind Little Mix.

Background[edit]

Labrinth first revealed the radio-edit of "Earthquake" on his official YouTube channel, on 16 September 2011.[1] Remixes by Benny Benassi, Noisia, Eyes, Gareth Wyn and Street Policy were uploaded to Labrinth's Soundcloud account on the same day. Labrinth explained the song's meaning to MTV UK: "For me, the track is about making an earthquake and having people look my way because of how much noise I'm making. Sometimes, the one that shouts the loudest is the one that gets heard so, earthquake is shouting as high as it can." Both the royal trumpets and the operatic monk chorus part were last minute additions to the record. Labrinth inserted the bridge after a friend dared him to put it in.[2]

The full explicit version of "Earthquake" was uploaded to Labrinth's SoundCloud account on 23 September 2011.[3]

Labrinth and Tinie Tempah performed an acoustic version of "Earthquake" with an orchestra and choir in BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on 20 October 2011.[4]

On 1 January 2012, "Earthquake" was used for the New Year's Eve in London celebrations, during the fireworks display at the London Eye.[5]

The "All-Stars" remix featuring rappers Kano, Wretch 32 and Busta Rhymes and new verses by Labrinth and Tinie Tempah was included on the bonus edition of his debut album. The official remix with only the Busta Rhymes verse was also released as a single in the US through iTunes on 21 February 2012[6][7] and was included on Now That's What I Call Music! 42 as a "Now What's Next" bonus track.

The song is in the key of C minor.

Music video[edit]

The HD video of the song was uploaded to Labrinth's official Vevo/YouTube channel on 11 October 2011. As of 13 February 2013, the song has received over 45 million views. The video was directed by US Studio, Syndrome Studios, edited by Aleks Colic. This song also featured in the trailer for the video game DiRT:Showdown.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download [8]
No. Title Length
1. "Earthquake" (Radio Edit) 3:36
2. "Earthquake" (Full Version) (Clean) 4:32
3. "Earthquake" (Benny Benassi Remix) 5:00
4. "Earthquake" (Gareth Wyn Remix) 7:00
5. "Earthquake" (Noisia Remix) 6:29
Digital download (MyPlay Direct version)[9]
No. Title Length
1. "Earthquake" (radio edit) 3:36
2. "Earthquake" (full version) 4:32
3. "Earthquake" (Benny Benassi Remix) 5:00
4. "Earthquake" (Gareth Wyn Remix) 7:00
5. "Earthquake" (Noisia Remix) 6:29
6. "Earthquake" (Eyes Remix) 4:15
7. "Earthquake" (Street Policy Remix) 3:10
All Stars Remix (album bonus track)
No. Title Length
1. "Earthquake" (featuring Tinie Tempah, Kano, Wretch 32 & Busta Rhymes) (All Stars Remix) 4:52

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United Kingdom 23 October 2011 Digital download
23 October 2011 CD single
Germany 23 October 2011 Digital download
United States 28 February 2012 Digital Download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah - Earthquake on YouTube". YouTube.com. 
  2. ^ "Earthquake on Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Labrinth on SoundCloud". SoundCloud.com. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Labrinth in BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  5. ^ "London Fireworks 2012 in full HD - New Year Live - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/earthquake-feat.-busta-rhymes/id502057268
  7. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/earthquake-feat.-busta-rhymes/id503972313
  8. ^ ""Labrinth Ft. Tinie Tempah - Earthquake" on iTunes". iTunes.com. 
  9. ^ "Earthquake - Street Policy Remix". SoundCloud. 2011-09-15. 
  10. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah – Earthquake". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  11. ^ "Top 40 Urban Albums & Singles Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah – Earthquake" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  13. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah – Earthquake" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah – Earthquake". VG-lista.
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah – Earthquake". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart" UK R&B Chart.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  20. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/official-streaming-chart/
  21. ^ http://www.billboard.com/news#/column/chartbeat/chart-highlights-jepsen-jumps-to-no-1-on-1007291552.story
  22. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 2012". BBC Radio 1. BBC Online. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  24. ^ "New Zealand single certifications". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  25. ^ "Trofe Oversikt" (in Norwegian). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry of Norway. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "British single certifications – Labrinth – Earthquake". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Earthquake in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go

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