Everything Is Awesome

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"Everything Is AWESOME!!!"
Single by Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island
from the album The Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released January 27, 2014
Format Music download
Recorded 2013
Length 2:43
Label WaterTower
Writer(s) Shawn Patterson, Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
Producer(s) Shawn Patterson, Mark Mothersbaugh, Bartholomew
Tegan and Sara singles chronology
"Goodbye, Goodbye"
(2013)
"Everything Is AWESOME!!!"
(2014)
The Lonely Island singles chronology
"Spell It Out"
(2013)
"Everything is AWESOME!!!"
(2014)

"Everything Is Awesome" is the Grammy and Oscar nominated song featured in The Lego Movie. It was written by Shawn Patterson,[1] Joshua Bartholomew,[2] Lisa Harriton,[3] and The Lonely Island. The single and pop version featured in the end credits of the movie was produced by Mark Mothersbaugh[4] and performed by Tegan and Sara in collaboration with musical comedy trio The Lonely Island.

The version of "Everything Is Awesome" featured in The Lego Movie scene, official trailer,[5] TV spots,[6][7][8] video game, and featurette[9] was produced by Bartholomew[10] and performed by Joshua Bartholomew and Lisa Harriton under the name Jo Li.

On January 26, 2014, the song received its first US radio airplay via Anything Anything with Rich Russo on WXPK-FM, WRAT-FM and WDHA-FM.[11]

In July 2014, the song "Everything Is Awesome" was re-used in a video of Greenpeace to promote their petition calling on the Lego Company to drop its partnership with Shell.[12]

Production[edit]

Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara said in a Billboard interview:

We want to be a "serious" musical band, while also being funny people, but this was so adorable, and the movie looked great, and the opportunity to do something with Mark Mothersbaugh and the Lonely Island ... it was sort of a no-brainer, and it's turned out to be this really cool moment. We feel like it was a win-win.[13]

In an interview to Fox News, Mark Mothersbaugh says the song "was supposed to be like mind control early in the film. It's totally irritating, this kind of mindless mantra to get people up and working."[14]

Music video[edit]

The music video features Lego versions of Tegan and Sara as well as The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone. Parts of the video were made using brickfilming.[15]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Everything is Awesome" debuted at No. 7 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, with 34,000 downloads in its first week (Nielsen SoundScan) and 11 on the Irish Charts. It also charted 35 on the Canadian Hot 100 The song charted 17 on the UK Charts and charted 3 on the UK Indie. In the US Billboard Hot 100, the song charted 57.[13][16] As of June 2014, the single had sold 418,000 copies in the United States.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

International Business Times described the song as a parody of creeping fascism, saying that the song "seems little more than an infectiously catchy parody of watered-down radio pop, right down to the faux-dubstep breakdown. There’s a lot more happening under the surface, however."[18]

Oscars performance[edit]

As one of the songs nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 Oscars, "Everything is Awesome" was performed as a large-scale musical number featuring not only Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island, but also on-stage appearances by Mothersbaugh (paying homage to his 1970s group Devo by wearing a LEGO version of the distinctive Devo hat), DJ Questlove and comic actor Will Arnett dressed as Batman (in the film, Arnett provides the voice of the character). According to LEGO Movie co-director Christopher Miller, for this on-stage appearance, Arnett wore the Batman costume originally worn by Val Kilmer in the 1995 film Batman Forever.[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Charts[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Digital Track Chart[31] 23
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[32] 35
Ireland (IRMA)[33] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[34] 24
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[35] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[36] 17
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[37] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[38] 57
US Comedy Digital Tracks (Billboard)[39] 2
US Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[40] 7
US Heatseeker Songs (Billboard)[41] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[42] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shawn Patterson (February 14, 2014). Everything Is Awesome - Shawn Patterson (Unplugged) surprise performance (HD) (Motion). Warner Bros.Pictures: Warner Bros. Pictures/Ryan Halpern. Event occurs at 0:11. Retrieved January 12, 2015. Shawn Patterson, who wrote the music and lyrics for the hit song from The Lego Movie "Everything Is Awesome", surprises a crowd of WB employees with his unplugged rendition of the song at a conference room celebration. 
  2. ^ "SOCAN presents first-ever film & TV No. 1 Song Award to Josh Bartholomew. theme". March 8, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "ALLMUSIC Credits". February 4, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ Brown, August (February 11, 2014). "Everything is awesome, indeed, for Mark Mothersbaugh". LA Times. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ The LEGO® Movie - Official Main Trailer (HD) (Motion). YouTube: Warner Bros. Pictures. October 31, 2013. Event occurs at 0:48. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ The LEGO Movie - TV Spot 1 (HD) (Motion). YouTube: Warner Bros.s Pictures. January 13, 2014. Event occurs at 0:02. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ The LEGO Movie - Now Playing Spot 2 (HD) (Motion). YouTube: Warner Bros. Pictures. February 7, 2014. Event occurs at 0:02. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ The LEGO Movie - Now Playing Spot 5 (HD) (Motion). YouTube: Warner Bros. Pictures. February 21, 2014. Event occurs at 0:00. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ The LEGO Movie - "Creating the Bricks" (HD) (Motion). YouTube: Warner Bros. Pictures. January 6, 2015. Event occurs at 0:00 and 3:50. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ "ALLMUSIC Credits". February 4, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ [1] "Playlists for 1/26/14"
  12. ^ Vaughan, Adam. July 9, 2014. Lego told 'everything is not awesome' in viral Greenpeace video. The Guardian. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  13. ^ a b 'The Lego Movie': Why Tegan & Sara Went Chirpy for 'Everything Is Awesome' (Video). The Hollywood Reporter. February 17, 2014.
  14. ^ Devo lead singer dishes on creating catchy 'Lego' song. Fox News. February 18, 2014.
  15. ^ Locker, Melissa (February 11, 2014). "Everything is Awesome in New Lego-Themed Tegan & Sara Video Feat. The Lonely Island". Time.com. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  16. ^ Lipshutz, David (February 14, 2014). "Tegan & Sara on Their 'Awesome' 'LEGO Movie' Song: 'It's a Crazy Earworm'". Billboard. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ Murray, Gordon (July 2, 2014). "Daft Punk, DJ Snake & Lil Jon Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Dance/Electronic Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  18. ^ How 'The Lego Movie' And 'Everything Is Awesome' Parody Creeping Everyday Fascism. International Business Times. February 13, 2014.
  19. ^ Nick Romano, Will Arnett Wore A Piece Of Batman History At The Oscars. Cinema Blend. February 23, 2015; accessed February 25, 2015
  20. ^ "Congrats to our nominees for Original Song". January 15, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  21. ^ "57th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees". December 5, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Critics' Choice Nominees". December 15, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  23. ^ "DFCS Names ‘American Sniper’ 2014′s Best Film". January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Georgia Film Critics Association: 2014 Awards". January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  25. ^ Feinberg, Scott (November 5, 2014). "Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Gregg Alexander Performs, Glen Campbell Feted". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Houston Film Critics Society". December 16, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  27. ^ Patches, Matt (January 7, 2015). "'Boyhood' is Iowa Critics' Best Picture of 2014". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Phoenix Film Critics Society". December 16, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  29. ^ "International Press Academy". December 1, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Santa Barbara Film Festival Announces Full Program, Variety Artisans Awards". Variety. January 8, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  31. ^ ARIA Australian Top 40 Digital Tracks | Australia's Official Top 40 Digital Downloads. ARIA Charts. Retrieved on 2014-05-02.
  32. ^ "Tegan and Sara Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Tegan and Sara. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  33. ^ "Chart Track: Week 09, 2014". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  34. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Tegan And Sara feat. The Lonely Island – Everything Is Awesome". Top 40 Singles.
  35. ^ "Archive Chart: March 1, 2014". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  36. ^ "1, 2014/ Archive Chart: March 1, 2014" UK Singles Chart.
  37. ^ "1, 2014/ Archive Chart: March 1, 2014" UK Indie Chart. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
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  39. ^ Comedy Digital Tracks : Feb 15, 2014. Billboard biz. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  40. ^ Hot Dance/Electronic Songs : Mar 1, 2014. Billboard biz. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  41. ^ Tegan and Sara - Chart history for Heatseekers Songs. Billboard.com. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
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