|Song by Miley Cyrus featuring French Montana from the album Bangerz|
|Genre||Dance-Pop, Pop rap|
|Producer||Rami Samir Afuni|
|Bangerz track listing|
"FU" is a dance-pop song by American recording artist Miley Cyrus featuring American rapper French Montana for her fourth studio album Bangerz (2013). It was written by Cyrus, Rami Samir Afuni, Montana, and MoZella. Production was helmed by Afuni. Lyrically, FU dismisses a cheating ex.
"FU" received generally favorable reviews from contemporary music critics. Cyrus' vocal performance was lauded and compared to Adele, Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera. The song itself was compared to the works of Amanda Palmer, Lady Gaga and Skrillex. However, some criticized its lyrics and the appearance of French Montana. "FU" was used in the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Cyrus has performed the song during her ongoing Bangerz Tour.
Background and composition
A 21 second sample of "FU" by Miley Cyrus, where a portion of the chorus is heard.
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In 2012, Cyrus announced plans to focus on her film career, effectively putting her musical endeavors on hiatus. That year, she appeared in the films LOL and So Undercover. She was also confirmed as a primary voice actress in the feature film Hotel Transylvania, but dropped out of the project to coordinate a musical comeback. In January 2013, Cyrus ended her recording contract with Hollywood Records, under which she released the albums Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (2007), Breakout (2008), Can't Be Tamed (2010), and EP The Time of Our Lives (2009). Later that month, she signed a recording contract with RCA Records. In March, she confirmed that her fourth studio album would be released by the end of 2013. The final product, Bangerz, was released in October 2013 and debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 270,000 copies.
Montana told MTV News about working with Cyrus, "I was in L.A. and she happened to be doing the Ain't Worried About Nothin' remix for me. She came by the studio and let me hear her album, which was crazy, and we just went through a couple tracks to see which one I fit on." He continued, "Then she played 'FU' and I fell in love with it. We just went in there and did it together." Regarding the theme of the song, he explained, "It's two letters 'F' and 'U.' You've just got two letters for somebody when you get to that point, when somebody breaks your heart and you're in a relationship which has gone sour. So now you've only got two letters for them, 'F' and 'U'."
"FU" was written by Cyrus, Rami Samir Afuni, French Montana and MoZella. It was produced by Afuni. Karl Petersen recorded the track with help from Matthew Testa, and Manny Marroquin mixed it with assistants Chris Galland and Delbert Bowers. It is a dance-pop and pop rap song. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Kobalt Music Publishing America, the track is written in the key of G minor with a tempo of 56 beats per minute. Its lyrics dismiss a cheating ex, as mentioned in the lines "I don't really have much to say/ I was over it the second that I saw her name/ I got two letters for you/ One of them is F/ And the other one is U/ 'Cause what you gotta do/ is go get yourself a clue." Critics identified elements of dubstep and EDM in the song. Amy Sciarretto of PopCrush called it "the angriest track on the record" and described it as having "a cabaret, Broadway musical vibe." According to Kyle Fowle of Slant Magazine, the amalgamation of popular genres Cyrus employs throughout the album is perhaps best executed on FU. He further wrote that although "I've got two, two, two letters for you/One of them is F, and the other is U" may not be wittiest couplet, but when sung by Cyrus atop a heavy dubstep wobble, it feels biting and ferocious.
Critical reception to the song was mainly positive. Heather Phares of AllMusic gave the song a favorable review, calling it a "brassy empowerment jam which sells Cyrus as an independent woman", along with "Do My Thang" and "Maybe You're Right" Nick Catucci of Entertainment Weekly praised the song, describing it as folding "starry Adele-style sass and a French Montana verse into expertly inlaid dubstep wub-wubs." Mikael Wood from the Los Angeles Times praised Cyrus' vocals and compared the song to Amy Winehouse, writing "Her vocals are equally strong in the surprisingly Amy Winehouse-like FU." Caroline Sullivan from The Guardian deemed it one of the album's best songs, writing "FU's mix of raw heartbreak, sub-bass and scathing rhyming from French Montana is devastating." Kitty Empire from The Observer reviewed the song positively, writing "Cyrus liberates her inner Christina Aguilera in the company of rapper French Montana, blending old-time jazzy balladry, I Put a Spell on You, romantic righteousness and dubstep sub-bass."
Jason Lipshutz of Billboard gave the song a mixed review, calling it a "campy piano flare-up", but criticizing French Montana's appearance; calling it "as inexplicable as the song itself." Marah Eakin of The A.V. Club described it as "EDM-aping". She further stated that the song "seems perfect for the album, rather than just thrown in to stay with the times." Writing for MTV, John Walker reviewed the song positively, calling it an "innovative surprisingly cabaret-friendly track" and compared it to the works of Amanda Palmer. John Murphy of musicOMH compared the song to works by Lady Gaga and called it "rather excellent." Kyle Fowle from Slant Magazine heavily praised the track while comparing it to the works of Amy Winehouse and Skrillex, writing, "Cyrus plays the femme fatale with an exaggerated Southern drawl, ready to rip into male suitors and their tired pick-up lines." Channing Freeman from Sputnikmusic praised Cyrus' vocals, writing, "the chorus is so good, with a pulsing beat that allows Miley plenty of room to show off her voice (which is and always has been lovely)" although criticized the lyrics. Shardae Jobson from The Turn Magazine opined that Cyrus "takes a turn for arena rock, and she’s become the female reincarnation of Garth Brooks." She further stated that the song was "a kind of audible adaptation of Western and suspenseful flicks of the Turner Classic Movies realm", and that Cyrus sings like "a woman scorned and on a mission to redeem herself and venerable reputation through a little promised voodoo." She also called French Montana’s cameo "probably the most creative moment of his rap discography." Amy Sciarretto of PopCrush compared the track to Lady Gaga, called it "soulful" and praised Cyrus' "smoky, husky vocals." Catriona Wightman of Digital Spy speculated it to be inspired by Cyrus' former fiancé Liam Hemsworth and deemed it the best song of the album.
Cyrus has performed the song during her Bangerz Tour. Critics praised her performance of the song, specifically praising Cyrus' vocals and showmanship. While performing FU during the first leg of the tour, Cyrus wore a long red sequined skirt over a sequined red and white leotard designed by "The Blonds". She also wore matching gloves and cowboy boots. During the second leg of the show, she replaced the center color of the leotard from red to neon yellow and wore a long feathery yellow skirt with yellow elbow-length gloves. David Blond of The Blonds stated that the pave crystal bodysuit and the rip-away sequin skirt were inspired by Jessica Rabbit. A Sesame Street-esque, bi-pod puppet joined her during the performance. Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that she bought the house down "with a show-stopping cabaret vocal" during FU.
On June 8, 2014, during Cyrus' performance of "FU" at Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy; Cyrus performed the song with a fan made cardboard cutout of Selena Gomez wearing a poorly scrawled black bikini. In the middle of the performance, she threw the cardboard cutout back into the crowd. This incident lead to many outlets speculating that Cyrus specifically directed the performance at Gomez. Neither Cyrus nor Gomez responded to the speculations.
Credits and personnel
- Recorded at Milkboy Studios Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California
- Mixed at Larrabee Sound Studios (North Hollywood, California)
- Miley Cyrus – lead vocals, songwriter
- French Montana – featured lead vocals, songwriter
- Rami Samir Afuni – songwriter
- Maureen Anne McDonald - songwriter
- Karl Petersen – recording
- Matthew Testa – recording
- Manny Marroquin – mixing
- Chris Galland –assistant
- Delbert Bowers – assistant
The song debuted at No. 3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 and at No. 22 on Billboard Pop Digital Songs Chart. When the song was used in the '2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show', the song reached No. 1 on Bubbling Under Hot 100. In Canada, the song debuted at No. 85 on the Canadian Hot 100.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||85|
|US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles||1|
|US Bilboard Pop Digital Songs||22|
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