Free Wired

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Free Wired
Studio album by Far East Movement
Released October 12, 2010
Genre Dance, pop rap
Length 36:09
Label Cherrytree
Producer Stereotypes, The Smeezingtons, Roger Sanchez, Fernando Garibay, DJ White Shadow, Cherry Cherry Boom Boom,
Far East Movement chronology
Animal
(2009)
Free Wired
(2010)
Dirty Bass
(2012)
Singles from Free Wired
  1. "Like a G6"
    Released: April 13, 2010
  2. "Rocketeer"
    Released: October 29, 2010
  3. "If I Was You (OMG)"
    Released: March 20, 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[2]
Robert Christgau (B+)[3]

Free Wired is the third studio album and major label debut of Asian-American group Far East Movement, released on October 12, 2010 by Cherrytree Records and Interscope Records.

The album debuted at number twenty-four on the Billboard 200, with sales of 17,000.[4] The album has sold 168,000 copies in the US as of January 2012.

The first single "Like a G6" was released on April 13, 2010. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The second official single is "Rocketeer", which features Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic. The music video for the song premiered on VEVO and YouTube on October 29, 2010.[5] "Rocketeer" reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song "Girls on the Dance Floor" was originally included on the 2009 album Animal.

Background[edit]

Speaking about the album in March 2011 to noted UK urban writer Pete Lewis—Assistant Editor of Blues & Soul—Kev Nish of Far East Movement stated: "'Free Wired' was basically a slang-word we came up with back in the day, that we'd use whenever we'd do something that was outside the box, that was original, that was fresh, and that mashed-up things that maybe SHOULDN'T have been mashed-up! Which is why, when it came to titling this album, it made so much SENSE! Because it really represented our lifestyle, represented what we listen to... You know, we'd basically go in the studio and take hip hop-style drums, electronic synths, alternative-style hooks and just - as I say - mash it all UP!... So yeah, with 'Free Wired' you definitely get exactly what it says in the TITLE!"[6]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs were written by Jae Choung, James Roh, Kevin Nishimura and Virman Coquia. Additional writers are noted below.
Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Girls on the Dance Floor" (featuring Stereotypes) Bruno Mars, Jonathan Yip, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus The Stereotypes 3:54
2. "Like a G6" (featuring The Cataracs & Dev) David Singer-Vine, Niles Holowell-Dhar The Cataracs 3:36
3. "Rocketeer" (featuring Ryan Tedder) B. Mars, J. Yip, J. Reeves, R. Romulus, Philip Lawrence The Stereotypes, The Smeezingtons 3:31
4. "If I Was You (OMG)" (featuring Snoop Dogg) B. Mars, J. Yip, J. Reeves, R. Romulus, Calvin Broadus The Stereotypes, The Smeezingtons 3:25
5. "She Owns the Night" (featuring Mohombi) J. Yip, J. Reeves, R. Romulus, Malcolm McDaniel The Stereotypes 4:02
6. "So What?"   J. Yip, J. Reeves, R. Romulus, Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch The Stereotypes 3:24
7. "Don't Look Now" (featuring Keri Hilson) Heather Bright, J. Yip, J. Reeves, R. Romulus The Stereotypes 3:33
8. "Fighting for Air" (featuring Vincent Frank) Fernando Garibay, Michael Warren, J. Yip, J. Reeves, R. Romulus Fernando Garibay 3:45
9. "White Flag" (featuring Kayla Kai) Martin Kierszenbaum, J. Yip, J. Reeves, R. Romulus Martin "Cherry Cherry Boom Boom" Kierszenbaum 3:48
10. "2gether" (with Roger Sanchez featuring Kanobby) Roger Sanchez, J. Yip, J. Reeves, R. Romulus Roger Sanchez 3:05

Samples and interpolations[edit]

"So What?"

"Don't Look Now"

  • Contains additional vocals recorded by Bryan "The Beard" Jones

"Fighting For Air"

  • Contains additional recording by Justin "Kanobby" Keitt

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[11] 65
Canadian Albums Chart[12] 16
UK Albums Chart[13] 63
UK R&B Chart[14] 8
US Billboard 200 24
US Billboard Top Rap Albums[15] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeffries, David Review: Free Wired. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-10-29.
  2. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (October 6, 2010). Free Wired. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on January 21, 2011
  3. ^ link
  4. ^ Kaufman, Gil (October 20, 2010). "Lil Wayne's I Am Not A Human Being Tops Billboard". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rocketeer". 
  6. ^ Far East Movement interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' March 2011
  7. ^ "Free Wired". iTunes Store. 
  8. ^ "Free Wired". iTunes Store. 
  9. ^ "Far East Movement's Secret Agent '2 Is Better Than 1' Shoot with Natalia Kills, Colette Carr & Frankmusik". Cherrytree. 
  10. ^ "Far East Movement/Free Wired". HMV Group. 
  11. ^ "Pandora Archive". Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  12. ^ [1], Billboard
  13. ^ "Official UK Albums Top 100 – 12th March 2011". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  14. ^ "R&B Albums Top 40 - 18th February 2012". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  15. ^ "Rap Albums". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16.