Free the Universe

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Free the Universe
Studio album by Major Lazer
Released April 16, 2013
Recorded 2012
Genre Electronica, dancehall, reggae, post-dubstep, bounce, moombahton, indie pop
Label Secretly Canadian
Warner Music (Asia)
Major Lazer chronology
Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do
(2009)
Free the Universe
(2013)
Apocalypse Soon EP
(2014)
Singles from Free the Universe
  1. "Get Free"
    Released: April 15, 2012
  2. "Jah No Partial"
    Released: October 22, 2012
  3. "Watch Out for This (Bumaye)"
    Released: February 28, 2013
  4. "Bubble Butt"
    Released: May 24, 2013
  5. "Scare Me"
    Released: August 19, 2013
  6. "Jessica"
    Released: September 4, 2013
  7. "Jet Blue Jet"
    Released: October 29, 2013
  8. "Sweat"
    Released: November 26, 2013

Free the Universe is the second full-length album released by Major Lazer, collaborative music project headed by record producer Diplo. The album was released on April 16, 2013,[1][2] and features appearances by Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman, Santigold, Peaches, Tyga, Flux Pavilion, Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, and more.[3] The album peaked at #34 in both the US Album Chart and the UK Album Chart.

Free the Universe
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (68/100)[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
NME (7/10)[7]
Pitchfork Media (5.7/10)[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin (7/10)[10]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[11]
Drowned In Sound (6/10)[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "You're No Good" (featuring Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim and Yasmin)
4:04
2. "Jet Blue Jet" (featuring Leftside, GTA, Razz and Biggy)
  • Pentz
  • Craig Parks
  • Julio Mejia
  • Major Lazer
  • GTA
3:19
3. "Get Free" (featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors)
Major Lazer 4:51
4. "Jah No Partial" (featuring Flux Pavilion)
  • Major Lazer
  • Flux Pavilion
4:13
5. "Wind Up" (featuring Elephant Man, Opal, and Chippy Nonstop)
  • Major Lazer
  • Gianni Marino (add.)
  • Mahesa Utara (add.)
4:27
6. "Scare Me" (featuring Peaches and Timberlee)
  • Pentz
  • Taylor
  • Peaches
  • Timberlee
Major Lazer 3:00
7. "Jessica" (featuring Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend)
  • Pentz
  • Koenig
  • Carl Dawkins
Major Lazer 4:13
8. "Watch Out for This (Bumaye)" (featuring Busy Signal, The Flexican and FS Green)
4:29
9. "Keep Cool" (featuring Shaggy and Wynter Gordon) Major Lazer 4:22
10. "Sweat" (featuring Laidback Luke and Ms. Dynamite)
  • Major Lazer
  • Laidback Luke
4:29
11. "Reach for the Stars" (featuring Wyclef Jean)
  • Pentz
  • Taylor
  • Jean
  • Wayne Henry
  • Andrew Bain
Major Lazer 4:06
12. "Bubble Butt" (featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga and Mystic)
  • Major Lazer
  • Valentino Khan
3:47
13. "Mashup the Dance" (featuring The Partysquad and Ward 21)
  • Pentz
  • Andre Grey
  • Kunley McCarthy
  • Major Lazer
  • The Partysquad
3:49
14. "Playground" (featuring Bugle and Arama)
  • Pentz
  • Taylor
  • Roy Thompson
  • Arama Brown
Major Lazer 3:56

Collector's edition[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart (2013/14) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 5
Australian Dance Albums (ARIA)[15] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 53
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 43
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[19] 18
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[20] 17
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 34
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 88
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[23] 172
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[24] 23
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 45
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 34
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[27] 4
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[28] 4
US Billboard 200[29] 34
US Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[30] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[31] 8

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
Australian Dance Albums (ARIA)[32] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[33] 58
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[34] 153

References[edit]

  1. ^ Notable Releases for the Week of February 18, 2013 - Metacritic Metacritic
  2. ^ Diplo's Major Lazer Crew Readies Party-Sparking New Album & Raucous Live Show - Billboard Billboard
  3. ^ Major Lazer Share Album Tracklist | News | Pitchfork Pitchfork
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  8. ^ "http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17627-major-lazer-free-the-universe/". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/free-the-universe-20130416". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
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  27. ^ "2013-04-27 Top 40 Dance Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
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