Hold On, We're Going Home

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"Hold On, We're Going Home"
Single by Drake featuring Majid Jordan
from the album Nothing Was the Same
Released August 7, 2013 (2013-08-07)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre R&B, synthpop[1]
Length 3:47
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Drake singles chronology
  • "Hold On, We're Going Home"
  • (2013)
Majid Jordan singles chronology
  • "Hold On, We're Going Home"
  • (2013)
Music video
"Hold On, We're Going Home" on YouTube

"Hold On, We're Going Home" is a song by Canadian recording artist Drake. The song was produced by OVO Sound's Majid Jordan, Nineteen85, and Noah "40" Shebib. It is the second single from his third studio album, Nothing Was the Same, and was released for digital download on August 7, 2013[2] following the 2013 OVO Fest. It was later released to mainstream and rhythmic contemporary radio on August 13, 2013, and received positive reviews from music critics. The song peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was named the best song of 2013 by Pitchfork Media.[3]

Background[edit]

Before "Hold On, We're Going Home" was released, Drake had an interview with MTV News about the song during the 4th Annual OVO Fest saying, "It's me and 40 just channeling our Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson production duo,... Obviously no offense to the greats, I know we're not anywhere near that — it's just us kinda doing our thing, humbly attempting." He also added, "It's not a rap record,... It's not 'Versace,' it's not 'Started from the Bottom.' In approaching this album I was like man, it would be great if we had a record that was played at weddings in 10 years or that people that are away from their families in the army could listen to. Something that just [has] timeless writing, timeless melody. So I did it with the group that we signed to OVO called Majid Jordan."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video is labeled a short film and takes place in 1985 Miami.[5] It was directed by Bill Pope and released on September 24, 2013.[6] In the video Drake plays a kingpin who gets his lover (Ashley Moore) kidnapped by a rival gang. Throughout the video, Drake does everything in his power to rescue her. Cameo appearances in the video included Fredo Santana, Steven Bauer, Johnny Simmons, Majid Jordan and ASAP Rocky among others.[5][6][7]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by British artist Dev Hynes under his Blood Orange moniker,[8] English band Arctic Monkeys[9] and Brooklyn-based synthpop duo Holy Ghost!.[10] The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie sang the song during the sixth season of the show.[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Hold On, We're Going Home" debuted at number five on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, making it Drake's thirty-third top 10 hit on the chart. This accomplishment broke the tie for second-most top ten hits with singer R. Kelly, only trailing behind rapper Lil Wayne, who has 36.[12] The song has also made the top ten in the Canadian Hot 100, peaking at number five, making it his highest charting single in his home country.[13] In the song's fifth week on the US Billboard Hot 100, it became Drake's 13th top ten hit, climbing at number eight. This feat gave him the most top ten hits of the year with four, including "Fuckin' Problems" (#8), "Started from the Bottom" (#6), and "Love Me" (#9).[14] The song has reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[15] becoming Drake's first song to reach the top five of the Hot 100 since "Find Your Love".[16] The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[17] It has sold over two million copies as of January 2014.[18]

The song sold 207,000 copies in Canada in 2013.[19]

The single reached a peak of number four in the UK giving Drake his highest peaking single there.[20] It also received heavy rotation on South African radio stations, peaking a number one on the South AfricanAirplay Chart.[21]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Hold On, We're Going Home"   3:47

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[52] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[53] Platinum 207,000[19]
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[54] Platinum 20,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[55] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[57] 2× Platinum 2,000,000[18]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States August 7, 2013[2] Digital download Young Money, Cash Money, Republic
August 13, 2013[58][59] Mainstream radio
Rhythmic contemporary radio
United Kingdom August 8, 2013[60] Urban contemporary radio
August 28, 2013[61] Contemporary hit radio

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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