Let It Rock (Kevin Rudolf song)

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"Let It Rock"
Single by Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne
from the album In the City
Released 29 July 2008
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2007
Genre Rap rock, electropop, electronic rock, funk rock
Length 3:56
Label Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer(s) Alex Carter, Kevin Rudolf
Producer(s) Kevin Rudolf
Certification 4x Platinum (RIAA)[1]
Kevin Rudolf singles chronology
"Let It Rock"
(2008)
"Welcome to the World"
(2009)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"My Life"
(2008)
"Let It Rock"
(2008)
"Shawty Say"
(2008)
Alternative cover
Digital Cover

"Let It Rock" is the debut single of Kevin Rudolf. It was produced by Rudolf for his debut album, In the City and features a verse from rapper Lil Wayne.

In the U.S. and Canada, the song reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, number #6 on the Pop 100 and #2 on the Canadian Hot 100. The first week, the song debuted at number 45 on the Australian Singles Chart and eventually reached number 3. In the United Kingdom, the song climbed to number forty on physical release but due to an increase in airplay, due to BBC Radio 1 adding it to their A-list, the song climbed thirty places to number 10 in the song's second week on the chart; then it rose to number 5 the following week. "Let It Rock" was number 28 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[2] The single was also the official theme song for WWE's 2009 Royal Rumble. It is also featured in the video game Madden NFL 11.

Let It Rock was featured in the 2013 Atlantic City, New Jersey tourism commercials.

"Let It Rock" was certified Triple Platinum by the RIAA on May 5, 2009. As of July 2011, the song has sold 4,000,000 digital downloads, making it Lil Wayne's third 4-million-seller.[3]

Single record[edit]

"Let It Rock" was the first single from In the City (2008).

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The single was certified platinum in the U.S. on December 15, 2008.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Let It Rock" (featuring Lil Wayne) - 3:56
U.S. digital CD single
  1. "Let It Rock" (clean) (featuring Lil Wayne) - 3:56
  2. "Let It Rock" (explicit) (featuring Lil Wayne) - 3:56
  3. "Let It Rock" (instrumental) - 3:50
  4. "Let It Rock" (explicit a cappella) (featuring Lil Wayne) - 3:50
UK digital CD single
  1. "Let It Rock" (album version) (featuring Lil Wayne) - 3:56
  2. "Let It Rock" (Filthy Dukes remix) (featuring Lil Wayne) - 6:35
  3. "Let It Rock" (Cahill remix) (featuring Lil Wayne) - 6:11
  4. "Let It Rock" (radio edit) (featuring Lil Wayne) - 3:54
  5. "Let It Rock" (solo version) - 2:48

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Let It Rock" features Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne performing in front of both a crowd and a dark background, sometimes lit with various effects such as strobe and laser lights. The NBA on TNT features a version of the music video to promote the 2009 NBA All-Star Game featuring the players competing in the event.

Samples[edit]

The song's chorus is sampled in the Iyaz song "Damn They Hot", which features Rudolf himself. The song is also sampled and incorporated into Natasha Bedingfield's song "All I Need" from her album Strip Me; this song also features Rudolf.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 23
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[7] 2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 23
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 2
Germany (Media Control Charts)[10] 10
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 56
Turkey Top 20 Chart[15] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 5
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[18] 15
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[19] 6
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[20] 22

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (2009) Position
Australian Singles Chart[21] 44
Canadian Hot 100 26[22]
UK Singles Chart[23] 75
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 32[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RIAA Searchable Database,search for Kevin Rudolf. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
  2. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved 2008-12-25
  3. ^ http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart_watch/74391/week-ending-july-17-2011-songs-demis-breakthrough/
  4. ^ RIAA Searchable Database, search for Kevin Rudolf. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne – Let It Rock". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne – Let It Rock" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne – Let It Rock" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne – Let It Rock" (in French). Ultratip.
  9. ^ "Kevin Rudolf Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Kevin Rudolf.
  10. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne > Let It Rock – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 5, 2009". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne – Let It Rock". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne – Let It Rock". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Billboard Türkiye Top 20". Billboard Türkiye. Retrieved on February 9, 2009.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-01-24" UK Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Kevin Rudolf Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Kevin Rudolf.
  18. ^ "Kevin Rudolf Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Kevin Rudolf.
  19. ^ "Kevin Rudolf Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Kevin Rudolf.
  20. ^ "Kevin Rudolf Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Kevin Rudolf.
  21. ^ "Top 100 singles of the noughties". The Advertiser. January 7, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 Year-End 2009". Billboard. 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  23. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  24. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end songs - The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 

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