Lost (Frank Ocean song)

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"Lost"
Single by Frank Ocean
from the album Channel Orange
Released December 17, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre
Length 3:54
Label Def Jam
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Malay
Frank Ocean singles chronology
"Sweet Life"
(2012)
"Lost"
(2012)
"Super Rich Kids"
(2013)

"Lost" is a song by American recording artist Frank Ocean. It was released as the fourth single from his debut studio album Channel Orange (2012). The song was written by Ocean, Micah Otano and Malay; production was handled by the latter.

Composition[edit]

"Lost" is an R&B[1] and pop song set in common time at a straight-up pop tempo of 123 beats per minute. The song is in a G minor, with a chord progression of Gm−B♭maj7−E♭−B♭maj7 followed throughout, and Ocean's vocal spans from C4 to G5.[2] According to The Quietus, "A bouncy indie-rock rhythm and chicken-scratch guitar propels a buoyant Frank, as he takes to the road in the hope of getting well and truly lost in sunny California. Flowing atop a narcotic bass melody and a trio of harmonising vocalists, the choruses eventually pan back for a coda of whistling synths and ELO-esque keys."[3] The lyrical content of "Lost" describes the protagonist's relationship with a cocaine-cooking girlfriend.[4] The song contains samples of the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).[5]

Reception[edit]

"Lost" has received high praise and acclaim among critics, praising Ocean's idiosyncratic style and pop sensibilities as well as Malay, the album's prominent producer. It is often referred to as a highlight on his debut studio album Channel Orange and is his most straightforward "pop" song.

"Lost" debuted at number 91 on the Australian Singles Chart on the chart issue dated October 17, 2012[6] and peaked at number 46. The song also peaked at numbers 38, 53 and 9 on the Danish Singles Chart, UK Singles Chart and UK R&B Chart respectively.[7][8][9]

"Lost" achieved its greatest level of success in New Zealand. The song debuted on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number 32, peaking at number 5 three weeks later and becoming Ocean's first top-ten single. The song was eventually certified gold and subsequently platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) in its fifth and ninth week on the chart, respectively.[10]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012–13) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 46
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[12] 13
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders Urban)[12] 25
Denmark (Tracklisten)[13] 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 85
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 5
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[16] 41
South Korea (Gaon International Chart)[17] 59
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 53
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[9] 9
US R&B Songs (Billboard)[19] 25

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20] 29

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom[21] December 17, 2012 Contemporary hit radio Def Jam Recordings
Germany[22] March 22, 2013 Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "R&B Pick: Frank Ocean - Lost". HipHop DX. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Frank Ocean - Lost Sheet Music - Download & Print. Musicnotes.com. Accessed from June 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Calvert, John (July 3, 2012). The Future's Bright: Frank Ocean's Channel Orange Track-by-Track. The Quietus. Accessed from June 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (July 10, 2012). "Frank Ocean, 'Channel Orange': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ Channel Orange (CD liner). Frank Ocean. New York: Def Jam Recordings. Island Def Jam. 2012. B0015788-02. 
  6. ^ "Chartifacts – Wednesday 17th October 2012". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Discography Frank Ocean". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update – 1.12.2012 (Week 47)". zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "2013-01-20 Top 40 R&B Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – 06 May 2013". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Frank Ocean – Lost". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Frank Ocean – Lost" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  13. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Frank Ocean – Lost". Tracklisten. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  14. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Frank Ocean – Lost". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Frank Ocean – Lost". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  16. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 20137 into search. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  17. ^ "Gaon International Digital Chart". Gaon. gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-01-20" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  19. ^ "R&B Songs : Jan 19, 2013". Billboard. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 2013". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  21. ^ Skey, Jamie (December 17, 2012). "Singles column 17 Dec 2012 – Frank Ocean, Killers, Ellie Goulding, Toy, The National & more". Q (London). Archived from the original on December 17, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  22. ^ "VÖ-Vorschau" (in German). Beatblogger. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 

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