Magic (B.o.B song)

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"Magic"
Single by B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo
from the album B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Released July 6, 2010 (2010-07-06)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2010
Genre Synthpop, alternative hip hop, alternative rock
Length 3:16
Label Grand Hustle, Rebel Rock, Atlantic
Writer(s) Bobby Simmons, Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Dr. Luke
B.o.B singles chronology
"Bet I"
(2010)
"Magic"
(2010)
"So High"
(2010)

"Magic"is a song by American hip hop recording artist B.o.B, released on June 7, 2010 as the fifth single from his debut studio album B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray (2010). The track features Weezer's lead singer Rivers Cuomo, singing the chorus. It was written by both artists, alongside the song's producer Dr. Luke. In the UK, the track made Radio 1's B-Playlist.[1]

Reception[edit]

Despite mixed reviews, the song progressed up and down the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number 10 at its peak.[2] Billboard.com gave it a positive review, saying, "The song's strongest force is an infectious, throbbing synth-guitar hook from Dr. Luke, who seamlessly fuses B.o.B's verses with a chorus by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo that demands a singalong. The result is stellar."[3] In a review on About.com, Bill Lamb writes about Magic saying, "B.o.B., aka Bobby Ray, proves that he has both a tremendous gift at combining pop and hip hop, and he can range across multiple styles with astonishing ease."[4] The reviewer at TinyMixtapes.com said that "'Magic' is magnificently, triumphantly corny, enough to give Steve Miller and that guy from The Outfield a run for their money. 'Magic' isn't good by any stretch of the imagination, but it is goofily enjoyable."[5] In his album review for Spin, Kenny Herzog wrote, "The Adventures of Bobby Ray is a hip-hop Scary Movie, tossing off references (Vampire Weekend sample, Rivers Cuomo cameo) while struggling to establish a distinctive identity."[6] Pitchfork questioned "the appearance by Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, whose creepily blank vocals on 'Magic' sound like the engineer has a gun to his head".[7] The Guardian's Paul MacInnes wrote that "all the Chris Martinesque piano lines and calibrated guest appearances – from Weezer's River Cuomo to Janelle Monáe – can't obscure an absence of soul throughout."[8]

Music video[edit]

B.o.B (right) in the music video

The music video was released on MTV at midnight on September 3, 2010.[citation needed] The video features B.o.B trying to wake himself up from a dream. He was also performing with Rivers Cuomo in the video on a stage at a wild party. In addition, Paul Iacono from the MTV show The Hard Times of RJ Berger is featured dancing on stage. The video was directed by Sanaa Hamri.[citation needed]


Tracklisting[edit]

  1. "Magic" - 3:16
  2. "Mellow Fellow" - 2:58

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 5
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 17
European Hot 100 Singles[11] 47
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 6
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 53
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 16
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[18] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 10
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[19] 25
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[20] 12
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[21] 30

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
Australian Singles Chart[22] 44
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 63

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
Canada CRIA Gold [24]
New Zealand RIANZ Gold[25]
United States RIAA Platinum[26]

In other media[edit]

  • The Treblemakers, an all male acapella group in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect, sang this song in their finale performance.
  • American female rapper Becky G, recorded a new version of the song for The Smurfs 2 soundtrack. Her rendition features singer Austin Mahone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC - Radio 1 - Playlist
  2. ^ a b "B.o.B Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for B.o.B.
  3. ^ "Billboard.com article"
  4. ^ "B.o.B. - 'Magic' featuring Rivers Cuomo | Music Review"
  5. ^ "B.o.B. - B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray | Music Review". Tiny Mix Tapes.
  6. ^ Herzog, Kenny (April 26, 2010). "B.o.B, 'The Adventures of Bobby Ray' (Atlantic)". Spin Magazine Online.
  7. ^ Greene, Jayson (May 13, 2010). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: B.o.B: The Adventures of Bobby Ray". Pitchfork Media.
  8. ^ MacInnes, Paul (May 27, 2010). "B.o.B.: B.o.B. Presents the Adventures of Bobby Ray". guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – B.o.B feat. Rivers Cuomo – Magic". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "B.o.B Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for B.o.B.
  11. ^ " European Hot 100: Week of November 20, 2010". Billboard.com
  12. ^ "Chart Track: Week 42, 2010". Irish Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – B.o.B feat. Rivers Cuomo search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – B.o.B feat. Rivers Cuomo – Magic". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-11-06". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – B.o.B feat. Rivers Cuomo – Magic". Singles Top 60.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-11-13" UK Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-11-20" UK R&B Chart.
  19. ^ "B.o.B Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for B.o.B.
  20. ^ "B.o.B Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for B.o.B.
  21. ^ "B.o.B Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for B.o.B.
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  23. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2010/hot-100-songs?begin=61&order=position
  24. ^ http://www.cria.ca/gold/1010_g.php
  25. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Singles". RadioScope. August 29, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  26. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 

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