Meet Me Halfway

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"Meet Me Halfway"
Single by The Black Eyed Peas
from the album The E.N.D
Released September 22, 2009
(see release history)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Electro hop[1]
Length 4:44 (Album Version)
3:45 (Radio Edit)
Label Interscope
Writer(s) The Black Eyed Peas, Keith Harris, Jean Baptiste, Sylvia Gordon, Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman, Karen Lee Orzolek, Nick Zinner, Brian Chase
Producer(s) Keith Harris, will.i.am
The Black Eyed Peas singles chronology
"I Gotta Feeling"
(2009)
"Meet Me Halfway"
(2009)
"Imma Be"
(2009)
Audio sample
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"Meet Me Halfway" is a song by American hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas. It was released as the third promotional single from their fifth studio album The E.N.D. It was later released as the album's third single.[2] The song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in the United Kingdom and Australia, making it their third chart topper from The E.N.D. in both countries. In the former country, "Meet Me Halfway" became the tenth biggest-selling single of 2009.

Background[edit]

The song was released as a promotional single, as part of the "Countdown to The E.N.D." where 3 album tracks were released once each week until the release of the album. This song was the final promotional single in the series, the first two, in order of release, were "Imma Be" and "Alive". The song got early airplay on Today Networks' Hot30 Countdown in Australia,[3] and on radio stations across Canada.[4] The song uses samples from "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper and "Maps" by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Fergie told the Daily Mail that when she was recording her vocals for "Meet Me Halfway", she "transported herself back to 1985, when she was 10 and saw Madonna in concert for the first time on The Virgin Tour. She took on Madonna's persona in that song as homage."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received fairly positive critical response, Entertainment Weekly wrote "When the group's glitchy future-funk beats sync up with Fergie's unabashedly feminine melodies, as on the sweetly insidious Meet Me Halfway, they find pure Top 40 nirvana."[6] Prefix magazine also gave the song a positive review, stating, "Meet Me Halfway is notable mostly for being better than a 'new-wavey' ballad by The Black Eyed Peas has any right to be."[7] Billboard wrote "Fergie elongates each note for a sensual vocal and offers a nice complement to co-producer Will.i.am, who handles the majority of the rhymes over funk guitar, hand claps and distorted pulses. With this track already climbing the Hot 100, the Peas are proving that their hit parade is far from over."[8] Bill Lamb of About.com stated that: "Fergie has the clear lead vocal here. She will never blow someone away with a bombastic voice or an otherworldly vocal range. However, she has an almost tearful edge to her voice that makes nearly any of her performances sound soaked with emotion. "Meet Me Halfway" is no exception. With the focus clearly on Fergie, this could in some ways be seen as a solo effort. However, the style of the song fits better in the context of The Black Eyed Peas album The E.N.D. instead of Fergie's The Dutchess."[9]

Promotion[edit]

Meet Me Halfway was performed live on the week 5 results show of the British TV singing competition The X Factor on the 8th November 2009. The single was released the previous week in the UK and reached #1 in the charts.[10] They performed the song too on the American Music Awards of 2009, alongside with "Boom Boom Pow".[11] The Black Eyed Peas performed the mix of the song at the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #25 for the week ending October 3, 2009 and peaked at #7 in its sixth week (November 7), becoming the third consecutive top ten hit from the album.[12] It makes The E.N.D. the band's first album to contain three Hot 100 top ten hits. The three songs successively overlapped in the Top 10, giving the group 30 consecutive weeks with a Top 10 hit. It topped the ARIA charts, becoming their third consecutive number 1 single from The E.N.D.

In the United Kingdom, "Meet Me Halfway" entered the UK Singles Chart on October 11, 2009 at #67. In its fifth week on the chart (November 8, 2009) it climbed to #3 being the highest non-X Factor related song on the chart, and one of only two songs in the top five non-related to X-Factor, along with Jay Sean's "Down", although ironically The Black Eyed Peas performed "Meet Me Halfway" on the X Factor results show on the very same night leading to significant exposure. On 13 November, it was announced that "Meet Me Halfway" was outselling its nearest competition, "Happy" by Leona Lewis, and was on course to reach number one.[13] It became The E.N.D.'s third consecutive number one single in the United Kingdom, and fourth overall, on 15 November 2009 achieving the same success as in Australia. As of Sunday 27 December, "Meet Me Halfway" has sold 517,178 copies in the UK, making it the 13th best selling single of 2009. On December 20, "Meet Me Halfway" fell to #10 in the UK, after eight consecutive weeks, but rose to #6 the following week. As on January 3, 2010 it rose again to #3.

On the New Zealand Top 40, the song has so far peaked at number 3, making it their third consecutive top three hit from the album. It was certified Gold after 10 weeks on the chart, selling over 75,000 copies.[14] The song entered the Irish Singles Chart on the 15th October 2009 at number 27, it has so far peaked at number 2 for five consecutive weeks, fended off by Cheryl Cole's "Fight For This Love", the X Factor finalists' cover of "You Are Not Alone" and finally Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance". The song also reached #1 in the German Single Charts making it their 3rd chart topper since almost 5 years (last two were "Where Is the Love?" and "Shut Up" - both in 2003).

Music video[edit]

Fergie is shown in a luxuriant forest

The music video was confirmed by will.i.am to be directed by Ben Mor (director of "I Gotta Feeling"). "This is a very different type of video ... 'Boom Boom Pow' was very futuristic and 'I Gotta Feeling' had a party vibe, but this is more artistic video. It's very arty."[15] The video premiered on October 12, 2009.[16] It was released onto the iTunes Music store on October 13, 2009.

The video features the members in different parts of the Solar System.[17] The video opens on a road in the middle of a desert panning up to the cosmic sky which shifts to scenes of each of the members singing in different locations of space: Fergie lies in the middle of a lush, green jungle, apl.de.ap levitates on a desert planet in nomadic clothing, will.i.am rides an elephant on a moon of Jupiter and Taboo glides around the Sun in a spacesuit. Apl takes out a map and will.i.am uses a compass to search for a path to the other members. After a while, will.i.am finds a dial which reveals gateways for each of the members to go through. All the members use a stargate and turn into shooting stars, and land on the planet (presumably Earth), with the road in the middle of the desert. This is the first video of the album that does not end with the phrase "The E.N.D."

Covers[edit]

In May 2010, two members of the British hip-hop trio, N-Dubz performed an acoustic mash-up of the song with "Down" by Jay Sean at Live Lounge with singer Ny, as the third member Tulisa was ill, the full trio later performed the acoustic mash-up at Isle of Wight Festival and later on their Love.Live.Life Tour. In June 2010, metalcore band Haste the Day released a cover of the song on the special edition of their final studio album, Attack of the Wolf King. In 2012, a cover of "Meet Me Halfway" featured on The Futureheads a capella album Rant.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD Single (2721563)
No. Title Length
1. "Meet Me Halfway" (Radio Edit) 3:44
2. "I Gotta Feeling" (David Guetta's FMIF Remix) 6:13
Total length:
7:50
Digital Download E.P.
No. Title Length
1. "Meet Me Halfway" (DJ Ammo & A Poet Named Life Remix) 5:25
2. "Meet Me Halfway" (will.i.am Meet Me At The Remix) 5:49
3. "Meet Me Halfway" (will.i.am In 3D Remix) 5:40
4. "Meet Me Halfway" (Printz Board Remix for Beets & Produce, Inc.) 5:21
5. "Meet Me Halfway" (Richard Vission Solmatic Remix) 5:30
Total length:
27:45

Personnel and credits[edit]

Source adapted from Discogs.[18]

  • Bass [Synth Bass] - Printz Board
  • Guitar [Guitars By] - George Pajon, Tim "Izo" Orindgreff
  • Keyboards [Keys], Synthesizer [Synths], Bass Guitar, Drum Programming - Keith Harris
  • Written-By - William Adams, Allan Pineda, Jaime Gomez, Stacy Ferguson, Jean Baptiste, Keith Harris, Sylvia Gordon
  • Vocals - will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo, apl.de.ap
  • Recorded at: Metropolis Studios in London, UK
  • Management: David Sonenberg and William Derella for DAS Communications, Ltd. and Polo Molina for Grass Roots Productions, Inc

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Format Date Label
Worldwide Promotional June 2, 2009 Interscope, Universal Music
United States Mainstream radio September 22, 2009[80] Interscope Records
Australia Digital download, CD single October 2, 2009[81] Universal Music
United Kingdom November 2, 2009[82][83] Interscope Records
United States Digital download
  • Megamix EP
November 17, 2009[84]
Germany CD single November 20, 2009[85] Interscope (Universal)
France November 23, 2009[86] Interscope

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