Mine (Beyoncé song)

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"Mine"
Song by Beyoncé featuring Drake from the album Beyoncé
Recorded Jungle City Studios, New York City,
Oven Studios, New York City
Genre
Length 6:18
Label
Writer
Producer
Beyoncé track listing
"Rocket"
(8)
"Mine"
(9)
"XO"
(10)

"Mine" is a song by American recording artist Beyoncé featuring Canadian rapper Drake, from her self-titled fifth studio album Beyoncé (2013). The song was written by Noah "40" Shebib, Drake, Knowles, Majid Jordan, Sidney "Omen" Brown and Key Wane, with production by Shebib, Jordan, Brown and Knowles.

Background[edit]

In September 2013, Drake revealed that he was working with Beyoncé on her new project.[1] During an interview with Vibe, Drake talked about his collaboration with Beyoncé on "Mine", "I had fun with it. I always wanted to write for her. She never really sings that minimal... We’ll see where that goes."[2]

"Mine" was written by Beyoncé, Noah Shebib, Aubrey Graham, Jordan Ullman, Sidney Brown and Dwane Weir while the production was helmed by Noah "40" Shebib, Majid Jordan, Brown and Knowles, with Brown handling additional drum programming and Knowles serving as the songs vocal producer . Ramon Rivas engineered the song, and Beyoncé's vocals were recorded by Noah "40" Shebib, while Key Wane provided intro keys and intro programming. The song was finally mixed and mastered by Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Tom Coyne and Aya Merrill. "Mine" was recorded in four studios: Jungle City Studios and Oven Studios, both in New York City.[3]

Composition[edit]

A 28 second sample of "Mine"

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"Mine" is a futuristic R&B song[4][5] with a relaxed, jazzy flow,[6] "combining African beats with muted modern hip-hop."[7] Lyrically, Knowles reveals her everyday doubts regarding marriage and motherhood ("I'm not feeling like myself since the baby / Are we even gonna make it? Oh / 'Cause if we are / We're taking this a little too far"). However, her collaborator Drake manages "to turn the darkness into hope."[8]

Critical reception[edit]

"Mine" was met with rave reviews by critics as one of the highlights on the Beyoncé album,[7][9] described as "excellent"[10] and "utterly thrilling" despite "largely chorus-free",[11] being mostly praised for how it reflected Beyoncé's determination to keep pushing creatively[12][13] — a trait Mikael Wood of the L.A. Times described as "rare among superstars".[12]

The song features vocals by Canadian rapper Drake (pictured), whose contributions were met with negative reviews from critics.

However, reviews of Drake's contributions to the song were overwhelmingly negative, with Ludovic Hunter-Tilney of Financial Times criticising Drake's vocals as "monotonous" and "grat[ing] against Beyoncé's more expressive singing", making the song "the album's least singalong moment",[14] and Philip Cosores of Paste describing Drake's appearance as "detract[ing] from the multitude of things that Beyoncé does right."[15] Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune was similarly unimpressed, writing that Drake "hijacks" the song, "turn[ing] it into a six-minute slog"; slating it as a "high profile cameo" that "fall[s] short".[6] Kitty Empire of The Guardian attributed this to a lack of "chemistry that fires in Drake and Rihanna's collaborations".[16]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, "Mine" debuted at number 89 on the UK Singles Chart and number eight on the UK R&B Chart on December 28, 2013.[17][18] The following week, it climbed to number 65 on the singles chart and number seven on the R&B chart.[19][20] In the United States, "Mine" debuted at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 32 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on January 4, 2014, and raised to numbers 82 and 25, respectively, the next week.[21][22]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video for "Mine" was shot by Belgian director Pierre Debusschere at Stockton Beach, Australia.[3][23] Debusschere, who also directed "Ghost" on the Beyoncé album and has previously worked with Kanye West on his musical short film Runaway (2010), said of his collaboration with Beyoncé: "I think Beyoncé came to me because she wanted something other than the usual clips. We shot two videos in a month in Australia. My closest friends knew, but other than that, I had to keep the secret until the end."[24][25] Picking up on the theme of isolation from the lyrics that begins the song, the video references Rene Magritte's painting "The Lovers" (1928), which, like the video, shows a couple kissing with their heads enshrouded by white fabric. "The Lovers" was on display as part of a retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art at the time of the video's release.[26] In the case of the music video, the shirts are inscribed with the words "Yours" and "Mine".

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Beyoncé's website.[3]

  • Beyoncé Knowles – vocals, vocal production
  • Drake – vocals
  • Sampha - additional vocals
  • Noah "40" Shebib – production, recording
  • Majid Jordan – additional production
  • Sidney "Omen" Brown – additional production, additional drum programming
  • Noel Cadastre – recording
  • Stuart White – recording
  • Ramon Rivas – second engineering
  • Key Wane – intro keys and intro programming
  • Noel "Gadget" Campbell – mixing
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Aya Merrill – mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013–2014) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[27] 82
France (SNEP)[28] 149
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 65
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[20] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 82
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drake praises Beyoncé, Reveals Collaboration". Rap-Up. September 24, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ Kennedy, John (December 30, 2013). "Outtakes: Drake Talks Beyoncé, 'Trophies' And Next Album". Vibe. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Beyonce Album Credits". Beyonce.com. December 14, 2013. Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Sheffield, Rob (December 14, 2013). "'Beyonce' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ Copsey, Robert (December 16, 2013). "Beyoncé's new album reviewed: 'Refreshingly bold and modern'". Digital Spy. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Kot, Greg (December 14, 2013). "'Beyonce' album review: More than the delivery is a surprise". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Farber, Jim (December 13, 2013). "‘BEYONCE’ album review: Pop's warrior shows new side on tracks like 'Blue,' 'Drunk in Love'". Daily News (New York). Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Hampp, Andrew; Ramirez, Erika (December 13, 2013). "Beyonce, Beyonce: Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Arnold, Chuck (December 13, 2013). "Beyoncé Is Crazy in Lust on Steamy Surprise Album: Review". People. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ Sheffield, Rob (December 14, 2013). "Beyoncé Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ Matusavage, Philip (December 16, 2013). "Beyoncé – Beyoncé". musicOMH. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Wood, Mikael (December 14, 2013). "Album review: 'Beyonce' is full of surprises". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ Kelly, Chris (December 17, 2013). "BEYONCE - BEYONCÉ". FACT Magazine. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  14. ^ Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (December 13, 2013). "Beyoncé, ‘Beyoncé’ – album review". Financial Times. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ Cosores, Philip (December 18, 2013). "Beyoncé, Beyoncé". Paste. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ Empire, Kitty (December 13, 2013). "Beyoncé: Beyoncé – review". The Guardian. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 - 28th December 2013". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on December 22, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ "2013-12-28 Top 40 R&B Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 - 4th January 2014". UK Singles Chart. Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on December 29, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Archive Chart" UK R&B Chart. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  21. ^ a b "Beyonce Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Beyonce. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  22. ^ a b "Beyonce Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Beyonce. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  23. ^ Makarechi, Kia (December 13, 2013). "Beyonce Surprises Fans With New Album Featuring Jay Z, Blue Ivy, Drake". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Le Bruxellois Pierre Debusschere clippe Beyonce en Pietà" (in French). l'avenir.net. December 20, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  25. ^ Clauss, Elisabeth (December 13, 2013). "Avant-première: Beyoncé par un réalisateur Belge". Elle (in French). Belgium. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  26. ^ Russeth, Andrew (December 20, 2013). "Really Liking This Magritte Quotation in Beyoncé's 'Mine' Video". galleristny.com. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Beyonce Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Beyonce. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  28. ^ "Beyoncé & Drake - Mine" (in French). Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 5, 2014.