Play Hard

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"Play Hard"
Single by David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo and Akon
from the album Nothing but the Beat 2.0
Released March 15, 2013[1]
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Electro house, dance-pop
Length 3:21
3:28 (New Edit)
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Shaffer Smith, Aliaune Thiam, David Guetta, Frédéric Riesterer, Giorgio Tuinfort, Sebastiaan Molijn, Eelke Kalberg
Producer(s) David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, Frédéric Riesterer
David Guetta singles chronology
"Just One Last Time"
(2012)
"Play Hard"
(2013)
"Right Now"
(2013)
Ne-Yo chronology
"Forever Now"
(2012)
"Play Hard"
(2013)
"Tonight"
(2013)
Akon chronology
"Like Money"
(2012)
"Play Hard"
(2013)
"Crank It Up"
(2013)
Music sample
13 second sample from David Guetta's "Play Hard"

"Play Hard" is a song by French DJ and record producer David Guetta, featuring vocals from Ne-Yo and Akon, from the re-release of Guetta's fifth studio album, Nothing but the Beat. All three artists co-wrote the song with Frédéric Riesterer and Giorgio Tuinfort, both of whom produced the song with Guetta. The song samples the 1999 Eurodance song "Better Off Alone" by Alice DeeJay. "Play Hard" peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart, thus becoming his fourteenth top 10 hit in the UK as a lead artist. It also charted within the top 40 of the charts in several other countries.

Guetta reported on Twitter shortly before the release that he has planned to release an edited version of "Play Hard" as the next single from Nothing but the Beat 2.0 for a long while, thus making it the ninth single from Nothing but the Beat as a whole.[2]

Akon vocal were written and recorded at Sonic Vista Studios in Ibiza, Spain during the month of July 2012.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[3]
  1. "Play Hard" - 3:21
  • Digital download[4]
  1. "Play Hard" (New Edit) - 3:28
  • Digital download - EP[5]
  1. "Play Hard" (Albert Neve Remix) - 6:52
  2. "Play Hard" (R3hab Remix) - 4:06
  3. "Play Hard" (Maurizio Gubellini & Delayers In Da House Remix) - 5:00
  4. "Play Hard" (Maurizio Gubellini Remix) - 5:11
  5. "Play Hard" (Spencer & Hill Remix) - 6:19
  6. "Play Hard" (Extended) - 5:12
  • German CD single[6]
  1. "Play Hard" (Albert Neve Remix) - 6:52
  2. "Play Hard" (R3hab Remix) - 4:06
  3. "Play Hard" (Maurizio Gubellini & Delayers In Da House Remix) - 5:00
  4. "Play Hard" (Maurizio Gubellini Remix) - 5:11
  5. "Play Hard" (Spencer & Hill Remix) - 6:19
  6. "Play Hard" (Extended Version) - 5:12

Music video[edit]

An official music video was uploaded to Guetta's official VEVO channel on April 22, 2013.[7] The video uses the New Edit version of the song. Directed by Swede Andreas Nilsson,[8] it generated controversy for its stereotypical portrayal of Mexico.[9][10][11] The video and an advertisement from Neon Mixr feature the popular dancers, Les Twins.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Germany March 15, 2013 Digital Remixes, CD Single
Italy April 5, 2013[57] Contemporary hit radio
United States May 7, 2013[58] Rhythmic radio
United Kingdom May 20, 2013[59] Digital Remixes
United States June 11, 2013[60] Top 40/Mainstream radio

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