Raise Your Weapon

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"Raise Your Weapon"
Single by deadmau5 featuring Greta Svabo Bech
from the album 4×4=12
Released 23 May 2011
28 November 2010 (iTunes Exclusive)[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009 - 2010[2]
Genre Progressive house, dubstep
Length 3:22 (Radio Edit)
8:22 (Original Mix)
Label mau5trap
Ultra Records (US/Canada)
Virgin Records (Worldwide)
Writer(s) Joel Zimmerman, Cydney Sheffield, Sonny Moore
Producer(s) deadmau5
deadmau5 singles chronology
"HR 8938 Cephei"
(2011)
"Raise Your Weapon"
(2011)
"Aural Psynapse"
(2011)

"Raise Your Weapon" is a song by Canadian electronic music producer deadmau5. It was released on May 23, 2011 as the fourth single from his fifth studio album 4×4=12. The song was written by Joel "deadmau5" Zimmerman, Cydney Sheffield and Sonny "Skrillex" Moore,[3] and features contributing vocals from Greta Svabo Bech.[4] Musically, "Raise Your Weapon" is a progressive house song that begins with a piano melody and Bech's vocals and ends with dubstep beat with the vocals repeated.[3][5] The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, with some highlighting it as a standout track from the album. It reached number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his first song to make an entry on the chart.[6] It also reached number 117 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was nominated at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording, where he also performed the song in a sequence with David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Foo Fighters, with the songs being "I Can Only Imagine" and "Rope." [7]

Critical reception[edit]

"Raise Your Weapon" received generally positive reviews from music critics. David Jeffries from Allmusic gave the song a positive review, saying, "When the one-two punch of “Raise Your Weapon” and “One Trick Pony” introduce the Mau5’s newfound love of dubstep, you’ve got just enough variety."[8] Will Hermes of Rolling Stone also gave a positive review, "The masterstroke is "Raise Your Weapon," which breaks down into a sick dubstep beat. "How does it feel now, to watch it burn?" asks singer Greta Svabo Bech before the bass hits".[5] Dave Simpson of The Guardian said "Raise Your Weapon – featuring Greta Svabo Bech's soulful vocal – shows he can turn his hand to thoughtful sounds".[9] Alex Denney of BBC Music "Raise Your Weapons lurches suddenly from vocal-led, ambient house into the dentist-drill arsenal of sounds more commonly associated with Benga".[10] Michelangelo Matos of The A.V. Club gave the song a mixed review, calling Bech's verses "half-baked" and the use of dubstep "by-the-numbers".[11]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the song charted at number 117 on the UK Singles Chart briefly after the single's release in mid-2011.[12] In the United States, the song debuted at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue date of March 3, 2012,[13] as well as number 11 on the Heatseekers Songs chart.[13] It also made an entry at 93 on the Canadian Hot 100.[14] According to Keith Caulfield of Billboard, its latest chart entries is possibly due to a sales boost after performing at the 54th Grammy Awards along with David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Foo Fighters.[15]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[16]
No. Title Length
1. "Raise Your Weapon" (Radio Edit) 3:23
2. "Raise Your Weapon" (Album Version) 8:23
3. "Raise Your Weapon" (Madeon Extended Remix) 4:15
4. "Raise Your Weapon" (Noisia Remix) 5:36
5. "Raise Your Weapon" (Stimming Remix) 7:18

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011-2012) Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100[14] 93
UK Singles Chart[12] 117
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 100
US Heatseekers Songs (Billboard)[13] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Raise Your Weapon - Single by deadmau5". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  2. ^ "Dub5tepthingie4 by fuckmylife on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds". Soundcloud.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  3. ^ a b David Jeffries. "4 x 4 = 12 - Deadmau5 | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b Will Hermes (2010-12-07). "4x4=12 | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  6. ^ "The Hot 100 : Mar 03, 2012 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  7. ^ Swickey, Zachary (2012-02-13). "deadmau5, David Guetta Celebrate EDM's Big Night At The Grammys - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  8. ^ David Jeffries. "4 x 4 = 12 - Deadmau5 | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  9. ^ Dave Simpson (2010-12-02). "Deadmau5: 4x4=12 – review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  10. ^ "Music - Review of deadmau5 - 4x4=12". BBC. 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  11. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (2010-12-07). "Deadmau5: 4 x 4 = 12 | Music | MusicalWork Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  12. ^ a b "2010-10-02 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive". Official Charts. 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  13. ^ a b c d "deadmau5 : Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  14. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  15. ^ Mitchell, John (2012-02-13). "Skrillex, deadmau5 Likely To Experience Boost From 2012 Grammys - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  16. ^ [3][dead link]

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