Ready for the Weekend (song)

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"Ready for the Weekend"
Single by Calvin Harris
from the album Ready for the Weekend
Released 9 August 2009 (2009-08-09)
Format CD single, digital download, 12" single
Recorded Earth's Core
(Glasgow, Scotland)
Genre
Length 3:37
Label Fly Eye, Columbia
Writer(s) Calvin Harris
Producer(s) Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"I'm Not Alone"
(2009)
"Ready for the Weekend"
(2009)
"Flashback"
(2009)

"Ready for the Weekend" is a song by Scottish recording artist Calvin Harris. It features uncredited vocals from British singer Mary Pearce. Written and produced by Harris himself, the song was released on 9 August 2009 as the second single from his second studio album of the same name (2009).

Background[edit]

The song features guest vocals by British singer Mary Pearce, who previously worked as a backup vocalist for Beverley Knight, Lionel Richie and Chaka Khan.[1][2] Remixes by High Contrast, Fake Blood and Dave Spoon were also announced.[2] It made its world debut on 12 June 2009 with Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1.[3] On 13 July 2009 it was featured as the Song of the Day on Popjustice.[4] Harris performed the song at the iTunes Festival '09 on 18 July 2009 in London.[5] It debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number three on 16 August 2009.

During an interview for The Sun on 10 April 2009, Harris commented on the song:[6]

"It's different to the first single. It's still happy, dancey, with more singing. The hook's sung by a woman called Mary Pearce, who's a diva. She's got this great big voice and it's like a nod to an old dance classic.

I love underground dance music but I also have an extreme love of commercial dance music. But only the good stuff."

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Ben Ib[7] and premiered on the British channel T4 on 4 July 2009 at 11:00 am.[8] FHM model Lauren Pope makes an appearance in the video.[8] Several dancing females appear wearing red leotards to match Harris' magic portal, shirt and furniture. They next "change into blue and yellow zip-up bathing suits, expanding the palette and multiplying endlessly, just in time for the weekend."[9]

On 23 July 2009, it was reported that the video was removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim from another party. Harris stated that he was upset it had occurred and believed that the British Phonographic Industry had prompted the removal.[10]

Track listings[edit]

  • UK CD single and iTunes single[11][12]
  1. "Ready for the Weekend" – 3:37
  2. "Ready for the Weekend" (High Contrast Remix) – 5:42
  1. "Ready for the Weekend" – 3:37
  2. "Ready for the Weekend" (Fake Blood Remix) – 5:40
  3. "Ready for the Weekend" (High Contrast Remix) – 5:42
  4. "Ready for the Weekend" (Dave Spoon Remix) – 6:21
  5. "Ready for the Weekend" (Dave Spoon Dub Remix) – 6:35
A1. "Ready for the Weekend" (Original Version) – 3:37
B1. "Ready for the Weekend" (Dave Spoon Remix) – 6:21
B2. "Ready for the Weekend" (Fake Blood Remix) – 5:40

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[15] 2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[16] 7
European Hot 100 Singles[17] 11
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 9
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[19] 97
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[20] 32
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[21] 47
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[22] 3
UK Dance (The Official Charts Company)[23] 1
US Dance Airplay (Billboard)[24] 15

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
United Kingdom 9 August 2009 Fly Eye Records, Columbia Records Digital download
10 August 2009 CD single, 12" single

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calvin Harris Gets Ready For the Weekend [video]". NovaNation. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Calvin Harris announces new album details". IPC Media. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "First play of new single". Columbia Records. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "'Ready For The Weekend' By Calvin Harris". Popjustice. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Calvin Harris showcases new songs at iTunes festival". NME. IPC Media. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Swift, Jacqui (10 April 2009). "Calvin Harris reveals he's not a fan of partying and prefers staying in". The Sun. News Group Newspapers. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  7. ^ Knight, David (27 July 2009). "Calvin Harris's Ready For The Weekend by Ben Ib". Promo News. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Ready For The Weekend video first play!". Columbia Records. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  9. ^ brandon (9 July 2009). "New Calvin Harris Video – "Ready For The Weekend"". Stereogum. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Calvin Harris attacks BPI after his YouTube videos are removed". NME. IPC Media. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  11. ^ "Calvin Harris: Ready For The Weekend: CDS". HMV. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Ready for the Weekend – Single by Calvin Harris". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Ready for the Weekend – EP by Calvin Harris". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  14. ^ "Calvin Harris: Ready For The Weekend: 12"". HMV. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Calvin Harris – Ready for the Weekend" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Calvin Harris – Ready for the Weekend" (in French). Ultratip.
  17. ^ "European Hot 100 – Week of August 29, 2009". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  18. ^ "Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 13 August 2009". Irish Recorded Music Association. Chart-Track. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  19. ^ http://acharts.us/song/48788
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-10-10". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  21. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200939 into search.
  22. ^ "Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend". Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  23. ^ "Top 40 Dance Singles". Official Charts Company. BBC Radio 1. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  24. ^ "Calvin Harris Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay for Calvin Harris. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"One More Chance" by Bloc Party
UK Dance Singles Chart number-one single
29 August 2009 – 5 September 2009
Succeeded by
"Take Me to the Hospital" by The Prodigy