Rocketeer (song)

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Single by Far East Movement featuring Ryan Tedder
from the album Free Wired
Released October 29, 2010 (2010-10-29) (US)
February 21, 2011 (UK)[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Alternative hip hop, Europop, R&B
Length 3:31
Label Cherrytree
Writer(s) Bruno Mars, Jae Choung, James Roh, Kevin Nishimura, Virman Coquia, Jonathan Yip, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus, Philip Lawrence
Producer(s) Stereotypes, The Smeezingtons
Far East Movement singles chronology
"Like a G6"

"Rocketeer" is the second single from Far East Movement's 2010 album Free Wired. The track features Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. It was produced by Stereotypes and The Smeezingtons. It peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Rocketeer" shares similarities with Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love", which the Stereotypes have also produced. Far East Movement revealed this via their Twitter account when the similarities started causing misconception. "Rocketeer" was produced first while "Somebody to Love" actually uses samples of their song.[2]

"Rocketeer" was co-written by Bruno Mars and his production team, The Smeezingtons. There were two different versions of the song with Bruno Mars[3] and Ryan Tedder each singing the chorus. Ryan Tedder's version was the one selected for the album.

Malaysian-based low-cost airline AirAsia used the song for their "Awesome" campaign.

Far East Movement performed "Rocketeer" on an episode of the Disney Channel TV program So Random!. They performed with Teenage Fairytale Dropouts voice actors Katherine Beck (the voice of Fury) and Simon Kennedy (the voice of Jeremiah) singing the chorus instead of Ryan Tedder.[4][5]

The music in part of the chorus was later reused for Daughtry's Waiting for Superman.


Speaking about the song in March 2011 to noted UK urban writer Pete Lewis - Assistant Editor of Blues & Soul - group member Kev Nish stated: "'Free Wired' was basically a slang-word we came up with back in the day, that we'd use whenever we'd do something that was outside the box, that was original, that was fresh, and that mashed-up things that maybe SHOULDN'T be mashed-up! Which is why, when it came to titling this latest album, it made so much SENSE!... You know, we'd basically go in the studio and take hip hop-style drums, electronic synths, alternative-style hooks and just - as I say - mash it all UP! Which in turn became the inspiration behind a track like 'Rocketeer'... And, by featuring Ryan Tedder on the song, we were then also able to cover that credible, alternative ROCK base."[6]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Marc Klasfeld, the music video for the song premiered on Vevo and YouTube on October 29, 2010 and has a cameo appearance by DJ Quik.[7] The skateboarder in the video is Samuel Tan, a high school student from California. Steve Terada and Victor Kim from the dance group Quest Crew also makes brief appearances. Famous YouTube personalities Philip Wang and Wesley Chan from Wong Fu Productions make a short cameo posing for a picture. It shows of Samuel trying to get parts all around to make a jet pack to travel to his girlfriend who went to Japan for a job. The video features also a cameo of princess Ai Co-created by Courtney Love and D.J. Milky, Princess Ai was written and illustrated by Misaho Kujiradou and featured character designs by Ai Yazawa.

Track listing[edit]

Digital single
  1. "Rocketeer" (feat. Ryan Tedder) – 3:31
CD single (Germany) [8]
  1. "Rocketeer" (feat. Ryan Tedder) - 3:31
  2. "Rocketeer" (Frankmusik Remix) - 3:23
Rocketeer Remixes[9]
  1. "Rocketeer" (Chew Fu Remix) - 5:34
  2. "Rocketeer" (Frankmusik Remix) - 3:23
  3. "Rocketeer" (DJ Enferno Remix) - 4:33
  4. "Rocketeer" (Ruxpin Remix) - 4:39
  5. "Rocketeer" (Z-Trip Afterburner Dub Remix) - 3:12
  6. "Rocketeer" (DJ Spider & Mr. Best Remix) - 5:21
Rocketeer Live At Cherrytree House
  1. "Rocketeer" (Live At Cherrytree House) [feat. Frankmusik] - 3:47

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals – Far East Movement, Ryan Tedder
  • Producers – Stereotypes, The Smeezingtons
  • Lyrics/Music  – Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Jae Choung, James Roh, Kevin Nishimura, Virman Coquia, Jonathan Yip, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus
  • Label: Cherrytree Records / Interscope Records

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  3. ^ Far East Movement feat. Bruno Mars - Rocketeer [HD Video - YouTube]
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^
  6. ^ Far East Movement interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' March 2011
  7. ^ "Far East Movement - Rocketeer ft. Ryan Tedder". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  8. ^ CD single
  9. ^ iTunes - Music - Rocketeer (Remixes) (feat. Ryan Tedder) - EP by Far East Movement
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  22. ^ "Archive Chart" UK R&B Chart.
  23. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Far East Movement Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Far East Movement.
  25. ^ "Far East Movement Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Far East Movement.
  26. ^ "Far East Movement Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Far East Movement.
  27. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  29. ^ "Best of 2011: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 

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