Wall to Wall (song)

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"Wall to Wall"
Single by Chris Brown
from the album Exclusive
Released May 29 2007
Format CD single, digital download
Genre R&B, pop
Length 3:43
Label Jive, Zomba
Writer(s) Sean Garrett, Walter Scott
Producer(s) Sean Garrett, Great Scott
Chris Brown singles chronology
"Poppin'"
(2006)
"Wall to Wall"
(2007)
"Kiss Kiss"
(2007)
Music video
"Wall to Wall" on YouTube

"Wall to Wall" is a song recorded by American recording artist Chris Brown for his second studio album, Exclusive (2007). The R&B and pop song was written and produced by Sean Garrett and Walter Scott. Selected as the album's debut single, "Wall to Wall" was first released to urban rhythmic radios on May 29, 2007. It received critical praise from contemporary music critics; many of them called the song a potential hit single and one of the album's best tracks. The song failed to attain chart success on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 79. It also peaked inside the top thirty in Australia and New Zealand while peaking in the lower end of the charts in European countries. The music video for "Wall to Wall" was inspired by Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the 1998 film Blade.

Background and composition[edit]

"Wall to Wall" was written and produced by Sean Garrett and Walter Scott; the latter, however, is credited as the co-producer.[1] Carlton Lynn recorded it at Silent Sound Studios - a recording studio in Atlanta, Georgia.[1] The song was mixed at Chung King Studios in New York City, New York by Brian Stanley with assistance from Anthony Palazzole.[1] The song was finally mastered by Chris Athens at Sterling Sound in New York City, New York. "Wall to Wall" was released as the first single from Brown's second studio album Exclusive (2007). On May 29, 2008, Jive Records and Zomba Recordings serviced the song to urban radios in the United States.[2] "Wall to Wall" is an R&B and pop song with an uptempo vibe.[3][4] It combines elements of dance music with a bouncing rhythm.[5] The lyrics are based on an attraction to women.[3]

Reception[edit]

Andy Kellman of Allmusic named "Wall to Wall" one of the album's highlights.[6] Allison Stewart of The Washington Post called the song a "thumping, hook-happy beaut" and wrote that "it has just the right mix of familiarity and invention."[7] DJ Z of DJ Booth called the song an "infectious dance number that should have ladies running towards the floor."[5] Nathan S., a writer for the same publication, praised Swizz Beatz's production and called it a "perfectly enjoyable R&B/pop track", but commented "it's no "Kiss Kiss"."[3] A reviewer for Yahoo! Voices said the song had "big potential to be a hit single."[4] Patrick Robinson of 411 Mania praised the song as a "decent club jam" despite its low chart standings and said it had the same energy as "Run It!".[8] Trent Fitzgerald of PopCrush listed "Wall to Wall" as the ninth best song released by Brown, writing that "it showed that Brown was a major force to be reckon with in the R&B game."[9] Bill Lamb of About.com called the song a " transparent effort to repeat the success of Brown's #1 smash first single "Run It!"" and noted it as one of the album's weakest tracks.[10]

"Wall to Wall" performed poorly on the Billboard Hot 100. It debuted on the chart at number 96 in the issue dated June 16, 2007.[11] Two weeks later, in the issue dated June 30, 2008, it peaked at No. 79 on the chart, becoming his least successful single at the time.[12] "Wall to Wall" spent a total of nine weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.[12] The song also chart on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at No. 22.[13] "Wall to Wall" charted better on the New Zealand Top 40, debuting and peaking at number fifteen in the issue dated August 13, 2007.[14] In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number 75 in the issue dated September 1, 2007, where it spent another week at number 85 before falling off the chart.[15] "Wall to Wall" debuted and peaked at No. 21 on the Australian Singles Chart in the issue dated September 23, 2007. It spent a total of ten weeks on the chart. In Switzerland, the song spent only four weeks on the singles chart, peaking at No. 87 in its last week.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Wall to Wall" is an imitation of the 1998 film Blade, but tributes Michael Jackson's Thriller. The video was released to AOL Music on May 21, 2007. It begins with Brown and two friends walking towards his car. As his friends leave, he hears a female voice calling his name. He then gets inside his car, only to see in the other seat a female grab him by the head and bite him with her fangs. He wakes up sometime later dressed all black clothing and wearing fangs, indicating he has been turned into a vampire. Brown drives to a remote building, while the sound of the female's voice grows stronger. He gets out of the car and, as the song begins, enters a dance sequences with two young dancers. They then enter the building, which is filled with women reaching out to Brown. He then sees the female vampire that bit him and flies to balcony where she stands. He is then pursued by other females on the wall. After performing several dance moves on the wall, he retreats to a room with an open ceiling allowing light to come in. The women enter the room and surround him as he begins to levitate in the light. During this levitation, the moon moves away from and in front of the sun, causing Brown to transform back to a human and then to a vampire again. He then enters a dance sequence with the female and male dancers, which lasts up until the last twenty seconds of the video. Sean Garrett, one of the song's writers, makes a cameo appearance. The video ends with Brown transported back to the scene where the female vampire appears in his car and bites him.

Credits[edit]

Recording, mixing and mastering
Personnel

Credits adapted from Exclusive liner notes, Jive Records, Zomba Recording.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[21] 21
Germany (Media Control Charts)[22] 59
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 47
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 87
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 92
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 79
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[13] 22

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States May 29, 2007 Rhythmic crossover Jive Records, Zomba Recordings
Australia[16] June 25, 2007 Digital download Zomba Recordings
Austria[25]
Denmark[26]
Finland[27]
Italy[28]
New Zealand[29]
Norway[30]
Switzerland[31]
Belgium[17] August 6, 2007
Denmark[32]
Germany[33]
Netherlands[34]
Denmark[35] EP
Australia[18] August 19, 2007
Austria[36]
Belgium[37]
Brazil[38]
Denmark[39]
Finland[40]
France[41]
Germany[42]
Ireland[43]
Italy[44]
Mexico[45]
Netherlands[46]
New Zealand[47]
Norway[48]
Spain[49]
Sweden[50]
Switzerland[51]
United Kingdom[52]
Austria[53] August 31, 2007 Digital download
Switzerland[54]
United States[19] September 10, 2007 CD single BMG
Austria[20] September 21, 2007 EP Zomba Recordings

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