White Walls

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"White Walls"
Single by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Schoolboy Q and Hollis
from the album The Heist
Released October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)
Recorded 2012
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:40
Label Macklemore LLC, Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Quincy Hanley, Hollis Wong-Wear
Producer(s) Ryan Lewis
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis singles chronology
"Thrift Shop"
(2012)
"White Walls"
(2013)
Schoolboy Q singles chronology
"Collard Greens"
(2013)
"White Walls"
(2013)
"Man of the Year"
(2013)
Hollis singles chronology
"White Walls"
(2013)

"White Walls" is a song by an American hip hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, taken from their collaborative debut studio album The Heist (2012). The song's hook is performed by singer-songwriter Hollis, while American rapper Schoolboy Q, performs a guest verse. "White Walls" was released to American contemporary hit radio on October 8, 2013 as the sixth single from The Heist. The song has since peaked at number 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and has sold 1,000,000 copies as of January 2014.[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

The song charted at number one on the US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles prior to its release as a single, due to high digital downloads subsequently after the album's release. Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Schoolboy Q and Hollis performed "White Walls" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 27, 2013.[2] The song impacted American contemporary hit radio on October 8, 2013.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Jason Koenig, was released September 9, 2013. The video features cameo appearances from several rappers including A$AP Rocky, Trinidad Jame$, Wiz Khalifa, Big Boi and Sir Mix-a-Lot, as well as DJ Drama.[4][5]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 34
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[7] 2
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders Urban)[7] 18
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 13
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 17
France (SNEP)[10] 65
Germany (Media Control Charts)[11] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 30
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 26
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[15] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 15
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[17] 3
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[18] 3
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[19] 13
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[20] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[21] 81

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Grein (January 8, 2013). "Chart Watch: Pitbull & Kesha & Eminem & RiRi". Yahoo Music. 
  2. ^ "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Perform with ScHoolboy Q on 'Leno'". Rap-Up (New York). August 28, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "CHR – Available for Airplay". FMQB (Cherry Hill). Archived from the original on August 28, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://music-mix.ew.com/2013/09/09/macklemore-white-walls-video/
  5. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (September 9, 2013). "Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Schoolboy Q & Hollis "White Walls"". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q & Hollis – White Walls". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q & Hollis – White Walls" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q & Hollis – White Walls" (in French). Ultratip.
  9. ^ "Macklemore Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Macklemore.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q & Hollis – White Walls" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q & Hollis – White Walls". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  12. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q & Hollis – White Walls". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart" UK R&B Chart.
  16. ^ "Macklemore Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Macklemore.
  17. ^ "Macklemore Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Macklemore.
  18. ^ "Macklemore Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Macklemore.
  19. ^ "Macklemore Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Macklemore.
  20. ^ "Macklemore Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Macklemore.
  21. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – White Walls". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH