Baby (Clean Bandit song)

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"Baby"
Clean Bandit – Baby.png
Single by Clean Bandit featuring Marina and Luis Fonsi
from the album What Is Love?
Language
  • English
  • Spanish
Released2 November 2018 (2018-11-02)
Format
GenreLatin pop[1]
Length3:25
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Clean Bandit singles chronology
"Solo"
(2018)
"Baby"
(2018)
"Mama"
(2019)
Marina singles chronology
"Disconnect"
(2017)
"Baby"
(2018)
"Handmade Heaven"
(2019)
Luis Fonsi singles chronology
"Imposible"
(2018)
"Baby"
(2018)
"Per le strade una canzone"
(2019)
Music video
"Baby" on YouTube

"Baby" is a song by British electronic music group Clean Bandit featuring Welsh singer Marina and Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, released as the sixth single from Clean Bandit's second album, What Is Love?, on 2 November 2018.[2]

"Baby" is included on Marina's fourth studio album, Love + Fear. A version without Fonsi appears on the album's vinyl release.

Composition[edit]

Baby is composed in the key of C minor. Lyrically, the song deals with a love triangle, with the singer telling somebody that they are "already someone else's."

The song has a tempo of 117 beats per minute, and has a time signature of common time. It also features a complete descending circle of fifths, which propels the music forward throughout the circle of fifths and back to C minor.

Promotion[edit]

On 29 October 2018, the group announced the release on Twitter and shared its cover art.[2] On 2 November 2018, the group performed on BBC Two's Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

Critical reception[edit]

Mike Wass of Idolator called the preview of the song a "sultry banger that already sounds like a hit", saying Marina "coos" the line "But I'm already someone else's baby" over Clean Bandit's "seductive, Latin-tinged house beats".[3] Billboard labelled "Baby" a "flamenco-infused track", opining that Fonsi's verse in Spanish provides it with a "distinctive Latin flare".[4]

Music video[edit]

Clean Bandit also released the video on YouTube on 2 November 2018, which largely takes place at a wedding.[5] The video features Fonsi, Marina, and Australian singer Starley.[6] In the music video, Marina plays the friend of the bride (Grace Chatto) and was a witness to a past romance between her and another woman (Starley) at a summer camp.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Baby" – 3:25
  • Digital download – acoustic[8]
  1. "Baby" (acoustic) – 3:37
  • Digital download – remixes[9]
  1. "Baby" (Martin Jensen remix) – 3:02
  2. "Baby" (Sammy Porter remix) – 3:28

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018–19) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 5
Belgium Dance (Ultratop Flanders)[11] 32
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[12] 17
Belgium Dance (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 11
Bulgaria (PROPHON)[14] 2
CIS (Tophit)[15] 7
Croatia (HRT)[16] 11
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[17] 38
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)[18] 51
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[19] 10
Hungary (Single Top 40)[20] 29
Iceland (Tonlist)[21] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[22] 39
Israel (Media Forest)[23] 1
Israel (Media Forest TV Airplay)[24] 3
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[25] 17
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)[26] 16
Mexico (Billboard Ingles Airplay)[27] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[28] 21
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[29] 20
Romania (Airplay 100)[30] 30
Russia Airplay (Tophit)[31] 4
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[32] 6
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[33] 11
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[34] 100
Slovenia (SloTop50)[35] 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[36] 15
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[37] 13

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (8 November 2018). "Luis Fonsi Eyes 2018 Latin-Pop Crossover On 'Baby' With Clean Bandit & Marina". Forbes. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Ding, Sophie (29 October 2018). "Clean Bandit Announce New Single 'Baby' Featuring Luis Fonsi and Marina". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ Wass, Mike (30 October 2018). "Clean Bandit Calls On Marina & Luis Fonsi For New Single, 'Baby'". Idolator. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  4. ^ Bowenbank, Starr (2 November 2018). "Clean Bandit Team up With Marina and Luis Fonsi for New Single 'Baby': Stream It Now". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Clean Bandit – Baby feat. Marina & Luis Fonsi [Official Video]". Clean Bandit. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Bowenbank, Starr (2 November 2018). "Clean Bandit, Marina and Luis Fonsi Lament Lost Love in Nostalgic 'Baby' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  7. ^ Sarrubba, Stefania (2 November 2018). "Clean Bandit's new video features a bittersweet same-sex storyline". Gay Star News. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - Baby (feat. Marina and the Diamonds & Luis Fonsi) [Acoustic] – Single by Clean Bandit". iTunes Store.
  9. ^ "Baby (feat. Marina and the Diamonds & Luis Fonsi) [Remixes] – Single by Clean Bandit on Apple Music". iTunes.apple.com. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Clean Bandit feat. Marina and the Diamonds & Luis Fonsi – Baby" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Clean Bandit feat. Marina and the Diamonds & Luis Fonsi – Baby" (in Dutch). Ultratop Dance. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Clean Bandit feat. Marina and the Diamonds & Luis Fonsi – Baby" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Clean Bandit feat. Marina and the Diamonds & Luis Fonsi – Baby" (in French). Ultratop Dance. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Lagalistinn Vika 1 – 2019" (in Icelandic). Tonlistinn. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  15. ^ Clean Bandit feat. Marina and the Diamonds & Luis Fonsi — Baby. Tophit. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Croatia ARC TOP 100". HRT. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  17. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 201914 into search. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Week: 44/2018". IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on 12 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Lagalistinn Vika 48 – 2018" (in Icelandic). Tonlistinn. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  22. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Media Forest – Israel Airplay Charts". Media Forest. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  24. ^ "מדיה פורסט - לדעת שאתה באוויר". Mediaforest.biz. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  25. ^ "Latvijas Top 40". Latvijas Radio. January 4, 2019. Archived from the original on 4 January 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  26. ^ "Clean Bandit – Lebanese Chart Top 20 History". The Official Lebanese Top 20. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  27. ^ "Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  28. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 50, 2018" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  29. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  30. ^ "Airplay 100 – 27 ianuarie 2019" (in Romanian). Kiss FM. 27 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  31. ^ "Russia Airplay Chart for 2018-12-10." Tophit. 10 December 2018.
  32. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  33. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 20191 into search. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  34. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201845 into search. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  35. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". slotop50.si. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  36. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  37. ^ "Clean Bandit Chart History (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  38. ^ "British single certifications – Clean Bandit feat. Marine & Luis Fonsi – Baby". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 February 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Baby in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.