Believer (Major Lazer and Showtek song)

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"Believer"
Major Lazer Showtek Believer.jpg
Single by Major Lazer and Showtek
from the album Music Is the Weapon
Released September 30, 2016
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015–16
Genre
Length 3:43
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Major Lazer
  • Showtek
Major Lazer singles chronology
"Cold Water"
(2016)
"Believer"
(2016)
"Run Up"
(2017)

"Cold Water"
(2016)
"Believer"
(2016)
"Run Up"
(2017)
Showtek singles chronology
"Swipe"
(2016) Swipe2016
"Believer"
(2016) Believer2016
"On Our Own"
(2017) On Our Own2017
Music video
"Believer" on YouTube

"Believer" is a song recorded by electronic music group Major Lazer, alongside Dutch production duo Showtek. It was released to digital download on September 30, 2016, through record labels Mad Decent and Skink.[1][2] The song also samples vocals from Caribbean band Freetown Collective on their song "Good Swimma", who collaborated with record producer Q Major in that track.

Background[edit]

Major Lazer and Showtek premiered the song in their set list under the name of "I'm a Believer" in April 2016.[3] It was announced on September 26 that the song would be released as "Believer" on September 30.[4]

Music video[edit]

A video was directed by Christopher Louie, director of the EDM movie XOXO and uploaded January 3, 2017. Louie stated the video was inspired by the images of Omran Daqneesh, the Syrian boy whose home was bombed at night. "Like everyone in the world I was heartbroken by that image, but I also saw a glimmer of hope,” Louie said in a press release -- “As dark as the subject matter is, the point of our 'Believer' video was to capture the resilience of youth and the hope displayed by communities coming together to save victims from the rubble.” [5]

The video has been tied to the Save the Children organization with a link to donate in the description box.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 16
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[7] 18
France (SNEP)[8] 48
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 23
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 41
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[11] 19

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[12] Gold 75,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide September 30, 2016 Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Believer - Single by Major Lazer & Showtek on Apple Music". iTunes. Apple Music. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ Papadatos, Markos (October 1, 2016). "Review: Major Lazer & Showtek release soaring new track 'Believer' (Includes first-hand account)". Digital Journal. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Cameron, John (April 13, 2016). "Major Lazer And Showtek Shine With "I'm A Believer"". We Got This Covered. Complex. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ Dandridge-Lemco, Ben (September 29, 2016). "Listen To Major Lazer's New Single, "Believer"". The Fader. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/7640783/major-lazer-showtek-believer-video
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Major Lazer & Showtek – Believer" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Major Lazer & Showtek – Believer" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 41, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 44, 2016" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Major Lazer & Showtek – Believer" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Major Lazer Chart History (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "French single certifications – Major Lazer – Believer" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved October 30, 2017.