Blame (Calvin Harris song)

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"Blame"
Calvin Harris - Blame.png
Single by Calvin Harris featuring John Newman
from the album Motion
B-side "C.U.B.A"
Released 5 September 2014
Format
Recorded 2013; Fly Eye Studio, Miloco Arcadium (London, England)
Genre EDM
Length 3:34
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Calvin Harris
  • John Newman
  • James Newman[1]
Producer(s) Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"Summer"
(2014)
"Blame"
(2014)
"Outside"
(2014)
"Summer"
(2014)
"Blame"
(2014)
"Outside"
(2014)
John Newman singles chronology
"Out of My Head"
(2014) Out of My Head2014
"Blame"
(2014) Blame2014
"Come and Get It"
(2015)
Music video
"Blame" on YouTube
Come and Get It2015

"Blame" is a song by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris from his fourth studio album, Motion (2014). It was released as the album's third single on 5 September 2014. The song features the vocals of English singer John Newman and is included on the deluxe edition of Newman's second studio album, Revolve. Newman's brother James Newman assisted the artists in writing the song, with Harris serving as the producer.

The song received positive reviews from music critics, who complimented its production and Newman's vocals. The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, giving Harris his seventh UK number-one single (and third consecutive) and Newman his third.

Background[edit]

John Newman initially approached Calvin Harris via Twitter about collaborating on a song he had worked on. Newman sent a demo with his vocals and a few chords and Harris built the music around it. Newman wrote all the lyrics.[2]

The single and its artwork were announced on Twitter on 8 June 2014.[3] However, a different artwork cover was uploaded onto the iTunes Store as a replacement. "Blame" was originally scheduled for release on 25 August, but was delayed until 7 September.[4]

In August and September 2014, Harris released fifteen-second previews of the track on his Instagram account.[5][6] John Newman commented on the song: "It will live up to the hype that's been built. I'm very excited about it, I think it's the next step up in my career."[7] The song is written in the key of C minor, at a tempo of 128 beats per minute. Newman's vocal range spans from B3 to B5.[8] It bears similarity to one of Harris's previous singles, "I Need Your Love", featuring Ellie Goulding.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews from music critics. Robbie Daw of Idolator praised the song saying: "'Blame' somehow feels fuller and more rounded-out, structurally, than much of [Harris'] other output. Call it a new era for the Scottish producer/DJ."[9] MTV Australia described the song as "hot" and "sure to have the crowd singing loud and proud".[10] Digital Spy's Lewis Corner gave the song a four star rating out of five, commenting: "Luckily for Calvin, everything he touches these days seems to turn more golden than his glowing tan. Guest vocalist John Newman soulfully insists on the surging bridge, before it bursts into one of Calvin's infectious four-to-the-floor choruses. It barely shifts away from the formula that's enabled him to achieve 1 billion Spotify streams, but when it's proving itself that effective, why resign the Midas Touch?"[11]

We Got This Covered wrote: "Though a bit slower and more down tempo than most of his usual stuff, this is another excellent effort from the Scottish DJ, who continues to craft a unique sound for himself with each new release. John Newman's soulful vocals go down smoothly as they layer a very catchy melody that soon breaks out into a full-on dance floor hit. Admittedly, it doesn't grab you quite like Summer did, but it's still a great song and one that will surely do very well."[12] Music and Lyrics gave a more nuanced review, writing the song "hasn't honestly hit as hard as 'Summer' did on the first listen, but I'll definitely label it as a 'grower'. Not really feeling John's verses, but he really shines in the let's-go-to-church hook. 'Blame' doesn't have the best Calvin Harris EDM beat I've heard to date, but I can still bop to it."[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Blame" entered the UK Singles Chart at number one with 70,312 copies sold in its first week, becoming Harris's seventh UK number one and Newman's third.[14] In the United States, the song debuted at number thirty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated 27 September 2014,[15] peaking at number nineteen on 15 November 2014.[16] The single topped the charts in Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, while charting within the top five in Austria, Germany, Ireland and Italy, and the top ten in Australia, Denmark, France, New Zealand and Spain.[17][18][19]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Emil Nava and released on 12 September 2014.[20][21] It was filmed in Los Angeles and London in August 2014.[21][22] The video begins with both Harris and Newman in separate places in their appropriate houses where they are both on the bed. Newman is watching some models who are seen on a film projector. Meanwhile, the models decided to go to a nightclub where one girl gets drunk while other models split where they fall into a sink, beer cooler, puddle and finally a tub. The video ends with the models ending up in a river where they are freezing and it shows the sky with the sun in the background.

Usage in media[edit]

"Blame" is present in "Out of Time", a 2015 episode of The Flash. The song was also featured in episode 16, "Blunt" of Person of Interest. "Blame" is featured in the video games Just Dance 2016 and NBA 2K16.

Track listings[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Blame" (featuring John Newman) 3:34

^a Released on 25 September 2015. First release of "Remixes" in lossless format. Includes the "Extended Version" of "Blame" in addition to the previously released songs found on the original "Remixes" release.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Motion.[27]

  • Calvin Harris – all instruments, arrangement, mixing, production
  • John Newman – vocals
  • Seb Berrios – additional vocal engineering
  • Simon Davey – mastering
  • Arthur Indrikovs – vocal engineering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[95] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[96] Gold 40,000^
Germany (BVMI)[97] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[98] 2× Platinum 60,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[99] Platinum 60,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[100] Gold 0*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[101] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[102] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[103] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger
Streaming
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[104] Platinum 2,600,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[105] Platinum 10,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Italy[106] 5 September 2014 Radio airplay Sony
Australia[107] 7 September 2014 Digital download
France[108]
New Zealand[109]
Germany
Ireland[110]
United Kingdom[111]
United States[112]
Germany[113] 3 October 2014 CD

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