Cleopatra (The Lumineers song)

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"Cleopatra"
Cleopatra by The Lumineers.jpg
Single by The Lumineers
from the album Cleopatra
Released March 25, 2016
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Genre
Length 3:21
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Wesley Schultz
  • Jeremiah Fraites
  • Simone Felice
Producer(s)
  • Simone Felice
The Lumineers singles chronology
"Ophelia"
(2016)
"Cleopatra"
(2016)
"Angela"
(2016)

"Ophelia"
(2016)
"Cleopatra"
(2016)
"Angela"
(2016)

"Cleopatra" is a song recorded by American folk rock band The Lumineers. The song serves as the title track to their second studio album of the same name.

"Cleopatra" was released as the album's second single on March 25, 2016.

Background[edit]

According to Wesley Schultz (lead vocalist of The Lumineers), the song was inspired by an encounter with a taxi driver that Schultz met in the Republic of Georgia.[1] Through a Facebook post, The Lumineers clarified upon that, and explained the full background of the song, and what it meant:

It's inspired by a true story about a female taxi driver who, when she was younger, was proposed to. But her father had just passed away, so she didn't give her boyfriend an answer. So he left the village broken-hearted and rejected and never returned again. He was her great love and she wouldn't wash the footprints off the floor after he had left.

— The Lumineers[2]

On March 24, 2016, Zane Lowe premiered the song on Beats 1 Radio.[3]

Music video[edit]

The official music video was directed by Isaac Ravishankara,[4] and uploaded to The Lumineers' YouTube and VEVO account on July 7, 2016. It acts as the conclusion to the storyline that began with Sleep on the Floor music video and continued in the video for Angela. Since being uploaded, it has garnered over 41 million views.

Live performances[edit]

The Lumineers performed the song live at the iHeartRadio music theater in LA. The performance was officially aired on Audience Network at 9pm on April 8, 2016. Although, a video for the performance was uploaded to The Lumineers' YouTube and VEVO account beforehand.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Cleopatra"3:21

Covers[edit]

The song has been covered numerous times since its release, by many upcoming artists which include: Daniel Robinson,[6] Ellysse Mason,[7] Josh Brown,[8] Natalie Del Carmen, [9] and Shayna Adler.[10]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2016–17) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 80
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[12] 21
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[13] 11
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[14] 2
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 1
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[16] 27

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[17] 15
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[18] 39
Chart (2017) Position
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[19] 14
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[20] 38
US Rock Airplay Songs (Billboard)[21] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Lumineers - About". thelumineers.com. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Lumineers". m.facebook.com. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Lumineers". m.facebook.com. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Lumineers - Cleopatra - Music Video - CMT". cmt.com. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ LumineersVEVO (March 25, 2016). "The Lumineers - Cleopatra (Live At iHeart Radio)". Retrieved May 21, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  6. ^ Daniel Robinson cover on YouTube
  7. ^ Ellysse Mason cover on YouTube
  8. ^ Josh Broen cover on YouTube
  9. ^ Natalie Del Carmen cover on YouTube
  10. ^ Shayna Adler cover on YouTube
  11. ^ "The Lumineers Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Lumineers – Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  13. ^ "The Lumineers Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  14. ^ "The Lumineers Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  15. ^ "The Lumineers Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  16. ^ "The Lumineers Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  17. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Hot Rock Songs – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Alternative Songs – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Hot Rock Songs – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 

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