Close to Me (Ellie Goulding and Diplo song)

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"Close to Me"
Ellie Goulding and Diplo – Close to Me.png
Single by Ellie Goulding and Diplo featuring Swae Lee
Released24 October 2018 (2018-10-24)
Format
Length3:03
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Ellie Goulding singles chronology
"First Time"
(2017)
"Close to Me"
(2018)
"Mama"
(2019)
Diplo singles chronology
"Time Is Up"
(2018)
"Close to Me"
(2018)
"Boom Bye Bye"
(2019)
Swae Lee singles chronology
"Sunflower"
(2018)
"Close to Me"
(2018)
"Arms Around You"
(2018)
Red Velvet singles chronology
"Sayonara"
(2019)
"Close to Me"
(2019)
"Zimzalabim"
(2019)
Music video
"Close to Me" on YouTube

"Close to Me" is a song by English singer Ellie Goulding and American record producer Diplo featuring American singer Swae Lee, released on 24 October 2018.[1] It was premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 as the "Hottest Record in the World".[2]

Background[edit]

At the time, there was a lot going on in the world that I wanted to forget. Savan gets very overwhelmed with what's happening particularly in America, and I think we all wanted to forget that and just write something a bit silly. It was so nice to just go back to just writing a song about a turbulent, probably doomed relationship – someone to forget the world with.

—Goulding on the inspiration behind the song.[3]

Goulding told Billboard that the song came about when she and co-writer Savan Kotecha were in a Los Angeles studio where they came up with the guitar melody and Goulding sang what would become the first line of the pre-chorus, "don't let me down", which they decided to keep in the song. Goulding, feeling that the song was "missing something", eventually sent it to Diplo who sent his version back to her within a short amount of time. Diplo suggested adding Swae Lee as a featured guest vocalist.[3]

Composition[edit]

The song is recorded in the key of E major with a tempo of 72 beats per minute in common time. The song follows a chord progression of E–Cm7–G–A, and the vocals span from E3 to C5.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Close to Me" was filmed in Budapest, Hungary, and premiered on 14 November 2018.[5]

Promotion[edit]

Goulding wiped her social media accounts and began promoting the track on 22 October 2018, first sharing a cartoon image of hers, Diplo and Swae Lee's arms locked in a triangle, displaying their tattoos against a cheetah print background, captioning it "CLOSE TO ME".[1] She then later confirmed this would be the title, and along with posting an audio clip of the track,[6] announced the release date and time.[7]

Live performances[edit]

Goulding performed an acoustic version of the song during On Air with Ryan Seacrest on 16 November 2018.[8] She later performed the song during BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge Month on 28 November.[9] Her first televised performance of the song was on the final of The X Factor on 2 December.[10]

Remix[edit]

On 5 April 2019, a remix was released which removed Swae Lee's verse and Korean girl group Red Velvet was featured, singing a verse in Korean and even sang their own version of the chorus in Korean. Their Chorus Is Written By Red Velvet Wendy & Yeri. It has won a "Choice Electronic / Dance Song" award at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[60] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[61] 2× Platinum 160,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[62] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[63] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[64] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*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 Version Label Ref.
Italy 26 October 2018 Contemporary hit radio Original Universal [65]
United States 6 November 2018 Interscope [66]
United Kingdom 30 November 2018
  • Interscope
  • Universal
[67]
Various 1 February 2019 Digital download The Remix Interscope [68]
Various 1 April 2019 Digital download Red Velvet Remix Polydor

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