Doing It (Charli XCX song)

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"Doing It"
Charli XCX - Doing It (feat. Rita Ora).png
Single by Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora
from the album Sucker
Released12 January 2015 (2015-01-12)
Recorded2014
Genre
Length3:48
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Charli XCX singles chronology
"Break the Rules"
(2014)
"Doing It"
(2015)
"Drop That Kitty"
(2015)
Rita Ora singles chronology
"Black Widow"
(2014)
"Doing It"
(2015)
"New York Raining"
(2015)
Music video
"Doing It" on YouTube

"Doing It" is a song by English singer Charli XCX from her second studio album, Sucker (2014). An alternative version of the song featuring English singer Rita Ora was released on 12 January 2015 as the album's third single. The single peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. "Doing It" was named "Best New Track" the week of its release by Pitchfork.[3]

Charli is seen performing a snippet of the song in a commercial for Pepsi's "Out of the Blue" music campaign, which aired during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, on 8 February 2015.[4]

Release[edit]

On 7 January 2015, it was announced the European version of XCX's second studio album would be delayed, to allow for the release of a remix of "Doing It" featuring Rita Ora.[5] A. G. Cook of PC Music contributed an official remix.[6] This was her first collaboration with the English producer, who would later go on to be her creative producer for future projects.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Doing It" was directed by Adam Powell and premiered on 20 January 2015.[7] It was filmed in the Californian desert and takes inspiration from Thelma & Louise (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), Barbie, Florida strip clubs, 1970s fashion and the work of David LaChapelle.[8]

The video depicts Charli and Ora arriving at a gas station and stealing several items before the gas station cashier could stop them. They then leave the gas station with the stolen items and gets chased by the police. Eventually, they escape and stop at a payphone. Later, they are found at a party where the police find them. These scenes are intercut with Charli and Ora singing into microphones with lights surrounding them.[9]

Live performances[edit]

Charli performed "Doing It" for the first time on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 3 February 2015.[10] On 10 February 2015, she performed the song on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, along with a cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off".[11]

Charli performed the song with Ora on The Graham Norton Show on 13 February 2015.[12] The following evening, Charli performed it on The National Lottery.[13] She also performed the track on Sunday Brunch on 15 February 2015.[14] Charli performed the song with Jack Antonoff on Today on 5 June 2015.[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Doing It" debuted at number eight on the UK Singles Chart with 34,810 copies sold in its first week, becoming Charli's fourth UK top 10 entry and Ora's seventh.[16]

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[17]
  1. "Doing It" – 3:48
  • Digital download[18]
  1. "Doing It" – 3:48
  2. "Doing It" (Manhattan Clique Remix) – 3:38
  • Digital download – Remixes[19]
  1. "Doing It" (A. G. Cook Remix) – 4:00
  2. "Doing It" (Westfunk Remix) – 3:23

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[20] 68
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[21] 60
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[22] 23
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[23] 62
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[24] 11
France (SNEP)[25] 165
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 23
Israel (Media Forest TV Airplay)[27] 1
Scotland (OCC)[28] 7
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[29] 34
UK Singles (OCC)[30] 8

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom 12 January 2015 Contemporary hit radio [32]
United States 3 February 2015
  • Atlantic
  • RRP
[33]
Ireland 6 February 2015 Digital download
  • Asylum
  • Atlantic
[34]
United Kingdom 8 February 2015 [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (8 January 2015). "Hear Charli XCX & Rita Ora Team Up for New Version of 'Doing It'". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Sucker – Charli XCX". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Charli XCX "Doing It" [ft. Rita Ora]". Pitchfork. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  4. ^ Hampp, Andrew (4 February 2015). "Exclusive: Fall Out Boy, Charli XCX Headline Pepsi's 'Out Of The Blue' Fan-Giveaway Program". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  5. ^ O'Mance, Brad (7 January 2015). "Charli XCX's new single features Rita Ora (and the UK release of the album has gone back again)". Popjustice. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  6. ^ Raymer, Miles (23 January 2015). "Hyperpop scene-maker A. G. Cook remixes Charli XCX and Rita Ora's 'Doing It'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  7. ^ Goble, Corban (20 January 2015). "Charli XCX and Rita Ora Go Thelma & Louise in "Doing It" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  8. ^ Bess, Gabby (20 January 2015). "Charli XCX and Rita Ora Take a Delightfully Campy Roadtrip in "Doing It" Music Video". Paper. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  9. ^ Rettig, James (20 January 2015). "Charli XCX – "Doing It" (Feat. Rita Ora) Video". Stereogum. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  10. ^ Payne, Chris (4 February 2015). "Watch Cowgirl Charli XCX Saddle Up & Perform 'Boom Clap' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  11. ^ Blistein, Jon (10 February 2015). "Charli XCX Turns Taylor Swift Punk With Raucous 'Shake It Off' Cover". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  12. ^ Rettig, James (13 February 2015). "Watch Charli XCX Sing "Doing It" On Graham Norton". Stereogum. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  13. ^ "The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List, Episode 8". BBC One. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  14. ^ Sunday Brunch. Series 4. Episode 13. 15 February 2015. Channel 4.
  15. ^ Joyce, Colin (5 June 2015). "Charli XCX and Jack Antonoff Do 'Doing It' on 'The Today Show'". Spin. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  16. ^ Jones, Alan (16 February 2015). "Official Charts Analysis: Ellie Goulding's Love Me Like You Do holds onto No.1 with sales of 118,225". Music Week. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Doing It (feat. Rita Ora) (Remixes): Charli XCX: MP3 Downloads". Amazon (UK). Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Doing It (feat. Rita Ora): Charli XCX: MP3 Downloads". Amazon (UK). Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Doing It (feat. Rita Ora) (Remixes): Charli XCX: MP3 Downloads". Amazon (UK). Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  20. ^ Ryan, Gavin (28 February 2015). "ARIA Singles: Ellie Goulding 50 Shades Of Grey Song Spends Second Week On Top". Noise11. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Charli XCX feat. Rita Ora – Doing It" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Ultratop.be – Charli XCX feat. Rita Ora – Doing It" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  23. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 201514 into search. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  24. ^ "Euro Digital Songs: Mar 07, 2015". Billboard. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  25. ^ "Lescharts.com – Charli XCX – Doing It" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  26. ^ "Chart Track: Week 8, 2015". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  27. ^ "מדיה פורסט - לדעת שאתה באוויר". Mediaforest.biz. Archived from the original on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  28. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  29. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201514 into search. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  30. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  31. ^ "British single certifications – Charli Xcx Ft Rita Ora – Doing It Pieced". British Phonographic Industry. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Doing It Pieced in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  32. ^ "BBC – Radio 1 – Playlist". BBC Radio 1. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  33. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on 1 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  34. ^ "Doing It (feat. Rita Ora) – Single by Charli XCX". iTunes Store (Ireland). Retrieved 23 January 2015.

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