Don't Call Me Up

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"Don't Call Me Up"
Mabel - Don't Call Me Up.png
Single by Mabel
from the album Ivy to Roses
Released18 January 2019 (2019-01-18)
Format
GenreTropical-pop[1]
Length2:58
LabelPolydor
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Steve Mac
Mabel singles chronology
"One Shot"
(2018)
"Don't Call Me Up"
(2019)
Music video
"Don't Call Me Up" on YouTube

"Don't Call Me Up" is a song by British singer Mabel, included on the 2019 reissue of her debut mixtape, Ivy to Roses. It was released by Polydor Records on 18 January 2019. "Don't Call Me Up" was written by Mabel, Camille Purcell, and Steve Mac, who also produced the song.[2]

Composition[edit]

"Don't Call Me Up" is a pop song with bass and bounce-heavy production.[3][4] Having only a day to write the track, Mabel based it on an experience from her own love life that she was going through at the time.[5] However, it was not directed at anyone specifically, and instead reflected on breakups in general.[6] She wrote it as a positive breakup song.[7] According to Mabel, the track is about being strong and saying, "no, you had your chance", after a breakup with someone who took you for granted and started to call you again.[6] She explained that it is "where you give everything to a relationship but they don't appreciate you back. You get to the point, 'That's it, walk away.'"[5]

Release[edit]

Prior to its single release, Mabel performed "Don't Call Me Up" on her 2018 These Are The Best Times Tour.[8] She first teased its release on 14 January 2019 on Twitter by sharing a series of GIFs involving phone calls. These included scenes from the music videos for Beyoncé's "Why Don't You Love Me", Blackpink's "As If It's Your Last" and Jennifer Lopez's "Feelin' So Good".[9][10][11] On 15 January 2019, Mabel announced the single's release date and revealed its cover art on social media.[12] Polydor Records released the single on 18 January 2019.[13] To promote the release, Mabel gave interviews for radio stations Kiss FM and Capital FM,[7][14] and newspapers Daily Star Sunday and Metro.[5][6] On 22 January 2019, "Don't Call Me Up" was promoted with a lens filter on Snapchat.[15]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"Don't Call Me Up" has received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Robin Murray of Clash magazine called the song Mabel's "most potent pop moment yet", noting her "surging vocal, and the addictive, nuanced songwriting".[16] Cerys Kenneally of The Line of Best Fit found the track "huge" and said it "ignites that Friday feeling".[4] DIY magazine deemed it "a bit of an empowerment anthem".[17] In The Independent, Roisin O'Connor said she is "really into" the song and called it a "self-love banger".[18] Dan Cairns of The Sunday Times regarded it as "a hook-filled kiss-off that's both anthemic and irrefutable."[19] Writing for The Guardian, Michael Cragg complimented the "exquisite pre-chorus", but found the song "so risk-free [that] it rips Shape of You's plinky-plonky beat and features the lyric 'in da club'."[20]

Chart performance[edit]

"Don't Call Me Up" debuted at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart with first-week sales of 25,325 units.[21] In the second week of its release, the song rose four places to number 7,[22] becoming Mabel's second top 10 hit. In its third week, it rose two more places to number five. It later peaked at number three. It is her highest-charting single to date.[23]

Music video[edit]

Mabel first teased the music video for "Don't Call Me Up" by posting two GIFs from the clip on Twitter on 14 January 2019.[24][25] She shared another image from video on 16 January 2019.[26] The following day, Mabel released a preview of the clip and hosted a live chat on YouTube, ahead of the music video's premiere on the platform at 08:00 GMT on 18 January 2019.[27] According to Sajae Elder of The Fader, "the colorful clip finds the singer surrounded by a gang of her girls, dancing through parking lots, joyriding and smashing phones to help with the heartbreak."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Don’t Call Me Up" – 2:58
  • Digital download – Acoustic[28]
  1. "Don’t Call Me Up" (Acoustic) – 3:32
  • Digital download – Remixes[29]
  1. "Don’t Call Me Up" (R3hab Remix) – 2:33
  2. "Don’t Call Me Up" (ADP Remix) – 3:14
  3. "Don’t Call Me Up" (Burak Yeter Remix) – 3:12
  4. "Don’t Call Me Up" (Zac Samuel Remix) – 3:28
  5. "Don’t Call Me Up" (Conducta Remix) – 3:27

Personnel[edit]

  • Mabel – vocals
  • Steve Mac – production, keyboards
  • Chris Laws – drums, engineering
  • Spike Stent – mixing
  • Stuart Hawkes – mastering
  • Tim Laws – guitar
  • Camille Purcell – background vocals
  • Dan Pursey – engineering

Credits adapted from Qobuz.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[30] 38
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[31] 62
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[32] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[33] 22
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[34] 79
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[35] 33
Denmark (Tracklisten)[36] 10
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[37] 7
France (SNEP)[38] 152
Germany (Official German Charts)[39] 29
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[40] 22
Ireland (IRMA)[41] 4
Italy (FIMI)[42] 62
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[43] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[44] 4
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[45] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[46] 3
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[47] 35
Romania (Airplay 100)[48] 50
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[49] 9
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[50] 73
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[51] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[52] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[53] 3
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[54] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[55] 21
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[56] 30

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[57] Silver 200,000double-dagger

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

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