Entertainment (song)

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"Entertainment"
Phoenix - Entertainment single cover art.jpg
Single by Phoenix
from the album Bankrupt!
Released19 February 2013
Format
Recorded2011–2012
Genre
Length3:40
Label
Songwriter(s)Phoenix
Producer(s)Phoenix
Phoenix singles chronology
"Lasso"
(2009)
"Entertainment"
(2013)
"Trying to Be Cool"
(2013)
Audio sample
20-second sample of Phoenix's "Entertainment"

"Entertainment" is a song by French indie pop band Phoenix. It was released as the lead single from their fifth studio album, Bankrupt!, on 19 February 2013. It premiered a day earlier with airplay on BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe show. Following the premiere, the single was sent to alternative radio, where it impacted in the United States during the week of 26 February.[1] It was also featured on the soundtrack album of the 2013 American heist thriller film Now You See Me. "Entertainment" notably features a staccato guitar line and an array of synthesisers that culmilate to form what some may describe as a slightly oriental-inspired sound.[2] The official remix of the track features vocals from British R&B group Mutya Keisha Siobhan and re-worked production from Dev Hynes.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Patrick Daughters, is shot in a cinematic style and is set in Korea. It features several characters interacting with each other throughout different historical periods. Its central theme is romantic with two people finding each other across the ages amidst conflict with antagonists. The band does not appear in the video.

In popular culture[edit]

The song is played during the end credits of the 2013 American heist thriller film Now You See Me and is included on its soundtrack. The song was featured in one episode of Catfish: The TV Show.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Hitseekers Singles (ARIA)[3] 19
Australian Streaming Tracks (ARIA)[4] 39
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[6] 29
France (SNEP)[7] 43
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[8] 66
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 177
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[10] 22
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[11] 19
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[12] 16
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 11

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[14] 79
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Future Releases on Alternative Radio Stations, Independent Artist Song Releases | ..." AllAccess.com. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  2. ^ "KurtTrowbridge.com » Phoenix to release Bankrupt! lead single “Entertainment” on Monday". kurttrowbridge.com. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  3. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 25 March 2013" (PDF) (1204). Pandora Archive. April 8, 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2014. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 15 April 2013" (PDF). Pandora Archive. May 6, 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Phoenix – Entertainment" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Phoenix – Entertainment" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Phoenix – Entertainment" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Phoenix Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  9. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 4.05.2013 (wk17)". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Phoenix – Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Rock Airplay". Billboard. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Phoenix Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Phoenix Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  15. ^ "Alternative Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.