Far Away (Tyga song)

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"Far Away"
Far Away.png
Single by Tyga featuring Chris Richardson
from the album Careless World: Rise of the Last King
Released May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop rap
Length 3:27
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Jess Jackson
Tyga singles chronology
"Loyalty"
(2010)
"Far Away"
(2011)
"Still Got It"
(2011)

"Loyalty"
(2010)
"Far Away"
(2011)
"Still Got It"
(2011)
Chris Richardson singles chronology
"Floating Off the Ground"
(2009) Floating Off the Ground2009
"Far Away"
(2011) Far Away2011
"In the Name of Love"
(2012) In the Name of Love2012

"Far Away" is a song by American rapper Tyga featuring American Idol finalist Chris Richardson. The song was first released on May 17, 2011 as the lead single from the rapper's debut studio album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King (2012).[1] The song, which was produced by British producer Jess Jackson, debuted at number ninety-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart dated August 20, 2011, reaching a peak of number 86 for the chart dated October 1, 2011.[2] The track also peaked at number 93 on the R&B/hip-hop chart and number 16 on the rap chart.[3][4] As of January 25, 2012, "Far Away" has sold approximately 303,000 copies in the US.[5]

Artwork[edit]

The cover depicts Tyga with a field and a railroad pictured in the background implying that he is travelling to the one who is described in the song as being "Far Away". Ology commented on the official artwork for the single by saying that it was reminiscent of Eminem's Recovery album cover released last year.[6]

Background[edit]

In an interview with Artistdirect, Chris Richardson explained the concept behind the song:

"Far Away" is about the feeling of being so far away from someone you love. It portrays that of when we mess up and we want to make amends. Your relationship means the world to you, and you'd do anything for your significant other. You'd walk a thousand miles for that person. It's that whole love connection. "Far Away" tells a story of how the guy in the relationship has done wrong, and it might be too late because his girl might be off and gone with someone else.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[1]
No.TitleLength
1."Far Away" (featuring Chris Richardson)3:27

Critical reception[edit]

PopCrush gave the song a four out of five stars and noted that the performance by Richardson really brightened up the track with a "soulful hook". They also commented on the track by saying "The appealing melody and lyrical depth make ‘Far Away’ a definite winner."[8] Ology negatively received the song and commented on it by saying "The thing that's killing this track is the beat, because Tyga doesn't have the voice for it. This is a record meant for someone along the lines of Lupe or XV. Probably Drake too, but none of us want to resort to that. The Chris Richardson vocals add that pop-hop element to the hook, and the guitar-happy bars pump the pop even further, and with Tyga's voice, it's a juxtaposition that clashes a bit too much for success."[6]

Music video[edit]

The official video for "Far Away" was released on July 27, 2011 and has since gained over twenty million views on YouTube. The video is based around a story in which Tyga tries to re-unite with his girlfriend. The girl dies in a fatal car accident near the end of the video which creates a sense of separation for Tyga.[9]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 86
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 93
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[4] 16

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States May 17, 2011[1] Digital download Young Money + Cash Money
United Kingdom December 26, 2011[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Far Away (feat. Chris Richardson) - Single by Tyga - Download Far Away (feat. Chris Richardson) - Single on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Tyga Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Tyga Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Tyga Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  5. ^ "'Idol' track sales: Kelly Clarkson and more". USA Today. 2012-01-25. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Listen Up: "Far Away" by Tyga". Ology. 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2011-09-20. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Chris Richardson Talks "Far Away", Working with Tyga, Storytelling, and So Much More - ARTISTdirect News". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  8. ^ "Tyga, 'Far away' feat. Chris Richardson – Song Review". Popcrush.com. 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  9. ^ "Tyga - Far Away ft. Chris Richardson". YouTube. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  10. ^ "'Far Away' featuring Chris Richardson - Single, by Tyga". iTunes (UK). 2011-12-26. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 

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