Feels (song)

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"Feels"
Calvin Harris - Feels cover art.png
Single by Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean
from the album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Released15 June 2017
Format
Recorded2017
Studio
Genre
Length3:43
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"Rollin"
(2017)
"Feels"
(2017)
"Faking It"
(2017)
Pharrell Williams singles chronology
"Heatstroke"
(2017)
"Feels"
(2017)
"Sangria Wine"
(2018)
Katy Perry singles chronology
"Swish Swish"
(2017)
"Feels"
(2017)
"Save as Draft"
(2017)
Big Sean singles chronology
"Jump Out the Window"
(2017)
"Feels"
(2017)
"Miracles (Someone Special)"
(2017)
Music video
"Feels" on YouTube

"Feels" is a song recorded and produced by Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. It features vocals from American singer-songwriters Pharrell Williams and Katy Perry as well as American rapper Big Sean. It was released on 15 June 2017 through Sony Music as the fourth single from his fifth studio album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (2017), after "Slide", "Heatstroke" and "Rollin". Starrah assisted the artists in writing the song.[1][2]

"Feels" has reached number one in Belgium, France, Israel, Latvia, Lebanon, Poland and the United Kingdom, the top 10 in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland, and the top 20 in Italy, Sweden, and the United States.

Release[edit]

On 14 June 2017, Calvin Harris announced on social media that he would release the fourth single from Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 the next day, titled "Feels". The post included the single's cover art and credits.[3]

Composition[edit]

"Feels" is a disco-funk[4] and ska[5] song containing elements of dancehall, hip hop and electronica.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Andy Cush of Spin called the song "a little flimsy" while also noting that "the groove is unimpeachable" and that "It has a skillful melange of sounds from the mid-70s apex of analog recording, the era of disco and yacht rock: a warm and rounded bassline, some Nile Rodgers-style guitar, a slick descending line on Fender Rhodes."[7] Rolling Stone's Elia Leight said that the song is "a simple, lighthearted loop, which combines punctual ska guitar, a playful keyboard line and charming squeaks that recall a cartoon character's slip on a banana peel."[8] Brent Faulkner from The Musical Hype said the song is undercooked, leaving more to be desired, adding that it's "the type of record that is pleasing more because of the sound than the lyricism."[9]

Chart Performance[edit]

In The US, feels debuted at Number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached a peak of 20, making it Harris' 8th Top Twenty as well as Perry's 18th. In Canada the song peaked at No. 5 giving Perry her 18th Top Ten in the country. In the UK feels topped the Official Singles Chart making his 6th and her 5th number one

Music videos[edit]

The song's accompanying music video was uploaded to Harris' Vevo channel on YouTube on 26 June 2017. The music video was directed by Emil Nava.[10] In the video, Harris, Williams, Perry and Big Sean lounge around on a desert island.[11]

A second video, also directed by Nava, followed two months later, which features all four artists as a band playing the track in front of a live audience and receiving applause for their performance.[12]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the song's liner notes.[3][13]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[105] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[106] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[107] Platinum 30,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[108] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[109] Diamond 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[110] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[111] 2× Platinum 100,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[112] Platinum 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[113] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[114] Platinum 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[115] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[116] Platinum 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[117] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[119] 2× Platinum 335,460[118]

*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 Label Ref.
Various 15 June 2017 Digital download [3][13]
Italy 16 June 2017 Contemporary hit radio Sony [120]
United States 20 June 2017 Columbia [121]
United Kingdom 23 June 2017
  • Columbia
  • Sony
[122]

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