Freaky Friday (song)

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"Freaky Friday"
Lil Dicky Freaky Friday.png
Single by Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown
ReleasedMarch 15, 2018 (2018-03-15)
Format
Genre
Length3:36
Label
  • Dirty Burd
  • Commission
  • BMG
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Lil Dicky singles chronology
"Sit Down"
(2016)
"Freaky Friday"
(2018)
"Earth"
(2019)
Chris Brown singles chronology
"Love You Better"
(2018)
"Freaky Friday"
(2018)
"Date Night (Same Time)"
(2018)
Music video
"Freaky Friday" on YouTube

"Freaky Friday" is a song recorded by American rapper Lil Dicky, featuring guest vocals from American singer Chris Brown and uncredited vocals from Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled, and Kendall Jenner. Written by Dicky, Brown, Cashmere Cat, Lewis Hughes, Wilbart McCoy III, Ammo and its producers DJ Mustard, Benny Blanco and Twice as Nice, it was released by Dirty Burd on March 15, 2018, alongside its music video. The song topped the charts in the United Kingdom and New Zealand,[1][2] and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has also reached the top ten of the charts in Australia, Canada and Ireland.

Composition[edit]

"Freaky Friday" is a hip hop and comedy hip hop song featuring a pop-rap production.[3][4]

Music video[edit]

The music video parodies the 2003 film Freaky Friday and features cameos from Jimmy Tatro, Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled and Kendall Jenner.[5] As of May 2019, the video had over 500 million views on YouTube.[6] The video shows Lil Dicky at a Chinese restaurant, similar to the 2003 film, Freaky Friday, where a character is at a Chinese restaurant and wishes she was somebody else. In the music video, Lil Dicky is approached by a fan, played by Jimmy Tatro, who mentions he is a fan of his work. He then explains to his girlfriend who he is accompanied by that he is a comedic rapper, who is not that impressive of a rapper. Lil Dicky then says to himself he wishes he was somebody who could dance, and who had credibility. The camera then pans to Chris Brown on TV, mentioning he wishes he was somebody else as well. The Chinese waiter takes note of it, and gives Lil Dicky a fortune cookie. The video then shows Lil Dicky, supposedly in the body of Chris Brown, and vice versa. The song illustrates the two in each other's bodies. Towards the end, the two are about to fight, and they realize they should not kill each other, and instead love each other. They realize that this will set them back to their original form. The video then ends with cameos from Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled and Kendall Jenner, where Lil Dicky is then in possession in all of their bodies.

Controversy[edit]

Shortly after the song's release, the Virginia Tech Hokies women's lacrosse team was heavily scrutinized after members of the team uploaded a video of themselves singing along to Chris Brown's verse, where he (supposedly as Lil Dicky in his body) starts saying "What up my nigga" to everyone he encounters. Virginia Tech coach John Sung later apologized on behalf of the team, saying it was a "teachable moment" for the players and that "no malice was involved... They just thought they were just singing along to a song".[7][8][9]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[10]

  • Lil Dicky – composition, engineering
  • Chris Brown – composition
  • Cashmere Cat – composition
  • Lewis Hughes – composition
  • Wilbart McCoy III – composition
  • Ammo – composition
  • DJ Mustard – composition, production
  • Benny Blanco – composition, production
  • Twice as Nice – composition, production
  • Serban Ghenea – mix engineering
  • Patrizio Pigliarono – engineering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[41] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[42] 2× Platinum 30,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[43] 2× Platinum 60,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[45] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger

*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 March 15, 2018 Digital download Dirty Burd [10]
United States March 20, 2018 Urban contemporary radio
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References[edit]

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