Free the Universe

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Free the Universe
Major Lazer - Free the Universe.png
Studio album by Major Lazer
Released April 16, 2013
Recorded 2012
Genre
Length 57:05
Label
Major Lazer chronology
Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do
(2009)
Free the Universe
(2013)
Apocalypse Soon EP
(2014)
Singles from Free the Universe
  1. "Get Free"
    Released: April 15, 2012
  2. "Jah No Partial"
    Released: October 22, 2012
  3. "Watch Out for This (Bumaye)"
    Released: February 28, 2013
  4. "Bubble Butt"
    Released: May 24, 2013
  5. "Scare Me"
    Released: August 19, 2013
  6. "Jessica"
    Released: September 4, 2013
  7. "Jet Blue Jet"
    Released: October 29, 2013
  8. "Sweat"
    Released: November 26, 2013

Free the Universe is the second full-length studio album released by Major Lazer, collaborative music group headed by record producer Diplo. The album was released on April 16, 2013,[1][2] and features appearances by Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman, Santigold, Peaches, Tyga, Flux Pavilion, Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, and more.[3] The album peaked at No. 34 in both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart.

Free the Universe
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
NME7/10[7]
Pitchfork Media5.7/10[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin7/10[10]
Alternative Press3/5 stars[11]
Drowned In Sound6/10[12]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."You're No Good" (featuring Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim and Yasmin)
4:04
2."Jet Blue Jet" (featuring Leftside, GTA, Zia Benjamin, Razz and Biggy)
  • Major Lazer
  • GTA
3:19
3."Get Free" (featuring Amber of Dirty Projectors)Major Lazer4:51
4."Jah No Partial" (featuring Flux Pavilion)
  • Major Lazer
  • Flux Pavilion
  • Schlachthofbronx[a]
4:13
5."Wind Up" (featuring Elephant Man and Opal)
  • Major Lazer
  • Gianni Marino[a]
  • Mahesa Utara[a]
4:27
6."Scare Me" (featuring Peaches and Timberlee)
  • Pentz
  • Taylor
  • Peaches
  • Timberlee
Major Lazer3:00
7."Jessica" (featuring Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend)
  • Pentz
  • Koenig
  • Carl Dawkins
Major Lazer4:13
8."Watch Out for This (Bumaye)" (featuring Busy Signal, The Flexican and FS Green)
  • Major Lazer
  • The Flexican
  • FS Green
4:29
9."Keep Cool" (featuring Shaggy and Wynter Gordon)
  • Major Lazer
  • Raf Riley[a]
4:22
10."Sweat" (featuring Laidback Luke and Ms. Dynamite)
  • Major Lazer
  • Laidback Luke
4:29
11."Reach for the Stars" (featuring Wyclef Jean)
  • Pentz
  • Taylor
  • Jean
  • Wayne Henry
  • Andrew Bain
Major Lazer4:06
12."Bubble Butt" (featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga and Mystic)
  • Major Lazer
  • Valentino Khan
3:47
13."Mashup the Dance" (featuring The Partysquad and Ward 21)
  • Pentz
  • Andre Grey
  • Kunley McCarthy
  • Major Lazer
  • The Partysquad
  • Willy Joy[a]
3:49
14."Playground" (featuring Bugle and Arama)
  • Pentz
  • Taylor
  • Roy Thompson
  • Arama Brown
Major Lazer3:56
Total length:57:05

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.
  • "Wind Up" features additional vocals by Chippy Nonstop.
  • "Reach for the Stars" features additional vocals by Jarina De Marco.

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 5
Australian Dance Albums (ARIA)[16] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[17] 53
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 43
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[20] 18
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 17
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 34
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 88
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[24] 172
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[25] 23
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 45
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 34
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[28] 4
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[29] 4
US Billboard 200[30] 34
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[31] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[32] 8

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
Australian Dance Albums (ARIA)[33] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[34] 58
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[35] 153

References[edit]

  1. ^ Notable Releases for the Week of February 18, 2013 - Metacritic Metacritic
  2. ^ Diplo's Major Lazer Crew Readies Party-Sparking New Album & Raucous Live Show - Billboard Billboard
  3. ^ Major Lazer Share Album Tracklist | News | Pitchfork Pitchfork
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  5. ^ "AllMusic Review by David Jeffries". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
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  7. ^ "Major Lazer - 'Free The Universe'". NME. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Major Lazer: Free the Universe". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Major Lazer: Free the Universe". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Major Lazer, 'Free the Universe' (Mad Decent/Secretly Canadian)". Spin. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Major Lazer: Free The Universe". Alternative Press. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Major Lazer: Free The Universe". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  13. ^ iTunes - Music - Free the Universe (Extended Version) by Major Lazer
  14. ^ http://www.roughtrade.com/albums/70884
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  23. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
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  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Major Lazer – Free The Universe". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  27. ^ "Major Lazer | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  28. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  29. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  30. ^ "Major Lazer Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  31. ^ "Major Lazer Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  32. ^ "Major Lazer Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  33. ^ ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Dance Albums 2013 Archived January 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.. ARIA Charts. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  34. ^ JAAROVERZICHTEN 2013 : Albums Archived April 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (in Dutch). ultratop,be/nl. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  35. ^ REPORT ANNUELS 2013 : Albums Archived April 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (in French). ultratop,be/fr. Retrieved April 16, 2014.