Gold (Kiiara song)

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"Gold"
Gold (Official Single Cover) by Kiiara.png
Single by Kiiara
from the album Low Kii Savage
ReleasedOctober 26, 2015
FormatDigital download
Recorded2015
Genre
Length3:45
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Felix Snow
Kiiara singles chronology
"Gold"
(2015)
"Feels"
(2016)
Music videos
Video on YouTube

"Gold" is the debut single by American singer Kiiara, released as the lead single from her debut extended play (EP) Low Kii Savage (2016)[1] on October 26, 2015.[2] Commercially, the single was a sleeper hit, becoming her first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 13. A remix featuring Lil Wayne was released on November 18, 2016.[3]

Composition[edit]

According to the sheet music published at musicnotes.com, the song is written in F minor, with a moderate tempo of 84–88 beats per minute.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Website Renowned for Sound described the song as an "electrifying mix" between Scandinavian electropop and Atlanta trap.[5] Carl Williott of Idolator stated "The Illinois singer sounds a bit like Ellie Goulding crossed with Lorde, and she was wise to pair up with SZA collaborator Felix Snow, who has given the track a nice balance of snappy percussion and warped atmospherics. The most intriguing part, though, would be the chorus. It's equal parts disorienting and addictive, and the bold choice suggests she knows exactly what she wants to accomplish with this project."[6] Stereogum's Tom Breihan claimed that "[Gold] feels like some fascinating new mutation of bedroom-pop music," and said that it "takes cues from icy R&B and from glitched-out, spacey dance music, but it also has the wide-open heart of a classic pop song."[7]

Billboard ranked "Gold" at number 69 on their Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016" commenting "With Lorde (hopefully) still working on her much-anticipated second LP, Kiiara stepped in with the minimalist snap-pop jam of the year – giving everyone "Royals" flashbacks, right down to the gold teeth. Still, not even Ella Yelich-O'Connor [Lorde] ever boasted a groove or chorus this cold, with the booming simplicity of early Run-DMC and the tech-garbled vocals of prime Art of Noise."[8]

Media usage[edit]

The song can be heard in the television shows Power, Quantico, Geordie Shore, Riverdale and APB. The song is also heard in the film Snatched. It was played during the Miss Universe 2016 evening gown competition. It is also on the soundtrack of NBA 2K17.[9]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[46] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[47] 3× Platinum 240,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[48] Gold 30,000^
Germany (BVMI)[49] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[50] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[51] Platinum 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[52] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[53] 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.
Worldwide June 17, 2015 Streaming Atlantic [54]
Worldwide October 26, 2015 Digital download [2][55][56][57]
Italy April 15, 2016 Mainstream radio Atlantic [58]
United States May 10, 2016
  • Atlantic
  • Warner
[59]

References[edit]

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  50. ^ "Italian single certifications – Kiiara – Gold" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved November 15, 2016. Select "2016" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Gold" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
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  52. ^ "British single certifications – Kiiara – Gold". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 12, 2016. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Gold in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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