Here (Alessia Cara song)

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"Here"
Alessia Cara - Here.png
Single by Alessia Cara
from the album Four Pink Walls and Know-It-All
ReleasedApril 30, 2015
FormatDigital download
Recorded2015
GenreR&B
Length3:19
LabelDef Jam
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Alessia Cara singles chronology
"Here"
(2015)
"Wild Things"
(2016)
Music video
"Here" on YouTube

"Here" is the debut single by Canadian singer Alessia Cara. It is the lead single for her extended play (EP) Four Pink Walls (2015) and her debut album Know-It-All (2015). The song was released on April 30, 2015.[1] Created around a sample of "Ike's Rap II" by Isaac Hayes from the album Black Moses, "Here" is about people who secretly hate parties.[2][3] The song slowly gained popularity, and became Cara's first US Billboard Hot 100 chart entry debuting at number 95 for the week of August 22, 2015.[4] It later became her first top five single on the chart and reached the top of the US Pop Songs chart after a historic 26-week climb. "Here" has charted in the top 40 in Australia, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The official remix features American rapper Logic. The song was featured on the third season of the comedy-drama television series Younger.

Background and composition[edit]

While working on her debut album in 2014, Cara attended a house party. She told NME, "Everyone seemed to know each other, but not me. It was sweaty, there was a guy and girl passed out with vomit all over her, people were just stepping over them."[5] The party caused her so much discomfort that she called her mother asking to take her home. Cara discussed the party with co-writer Sebastian Kole who then came up with the first line of the song.[6] Her record label, Def Jam, initially persuaded her to release another song that was more friendly for radio, but Cara pushed for the release of "Here" as she felt the other song would not have made her stand out from other singers.[7]

"Here" samples "Ike's Rap II" by Isaac Hayes from the album Black Moses, which had also been sampled in Portishead's "Glory Box" and Tricky's "Hell Is Round the Corner".[8] Oak Felder and Pop Wansel argued about wanting a Portishead or Hayes sample for the song, both unaware it was the same one.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

"Here" was met with critical acclaim by music critics, who praised the song's concept and lyrics. Rolling Stone ranked "Here" at number 21 on its year-end list of the 50 best songs of 2015.[10] Billboard ranked "Here" at number six on its year-end list: "If Lorde's 'Royals' was a rallying cry for those who felt isolated by the rampart materialism in pop culture, then Alessia Cara's 'Here' is the anthem for those fed up with the glut of pop songs about partying and drinking. Thanks to the teenage R&B singer, being an introvert is finally cool again."[11] The prestigious Village Voice voted "Here" the 18th-best single released in 2015 on their annual year-end critics' poll, Pazz & Jop; the song is tied with Courtney Barnett's "Depreston".[12]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank
Billboard 25 Best Songs of 2015[13] 6
Complex The Best Songs of 2015[14] 10
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Songs of 2015[15] 42
Entertainment Weekly The 40 Best Songs of 2015[16] 4
Pazz & Jop Single of the Year 2015[17] 18
Pitchfork The 100 Best Tracks of 2015[18] 32
PopMatters The 90 Best Songs of 2015[19] 64
Rolling Stone 50 Best Songs of 2015[20] 21
Time Out London The 100 Best Songs of 2015[21] 10

Music video[edit]

An official lyric video of the song was released on her YouTube page on May 7, 2015.[22] The official video was directed by Aaron A[23] and was released on her YouTube page on May 26, 2015. The video uses the inspiration of how Cara wrote the song by having her at a party and being the only one moving while the party is frozen in time,[24] while she's next to crowds of girls and guys drinking beer and gossiping.[23] The visual effect of the frozen partygoers predated the viral Internet phenomenon Mannequin Challenge.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download – The Remixes[25]
  1. "Here" (Logic Remix) (featuring Logic) – 3:20
  2. "Here" (Jaden Smith Remix) (featuring Jaden Smith Smith) – 3:44
  3. "Here" (Chris Lorenzo Remix) – 4:54
  4. "Here" (Imanos & Gramercy Remix) – 3:27

2:00 AM version[edit]

"Here (2:00 AM version)"
Song by Alessia Cara
from the album Know-It-All (Deluxe Edition)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2015
Genre
Length3:45
LabelDef Jam
Songwriter(s)

A 2:00 AM version was included in the deluxe edition of the album Know-It-All.[26]

Live performances[edit]

On July 29, 2015, Cara made her US television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon performing "Here" with house band The Roots, after host Jimmy Fallon discovered the song online.[27] On October 31, 2015, Cara joined Taylor Swift onstage as a surprise guest at the 1989 World Tour in Tampa, Florida, singing a duet of "Here" for Swift's last US show.[28] On November 20, 2015, Cara sang "Here" live during the closing credits of the NBC live comedy, Undateable.[29]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[67] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[68] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[69] Gold 30,000^
France (SNEP)[70] Gold 100,000*
Italy (FIMI)[71] Gold 25,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[72] Platinum 15,000*
Sweden (GLF)[73] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[74] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[75] 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

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