Hold Back the River (James Bay song)

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"Hold Back the River"
Hold Back the River.jpg
Single by James Bay
from the album Chaos and the Calm
B-side "Wait in Line" (CD)
Released 17 November 2014
Format
Recorded 2013–14 in Nashville, Tennessee
Genre
Length 4:01
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Jacquire King
James Bay singles chronology
"Let It Go"
(2014)
"Hold Back the River"
(2014)
"Scars"
(2015)

"Let It Go"
(2014)
"Hold Back the River"
(2014)
"Scars"
(2015)

"Hold Back the River" is a song by the English singer-songwriter James Bay. It was released in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2014 by Republic Records as the second single from Bay's first studio album Chaos and the Calm (2015). The song was written by the Ivor Novello award winner Iain Archer with Bay and produced by Jacquire King. The song peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, after the success of "Let It Go", it was planned to go for adds on 27 September 2016, but it was cancelled.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Hold Back the River" was first released onto YouTube on 24 October 2014 at a total length of four minutes and six seconds.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Hold Back the River"4:01
2."Sparks"3:06
3."Wait In Line"4:00
4."Hold Back the River" (Live At The Hotel Cafe)3:59

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[47] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[48] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[49] Gold 40,000^
Germany (BVMI)[50] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[51] 2x Platinum 100,000double-dagger
Netherlands (NVPI)[52] 2× Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[53] Platinum 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[54] 2× Platinum 1,200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[55] Gold 500,000^

*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
United Kingdom 17 November 2014[56] Digital download Republic
United States 3 March 2015[57] Modern rock radio Republic

References[edit]

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