Hollywood's Bleeding

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Hollywood's Bleeding
Post Malone - Hollywood's Bleeding.png
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)
RecordedJune 2018 – July 2019
StudioElectric Feel (Hollywood, California)[1]
Genre
Length50:56
LabelRepublic
Producer
Post Malone chronology
Beerbongs & Bentleys
(2018)
Hollywood's Bleeding
(2019)
Singles from Hollywood's Bleeding
  1. "Wow"
    Released: December 24, 2018
  2. "Goodbyes"
    Released: July 5, 2019
  3. "Circles"
    Released: August 30, 2019
  4. "Enemies"
    Released: September 17, 2019
  5. "Allergic"
    Released: September 24, 2019

Hollywood's Bleeding is the third studio album by American rapper Post Malone. It was released on September 6, 2019, by Republic Records. The album features guest appearances from DaBaby, Future, Halsey, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, SZA, Swae Lee, and Young Thug. The production was handled by Andrew Watt, BloodPop, Brian Lee, Carter Lang, DJ Dahi, Emile Haynie, Frank Dukes, and Malone himself, among others.

Hollywood's Bleeding received generally positive reviews and debuted atop the US Billboard 200. It is Malone's second US number-one album. The album was supported by four singles: "Wow", "Goodbyes", "Circles", and "Enemies". The first three songs peaked at number two, three, and four on the US Billboard Hot 100, respectively. The album also includes the Billboard Hot 100 number one single, "Sunflower", a collaboration with American rapper Swae Lee, from the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack.

Background[edit]

On June 5, 2018, six weeks after the release of his second studio album Beerbongs & Bentleys, it was reported that Malone was working on his third studio album.[3] That November, Malone stated that he was "trying to put out a new body of work" before the end of the year,[4] but only released the single "Wow" in that time.[5] On July 28, 2019, Malone shared that he had finished recording his upcoming third studio album,[6] self-describing it as "pretty goddamn out of sight".[7]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Wow", was released on December 24, 2018, one day before Christmas.[8][5] The song was produced by Louis Bell and Frank Dukes.[9] It peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100.[10]

The album's second single, "Goodbyes" featuring Young Thug, was released on July 5, 2019, one day after Malone's birthday.[11] The song was produced by Brian Lee and Louis Bell.[11] It peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100.[10]

The album's third single, "Circles", was released on August 30, 2019.[12] The song was produced by Malone himself, Louis Bell, Frank Dukes, and Emile Haynie.[13] It peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.[10]

"Enemies" featuring DaBaby, was sent to rhythmic contemporary radio on September 17, 2019, as the album's fourth single.[14]

"Allergic" will be sent to alternative radio on September 24, 2019, as the album's fifth single.[15]

Other songs[edit]

A music video for the track "Saint-Tropez" was released on September 11, 2019.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.9/10[17]
Metacritic79/100[18]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[19]
Clash7/10[20]
Consequence of SoundB−[21]
HipHopDX3.4/5[22]
HotNewHipHop71%[23]
NME4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork6.8/10[24]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[25]

Hollywood's Bleeding was met with generally positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 79, based on 10 reviews.[18] Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? gave the album 6.9 out of 10, based on their assessment of the critical consensus.[17]

Danny Wright of NME gave the album a positive review, saying "he's able to skillfully cherry pick from different genres[, ...] But Post Malone is the post everything star the kids have called for, a musician made for the internet-age; a goofball chameleon instinctively skilled at understanding the ways genres can merge together. These are albums made as playlists that skip seamlessly between styles."[2] Reviewing the album for Variety, A. D. Amorosi stated "A cushier, dammed near respectable take on his usual tortured soul-wronged mien, with enough caramel sweetness in a majority of its melodies to differentiate his past from his present."[26] Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic saying "More well-executed than his previous releases and undeniably catchy, Hollywood's Bleeding is a huge step forward for the guarded superstar, one that doesn't sacrifice the essential elements that made him such a surprise hitmaker, and pushes him even further into the pop-savvy landscape where he belongs."[19] Writing for Los Angeles Times, Mikael Wood stated, "Unlike Stoney and Beerbongs & Bentleys, this album feels composed of discrete stylistic exercises; no longer is he boiling down rap and rock and a little bit of country into a kind of smearable paste."[27] Rolling Stone's critic Nick Catucci said, "Post Malone curates as much as he creates, and there's not a misplaced feature among the 10 spread across seven of these tracks."[25]

Dan Weiss of Consequence of Sound wrote, "Hollywood's Bleeding is immediately Post Malone's most listenable work and may well be the catchiest album you hear in 2019, and that includes Taylor Swift."[21] Daniel Spielberger of HipHopDX said, "Besides a few questionable features, there's nothing offensive or particularly bad about Hollywood's Bleeding. It's just Malone playing it safe and betting on the likelihood that the streaming algorithms will reward him once again."[22] Jason Greene from Pitchfork stated, "When he's not wasting time trying to glower, he proves himself surprisingly versatile. ... There are a lot of guests on Hollywood's Bleeding, and all of them sound engaged."[24]

Commercial performance[edit]

Hollywood's Bleeding debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 489,000 album-equivalent units, of which 200,000 were pure album sales, giving Post Malone his second US number-one album. It also marks the second-biggest week of 2019 for an album, and biggest in terms of streams.[28]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Apple Music and Tidal.[29][30]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Hollywood's Bleeding"
  • Bell
  • Lee
2:36
2."Saint-Tropez"
  • Post
  • Adam Feeney
  • Jahaan Sweet
  • Nima Jahanbin
  • Paimon Jahanbin
  • Bell
  • Walsh
2:30
3."Enemies" (featuring DaBaby)
Bell3:16
4."Allergic"
  • Post
  • Bell
  • Lee
  • Walsh
  • Bell
  • Lee
2:36
5."A Thousand Bad Times"
  • Post
  • Bell
  • Feeney
  • Walsh
  • Kaan Gunesberk
  • Bell
  • Frank Dukes
3:41
6."Circles"
  • Post
  • Feeney
  • Walsh
  • Gunesberk
  • Bell
3:34
7."Die for Me" (featuring Future and Halsey)
  • Bell
  • Watt
  • Happy Perez
4:05
8."On the Road" (featuring Meek Mill and Lil Baby)
  • Bell
  • Mira
3:38
9."Take What You Want" (featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott)
  • Bell
  • Watt
3:49
10."I'm Gonna Be"
  • Post
  • Bell
  • Walsh
Bell3:20
11."Staring at the Sun" (featuring SZA)
  • Bell
  • Frank Dukes
  • Tavares
2:48
12."Sunflower" (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) (with Swae Lee)
  • Lang
  • Bell
2:38
13."Internet"2:03
14."Goodbyes" (featuring Young Thug)
  • Lee
  • Bell
2:56
15."Myself"
  • Bell
  • Frank Dukes
  • Haynie
2:38
16."I Know"
  • Post
  • Bell
  • Walsh
Bell2:21
17."Wow"
  • Post
  • Bell
  • Feeney
  • Walsh
  • Bell
  • Frank Dukes
2:29
Total length:50:56

Notes

  • "Internet" features background vocals by BloodPop

Personnel[edit]

All programming is credited to the producers of each track, including where noted.[30]

Musicians

  • Kaan Gunesberk – programming (track 5), guitar (track 6)
  • Post Malone – guitar (track 6)
  • Chad Smith – drums (track 9)[31]

Technical

  • Louis Bell – recording (tracks 1–11, 13–17), vocal production (tracks 1–11, 13–17), engineering (track 12)
  • Simon Todkill – recording (track 4)
  • Paul Lamalfa – recording (tracks 7, 9)
  • Anthony Cruz – recording (track 8)
  • Dave Rowland – recording (track 15)
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing (all tracks)
  • Chris Galland – mixing assistance (tracks 1–11, 13–17)
  • Robin Florent – mixing assistance (tracks 1–11, 13–17)
  • Scott Desmarais – mixing assistance (tracks 1–11, 13–17)
  • Jeremie Inhaber – mixing assistance (tracks 1–8, 11, 13, 14, 16)
  • Mike Bozzi – mastering (tracks 6–10, 14)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[32] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[33] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[34] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[35] 14
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[36] 1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[37] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[38] 1
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[39] 1
Estonian Albums (Eesti Ekspress)[40] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[41] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[42] 11
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[43] 7
Irish Albums (IRMA)[44] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[45] 3
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[46] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[47] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[48] 10
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[49] 51
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[50] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[51] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[52] 1
US Billboard 200[28] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[53] 1

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