Just Hold On

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"Just Hold On"
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Single by Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson
Released December 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre
Length 3:18
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Steve Aoki singles chronology
"Supernova (Interstellar)"
(2016)
"Just Hold On"
(2016)
"Alive"
(2017)

"Supernova (Interstellar)"
(2016)
"Just Hold On"
(2016)
"Alive"
(2017)
Louis Tomlinson singles chronology
"Just Hold On"
(2016) Just Hold On2016
"Back to You"
(2017) Back to You2017
Music video
"Just Hold On" on YouTube

"Just Hold On" is a song by American DJ Steve Aoki and English singer and songwriter Louis Tomlinson, released as the latter's debut single on December 10, 2016, by Ultra Music. It was written by Tomlinson, Aoki, Eric Rosse, Sasha Sloan and Sir Nolan and produced by Aoki, Sir Nolan and Jay Pryor[3]. Aoki and Tomlinson performed the song for the first time on the series finale of The X Factor (UK).[4]

The song debuted at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 52 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Aoki's highest-charting song in both countries. The song's music video was released on March 8, 2017. The song reached number 1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales.[5]

Background and release[edit]

"Just Hold On" is the first solo music project by Tomlinson after One Direction began their first official break in December 2015.[2] A preview of the song was released on December 9.[6]

Tomlinson's debut performance of "Just Hold On" on The X Factor (UK) came just days after it was announced that his mother, Johannah Deakin, died at the age of 42 after a battle with leukemia. The song was made available on the iTunes Store and streaming services on December 10, 2016.[7]

Composition[edit]

"Just Hold On" is written in the key of B major with a tempo of 115 beats per minute in common time. The verses follow a chord progression of G5–E5–B5–F5, and Tomlinson's vocals span from F3 to B4.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

In the website Idolator, Christina Lee wrote the song is an "uplifting EDM fare that comes standard with summer music festivals, though also a brand new direction for Louis after five One Direction albums."[9] Time called it an "undeniably catchy track, a surprisingly gentle mix of Aoki’s EDM backing and Tomlinson’s melodic boy band vocals". Music website DirectLyrics stated: "Although Steve Aoki's electro-house beat flows well with the uplifting message of the song, I hope Louis releases an acoustic version of "Just Hold On" in the future". Express also called the track "fittingly uplifting". We Got This Covered described Aoki's production, stating: "Aoki layers in mid tempo four on the floor rhythms, injecting a tropical vibe moving into the chorus with exotic melodies and undeniable groove; it looks like Aoki is hoping to get in on the EDM-pop crossover trend...of 2016. Thankfully, he doesn’t go the future bass route, opting instead to craft a tropical pop production elevated by Louis Tomlinson’s smooth vocal approach. “Just Hold On” is definitely catchy enough to get some heavy radio play, and Tomlinson’s presence on the song may just be enough to score Steve Aoki a full fledged pop hit."[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016–17) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10] 20
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[13] 38
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 40
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[15] 15
Denmark (Tracklisten)[16] 22
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 7
France (SNEP)[18] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[19] 32
Hungary (Single Top 40)[20] 4
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 7
Italy (FIMI)[22] 25
Malaysia (RIM)[23] 20
Mexico Airplay (Billboard)[24] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[25] 27
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[26] 34
Norway (VG-lista)[27] 17
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[28] 36
Portugal (AFP)[29] 13
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[30] 1
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[31] 8
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[32] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[35] 2
Billboard (Dance/Electronic Digital Songs)[36] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[37] 52
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[38] 7
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[39] 35

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Position
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[40] 63

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[41] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[42] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[43] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[44] Gold 45,000^
France (SNEP)[45] Gold 75,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[46] Gold 7,500^
Italy (FIMI)[47] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[48] Gold 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[49] Platinum 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[50] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[52] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2017 Teen Choice Awards[53] Choice Best Collaboration Just Hold On Won
Choice Electronic/Dance Song Nominated
Choice Male Hottie Nominated

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Preview:Louis Tomlinson - Just hold on ( feat. Steve Aoki )". 
  7. ^ "Louis Tomlinson debuts new song on 'X Factor' days after mom's death". Entertainment Weekly. December 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ Aoki, Steven. "Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson "Just Hold On" Sheet Music in B Major (transposable) - Download & Print". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
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  30. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
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  44. ^ "Danish single certifications – Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On". IFPI Denmark. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.  Click on næste to go to page if certification is from the official website.
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  52. ^ "American single certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 1, 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
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