Light It Up (Major Lazer song)

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"Light It Up"
Light It Up (Remix) Major Lazer Cover.jpg
Single by Major Lazer featuring Nyla and Fuse ODG
from the album Peace Is the Mission
ReleasedNovember 5, 2015[1]
FormatDigital download
Recorded2015
Length
  • 3:18 (album version w/o Fuse ODG)
  • 2:46 (single version w/ Fuse ODG)
LabelMad Decent
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Diplo
  • Jr. Blender
Major Lazer singles chronology
"Lost"
(2015)
"Light It Up"
(2015)
"Who Am I"
(2016)
Nyla singles chronology
"Body Calling"
(2014)
"Light It Up"
(2015)
Fuse ODG singles chronology
"Top of My Charts"
(2015)
"Light It Up (Remix)"
(2015)
"Thank God"
(2016)
Music video
"Light It Up" on YouTube

"Light It Up" is a song by American electronic music producing group Major Lazer, featuring vocals from Jamaican singer Nyla, which appears on Major Lazer's third studio album Peace Is the Mission. A remixed dancehall version of the song, to which additional vocals from British-Ghanaian Fuse ODG were added, was included on a re-released version of Peace Is the Mission and released as the album's third single overall on November 5, 2015.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

The song attained international success in Europe and Oceania. It also marks Nyla's and ODG's highest-charting single to date. On the Billboard Hot 100 the song debuted at 98 and has peaked at number 73, marking Nyla's and ODG's first entry on the chart.

Remixes[edit]

On March 12, 2016, an Italian version of the song was released, featuring vocals from Italian singer and songwriter Baby K.[2]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song (the version with Fuse ODG) was released on YouTube on 1 April 2016. The video is shot in greyscale. The video features a traditional Ghanaian funeral ceremony and focuses on the themes of death and despair, but also hope and a new beginning.

A second video was released by Major Lazer on their YouTube account, this video was made by special effects studio Method Studios. It shows multiple CGI people, such as people covered in fur, changing colors and made of streamers dancing.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2015–16) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 54
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 4
Belgium Dance (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 6
Belgium Dance (Ultratop Wallonia)[8] 3
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 32
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[10] 6
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[11] 36
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12] 10
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 6
France (SNEP)[14] 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 4
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[16] 8
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[17] 15
Hungary (Single Top 40)[18] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 5
Italy (FIMI)[20] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[21] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 16
Norway (VG-lista)[24] 5
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[25] 3
Poland (Video Chart)[26] 2
Romania (Media Forest)[27] 8
Russia Airplay (Tophit)[28] 7
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[29] 10
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[30] 11
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[31] 5
Slovenia (SloTop50)[32] 28
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[33] 14
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[34] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[35] 7
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[36] 1
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[37] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[38] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[39] 73
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[40] 31
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[41] 6
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[42] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
Argentina (Monitor Latino)[43] 77
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[44] 32
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[45] 17
Belgium (Ultratop Wallonia)[46] 22
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[47] 60
Denmark (Tracklisten)[48] 40
Germany (Official German Charts)[49] 29
Italy (FIMI)[50] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[51] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[52] 36
Poland (ZPAV)[53] 39
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[54] 14
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[55] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[56] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[57] 20
Chart (2017) Position
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[58] 85

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[59] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[60] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[61] Platinum 40,000*
Germany (BVMI)[62] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[63] 5× Platinum 250,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[64] Platinum 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[65] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[66] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Notes
Germany[1] November 5, 2015 Digital download Mad Decent Remix version
United Kingdom[67] November 6, 2015
United States[68]

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