Loyal (Chris Brown song)

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"Loyal"
ChrisBrownXTygaLoyal.jpg
Cover artwork for the album version.
Single by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and French Montana, Too Short, or Tyga
from the album X
Released
  • December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19) (East and West Coast versions)
  • March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24) (album version)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre
Length 4:24
Label RCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Nic Nac
Chris Brown singles chronology
"Show Me"
(2013) Show Me2013
"Loyal"
(2013) Loyal2013
"Main Chick"
(2014) Main Chick2014
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"Thank You"
(2013) Thank You2013
"Loyal"
(2013) Loyal2013
"We Alright"
(2014) We Alright2014
Too Short singles chronology
"Girls"
(2013) Girls2013
"Loyal"
(2013) Loyal2013
"Or Nah"
(2014) Or Nah2014
French Montana singles chronology
"Feelin' Myself"
(2013) Feelin' Myself2013
"Loyal"
(2013) Loyal2013
"I Luh Ya Papi"
(2014) I Luh Ya Papi2014
Tyga singles chronology
"Iz U Down"
(2013) Iz U Down2013
"Loyal"
(2013) Loyal2013
"Hookah"
(2014) Hookah2014

"Loyal" is a song by American singer Chris Brown, released as the fourth single from his sixth studio album X (2014). The song was produced by Nic Nac and features a guest appearance from fellow rapper Lil Wayne and another rapper depending on the version. French Montana and Too Short feature on the East and West Coast version respectively while Tyga features on the video and album version. The song was written by Brown, Wayne, B.o.B and Ty Dolla Sign, as well as different interpolative-credited artists, varying for each respective version. "Loyal" peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100. It stayed on the chart for 36 weeks. The song was promoted with performances by Brown and Lil Wayne at the BET Awards 2014, Summer Jam, 2014 Soul Train Music Awards, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Background[edit]

On December 16, 2013, the audio to the song was premiered online.[1] The song was originally released in two versions, an East Coast version and a West Coast version. Both versions feature Chris Brown and Lil Wayne, while the East Coast version features French Montana and the West Coast version features Too Short.[2][3][4] Then on December 19, both versions of the song were released as digital downloads.[5][6] It would be the fourth single released from his sixth studio album X.[7]

The overall theme of the song is about unfaithful women.[8] It was reported that Brown makes references at ex-girlfriend Rihanna, whom he dated, in the song, as he sings about a girl not being loyal in a relationship, a theme that he also rapped about on DJ Khaled's "I'm Still", which was also thought to be aimed at Rihanna.[9]

Tyga makes a reference to the Jermaine Dupri/Jay-Z song "Money Ain't a Thang" during his verse on the album version, while French Montana makes a reference to The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems" during his verse in the East Coast version.

Music video[edit]

In February 2014, the music video for "Loyal" was shot at Universal City Walk with Lil Wayne and Tyga.[10] On March 21, 2014, Brown announced that the music video would be released on March 24, 2014.[11] Then as planned, it was released that day with a verse from rapper Tyga replacing French Montana or Too Short on the song. Singers Usher, Trey Songz and Ty Dolla Sign make cameo appearances in the video.[12][13]

Live performances[edit]

Lil Wayne sang the song with Drake at Summer Jam 2014.[14] Brown performed it live at the BET Awards 2014.[15]

Remixes[edit]

On January 8, 2014, Keyshia Cole released a remix of the song also featuring Sean Kingston, leaving Lil Wayne's original vocals on the song.[16] Also on January 8, Tyga previewed his verse that he recorded for the official remix of the song.[17] Then on March 24, 2014, the remix featuring Tyga and Lil Wayne was released to mainstream urban radio in the United States.[18] A release for digital download followed two days later.[19]

Chart performance[edit]

Loyal debuted at number 82 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week of February 1, 2014. It eventually made its way to the top-ten, peaking at number nine, becoming Brown's 10th top-ten single on the chart. The song spent a total of 36 weeks on the chart. It also peaked at number four on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and spent 14 weeks on the chart. As of July 2014, the song has sold a million digital copies in the United States.[20] On November 6, 2017, the single was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and streaming equivalent units of over three million units in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

Digital single

  1. "Loyal" (East Coast Version) (featuring Lil Wayne and French Montana) – 4:24
  2. "Loyal" (West Coast Version) (featuring Lil Wayne and Too Short) – 4:24
  3. "Loyal" (Album Version) (featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga) – 4:24

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[44] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[46] 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

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States December 19, 2013 Digital download for East and West Coast version RCA [6]
January 15, 2014 Mainstream urban radio [47]
March 26, 2014 Digital download for album version [19]
United Kingdom April 3, 2014 Urban contemporary radio [48]

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