No Guidance

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"No Guidance"
Chris Brown - No Guidance.png
Single by Chris Brown featuring Drake
from the album Indigo
ReleasedJune 8, 2019 (2019-06-08)
Recorded2018–2019
GenreR&B[1]
Length4:22
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Chris Brown singles chronology
"Haute"
(2019)
"No Guidance"
(2019)
"Heat"
(2019)
Drake singles chronology
"Girls Need Love (Remix)"
(2019)
"No Guidance"
(2019)
"Omertà"
(2019)
Music video
"No Guidance" on YouTube

"No Guidance" is a song by American singer Chris Brown featuring vocals from Canadian rapper Drake. It was released on June 8, 2019 as the fourth single from Brown's ninth studio album, Indigo (2019).[2] The song was produced by American producers Vinylz, J-Louis, Teddy Walton, and Canadian producer 40.[3] The track contains uncredited samples from "Before I Die", written and performed by Che Ecru.[4]

Background[edit]

Brown and Drake have had a history of feuds dating back to 2012 over singer Rihanna, which escalated in June of that year after friends of the musicians started throwing bottles at each other in a New York City nightclub.[2] In 2013 Brown even dissed Drake on Young Jeezy's song "R.I.P. (Remix) " by rapping "Dearly departed, I bought a plane I departed/ And if you started from the bottom, go on and come out the closet," rhyming that on the song's final verse, making a clear reference to Drake and his "Started from the Bottom" single.[5] However, on October 12, 2018, Drake brought out the singer on his Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour date in Los Angeles and publicly ended their feud.[6] The performance sparked rumors about a possible collaboration and Drake later teased a possible collaboration with Brown on Instagram in early 2019.[7]

A snippet of the song was leaked online on May 5, 2019 from Brown's 30th birthday party.[8] On June 5, 2019, Brown teased the song on his social media and two days later announced that the song would be released that night.[9][10] Even before release, various news outlets called the song a contender for 2019's "Song of the Summer".[11][12] The song samples, Michee Lebrun's, whose stage name is Che Ecru, "Before I Die", which he released to Soundcloud in 2018.

Music video[edit]

The "No Guidance" music video was released on July 26, 2019. With a total run-time of 9 minutes and 7 seconds, it depicts a confrontation between Chris Brown and Drake surrounded by their crews in a Miami carpark, which ends up being a dance battle, after which the two artists resolve their beef. Tory Lanez and Sevyn Streeter made cameo appearances.[13]

Drake's reaction to Brown's dance during the dance battle, in which he quips "Ooo wow", has since garnered meme popularity.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, "No Guidance" debuted at number eight on the UK Singles Chart on the chart dated June 14, 2019, and moved up to number 6 in its second week charting. It serves as Brown's 16th top-ten song and Drake's 17th top ten on the chart.[15] In the United States, the song debuted at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Chris Brown's 15th top-ten song and Drake's 34th top ten on the chart.[16] It later peaked at number five, making it Brown's first top five since "Forever" (2008).[17] In Canada the song debuted at number 7.[18]

The single was nominated for Best R&B Song at the 2020 Grammy Awards, but lost to PJ Morton's "Say So".[19]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[20][21]

  • Chris Brown – lead vocals
  • Drake – featured vocals
  • Vinylz – production
  • J-Louis – production
  • 40 – production
  • Teddy Walton – production
  • Patrizio Pigliapoco – recording
  • Noel Cadastre – recording
  • Ben Magikz – recording
  • Noah "40" Shebib – mixing engineer
  • Chris Athens – mastering engineer
  • Eazy $ign – vocal engineer

Awards and nominations[edit]

The single won Best Collaboration Performance, Best Dance Performance and Song of the Year at the 2019 Soul Train Music Awards and received a nomination for Best R&B Song at the 62nd Grammy Awards.[22]

Ceremony Category Result Ref.
2019 Soul Train Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Best Collaboration Won
Best Dance Performance Won
Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award Nominated
Best Video of the Year Nominated
62nd Annual Grammy Awards Best R&B Song Nominated [23]

Other versions[edit]

Tinashe released a remix of "No Guidance" on June 11, 2019.[24] Fetty Wap released a freestyle of "No Guidance" on August 3, 2019.[25]

A remix by artist Ayzha Nyree released in 2020 went viral on Tik Tok.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[64] 3× Platinum 210,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[65] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[66] Gold 45,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[67] Gold 30,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[68] Platinum 30,000*
Portugal (AFP)[69] Gold 5,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[70] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[71] 5× Platinum 5,000,000double-dagger

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

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