Obsession (Sky Ferreira song)

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Single by Sky Ferreira
Released September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14)
Length 3:44
Label Capitol
  • Jerrod Bettis
  • Justin Franks
  • Ryan Tedder
Sky Ferreira singles chronology
"Sex Rules"
"Sex Rules"

"Obsession" is a song by American recording artist Sky Ferreira. The song was written by Justin "DJ Frank E" Franks with OneRepublic members Ryan Tedder and Jerrod Bettis, both of whom co-produced it with DJ Frank E.[1] The song was released as a single on September 14, 2010 by Capitol Records.[citation needed] "Obsession" has been compared to "Rock and Roll" by Gary Glitter and "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry.[citation needed] The song peaked at number thirty-seven on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs. The music video for the song was directed by Marc Klasfeld, and portrays Ferreira's obsession with actor Michael Madsen.

Background and composition[edit]

"Obsession" was written and produced by Ryan Tedder, Jerrod Bettis, and DJ Frank E.[2] Ferreira said of the song:

"It's kind of making fun of narcissism. It has an electronic edge, but it also has this whole Gary Glitter intro that's perfect for, say, a big hockey game."[3]

Following its release, "Obsession" has been featured on Now That's What I Call Music! 35,[4] the first soundtrack to The Vampire Diaries,[5] and the soundtrack to the 2011 romantic comedy film Larry Crowne.[6] A remix of the song by Static Revenger was also included on Now That's What I Call Club Hits 2.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Obsession", directed by Marc Klasfeld, debuted on September 30, 2010 on mtvU.[8] In the video, Ferreira has an infatuation with actor Michael Madsen. Though her friends find this ridiculous, she sets out to find Madsen and convince him to be with her. She dreams of Madsen aiding her in cutting one of her friend's hair. She eventually sneaks into Madsen's house. The last scene has the actor coming to see Ferreira and her friends in a restaurant. They both walk out after Madsen pays for the group's meal, and Ferriera's "friends" are left stunned.[8][9] Throughout Ferreira's dream sequences, Madsen is dressed in a suit and some of the video was perceived as a nod to Madsen's character Mr. Blonde from the 1992 film Reservoir Dogs.[8][9]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Obsession" – 3:44
  • US promo CD maxi single – The Remixes[12][13]
  1. "Obsession" (Static Revenger Remix) – 6:52
  2. "Obsession" (Static Revenger Remix Instrumental) – 6:51
  3. "Obsession" (Static Revenger Radio Mix) – 3:34
  4. "Obsession" (Static Revenger Dub) – 6:36
  5. "Obsession" (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Club Mix) – 6:51
  6. "Obsession" (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Dub) – 6:51
  7. "Obsession" (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Radio Mix) – 3:40
  8. "Obsession" (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Radio Mix Instrumental) – 3:40
  9. "Obsession" (Sam Sparro & Golden Touch Club Mix) – 4:45
  10. "Obsession" (Sam Sparro & Golden Touch Dub) – 4:45
  11. "Obsession" (Sam Sparro & Golden Touch Radio Mix) – 3:46

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from "Obsession" promo CD single liner notes.[2]


Chart (2011) Peak
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[14] 37


  1. ^ http://repertoire.bmi.com/title.asp?blnWriter=True&blnPublisher=True&blnArtist=True&keyID=12158778&ShowNbr=0&ShowSeqNbr=0&querytype=WorkID
  2. ^ a b Obsession (US promo CD single liner notes). Sky Ferreira. Capitol Records. 2010. 509999 09180 2 5. 
  3. ^ Stransky, Tanner (August 6, 2010). "Sky Ferreira: Let the Buzz Begin". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Now That's What I Call Music, Vol. 35 by Various Artists". iTunes Store US. Apple Inc. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Original Television Soundtrack The Vampire Diaries: Various artists". Amazon MP3. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Larry Crowne (Music from the Motion Picture) by Various Artists". iTunes Store US. Apple Inc. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Now That's What I Call Club Hits 2: Various Artists". Amazon MP3. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Anitai, Tamar (September 30, 2010). "Video Premiere: Sky Ferreira, 'Obsession'". MTV Buzzworthy. MTV Networks. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Anderson, Kyle (October 13, 2010). "Sky Ferreira's 'Obsession' Video: Menace And Mr. Blonde". MTV Newsroom. MTV Networks. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Obsession – Single by Sky Ferreira". iTunes Store US. Apple Inc. Archived from the original on September 19, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Obsession: Sky Ferreira". Amazon MP3. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  12. ^ Obsession: The Remixes (US promo CD maxi single liner notes). Sky Ferreira. Capitol Records. 2010. 
  13. ^ "Album: Obsession Remix EP". Aeroplan. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Sky Ferreira – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Sky Ferreira. Retrieved March 4, 2011.