On Hold

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"On Hold"
The xx - On Hold.png
7-inch single cover
Single by The xx
from the album I See You
Released 10 November 2016 (2016-11-10)
Format
Length 3:44
Label Young Turks
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The xx singles chronology
"Fiction"
(2013)
"On Hold"
(2016)
"Say Something Loving"
(2017)

"Fiction"
(2013)
"On Hold"
(2016)
"Say Something Loving"
(2017)
Music video
"On Hold" on YouTube

"On Hold" is a song by English indie pop band the xx. It was released on 10 November 2016 as the lead single from their third studio album, I See You (2017). The song peaked at number 34 on the UK Singles Chart, and became one of their highest-charting singles internationally.

Composition[edit]

The song was produced by band member Jamie xx as well as frequent collaborator Rodaidh McDonald. The instrumental samples "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" by Hall & Oates.[1] Vocals are sung back-and-forth between Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim.[2]

Release[edit]

"On Hold" was released on 10 November 2016 as the lead single promoting their third studio album, I See You (2017).[3] The xx performed the song live on the 19 November 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

"On Hold" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 38 on the week of 18 November 2016,[5] and eventually peaked at number thirty-four, matching their highest-charting position with "Islands".[6] It also peaked at number three on the UK Indie Chart. In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 at number twenty, and eventually peaked at number 2; their third and highest entry on the chart,[7] and the Hot Rock Songs chart at number seven.[8] Elsewhere, the song peaked at number 22 in Belgium's Ultratop 50 Flanders chart, number 34 in Scotland, number 45 in Australia, and number 50 in both Ireland and Spain.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "On Hold" was directed by Alasdair McLellan and filmed in Marfa, Texas.[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download / 7" single
No.TitleLength
1."On Hold"3:44

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[32] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[33] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[34] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*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 Ref.
United Kingdom 12 November 2016 Digital download Young Turks [36]
9 December 2016 7" single [37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (10 November 2016). "The xx Share New Song "On Hold," Sample Hall and Oates: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  2. ^ Boilen, Bob (10 November 2016). "The xx Is Back: Listen To 'On Hold' And Get Ready For A New Album". NPR. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  3. ^ Young, Alex (10 November 2016). "The xx announce new album, I See You, share "On Hold" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  4. ^ Crucchiola, Jordan (10 November 2016). "Kristen Wiig to Host Saturday Night Live With Musical Guest the xx". Vulture. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 : 18 November 2016 - 24 November 2016". The Official Charts Company. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
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  8. ^ a b "The xx Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  9. ^ Kaufman, Gil (28 November 2016). "Watch The xx Go Back to High School in 'On Hold' Video". Billboard. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  10. ^ Flynn, Paul (15 March 2017). "Out of the Shadows: An Interview with the xx". Beat Magazine. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The xx – On Hold". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – The xx – On Hold" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – The xx – On Hold" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  14. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201647 into search. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 3, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 47, 2016". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Mexico Airplay: Dec 17, 2016". Billboard. Retrieved 23 May 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  18. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – The xx – On Hold". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  21. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201703 into search. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – The xx – On Hold" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The xx – On Hold". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  25. ^ "The xx Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  26. ^ "The xx Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  27. ^ "The xx Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  28. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2017". Ultratop. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  29. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  30. ^ "Hot Rock Songs – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  31. ^ "Rock Streaming Songs – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  32. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2017 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  33. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2017". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  34. ^ "Canadian single certifications – The xx – On Hold". Music Canada. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  35. ^ "British single certifications – The xx – On Hold". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter On Hold in the search field and then press Enter.
  36. ^ "On Hold – Single on Apple Music". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  37. ^ "The XX On Hold vinyl at Juno Records". Juno Records (UK). Juno Records. Retrieved 14 December 2016.