Pills & Automobiles

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"Pills & Automobiles"
Chris Brown Pills & Automobiles.jpg
Single by Chris Brown featuring Yo Gotti, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Kodak Black
from the album Heartbreak on a Full Moon
Released August 4, 2017 (2017-08-04)
Format Digital download
Genre Trap[1]
Length 4:52
Label RCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Chris Brown singles chronology
"Pie"
(2017)
"Pills & Automobiles"
(2017)
"Questions"
(2017)
Yo Gotti singles chronology
"Rake It Up"
(2017)
"Pills & Automobiles"
(2017)
"Juice"
(2017)
A Boogie Wit da Hoodie singles chronology
"Horses"
(2017)
"Pills & Automobiles"
(2017)
"Beast Mode"
(2017)
Kodak Black singles chronology
"First Day Out"
(2017)
"Pills & Automobiles"
(2017)

"Pills & Automobiles" is a song by American singer Chris Brown, featuring American rappers Yo Gotti, Kodak Black and A Boogie wit da Hoodie. It was written by Brown, Gotti, A Boogie, Black, Samuel Jiminez and Joshua Parker, with production handled by OG Parker, The Martianz and Smash David.[2] The song was released through RCA Records on August 4, 2017, as the fourth single from Brown's eighth studio album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon (2017).

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for Billboard, Nerisha Penrose felt Brown's "vocals are bathed in Auto-Tune as he sings about getting high and having multiple women" and "leads into the song's catchy hook".[3] Gabriella Ginsberg of Hollywood Life wrote that the song has "possible reference to one of Rihanna's biggest hits, 'Umbrella'".[4] Lindsey India of XXL hears Brown "in his trap music element, spitting some catchy, melodic rhymes over a club-friendly beat", and felt "Gotti comes in with a signature verse of his own, while A Boogie and Kodak provide some of their own crooning towards the end".[5]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video was released on August 25, 2017. It was filmed in Splash Kingdom Waterpark in California, where the visual for Justin Bieber's 2012 song "Beauty and a Beat" was also filmed.[6] It shows Brown and his dancers dancing in a shallow pool, intercut with scenes of women twerking.[7] Gotti came on the scene surrounded by women. A Boogie later hopped into the pool and sat on an inflatable float as he raps, while Black had a party elsewhere and rides a dirt bike.[8][9][10][11] "No one knew it was shot and that Chris Brown was on site that day," said Pamela Kennedy, a representative for park owners. "We understand the importance, especially for videographers and artists, to provide a suitable environment to shoot and do their craft."[12]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matteo, Berardi (August 26, 2017). "Chris Brown - Pills & Automobiles Premium Video". R&B Junk (in Italian). Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Pills & Automobiles / Chris Brown TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ Nerisha, Penrose (August 4, 2017). "Chris Brown Recruits Yo Gotti & Kodak Black for 'Pills & Automobiles': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ Gabriella, Ginsberg (August 4, 2017). "Chris Brown Makes An 'Umbrella' Reference On New Song & Rihanna Fans Are Freaking Out". Hollywood Life. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ Lindsey, India (August 4, 2017). "Chris Brown Recruits Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Kodak Black for New Song "Pills and Automobiles"". XXL. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ Gabriella, Ginsberg (August 25, 2017). "Chris Brown Throws A Twerking Party At A Water Park For 'Pills & Automobiles' Video — Watch". Hollywood Life. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  7. ^ Singersroom (August 25, 2017). "Chris Brown – Pills & Automobiles Ft. Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Kodak Black". Singersroom. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  8. ^ Nerisha, Penrose (August 25, 2017). "Chris Brown Throws a Pool Party With Yo Gotti, A Boogie & Kodak Black in 'Pills & Automobiles' Video". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Video: Chris Brown feat. Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, & Kodak Black – 'Pills & Automobiles'". Rap-Up. August 25, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  10. ^ Peter, Berry (August 25, 2017). "Chris Brown Hits the Water Park in "Pills and Automobiles" Video With Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Kodak Black". XXL. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  11. ^ Jon, Powell (August 25, 2017). "Chris Brown is in Full Dance Mode for "Pills and Automobiles" Visual". Respect. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  12. ^ Kristina, Hernandez (August 25, 2017). "Chris Brown's new music video has a Redlands backdrop". Redlands Daily Facts. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Chris Brown feat. Yo Gotti, A Boogie wit da Hoodie & Kodak Black – Pills & Automobiles" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  15. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  16. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  17. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  19. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - Year-End 2017". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017. 
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Pills & Automobiles". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.