Pray You Catch Me

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"Pray You Catch Me"
Song by Beyoncé
from the album Lemonade
Studio Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California in September 2015
Genre R&B, downtempo[1]
Length 3:16
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Garrett
  • Knowles

"Pray You Catch Me" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her sixth studio album, Lemonade (2016). The song's music video is part of a one-hour film with the same title as its parent album, originally aired on HBO.

Production and composition[edit]

The song was recorded at Conway Studios in Los Angeles, California in September 2015. Knowles wrote and produced the song with Kevin Garrett, Jeremy McDonald and James Blake.[2] "Pray You Catch Me" is a downtempo song.[1] According to the sheet music published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing on Musicnotes.com the song is composed in the key of G minor and set in 4
4
and 5
4
time signatures
at a slow tempo of 58 beats per minute. Knowles's vocal range spawns from the low note F3 to the high note G4.[3] The song begins with Knowles singing, "You can taste the dishonesty / It’s all over your breath as you pass it off so cavalier."[1][4] NME's Larry Bartleet described the song as a "piano and string-drived ballad.[5] Everest True from The Independent described it as a "stately, intense and secret – there is just the occasional throb of bass and softened beat to accentuate her message. With other lyrics, this could be a love song."[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

After the release of Lemonade, "Pray You Catch Me" debuted on Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 37 and peaked on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart at number 22.[6]

Live performance[edit]

Beyoncé performed the song at the 2016 VMAs as part of a medley of songs from her Lemonade album.[citation needed]

Usage in media[edit]

On May 12, 2016, the song was included in the episode "At Last" of Grey's Anatomy.[7]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 97
Australia Urban Singles (ARIA)[9] 11
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 71
France (SNEP)[11] 96
Hungary (Single Top 40)[12] 30
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 50
Sweden Digital Songs (Billboard)[14] 8
Sweden Heatseeker Songs (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 52
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[17] 28
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 37
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[19] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d True, Everett (April 26, 2016). "Beyoncé, Lemonade review: Fiery, insurgent, fiercely proud, sprawling and sharply focused". The Independent. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ "LEMONADE CREDITS". Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Beyonce Knowles - "Pray You Catch Me" Sheet Music - Download & Print". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ Wood, Mikael (April 26, 2016). "Review Fierce Beyoncé puts Jay Z on final notice, then turns bitterness into 'Lemonade'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Beyonce - Lemonade (Review)". NME. April 25, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ "All 12 of Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Tracks Debut on Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Find Out Who Died, Proposed, and Made Out With Meredith on This Week's Grey's Anatomy". ABC. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. May 9, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 40 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Beyonce Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés". SNEP. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  14. ^ "Sweden Digital Songs". Billboard. May 2, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ http://www.sverigetopplistan.se/. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  17. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  18. ^ "Desiigner Holds Off Drake Atop Hot 100, Prince & Beyonce Hit Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Beyonce Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2016.

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