Promises (Calvin Harris and Sam Smith song)

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"Promises"
Calvin Harris and Sam Smith Promises.png
Single by Calvin Harris and Sam Smith
B-side"Promises" (extended mix)
Released17 August 2018 (2018-08-17)
Format
Genre
Length3:33
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"One Kiss"
(2018)
"Promises"
(2018)
"Checklist"
(2018)
Sam Smith singles chronology
"Baby, You Make Me Crazy"
(2018)
"Promises"
(2018)
Music video
"Promises" on YouTube

"Promises" is a song by Scottish music producer Calvin Harris and English singer-songwriter Sam Smith. Both artists co-wrote the song with Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez, who also provided additional vocals. The song's production was handled solely by Harris. It was released by Columbia Records and Sony Music on 17 August 2018. It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart on 7 September 2018, having debuted at number four two weeks earlier. It became Harris' tenth British chart-topper and Smith's seventh. In the United States, the single became Harris' twelfth and Smith's first number-one on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart in its 6 October 2018 issue.[1]

Release[edit]

Both artists announced the song via Twitter on 13 August 2018.[2][3][4] "Very excited about this one", Harris wrote.[5][6] Smith added: "Surprise! I'm so excited for you all to hear this song."[7] The announcement was accompanied by a Japanese-inspired retro single artwork, which depicts a lone tree rising up in front of the ocean against a faded pink backdrop.[8][9][10] The song marks Smith's third foray into electronic dance music, after being featured on Disclosure's singles "Latch" and "Omen" in 2012 and 2015, respectively.[11][12][13][14] On 15 August, Smith posted a promotional photo on Twitter ahead of the single's release, showing him and Harris relaxing on a rooftop while sharing a bottle of wine and a pizza.[15] The single was released alongside a lyric video.[16]

Composition[edit]

"Promises" is a house and dance-pop song recorded in the key of D minor with a tempo of 123 beats per minute in common time.[17][18] It follows a chord progression of Bmaj7–Dm7–Csus2, and Smith's vocals span from C3 to A4.[19]

Critical reception[edit]

Brandy Robidoux of Hollywood Life called the song "a music match made in heaven", writing that Smith's "smooth vocals" provides a "soulful vibe", while retaining the "classic Calvin thumping beat".[20]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Promises" was released on 4 September, directed by Emil Nava, and it honors the LGBTQ community with references to the ball scene and voguing.[21]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[22]
  1. "Promises" – 3:33
  1. Side A: "Promises" – 3:33
  2. Side B: "Promises" (extended mix) – 8:27
  • Digital download – remixes[24]
  1. "Promises" (David Guetta remix) – 3:10
  2. "Promises" (MK remix) – 4:19
  3. "Promises" (Sonny Fodera remix) – 3:57
  4. "Promises" (Illyus & Barrientos remix) – 4:42
  5. "Promises" (Franky Rizardo remix) – 4:26
  6. "Promises" (Mousse T.'s Disco Shizzle remix) – 3:30
  7. "Promises" (Offaiah remix) – 3:09
  8. "Promises" (Sonny Fodera Disco mix) – 3:57
  • Digital download – extended remixes[25]
  1. "Promises" (David Guetta extended remix) – 7:53
  2. "Promises" (MK extended remix) – 8:01
  3. "Promises" (Sonny Fodera extended remix) – 6:19
  4. "Promises" (Illyus & Barrientos extended remix) – 6:00
  5. "Promises" (Franky Rizardo extended remix) – 7:13
  6. "Promises" (Mousse T.'s extended Disco Shizzle remix) – 6:26
  7. "Promises" (Offaiah extended remix) – 7:02
  8. "Promises" (Sonny Fodera extended disco mix) – 7:05
  9. "Promises" (extended mix) – 8:27

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[22]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100)[26] 35
Argentina Airplay (Monitor Latino)[27] 15
Australia (ARIA)[28] 4
Australia Dance (ARIA)[29] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[30] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[31] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[32] 2
Brazil (Brasil Hot 100 Airplay)[33] 92
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[34] 15
Canada AC (Billboard)[35] 30
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[36] 6
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[37] 33
Colombia (National-Report)[38] 46
Croatia (HRT)[39] 1
CIS (Tophit)[40] 3
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[41] 97
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[42] 6
Denmark (Tracklisten)[43] 4
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[44] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[45] 8
France (SNEP)[46] 12
Germany (Official German Charts)[47] 2
Greece Digital Singles (IFPI Greece)[48] 3
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[49] 8
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[50] 1
Hungary (Single Top 40)[51] 4
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[52] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[53] 1
Israel (Media Forest)[54] 1
Italy (FIMI)[55] 6
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[56] 71
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[57] 1
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)[58] 1
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard)[59] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[60] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[61] 4
Mexico (Billboard)[62] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[63] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[64] 5
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[65] 1
Portugal (AFP)[66] 9
Romania (Airplay 100)[67] 4
Russia Airplay (Tophit)[68] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[69] 1
Singapore (RIAS)[70] 15
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[71] 3
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[72] 3
Slovenia (SloTop50)[73] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[74] 52
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[75] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[76] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[77] 1
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[78] 1
Ukraine Airplay (Tophit)[79] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[80] 65
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[81] 1
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[82] 1
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[83] 4
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[84] 20

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[85] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[86] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[87] Gold 20,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[88] Gold 40,000^
France (SNEP)[89] Gold 100,000*
Italy (FIMI)[90] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[91] Platinum 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[92] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various 17 August 2018 Original [22][93]
United States 21 August 2018 Contemporary hit radio Columbia [94]
Various 12 October 2018 12-inch single
  • Columbia
  • Sony
[23]
19 October 2018
  • Digital download
  • streaming
Remixes [24]
Extended remixes [25]

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