Ray Charles (song)

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This article is about the song by Chiddy Bang. For the song by La Fouine, see Ray Charles (La Fouine song).
"Ray Charles"
Single by Chiddy Bang
from the album Breakfast
Released November 14, 2011
Format Digital download
Genre Alternative hip hop, soul, R&B
Length 3:43
Label Virgin, I.R.S.
Writer(s) David Katz, Anthony Martini, Sam Hollander, Adam Palin, Chidera Anamege, Noah Beresin
Producer(s) Xaphoon Jones S*A*M and Sluggo
Chiddy Bang singles chronology
"Ray Charles"
"Heart Skips a Beat"
Music sample

"Ray Charles" is a single released from American rap group Chiddy Bang. It was released in Canada on November 14, 2011 as a digital download as the second single from their debut studio album Breakfast. The song is an homage to the musician of the same name.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Ray Charles" was first released onto YouTube on January 5, 2012. The music video features the duo watching videos on VEVO, including one that features the duo dressed up like Ray Charles. Briefly, "Pass Out" and "So What Cha Want", by Tinie Tempah and the Beastie Boys, respectively, can be heard. The scene in the church towards the end of the video is an homage to The Blues Brothers. After one and week of being on the site the official video had been viewed just over 3.8 million times.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating:

It's easy to see how they've come to appreciate the late star as their soul homage not only fully embodies his sound, but also highlights how popular it remains today. Over a vintage piano riff and bouncy jazz section they rap a tribute to the legend that falls somewhere between profound and dangerously tongue-in-cheek ("You're too blind to see it"), but the result nonetheless sounds genuinely heartfelt. 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

Digital Download
  1. "Ray Charles" – 3:43

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
ARIA Australian Singles Chart[3] 54
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[5] 13
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[6] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 13

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States November 14, 2011[8] Digital download EMI
January 24, 2012[9] Rhythmic radio Capitol Records
United Kingdom 26 February 2012[10] Digital download EMI


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