Ready for the Weekend (song)

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"Ready for the Weekend"
Calvin readyfortheweekend(single).jpg
Single by Calvin Harris
from the album Ready for the Weekend
Released 9 August 2009 (2009-08-09)
Format
Recorded
Length 3:37
Label
Songwriter(s) Calvin Harris
Producer(s) Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"I'm Not Alone"
(2009)
"Ready for the Weekend"
(2009)
"Flashback"
(2009)
"I'm Not Alone"
(2009)
"Ready for the Weekend"
(2009)
"Flashback"
(2009)

"Ready for the Weekend" is a song by Scottish recording artist Calvin Harris. It features uncredited vocals from British singer Mary Pearce. Written and produced by Harris himself, the song was released on 9 August 2009 as the second single from his second studio album of the same name (2009).

Background[edit]

The song features guest vocals by British singer Mary Pearce, who previously worked as a backup vocalist for Beverley Knight, Lionel Richie and Chaka Khan.[1][2] Remixes by High Contrast, Fake Blood and Dave Spoon were also announced.[2] It made its world debut on 12 June 2009 with Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1.[3] On 13 July 2009 it was featured as the Song of the Day on Popjustice.[4] Harris performed the song at the iTunes Festival '09 on 18 July 2009 in London.[5] It debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number three on 16 August 2009.

During an interview for The Sun on 10 April 2009, Harris commented on the song:[6]

"It's different to the first single. It's still happy, dancey, with more singing. The hook's sung by a woman called Mary Pearce, who's a diva. She's got this great big voice and it's like a nod to an old dance classic.

I love underground dance music but I also have an extreme love of commercial dance music. But only the good stuff."

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Ben Ib[7] and premiered on the British channel T4 on 4 July 2009 at 11:00 am.[8] FHM model Lauren Pope makes an appearance in the video.[8] Several dancing females appear wearing red leotards to match Harris' magic portal, shirt and furniture. They next "change into blue and yellow zip-up bathing suits, expanding the palette and multiplying endlessly, just in time for the weekend."[9]

On 23 July 2009, it was reported that the video was removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim from another party. Harris stated that he was upset it had occurred and believed that the British Phonographic Industry had prompted the removal.[10]

Track listings[edit]

  • UK CD single and iTunes single[11][12]
  1. "Ready for the Weekend" – 3:37
  2. "Ready for the Weekend" (High Contrast Remix) – 5:42
  1. "Ready for the Weekend" – 3:37
  2. "Ready for the Weekend" (Fake Blood Remix) – 5:40
  3. "Ready for the Weekend" (High Contrast Remix) – 5:42
  4. "Ready for the Weekend" (Dave Spoon Remix) – 6:21
  5. "Ready for the Weekend" (Dave Spoon Dub Remix) – 6:35
A1. "Ready for the Weekend" (Original Version) – 3:37
B1. "Ready for the Weekend" (Dave Spoon Remix) – 6:21
B2. "Ready for the Weekend" (Fake Blood Remix) – 5:40

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[15] 2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[16] 7
European Hot 100 Singles[17] 11
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 9
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[19] 97
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[20] 3
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[21] 47
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[22] 3
UK Dance (The Official Charts Company)[23] 1
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[24] 15

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
United Kingdom 9 August 2009 Digital download
10 August 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calvin Harris Gets Ready For the Weekend [video]". NovaNation. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Calvin Harris announces new album details". IPC Media. NME. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "First play of new single". Columbia Records. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "'Ready For The Weekend' By Calvin Harris". Popjustice. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Calvin Harris showcases new songs at iTunes festival". NME. IPC Media. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Swift, Jacqui (10 April 2009). "Calvin Harris reveals he's not a fan of partying and prefers staying in". The Sun. News Group Newspapers. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  7. ^ Knight, David (27 July 2009). "Calvin Harris's Ready For The Weekend by Ben Ib". Promo News. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Ready For The Weekend video first play!". Columbia Records. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  9. ^ brandon (9 July 2009). "New Calvin Harris Video – "Ready For The Weekend"". Stereogum. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Calvin Harris attacks BPI after his YouTube videos are removed". NME. IPC Media. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  11. ^ "Calvin Harris: Ready For The Weekend: CDS". HMV. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Ready for the Weekend – Single by Calvin Harris". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Ready for the Weekend – EP by Calvin Harris". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  14. ^ "Calvin Harris: Ready For The Weekend: 12"". HMV. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Calvin Harris – Ready for the Weekend" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Calvin Harris – Ready for the Weekend" (in French). Ultratip.
  17. ^ "European Hot 100 – Week of August 29, 2009". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  18. ^ "Chart Track: Week 33, 2009". Irish Singles Chart.
  19. ^ http://acharts.us/song/48788
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200939 into search.
  22. ^ "Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend". Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  23. ^ "Top 40 Dance Singles". Official Charts Company. BBC Radio 1. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  24. ^ "Calvin Harris – Chart history" Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay for Calvin Harris. Retrieved 24 September 2014.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"One More Chance" by Bloc Party
UK Dance Singles Chart number-one single
29 August 2009 – 5 September 2009
Succeeded by
"Take Me to the Hospital" by The Prodigy