Redbone (song)

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"Redbone"
Single by Childish Gambino
from the album "Awaken, My Love!"
Released November 17, 2016 (2016-11-17)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre
Length
  • 5:26 (album version)
  • 3:27 (radio edit)
Label Glassnote
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Childish Gambino
  • Ludwig Göransson
Childish Gambino singles chronology
"Me and Your Mama"
(2016)
"Redbone"
(2016)
"Terrified"
(2017)

"Me and Your Mama"
(2016)
"Redbone"
(2016)
"Terrified"
(2017)

"Redbone" is a song recorded by American rapper and singer Childish Gambino, the stage name of Donald Glover. It was released on November 17, 2016, and serves as the second single from his third studio album "Awaken, My Love!"[2] The song received three Grammy Award nominations including Record of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, eventually winning the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance.[3]

Background[edit]

Following the release of "Me and Your Mama", Gambino released the song on November 17, 2016 premiering on Annie Mac's Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, with the DJ describing it as "oozing with soul".[4][5]

Recording and production[edit]

"Redbone" was written by Donald Glover and produced by Ludwig Göransson. When Glover was doing an interview with Triple J about the album he said:

The melody used in the song was first heard in Jaco Pastorius' "Portrait of Tracy". The song also contains elements from "I'd Rather Be with You" by Bootsy's Rubber Band.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Redbone" was a sleeper hit in the United States, debuting at number 75 on Billboard Hot 100 for the chart dated December 10, 2016.[8] The song then re-entered and peaked at number 12 on the chart for the week of August 19, 2017,[9] making it Gambino's highest-charting single at the time (since surpassed by “This Is America”) and his first top 20 single. The song became Childish Gambino's first ever number-one single on the Adult R&B chart.

The track was voted into fifth place in Australian radio station Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2016.[10]

Usage in media[edit]

The 2017 film Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, features the song during the film's opening scene.[11]

Since its re-entry to the Billboard charts, the song has become a popular internet meme consisting of various remixes of the song to fit a certain theme. During a concert in June 2017, Glover acknowledged the meme onstage before leading into a performance of the song.[12]

During the 2018 Grammy Awards, an Apple ad showing off iPhone X's Animoji effect aired, in which the song was used, with an animated alien head singing the song.[13]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[39] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[40] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[41] Gold 45,000^
France (SNEP)[42] Gold 75,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[43] Platinum 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[45] 4× Platinum 4,000,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Childish Gambino Gets Smooth & Soulful on New Track 'Redbone'". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ Kreps, Daniel (November 28, 2017). "Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars Lead 2018 Grammy Nominees". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Childish Gambino – Redbone". BBC Radio 1. 2016-11-17. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  5. ^ "Childish Gambino's "Redbone" will help fill the Prince-shaped hole in your heart". Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Childish Gambino: "There Was No Vocal Pitching on the Album"". Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ https://www.vibe.com/2016/11/childish-gambino-redbone-song/
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2016-12-10
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2017-08-19
  10. ^ "Flume Wins Triple J Hottest 100 Of 2016". Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Jordan Peele Explains Why Childish Gambino's "Redbone" Was Perfect For "Get Out"". Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  12. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2017/06/donald-glover-hints-at-final-childish-gambino-album-during-governors-ball-set
  13. ^ "Apple's Grammy ads feature Animoji lip-syncing to Childish Gambino and Migos". The Verge. January 28, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2018. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Urban Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
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  21. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
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  26. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Childish Gambino: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  28. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  29. ^ "Childish Gambino Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  30. ^ "Childish Gambino Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  31. ^ "Childish Gambino Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  32. ^ "Childish Gambino Chart History (Adult R&B Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  33. ^ "Childish Gambino Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  34. ^ "Childish Gambino Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  35. ^ "ARIA End of Year Singles 2017". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
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  38. ^ "Hot 100 Songs – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017. 
  39. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  40. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Childish Gambino – Redbone". Music Canada. Retrieved December 19, 2017. 
  41. ^ "Childish Gambino "Redbone"". IFPI Denmark. January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  42. ^ "French single certifications – Childish Gambino – Redbone" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  43. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Childish Gambino – Redbone". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  44. ^ "British single certifications – Childish Gambino – Redbone". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 5, 2018.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Redbone in the search field and then press Enter.
  45. ^ "American single certifications – Childish Gambino – Redbone". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 24, 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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