Ring (Cardi B song)

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"Ring"
Single by Cardi B featuring Kehlani
from the album Invasion of Privacy
ReleasedAugust 28, 2018[1][2]
Format
GenreR&B
Length2:57
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Cardi B singles chronology
"Who Want the Smoke?"
(2018)
"Ring"
(2018)
"Backin' It Up"
(2018)
Kehlani singles chronology
"What I Need"
(2018)
"Ring"
(2018)
"Nights Like This"
(2019)
Music video
"Ring" on YouTube

"Ring" is a song recorded by American rapper Cardi B for her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy (2018), featuring vocals from American singer Kehlani. It was written by Cardi B, Desmond Dennis, Jordan Thorpe, Kehlani and Nija Charles, along with its producers Needlz and Scribz Riley. It entered at number 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 the week following the album's release, marking Kehlani's highest-charting song so far.[3] It was serviced to rhythmic and urban contemporary radio on August 28, 2018, as the album's fifth single.[1][2]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

Described as a "smooth R&B jam" by an AllMusic editor, "Ring" shows the protagonist in a vulnerable situation,[4] as it features themes of heartbreak and jealousy.[5] In the lyrics, Cardi expresses frustration at a significant other that stopped contacting her, while holding onto her pride.[6][7] A writer for The Guardian interpreted the lyrics as exploring "the contemporary romantic paranoia that comes from smartphones."[8]

Music video[edit]

Cardi announced the release of the music video in late July for the next month.[9] Directed by Mike Ho and released on August 20, 2018, the video finds the rapper in tangled telephone wires, and both artists performing their respective verses inside phone booths and in stark gray rooms while wearing black and silver ensembles.[10][11] As of December 2018, it has received over 100 million views on YouTube.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Ring" debuted at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week following the album's release. With the release of the music video, it re-entered the Hot 100 on the chart issue dated September 1, 2018 for a fifth charting week,[12] and returned to the top 40 in its 15th charting week.[13]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label(s) Ref.
United States August 28, 2018 Rhythmic contemporary radio [1]
Urban contemporary radio [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Top 40/R Future Releases". AllAccess. Archived from the original on 26 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Urban Future Releases". Archived from the original on August 19, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Trust, Gary (March 16, 2018). "Cardi B Bests Beyonce for the Most Simultaneous Hot 100 Hits Among Women". Billboard. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Yeung, Neil Z. "Invasion of Privacy AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Lowers, Erin (April 9, 2018). "Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Mamo, Heran (May 15, 2018). "Here Are the Lyrics to Cardi B's 'Ring,' Feat. Kehlani". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Daw, Stephen (March 11, 2018). "9 Times Kehlani Showed Off Her Chops as a Featured Artist". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  8. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (April 6, 2018). "Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy review – Bronx Cinderella grinds her heel into hip-hop sexism". The Guardian. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Aniftos, Rania (July 27, 2018). "Cardi B Announces New Project Out This Fall, Music Video for 'Ring' Featuring Kehlani". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  10. ^ Kaufman, Gil (August 20, 2018). "Cardi B & Kehlani Get Wrapped Up in New 'Ring' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Reed, Ryan (August 20, 2018). "Watch Cardi B Rap Inside Floating Telephone Booth in New 'Ring' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "The Hot 100 The week of September 1, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "The Hot 100 The week of November 10, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  14. ^ "Cardi B Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  15. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "Cardi B Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  17. ^ "Cardi B Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  18. ^ "Cardi B Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  19. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  20. ^ "Rhythmic Songs – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  21. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Cardi B – Ring". Music Canada. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Cardi B – Ring". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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