Savior (Iggy Azalea song)

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"Savior"
Iggy Azalea Savior.png
Single by Iggy Azalea featuring Quavo
Released2 February 2018 (2018-02-02)
FormatDigital download
GenrePop[1]
Length3:31
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Iggy Azalea singles chronology
"Switch"
(2017)
"Savior"
(2018)
"Kream"
(2018)
Quavo singles chronology
"Cupido"
(2018)
"Savior"
(2018)
"Bigger Than You"
(2018)
Music video
"Savior" on YouTube

"Savior" is a song recorded by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea featuring American rapper Quavo. It was written by Azalea, Quavo, Verse Simmonds, Akil King, Myjah Veira, Kyle Owens, Ian Devaney, Lisa Stansfield, Andy Morris, Cirkut, and Dr. Luke, with production handled by Cirkut, Manhun Glow, and Luke. The song was released via Island Records on 2 February 2018. It features an interpolation of co-writer Lisa Stansfield's 1989 single "All Around the World".

Background and release[edit]

The song was first teased on 5 December 2016, with a brief snippet of the song playing on a private jet. That same day, a demo version was leaked featuring a guest appearance from Verse Simmonds instead of Quavo.[2][3][4][5] On 9 January 2018, Azalea announced she would debut the single in a Super Bowl commercial for Monster Cable.[6] She said in a Monster press conference at CES 2018 that the song would be officially released "around February 1st".[7][8][9] She revealed the song's artwork through social media on 25 January,[10] followed by short clips and behind the scene shots from the song's lyric video.[11][12] A snippet was posted a day prior to its release, displaying its "island-themed instrumental".[13][14]

She explained the meaning and purpose behind the song in a preview video, saying: "It is not a record about you needing a man or a woman to come and save you in a relationship, it's about you being your own savior and finding your own strength within yourself to figure it the fuck out. It's a really hard record for me to have written and I think it's going to be one I really struggle to perform, too, just 'cause I'll probably wanna cry every single time."[15] "[The song] was created at a time when I felt so stagnant & alone, but I just couldn't pick up the phone and admit to even my closest friends how hopeless I felt," she wrote in a tweet. "So I hope I can connect with anyone else that's been/going thru it via this song."

Dr. Luke, who abused and sexually assaulted pop singer Kesha, was originally listed as a co-writer and co-producer of the song. Azalea quickly declared via Twitter after causing public backlash, saying that the two producers of the song "have production agreements with Luke", and that she is not affiliated with Luke nor working with him. Luke was subsequently removed from the credits.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Nick Mojica of XXL wrote that the song was "made for dance floors with it's tropical-inspired house beat".[17] Rob Arcand of Spin felt that it features "a low, down-tempo house beat with Quavo at his most melodic, Auto-Tuned self as Iggy aims more for songwriting craftsmanship than rapping acumen this go round".[18]

Live performances[edit]

In March 2018 Azalea performed "Savior" on The Late Late Show with James Corden alongside a choir-esque group of backup singers for the chorus. As Quavo did not perform the song with her, Azalea performed his parts of the song alongside her backup singers. Azalea performed the song with "newly pink" hair, as quoted by Billboard and an "all-black getup".[19]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Savior" was directed by Colin Tilley and was released on March 1, 2018. It takes place inside a "neon church" and features a plethora of religious imagery and symbolism such as neon halos and crosses, burning roses, and a scene of Azalea being baptized.[20]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[21]

  • Iggy Azalea – songwriting
  • Quavo – songwriting
  • Akil King – songwriting
  • Myjah Veira – songwriting
  • Kyle Owens – songwriting
  • Verse Simmonds – songwriting
  • Ian Devaney – songwriting
  • Dr. Luke – songwriting, production
  • Lisa Stansfield – songwriting
  • Andy Morris – songwriting
  • Henry Walter – songwriting, production
  • Manhun Glow – production
  • John Hanes – engineering
  • Tyler Sheppard – assistant record engineering
  • Kalani Thompson – assistant record engineering
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Clint Gibbs – record engineering
  • Eric Weaver – record engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia Urban (ARIA)[22] 29
Australian Artist Singles (ARIA)[23] 17
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[24] 9
Belgium Urban (Ultratop Wallonia)[24] 30
Canadian Hot Digital Songs (Billboard)[25] 32
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[26] 79
France (SNEP)[27] 161
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[28] 8
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[29] 91
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[30] 7
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[31] 20

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 2 February 2018 Digital download Island [21]
United States 6 February 2018 Rhythmic contemporary radio
[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A., Aron (31 January 2018). "Iggy Azalea Previews Quavo Featured Single "Savior"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  2. ^ Miller, Jordan (5 December 2016). "Iggy Azalea - "Savior"". Breathe Heavy. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  3. ^ Mojica, Nick (8 January 2018). "Iggy Azalea and Quavo Are Collaborating for New Track "Savior"". XXL. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  4. ^ Skelton, Eric (2 February 2018). "Quavo Joins Iggy Azalea on New Single "Savior"". Complex. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Iggy Azalea Taps Quavo for New Single 'Savior'". Rap-Up. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  6. ^ Harper, Rosario (31 January 2018). "Iggy Azalea & Quavo's "Savior" Set For Monster Super Bowl LII Spot". SOHH. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  7. ^ Hussein, Wandera (9 January 2018). "Iggy Azalea Enlists Quavo For 'Savior' Single". Billboard. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  8. ^ Evans, Gavin (9 January 2018). "Iggy Azalea Says Her New Song "Savior" Will Be a Collaboration With Quavo". Complex. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  9. ^ Wright, Hayden (9 January 2018). "Iggy Azalea Preps Comeback Single 'Savior' with Quavo". CBS Radio. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  10. ^ Showbiz, Bang (25 January 2018). "Iggy Azalea unveils new song Savior with Quavo". The List. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  11. ^ Pabon, Gabe (1 February 2018). "Iggy Azalea Drops Preview of New Song With Quavo Titled "Savior"". iHeartRadio. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  12. ^ Dare, Angie (30 January 2018). "Iggy Azalea Keeps On Teasing New Quavo Banger: "Last One B/C I Love You & I'm Annoying"". SOHH. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  13. ^ Mojica, Nick (31 January 2018). "Iggy Azalea Shares Preview of New Song "Savior" Featuring Quavo". XXL. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Iggy Azalea Previews Quavo-Assisted Single 'Savior'". Rap-Up. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  15. ^ "New Music: Iggy Azalea feat. Quavo – 'Savior'". Rap-Up. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  16. ^ Wass, Mike (1 February 2018). "Iggy Azalea Opens Up On Quavo-Assisted "Savior," Clarifies Production Credits". Idolator. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  17. ^ Mojica, Nick (1 February 2018). "Iggy Azalea Teams Up With Quavo on New Song "Savior"". XXL. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  18. ^ Arcand, Rob (2 February 2018). "Iggy Azalea – "Savior" ft. Quavo". Spin. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Iggy Azalea Rocks Gospel-Tinged 'Savior' on 'The Late Late Show,' Celebrates Permanent U.S. Residency". Billboard. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  20. ^ Goddard, Kevin (March 1, 2018). "Iggy Azalea Takes Over A Neon-Filled Church In New Video For "Savior" With Quavo". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Savior / Iggy Azalea TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  22. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 40 Urban Singles Chart". ARIA. 12 February 2018. Archived from the original on 10 February 2018.
  23. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 20 Artist Singles Chart". ARIA. 12 February 2018. Archived from the original on 10 February 2018.
  24. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Iggy Azalea feat. Quavo – Savior" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  25. ^ "February 17, 2018 – Hot Canadian Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 14 April 2018. (subscription required)
  26. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ - RADIO - TOP 100 and insert 201835 into search. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  27. ^ "Lescharts.com – Iggy Azalea feat. Quavo – Savior" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  28. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  29. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  30. ^ "Iggy Azalea Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  31. ^ "February 17, 2018 – Digital Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 14 April 2018. (subscription required)
  32. ^ "Top 40 Rhythmic Future Releases". Archived from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.

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