Sky Walker (song)

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"Sky Walker"
Miguel Sky Walker.jpg
Single by Miguel featuring Travis Scott
from the album War & Leisure
Released August 24, 2017 (2017-08-24)
Format Digital download
Length 4:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Happy Perez
  • Miguel
Miguel singles chronology
"Lost in Your Light"
(2017)
"Sky Walker"
(2017)
"Shockandawe"
(2017)
Travis Scott singles chronology
"Know No Better"
(2017)
"Sky Walker"
(2017)
"4 AM"
(2017)
Music video
"Sky Walker" on YouTube

"Sky Walker" is a song by American singer and songwriter Miguel, featuring American rapper Travis Scott. It was written by Scott, Rogét Chahayed, Happy Perez and Miguel, with production handled by the latter two. The song was released through ByStorm Entertainment and RCA Records on August 24, 2017, as the lead single from Miguel's fourth studio album War & Leisure (2017).

Critical reception[edit]

Lauren O'Neill of Vice wrote that the song has "a super chilled-out, laid back vibe in the vein that Miguel always does best".[1] Mikey Fresh of Vibe thinks that the song, which he described as "trippy", "takes listeners on a smoked-out voyage complete with kush clouds and outer-body experiences".[2] Carl Lamarre of Billboard called it a "celebratory song".[3] Jordan Sargent of Spin described the song as "light and airy". He compared the song to Miguel's previous collaboration with Scott on a remix of "Waves", and opined that "Sky Walker" is "more organic".[4] Michelle Geslani of Consequence of Sound wrote that "the two recapture the lushness of" the "Waves" remix.[5] Mitch Findlay of HotNewHipHop regarded the song as "a solid blend of party track and introspective banger".[6] Joshua Espinoza of Pigeons and Planes wrote that the song is "everything you'd expect from a Miguel record: Smooth and airy with an infectious beat that can easily be bumped in a club".[7] Michael Cuby of Paper called it an "oddly perky song", and wrote that "the whole thing is quintessential end-of-the-summer BBQ vibes".[8] Ryan Reed of Rolling Stone named it "a synth-driven new single" and wrote that it has "a trap-leaning beat, accented with splashes of color from a delayed electric guitar".[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Sky Walker" is Miguel's second-highest charting single as a lead artist, on the Billboard Hot 100, only behind 2012's "Adorn". It is his fifth-highest charting single as a lead artist on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[10]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video was directed by Director X and Miguel.[11] It shows Miguel in various locations such as a sauna, a basketball court, and a cockpit,[12] as he parties inside the mansion,[8][9] doing activities like surfing, "pouring out shots, stacking cups on a passed out friend's head, pretending to be a matador" and taking pictures in a bedroom.[13][14][15] It also features both Miguel and Scott performing part of the song on top of a police car.[16][17][18][19]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Sky Walker" (featuring Travis Scott) – 4:20
  • Digital download – Spanish version[20]
  1. "Sky Walker" (Spanish version) – 3:10

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[21]

  • Miguel – songwriting, production, engineering, programming
  • Travis Scott – songwriting
  • Happy Perez – songwriting, production, keyboard, guitar, programming
  • Rogét Chahayed – songwriting, keyboard, programming
  • David Davis – mixer, engineer
  • Bo Bodnar – assistant engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017–18) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[22] 87
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[23] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 29
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[25] 14
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[26] 39
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[27] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[28] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] Platinum 20,822[30]

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lauren, O'Neill (August 25, 2017). "Miguel Has a Laid Back New Song with Travis Scott Called "Sky Walker"". Noisey. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Mikey, Fresh (August 24, 2017). "Miguel Makes His Triumphant Return With New Song, "Sky Walker" (Feat. Travi$ Scott)". Vibe. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Carl, Lamarre (August 24, 2017). "Miguel Brushes Off the Haters With Travis Scott on the Celebratory 'Skywalker'". Billboard. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Jordan, Sargent (August 24, 2017). "Miguel – "Sky Walker" ft. Travis Scott". Spin. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Michelle, Geslani (August 25, 2017). "Miguel and Travis Scott reunite for new song "Sky Walker" and video: Watch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Mitch, Findlay (August 24, 2017). "Miguel - Sky Walker Feat. Travis Scott". HotHewHipHop. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Joshua, Espinoza (August 25, 2017). "Miguel Reconnects With Travis Scott on "Sky Walker"". Pigeons and Planes. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Michael, Cuby (August 25, 2017). "Miguel and Travis Scott Are Ready to (Stylishly) Celebrate in 'Sky Walker' Video". Paper. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Ryan, Reed (August 25, 2017). "Watch Miguel's Wild Bubble Bath Party in 'Sky Walker' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  10. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/miguel
  11. ^ Noah, Yoo (August 25, 2017). "Watch Miguel and Travis Scott's Video for New Song "Sky Walker"". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  12. ^ Myles, Tanzer (August 24, 2017). "Miguel Returns With "Sky Walker" Featuring Travis Scott". The Fader. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  13. ^ Aaron, Williams (August 25, 2017). "Miguel Experiments With Trap Beats And Surfboards On 'Sky Walker' Featuring Travis Scott". Uproxx. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  14. ^ Singersroom (August 25, 2017). "Miguel – Sky Walker Ft. Travis Scott". Singersroom. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  15. ^ Katrina, Rees (August 26, 2017). "Miguel releases new song 'Sky Walker' featuring Travis Scott". CelebMix. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  16. ^ Rhian, Daly (August 25, 2017). "Watch Miguel and Travis Scott get silly in the video for 'Skywalker'". NME. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  17. ^ "Video: Miguel feat. Travis Scott – 'Sky Walker'". Rap-Up. August 25, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  18. ^ Jon, Powell (August 25, 2017). "Miguel and Travis Scott Team Up in "Sky Walker" Visual". Respect. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  19. ^ Patrick, Lyons (August 26, 2017). "Miguel's Life Looks Incredible in Travi$ Scott-Assisted "Sky Walker" Music Video". Merry Jane. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  20. ^ "Sky Walker (Spanish Version) - Single by Miguel on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  21. ^ "Sky Walker / Miguel TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  22. ^ "Miguel Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  23. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  24. ^ "Miguel Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  25. ^ "Miguel Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  26. ^ "Miguel Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  27. ^ "Miguel Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  28. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Miguel – Sky Walker". Music Canada. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  29. ^ "American single certifications – Miguel – Sky Walker". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 8, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  30. ^ "Nielsen SoundScan charts – Digital Songs – Week Ending: 09/28/2017" (PDF). Nielsen SoundScan. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017.