Solo (Clean Bandit song)

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"Solo"
Clean Bandit Solo.png
Single by Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato
from the album What Is Love?
Released18 May 2018 (2018-05-18)
Format
Genre
Length3:42
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Clean Bandit singles chronology
"I Miss You"
(2017)
"Solo"
(2018)
"Baby"
(2018)
Demi Lovato singles chronology
"Fall in Line"
(2018)
"Solo"
(2018)
"Sober"
(2018)
Music video
"Solo" on YouTube

"Solo" is a song by British electronic music band Clean Bandit, featuring guest vocals from American singer Demi Lovato and uncredited pitched vocals from Kamille. It was written by Grace Chatto and Jack Patterson, Lovato, Camille Purcell, and Fred, with production handled by Chatto, Patterson, Fred and Mark Ralph. The song was released on 18 May 2018 by Atlantic Records.

Commercially, it has reached number one in Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. The song has been certified gold in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and New Zealand and certified platinum in Australia, Canada, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Background[edit]

The song was first revealed when a dancer posted on her Instagram story that she was participating in a Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato music video.[1][2] Clean Bandit teased the song on 10 May 2018, writing on Twitter: "Really excited to announce our new single Solo with Demi Lovato will be out 18/05". The announcement came with the song's cover art.[3][4] Camille Purcell also disclosed in a tweet that she has been involved in the making of "Solo".[5]

Grace Chatto of Clean Bandit told London Evening Standard that "Solo" was based on her own experience with a "difficult break-up".[6] She also revealed that the song was recorded over FaceTime because the band was unable to schedule a studio session with Lovato. "It was crazy. She was in Alabama in a studio and we were over here. You know when the connection is bad and the speed fluctuates? We couldn't hear that well, but it turned out really well."[7]

Composition[edit]

"Solo" is an upbeat EDM song about self-loving in spite of a heartbreak.[8][9][10] It is performed in the key of B minor in common time with a tempo of 105 beats per minute, following a progression of Bm–A–Fm–G, and Lovato's vocals span from A3 to D5.[11] Described as a "summer anthem", it opens with a "buoyant production".[12] The chorus consists of a mix of synth and vocoder effects, and it bears a resemblance to Rita Ora's "Anywhere".[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Solo" reached number one in the United Kingdom, becoming Clean Bandit's fourth UK chart-topper and Lovato's first number-one song in the nation.[14] In Australia, the song has reached number 7, giving Clean Bandit their fourth and Lovato her second top 10 entry in the country.[15] It additionally peaked at number one in Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Switzerland (Romandie), as well as the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Latvia, Lebanon, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Live performances[edit]

The song was added to the set list of the European leg of Lovato's Tell Me You Love Me World Tour.[16] Clean Bandit performed the song during their set at the Capital FM Summertime Ball along with Lovato as a special guest on 9 June 2018.[17]

Music videos[edit]

The music video was released on 31 May 2018, starring the members of Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato. The video follows Clean Bandit's Grace Chatto and a "lover" as they argue. As the arguments become violent, Chatto grabs her longboard and skates into town where she ends up at a laundromat. Hidden behind the washing machines in an office, she pays an attendant for an unknown concoction. The video then follows a longboarder who skates along a road to retrieve this medicine which is being made for her by Jack and Luke Patterson. Before that, Luke suggests choosing the shape of a chameleon or a rabbit. Then they make a decision to choose the shape of a dog. In the end, with the help of the medicine, Chatto turns her abusive partner into a rainbow golden labrador puppy. The video is briefly intercut with images of Chatto lying on a bed and a sun lounger with her face seemingly evaporating, subtly implying masturbation. Lovato makes brief appearances throughout in a floral top as she sings the track's vocals.[18][19]

On 17 August 2018, a Japanese version of the video was released. This video was filmed in Kyoto and focuses on the dichotomy of trying to breakaway one's feelings and moving-on from the past with the inner-turmoil that comes along with it. The music video features a popular local dancer named Nana from the dance unit KiKiRara. Nana portrays the feeling of wanting to breakaway (dressed as a Maiko) as well as the feeling of wanting to hang-on, portrayed as a-lady-in-a-black-costume. This music video was filmed in Japan's historical tourist sites in Kyoto, Japan. It was directed by Yutaka Obara.[20]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[21]
  1. "Solo" (featuring Demi Lovato) – 3:42
  1. "Solo" (featuring Demi Lovato) (Wideboys remix) – 3:08
  • Digital download – acoustic version[23]
  1. "Solo" (featuring Demi Lovato) (acoustic) – 3:45
  1. "Solo" (featuring Demi Lovato) (Ofenbach remix) – 3:48
  1. "Solo" (featuring Demi Lovato) (Sofi Tukker remix) – 3:24
  1. "Solo" (featuring Demi Lovato) (M-22 remix) – 5:15
  • Digital download – Latin remix[27]
  1. "Solo" (featuring Demi Lovato) (Latin remix) – 3:42
  1. "Solo" (featuring Demi Lovato) (Yxng Bane Remix) – 3:41
  1. "Solo" (featuring Demi Lovato) (Seeb remix) – 3:14

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[21]

  • Grace Chatto – production, cello, mixing
  • Jack Patterson – production, guitar, mixing, synthesizer
  • Fred – production, keyboard, drum programming, synthesizer
  • Mark Ralph – production, mixing
  • Tom AD Fuller – mix engineering
  • Stuart Hawkes – master engineering
  • Mitch Allan – engineering
  • Mike Horner – engineering
  • Camille Purcell – background vocals
  • Luke Patterson – percussion
  • James Boyd – viola
  • Beatrice Philips – violin
  • Stephanie Benedetti – violin

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[90] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[91] Platinum 30,000*
Belgium (BEA)[92] Gold 20,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[93] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[94] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[95] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[96] Gold 200,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[97] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Italy (FIMI)[98] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[99] Gold 15,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[100] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[101] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[102] Gold 500,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various 18 May 2018 Original Atlantic [21]
Italy 25 May 2018 Contemporary hit radio Warner [103]
United Kingdom [104]
Various
  • Digital download
  • streaming
Wideboys remix Atlantic [22]
15 June 2018 Acoustic version [23]
Ofenbach remix [24]
Sofi Tukker remix [25]
United States 19 June 2018 Contemporary hit radio Original Big Beat [105]
25 June 2018 Hot adult contemporary [106]
Various 29 June 2018
  • Digital download
  • streaming
M-22 remix Atlantic [26]
20 July 2018 Latin remix [27]
27 July 2018 Yxng Bane remix [28]
3 August 2018 Seeb remix [29]

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