Street Love (song)

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"Street Love"
Single by Rough Copy
Released 29 June 2014
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014
Genre R&B, soul
Length 3:16
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Anita Baker, Louis A. Johnson, Gary Bias, Crush Boys, Tejai Moore
Producer(s) hAZEL, Da Beatfreakz

"Street Love" is the debut single by British boy band Rough Copy. It was released through Epic Records on 29 June 2014. The song, produced by hAZEL and Da Beatfreakz, is a reworking of Anita Baker's 1986 hit single "Sweet Love". Whilst new verses were written by Crush Boys, the chorus from the original remains mostly the same. The initial idea to use a rework of Anita Baker's "Sweet Love" chorus on this track is where Singer-songwriter Tejai Moore came into play.

The song failed to chart on the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 29 on the UK R&B Chart.

Background and composition[edit]

On 8 December 2013, Rough Copy finished fourth on the tenth series of The X Factor. On 21 April 2014, the group announced that they had signed a record deal with Sony Music subsidiary Epic Records.[1] They also announced that their debut single "Street Love" would be released on 29 June 2014.[2]

"Street Love" is a reworking of Anita Baker's 1986 hit single "Sweet Love". It was produced by hAZEL (Kardinal, Akon, Kos, Planet VI, 2 Chainz) and Da Beatfreakz (Usher, Jason Derulo), whilst new verses were written by Crush Boys.[2] In an interview with Singersroom.com, Crush Boys explained, "...we've had a long standing relationship with the platinum selling producers, Da Beatfreakz, for a while. With this particular record, they teamed up with a friend of ours named hAZEL to create a record tailored for Rough Copy. They (Da Beatfreakz) sent us the beat back with a vocal reference on the hook (Tejai Moore was the vocal reference) and asked us to do our thing with the verses. We finished the record in like an hour, sent it back, and a couple weeks later they called us back and said Rough Copy was interested in taking the record and potentially making it a single."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

The song failed to chart on the UK Singles Chart, although it did chart at number 29 on the UK R&B Chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed in London. It was uploaded to YouTube on 12 May 2014 at a total of three minutes and twenty-eight seconds. It features Rough Copy walking around the streets serenading a woman.[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[5] 29

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland[6] 27 June 2014 Digital download Epic Records
United Kingdom[7] 29 June 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGarry, Lisa (21 April 2014). "Rough Copy record deal, Loveable Rogues' video & McBusted on One Direction". Unreality TV. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Corner, Lewis (22 April 2014). "X Factor Rough Copy premiere debut single 'Street Love' - listen". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  3. ^ DJ JusMusic (29 May 2014). "Crush Boys Talks Writing Rough Copy's "Street Love", Being Positive, Future Projects, More". Singersroom.com. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rough Copy - Street Love (Official Video)". YouTube. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "Street Love by Rough Copy". iTunes. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Street Love by Rough Copy". iTunes. Retrieved 10 June 2014.