Stuck with U

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"Stuck with U"
Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande - Stuck with You.png
Single by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber
ReleasedMay 8, 2020 (2020-05-08)
Format
GenrePop
Length3:48
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Gian Stone
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Time"
(2020)
"Stuck with U"
(2020)
"Rain on Me"
(2020)
Justin Bieber singles chronology
"Forever"
(2020)
"Stuck with U"
(2020)
Music video
"Stuck with U" on YouTube

"Stuck with U" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande and Canadian singer Justin Bieber. It was released as a charity single on May 8, 2020.[1] The song marks the second time both artists collaborated following a remix of Bieber's 2015 single "What Do You Mean?". According to their manager Scooter Braun, who also co-wrote the track, the song is the first of more charity singles to be released throughout 2020.[1]

Commercially, the song debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, for the chart dated May 23, 2020, becoming Bieber's sixth US number-one single and Grande's third US number-one single.[2] In addition, both artists debut at number one on the chart for a third time each. The song also debuted at number one on the Rolling Stone Top 100, for the chart dated May 21, 2020, becoming Grande's second and Bieber's first number one single.[3] The song also topped the charts in Canada, Malaysia and New Zealand and reached the top ten in Australia, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Background and cause[edit]

On April 30, 2020, Bieber tweeted "Special announcement tomorrow at 10 am pst ...". Sometime later, Grande chimed in the tweet saying "see u there everybody 🖤" the next day, the artists took to their social media to announce the release of their song on May 8, 2020. It first premiered at 21:00 PST on May 7, 2020.[4] All net proceeds from the track will be donated to the "First Responders Children's Foundation".[1] The money will fund scholarships of children of frontline workers whose lives have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.[5][6]

Composition[edit]

Musically, "Stuck with U" is a '50s-influenced retro pop ballad[7][8] that contains elements of R&B[9] and doo-wop music.[8] Lyrically, it is a "romantic" song about being grateful to spend time with a loved one.[7][8] "Stuck with U" was written in 6
8
time
in the key of A major, with a tempo of 60 beats per minute.[10] Grande's vocal range spans three octaves and three notes, from E3 to G#6.

Critical reception[edit]

Anna Gaca of Pitchfork stated "Stuck with U" is "merely serviceable as a pop song" but "a big upgrade from that other product of rich-people lockdown culture: the celebrities singing 'Imagine'. Instead of a bad take on a hoary classic, Grande and Bieber offer a new song with a pleasantly retro doo-wop vibe. Instead of Pollyannaish optimism, they sound a note of resignation".[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Stuck with U" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Bieber's sixth and Grande's third number one single. The song is also both Bieber's and Grande's third song to debut at number one, tying both artists with Mariah Carey and Drake for the most songs that debuted at number one. Grande also became the first artist to have their first three number-ones debut at the top spot. "Stuck With U" is also the third female-male duet in over a year since "Señorita" by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello and "Shallow" by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to top the Hot 100. [2] The song also debuted at number one on the Digital Songs chart with 108,000 downloads, being the first song since "Me!" by Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie, which was downloaded 193,000 times upon release, to crack over 100,000 downloads the first week. While the song is Grande's sixth number one on the Digital Sales chart, it became Bieber's twelfth number one surpassing Drake as the male artist with the most number ones on the Digital Sales chart, and overall the third artist, behind Taylor Swift and Rihanna.[2] In its second week on the chart, the song fell twelve spots to number thirteen making it one of two #1 songs to spend a single week in the top 10 with the other being The Scotts by Travis Scott and Kid Cudi.[12]

"Stuck with U" debuted at number one on The Rolling Stone Top 100, becoming Bieber's first and Grande's second number one single. The song is also Grande's second song to debut at number one making her the first female artist to earn two number one debuts on the Rolling Stone 100 singles chart.[13]

Controversy[edit]

On the same day as the release of "Stuck With U", rapper 6ix9ine, who had been incarcerated but had earlier in the month been released to home confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, released his comeback single "Gooba", which debuted at number one on the Billboard Streaming Songs chart, and ended up debuting at number 3 on the Hot 100 on the week ending May 23, 2020.[2] The rapper took to social media afterwards to accuse Billboard of "chart manipulation" and accuse both Grande and Bieber of "buying" their way to number one on the chart.[14] In an Instagram post, 6ix9ine alleged that the artists used six credit cards to buy 30,000 copies of "Stuck With U" without providing evidence.[15] Grande and Bieber both denied the allegations with Grande stating in an Instagram post, "OUR fans bought this song (never more than four copies each, AS THE RULES STATE). They are ride or die motherfuckers and I thank god every day that I have them in my life. [...] Sales count for more than streams. U can not discredit this as hard as u try".[16][14] Bieber would address 6ix9ine's claims that his streams didn't count, stating that "he [6ix9ine] is counting his global streams and this is a domestic chart so only domestic streams count". Bieber also added that the last-minute disclosure of 60,000 units was the result of their team strategy to keep the numbers quiet until the end of the week, and pointed out that "using six credits card to buy 30K" is impossible by stating "the rules are clear one credit card can buy max 4 copies". Bieber also defended Grande saying that "this is my song with Ariana Grande and I'm honored to work with her to help raise money for a great cause. If you gonna say her name make sure you say mine because it's our song".[17][18]

6ix9ine made a subsequent video addressing Grande, in which he said he wasn't coming after her on a personal level but Billboard, despite his previous statements speculating against Grande and Bieber.[14]

Billboard released a statement on May 18, 2020, the same day 6ix9ine made the accusations, to explain the results. Billboard stated that 6ix9ine's "six credit cards" claim was inaccurate, as bulk purchases are recognized and removed from the final sales total. They also stated that the Hot 100 forecast he had referenced in an earlier Instagram post prior to the release of that week's chart reveal was not created by them and that they do not distribute any of their rankings to labels, management, or artist. About the discrepancy between YouTube's visible play count for "Gooba", over 180 million at that moment, and the number of streams Billboard counted for the song, 55.3 million, they explain "counts for a video on its YouTube page are for global plays, and absent any other auditing filters [...] Billboard counts only U.S. based plays for its charts."[19]

Music videos[edit]

The accompanying music video was released on May 8, 2020, alongside the song's official release. It consists of clips sent in by young fans who would have attended prom in 2020 but are unable to do so due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as people who are stuck inside spending time with loved ones.[20] The video was directed Rory Kramer, Alfredo Flores, Grande, Bieber, and Braun. It also features shots of celebrities like Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Demi Lovato, 2 Chainz, Stephen and Ayesha Curry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chance the Rapper, Kate Hudson, Lil Dicky, Sheel Mohnot, Michael Bublé, Jaden Smith, Ashton Kutcher, and Mila Kunis, as well as Bieber with his wife Hailey Baldwin. Grande used the video to reveal her new relationship. She was spotted embracing a man towards the end of the video, and a couple of seconds later the man was revealed to be Dalton Gomez, a real estate agent.[21]

Bieber also posted a lyric video with an animation of the house drawn in the cover.[22] The video was created by Katia Temkin and the artwork of the house was made by Liana Finck.[22] A fan-made Prom Scenes video that shows prom scenes from movies was released on Bieber's YouTube channel on May 9.[23] On May 11, he released a Mother's Day Edition of the music video.[24]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[25]

  • Ariana Grande – vocals, songwriting, vocal production, engineering
  • Justin Bieber – vocals, songwriting
  • Gian Stone – production, songwriting, programming, engineering, guitar, keyboards, percussion
  • Freddy Wexler – additional production, songwriting, engineering, percussion, programming
  • Whitney Phillips – songwriting
  • Nick Kobe – songwriting
  • Skyler Stonestreet – songwriting
  • Scooter Braun – songwriting
  • Bianca Atterberry – backing vocals
  • Kurt Thum – organ
  • Josh Gudwin – engineering, mixing, vocal production
  • Elijah Marrett-Hitch – assistant mixing
  • Billy Hickey – engineering
  • Devin Nakao – engineering
  • Jason Evigan – engineering
  • Lionel Crasta – engineering
  • Rafael Fadul – engineering
  • Randy Merrill – mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for "Stuck with U"
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[26] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[27] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[28] 16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[29] 41
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[30] 1
Canada AC (Billboard)[31] 33
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[32] 18
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[33] 24
Croatia (HRT)[34] 24
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[35] 6
Denmark (Tracklisten)[36] 5
Estonia (Eesti Tipp-40)[37] 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[38] 12
France (SNEP)[39] 29
Germany (Official German Charts)[40] 19
Greece (IFPI)[41] 8
Hungary (Single Top 40)[42] 9
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[43] 5
Iceland (Tonlist)[44] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[45] 2
Italy (FIMI)[46] 23
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[47] 29
Lithuania (AGATA)[48] 5
Malaysia (RIM)[49] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[50] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[51] 3
New Zealand (RMNZ)[52] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[53] 4
Portugal (AFP)[54] 6
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[55] 2
Singapore (RIAS)[56] 2
South Korea (Gaon)[57] 54
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[58] 34
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[59] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[60] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[61] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[62] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[63] 17
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[64] 18
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[65] 31
US Rolling Stone Top 100[66] 1

Release history[edit]

Release dates and formats for "Stuck with U"
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various May 8, 2020 [1]
Australia Contemporary hit radio Universal [67]
United Kingdom [68]
United States May 11, 2020 Adult contemporary
  • Def Jam
  • Republic
[69]
Various May 12, 2020
  • Def Jam
  • Republic
  • RBMG
[70]
United States Contemporary hit radio
  • Def Jam
  • Republic
[71]
Rhythmic contemporary [72]
Italy May 15, 2020 Contemporary hit radio Universal [73]
United Kingdom May 16, 2020 Adult contemporary [74]

See also[edit]

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