Sunflower (Post Malone and Swae Lee song)

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"Sunflower"
Single by Post Malone and Swae Lee
from the album Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
ReleasedOctober 18, 2018 (2018-10-18)
Format
Genre
Length2:38
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Carter Lang
  • Louis Bell
Post Malone singles chronology
"Better Now"
(2018)
"Sunflower"
(2018)
"Wow"
(2018)
Swae Lee singles chronology
"Real Friends"
(2018)
"Sunflower"
(2018)
"Close to Me"
(2018)
Music video
"Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)" on YouTube

"Sunflower", alternatively titled "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)",[3] is a song performed by American recording artists Post Malone and Swae Lee. It was released as a single from the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,[4] and is included on Post Malone's third studio album Hollywood's Bleeding (2019). The song was released as a single on October 18, 2018.[5] It became Malone's third and Lee's first song as a soloist to top the Billboard Hot 100 and charted in the top ten of the chart for 33 weeks as of the chart issue dated September 21st, 2019, becoming one of only 3 songs to achieve this feat, and the third in the past two years.[6][7][8][9]

Background[edit]

Malone confirmed his involvement with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in October 2, 2018 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in which he announced that he wrote "Sunflower", which he also performs, and played a snippet of the song.[10] On October 15, Swae Lee revealed that he would also be on the song with Malone, and released another snippet of the song. Lee said that he was "very excited" for people to listen to the song.[11] On October 18, "Sunflower" was released as a single.[5] Spring Aspers, head of music and creative affairs at Sony Pictures, said that "Post and Swae have delivered a song that’s both heroic and emotional, which is exactly what a Spider-Man story needs. It’s anthemic, but also heartfelt — the perfect soundtrack for Miles to discover the Spider-Man inside himself".[3] Swae Lee called Sunflower one of his favorites collaborations in 2018, which he stated it was "because it’s a movie placement [in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse]. The main character sings “Sunflower” and uses my vocals to calm him down in a certain situation—like my music was therapeutic for him".[12] Malone and Lee previously collaborated on the song "Spoil My Night" for Malone's 2018 album Beerbongs & Bentleys.

Music video[edit]

On October 18, 2018, a lyric video of the song was released. The video is composed of footage of the film.[5] On January 10, 2019, an official music video of the song was released, which is live action. The video contains an exclusive look at the recording session for the song showing the film logo behind Malone and Lee and a live performance.[13] Since its release, the music video has received over 700 million views on YouTube.

Reception[edit]

“Sunflower” received acclaim from music critics. In Billboard, Gil Kaufman called it "a funky, dreamy ballad" after listening to a preview of the song.[10] Israel Daramola from Spin called "Sunflower" a "glitchy, soulful record" that "will appeal to fans of the more melodic songs made by Post and Swae Lee, as they commit to full crooning throughout. It’s a short and sweet, hazy little pop song that makes sense for a kid’s film or possibly an MTV show about California teens".[1] Patrick Doyle of Rolling Stone characterized the "hyper-catchy" song as "a diary of a rocky relationship, which walks the line between hip-hop and dream-pop".[14] Sara Salmat of Bam! Smack! Pow!, called the song "a cute, upbeat, and feel-good song".[15]

Chart performance[edit]

Swae Lee (left) is the first artist to lead the Hot 100 as a soloist after reigning with a duo or group since Justin Timberlake (right).[6]

"Sunflower" debuted at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100. After spending three weeks in the top five, it reached number one on the chart issue dated January 19, 2019, rising from number three the previous week. It became Post Malone's third and Swae Lee's first song as a soloist to top the chart. "Sunflower" is the first song from a soundtrack to reach the top of the Hot 100 since Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from the Trolls soundtrack (2016). Additionally, "Sunflower" is the highest-charting song from a Spider-Man franchise soundtrack, passing Chad Kroeger's "Hero", featuring Josey Scott, from Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man, which reached number three in 2002. "Sunflower" also marks the first Hot 100 number one by two co-billed male leads with no other accompanying acts since George Michael and Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (1992).[6] Due to the large airplay lead of "Without Me" by Halsey, "Sunflower" descended to number two the following week. It continuously shuffled within the top five the following four months, going so far as to return to the runner-up spot in March and April. The song has thus far spent 33 non-consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Hot 100.[8][9] It has peaked atop the Canadian Hot 100 for two consecutive weeks.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[62] 7× Platinum 490,000^
Belgium (BEA)[63] Gold 20,000*
France (SNEP)[64] Gold 100,000*
Italy (FIMI)[65] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[66] 3× Platinum 90,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[67] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[68] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-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 Label Ref.
Italy October 19, 2018 Contemporary hit radio Universal [69]
United States October 23, 2018 Republic [70]
Rhythmic contemporary radio [71]
March 29, 2019 7-inch vinyl single [72]

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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