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
GenrePop[1]
Length2:39
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Carter Lang
  • Louis Bell
Post Malone singles chronology
"Better Now"
(2018)
"Sunflower"
(2018)
"Wow"
(2018)
Swae Lee singles chronology
"Sicko Mode"
(2018)
"Sunflower"
(2018)
"Close to Me"
(2018)
Music video
"Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)" on YouTube

"Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)",[2] more commonly known simply as "Sunflower", is a song performed by American rappers Post Malone and Swae Lee for the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.[3] The song was released as a single on October 18, 2018.[4] It became Malone's third and Lee's first song as a soloist to top the Billboard Hot 100.[5]

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.[6] On October 15, Swae Lee revealed that he would also perform the song as a featured artist, and released another snippet of the song. Lee said that he was "very excited" for people to listen the song.[7] On October 18, "Sunflower" was released as a single.[4] 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".[2] 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".[8]

Music video[edit]

On October 18, 2018, a music video of the song was released. The video is composed of footage of the film and the song lyrics.[4] On January 9, 2019, another music video of the song was released, which is live action. The video contains an exclusive look at the recording session for the song.

Reception[edit]

In Billboard, Gil Kaufman called it "a funky, dreamy ballad" after listening to a preview of the song.[6] 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".[9] Sara Salmat of Bam! Smack! Pow!, called the song "a cute, upbeat, and feel-good song".[10]

Chart performance[edit]

Swae Lee is the first artist to lead the Hot 100 as a soloist after reigning with a duo or group since Justin Timberlake.[5]

"Sunflower" debuted at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100. After spending three weeks on the top five, it reached number one on the chart issue dated January 19, 2019. 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 first Hot 100 number one from a Spider-Man franchise soundtrack, with Chad Kroeger's "Hero", featuring Josey Scott, from Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man, having 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).[5]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[47] Platinum 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[48] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[49] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales 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 [50]
United States October 23, 2018 Republic [51]
Rhythmic contemporary radio [52]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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