Take Me Back to London

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"Take Me Back to London"
Single by Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy
from the album No.6 Collaborations Project
Released9 August 2019 (2019-08-09)
Format
GenreGrime
Length3:09
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Ed Sheeran singles chronology
"Antisocial"
(2019)
"Take Me Back to London"
(2019)
Stormzy singles chronology
"Crown"
(2019)
"Take Me Back to London"
(2019)
"Sounds of the Skeng"
(2019)
Lyric video
"Take Me Back to London" on YouTube

"Take Me Back to London" is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran featuring British rapper Stormzy for Sheeran's fourth studio album No.6 Collaborations Project (2019). It was written by Sheeran, Shellback, Karl Sandberg, Frederik Gibson and Michael Omari Jr., with production from Skrillex, Kenny Beats and Fred. The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart following the release of its remix.

Background and composition[edit]

Sheeran and Stormzy previously performed together at the 2017 Brit Awards. "Take Me Back to London" was announced as part of the tracklist for No.6 Collaborations Project (2019).[1] A while after the song's release, two men from Black Country sang a cover of it which went viral.[2]

"Take Me Back to London" is a grime song. According to HotNewHipHop's Aron A., Sheeran "shows off his bars on the record while swapping verses with Stormzy".[3] The song sees Sheeran "brag" about the gross of his ÷ Tour.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Time's Raisa Bruner wrote that the trap beat on "Take Me Back to London" gets "Sheeran’s melodic touch, with Stormzy jumping in from the start to boost the energy with his signature vibrancy".[5] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times wrote that Stormzy "does an admirable job of rapping ferociously but politely enough to not upstage the host", criticising the line "It’s that time, big Mike and Teddy are on grime".[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Take Me Back to London" achieved success in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number three and later reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the third single from No.6 Collaborations Project to reach the summit of the chart.[7][8]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 29
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 43
Belgium Urban (Ultratop Flanders)[11] 24
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 59
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[13] 21
Denmark (Tracklisten)[14] 26
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 68
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[16] 38
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 69
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 29
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[20] 8
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[21] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 44
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[23] 16

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Gold 400,000double-dagger

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

Remix[edit]

"Take Me Back to London (Sir Spyro Remix)"
Take Me Back to London.png
Remix by Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy, Jaykae and Aitch
from the album No.6 Collaborations Project
Released23 August 2019
Format
Length3:51
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Jaykae singles chronology
"Chat"
(2019)
"Take Me Back to London (Sir Spyro Remix)"
(2019)
Aitch singles chronology
"AitcH20 Freestyle"
(2019)
"Take Me Back to London (Sir Spyro Remix)"
(2019)
Music video
"Take Me Back to London (Sir Spyro Remix)" on YouTube

"Take Me Back to London (Sir Spyro Remix)", featuring Stormzy, English artist Jaykae and English rapper Aitch was released as a single on 23 August 2019.[25]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the Sir Spyro remix was shot between Manchester, Birmingham and London by director KC Locke. It opens with images of Sheeran and Stormzy ripping up the countryside in a Rolls Royce Cullinan while wearing matching tracksuits and getting measured for bespoke suits. They're soon joined by Jaykae and Aitch to watch some motorcycle burnouts and along the way there is plenty of quintessentially British activity, including a spot of tea, late night post-pub grubbing and copious pints chugged.[26]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[27] and streaming[28]
No.TitleLength
1."Take Me Back to London" (Remix) (featuring Stormzy, Jaykae and Aitch)3:52
2."Take Me Back to London" (Sir Spyro Remix) (featuring Stormzy, Jaykae and Aitch)3:51

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stolworthy, Jacob (12 July 2019). "Ed Sheeran praised for Stormzy track on new album No 6 Collaborations Project". The Independent. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  2. ^ Regen, Charlotte (23 July 2019). "Hilarious Black Country remix of Ed Sheeran and Stormzy track goes viral". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  3. ^ A., Aron (13 July 2019). "Ed Sheeran Heads Back To The Trap With Stormzy On 'Take Me Back To London'". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  4. ^ Stolworthy, Jacob (12 July 2019). "Ed Sheeran crowbars huge humblebrag into new collaboration with Stormzy". The Independent. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  5. ^ Bruner, Raisa (26 July 2019). "From Banks' Cathartic 'Godless' to Ed Sheeran and Stormzy's Collaboration, These Are the 5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Weekend". Time. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. ^ Caramanica, Jon (17 July 2019). "Ed Sheeran's 'Collaborations': So Many Guests, So Many Questions". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  7. ^ Savage, Mark (19 July 2019). "Ed Sheeran goes to numbers one, three and four". BBC News. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  9. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ed Sheeran feat. Stormzy – Take Me Back to London" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ed Sheeran feat. Stormzy – Take Me Back to London" (in Dutch). Ultratop Urban. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Ed Sheeran Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  13. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201929 into search. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Track Top-40 Uge 28, 2019". Hitlisten. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy – Take Me Back to London". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  17. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Ed Sheeran feat. Stormzy – Take Me Back to London" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  19. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  21. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201929 into search. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  22. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 29". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  23. ^ "Ed Sheeran Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  24. ^ "British single certifications – Ed Sheeran Ft Stormzy – Take Me Back To London". British Phonographic Industry. 23 August 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Take Me Back To London in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  25. ^ Renshaw, David (23 August 2019). "Ed Sheeran and Stormzy's 'Take Me Back To London' video is a whistle-stop tour of England". The Fader. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  26. ^ Kaufman, Gil (23 August 2019). "Listen to Ed Sheeran's Remixes of 'Take Me Back to London' Featuring Stormzy, Jaykae & Aitch". Billboard. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  27. ^ "Take Me Back to London (Remix) [feat. Stormzy, Jaykae & Aitch] - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  28. ^ "Take Me Back to London (Remix) [feat. Stormzy, Jaykae & Aitch] - Single". Spotify. Retrieved 23 August 2019.

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