Talk (Khalid song)

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"Talk"
Khalid - Talk.png
Single by Khalid
from the album Free Spirit
ReleasedFebruary 7, 2019 (2019-02-07)
Format
GenreR&B
Length3:17
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Disclosure
Khalid singles chronology
"Saturday Nights Remix"
(2019)
"Talk"
(2019)
"Beautiful People"
(2019)
Music video
"Talk" on YouTube

"Talk" is a song by American singer Khalid. It was written by Khalid while the production was handled by English electronic duo Disclosure. It was released on February 7, 2019 as the first single from Khalid's second studio album, Free Spirit.[1][A] "Talk" became Khalid's fifth top 10 hit and highest-charting single as a solo artist in the US, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.[3]

Music and composition[edit]

"Talk" is a midtempo, R&B-tinged[4] song that runs for 3 minutes and 17 seconds.[5] It features production and songwriting by English electronic music duo Disclosure, who incorporate synths that "bubble and twinkle above a staccato bass".[6] Carolyn Bernucca of Complex magazine noted how Khalid "opts for a more mature vocal sound [...] without losing the youthful charm he's employed since American Teen".[7]

Speaking on the conception of the song, Khalid said he initially met up with Disclosure, and they played him what he called a "crazy-ass instrumental".[8][9] Khalid described "Talk" as the first taste of his second album, with the song's theme being "the beginning honeymoon stages of a relationship". Rap-Up said the song finds the singer "navigating the waters of a relationship".[10]

Promotion and release[edit]

Khalid officially announced the song on Twitter on February 4, 2019, posting the cover art, which shows a purple wolf behind red flames.[11] In late January, he had posted a video of himself listening to a clip of the song in his car.[12] "Talk" was premiered as Zane Lowe's World Record on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio on February 7, 2019, and released the same day.[13]

The song would go on to reach a peak of number three on the Billboard Hot 100, and spent seven weeks at the top of the Hot 100 Airplay chart, in addition to topping the Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs, and Hip-Hop/R&B Airplay charts.

Remixes[edit]

Disclosure, who produced the original song, released their own house remix of "Talk" on March 29, 2019. This version of the song is titled "Talk (Disclosure VIP)".[14]

A second official remix of "Talk" featuring American rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Yo Gotti was released on April 12, 2019.[15] Billboard magazine reacted positively to Thee Stallion's verse, calling it "steamy", and complimented her singing but was less approving of Yo Gotti's feature, saying his "appearance feels much like he just stumbled into the wrong house and didn't know what he was getting himself into".[16]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[17] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[18] 63
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[19] 35
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[20] 17
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[21] 14
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[22] 35
Denmark (Tracklisten)[23] 9
France (SNEP)[24] 97
Germany (Official German Charts)[25] 88
Greece International Digital (IFPI Greece)[26] 24
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[27] 33
Ireland (IRMA)[28] 8
Malaysia (RIM)[29] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[30] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[31] 19
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[32] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[33] 22
Portugal (AFP)[34] 26
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[35] 35
Singapore (RIAS)[36] 12
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[37] 22
South Korea (Gaon)[38] 105
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[39] 32
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 50
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[41] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[42] 3
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[43] 25
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[44] 12
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[45] 8
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[46] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[47] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[48] 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[49] 1
US Rolling Stone 100[50] 12

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[51] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[52] Gold 5,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[53] Gold 45,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[54] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Portugal (AFP)[55] Gold 10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[57] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Khalid's own Spotify account previously stated on one of its playlists "New song "Talk" with Disclosure on 2/7", but now no longer does. However, the quote is still archived by Google and can be searched.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Khalid & Disclosure Drop New Single 'Talk': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "Khalid Talk on Spotify". Retrieved February 6, 2019 – via Spotify. New song "Talk" with Disclosure on 2/7
  3. ^ Trust, Gary (June 3, 2019). "Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Tops Billboard Hot 100 for Ninth Week, the Most This Year, & DaBaby's 'Suge' Hits Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
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  5. ^ "Talk – Single by Khalid". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  6. ^ Bernucca, Carolyn (2019-02-09). "The Best New Music This Week". Complex. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  7. ^ Bernucca, Carolyn (2019-02-09). "The Best New Music This Week". Complex. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  8. ^ "Khalid & Disclosure Drop New Single 'Talk': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "Watch 'Khalid on "Talk"' posted by Zane Lowe on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "New Music: Khalid – 'Talk'". Rap-Up. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Nowy Khalid we czwartek ("Talk" nowym singlem)". Muzotakt (in Polish). February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  12. ^ Acevedo, Angelica (February 4, 2019). "Khalid Announces Release Date for New Song 'Talk'". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
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  14. ^ "Disclosure Unleash Creative VIP For Khalid Collaboration "Talk"". Run The Trap: The Best EDM, Hip Hop & Trap Music. 2019-03-29. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  15. ^ "Khalid Taps Megan Thee Stallion & Yo Gotti for 'Talk' Remix: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  16. ^ "Khalid Taps Megan Thee Stallion & Yo Gotti for 'Talk' Remix: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  17. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Khalid & Disclosure – Talk". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Khalid & Disclosure – Talk" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Khalid – Talk" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Khalid – Talk" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  21. ^ "Khalid Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  22. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201909 into search. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  23. ^ "Track Top-40 Uge 14, 2019". Hitlisten. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  24. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles (téléchargement + streaming) – SNEP (Week 20, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
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  26. ^ "Greece Official IFPI Charts Digital Singles Chart: 27/2019". IFPI Charts. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  27. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  28. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  29. ^ "Top 20 Most Streamed International & Domestic Singles In Malaysia" (PDF). Recording Industry Association of Malaysia. Recording Industry Association of Malaysia. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  30. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 17, 2019" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  31. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Khalid – Talk" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  32. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. March 25, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  33. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 8, 2019". VG-lista. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  34. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – {{{artist}}} – {{{song}}}". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  35. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  36. ^ "Singapore Top 30 Digital Streaming Chart Week 13" (PDF). Recording Industry Association (Singapore). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 8, 2019.
  37. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201910 into search. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  38. ^ "Digital Chart – Week 31 of 2019". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  39. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Khalid & Disclosure – Talk". Singles Top 100. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  40. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Khalid & Disclosure – Talk". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  41. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
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  43. ^ "Khalid Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  44. ^ "Khalid Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  45. ^ "Khalid Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  46. ^ "Khalid Chart History (Dance Mix/Show Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  47. ^ "Khalid Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  48. ^ "Khalid Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  49. ^ "Khalid Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  50. ^ "Top 100 Songs". Rolling Stone. July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  51. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. August 12, 2019. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  52. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Khalid – Talk". Music Canada. June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  53. ^ "Danish single certifications – Khalid – Talk". IFPI Denmark. June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019. Scroll through the page-list below until year 2019 to obtain certification.
  54. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Khalid and Disclosure – Talk". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  55. ^ "Portuguese single certifications – Khalid – Talk" (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  56. ^ "British single certifications – Khalid – Talk". British Phonographic Industry. June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Talk in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  57. ^ "American single certifications – Khalid – Talk". Recording Industry Association of America. August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.