Under Control (Calvin Harris and Alesso song)

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"Under Control"
Calvin Harris and Alesso feat Hurts - Under Control.png
Single by Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts
from the album Motion and Forever
Released 7 October 2013 (2013-10-07)
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length 3:04
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Calvin Harris
  • Alesso
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"Thinking About You"
(2013)
"Under Control"
(2013)
"Summer"
(2014)
"Thinking About You"
(2013)
"Under Control"
(2013)
"Summer"
(2014)
Alesso singles chronology
"City of Dreams"
(2013) City of Dreams2013
"Under Control"
(2013) Under Control2013
"Tear the Roof Up"
(2014) Tear the Roof Up2014
Hurts singles chronology
"Somebody to Die For"
(2013) Somebody to Die For2013
"Under Control"
(2013) Under Control2013
"Some Kind of Heaven"
(2015)
Music video
"Under Control ft. Hurts " on YouTube
Some Kind of Heaven2015

"Under Control" is a song recorded by Calvin Harris and Alesso, featuring vocals from duo Hurts. The song was released on 7 October 2013 as the first single from Harris's fourth studio album, Motion (2014) and Alesso's first studio album, Forever (2015).

"Under Control" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart with first-week sales of 74,704 copies, becoming Harris's fifth number-one single, and the first for Alesso and Hurts.[1]

Background[edit]

"Under Control" was premiered on 2 August 2013 during a DJ set by Alesso at Ushuaia, Ibiza, which was broadcast by BBC Radio 1.[2] Harris performed the song at the end of his set at the V Festival on 20 August. On 18 September, Harris posted a preview of the song on SoundCloud.[3] The cover was unveiled on Alesso's Twitter page on 4 October.[4]

Music video[edit]

On 9 September 2013, Harris stated on Facebook that 1,000 fans would take a part in the music video shoot.[5] Later a message was reposted by Alesso and Theo Hutchcraft from Hurts in a blog on Twitter. The video was shot in Los Angeles on 10 and 11 September. On the second day of the shoot, already with the fans, filming was held at the 6th Street Bridge, for a EDM concert held by the song's artists celebrating the end of the world. The world didn't actually end in the video because the meteor failed to hit the Earth. The video was uploaded to Harris's Vevo account on 21 October 2013 and has over 180 million views.

Track listings[edit]

Digital download[6]
No. Title Length
1. "Under Control" 3:04

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from CD single liner notes.[9]

  • Alesso – all instruments, engineering, mixing, production, songwriting
  • Calvin Harris – all instruments, engineering, mixing, production, songwriting
  • Theo Hutchcraft – vocals, songwriting
  • Mike Marsh – mastering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[53] Platinum 70,000^
Germany (BVMI)[54] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[55] Platinum 30,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[56] Gold 30,000*
Sweden (GLF)[57] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[58] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[59] Gold 393,762[60]
United States (RIAA)[61] Gold 500,000double-dagger
Streaming
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[62] Platinum 1,800,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
France 7 October 2013 Digital download Sony [63]
Sweden [6]
Australia 11 October 2013 [64]
United States 22 October 2013 Columbia [65]
United Kingdom 30 October 2013 Contemporary hit radio [66]
Germany 15 November 2013 Digital download Sony [67]
Ireland 22 November 2013
  • Deconstruction
  • Fly Eye
  • Columbia
[68]
United Kingdom 24 November 2013 [69]
Germany 3 January 2014 CD single Sony [8]

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