White Walls

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"White Walls"
White Walls.jpg
Single by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Schoolboy Q and Hollis
from the album The Heist
ReleasedOctober 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)
Recorded2012
GenreHip hop
Length3:40
LabelMacklemore LLC, Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis singles chronology
"Thrift Shop"
(2012)
"White Walls"
(2013)
"Arrows"
(2014)
Schoolboy Q singles chronology
"Collard Greens"
(2013)
"White Walls"
(2013)
"Man of the Year"
(2013)
Hollis singles chronology
"White Walls"
(2013)

"White Walls" is a song by an American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, taken from their collaborative debut studio album The Heist (2012). The song's hook is performed by singer Hollis, while American rapper Schoolboy Q, performs a guest verse. "White Walls" was released to American contemporary hit radio on October 8, 2013 as the fifth and final single from The Heist. The song debuted at number 100 and has since peaked at number 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and has sold 1,000,000 copies as of January 2014.[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

The song charted at number one on the US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles prior to its release as a single, due to high digital downloads subsequently after the album's release. Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Schoolboy Q and Hollis performed "White Walls" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 27, 2013.[2] The song impacted American contemporary hit radio on October 8, 2013.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Jason Koenig, was released September 9, 2013. The video features cameo appearances from several rappers including A$AP Rocky, Trinidad Jame$, Wiz Khalifa, Big Boi and Sir Mix-a-Lot, as well as DJ Drama.[4][5] Parts of the music video are shot inside a Vogue Tyre warehouse, and the eponymous whitewall tires are explicitly mentioned by Macklemore to be Vogues.[6][7] The video also features several Cadillac models, including an SRX, Escalade, two XLRs, several Eldorados and a Coupe de Ville.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 34
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 2
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders Urban)[9] 18
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 13
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 17
France (SNEP)[12] 65
ID is MANDATORY FOR GERMAN CHARTS 17
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 30
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 26
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[16] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 15
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[18] 3
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[19] 13
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[20] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[21] 81
Chart (2014) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 85
Germany (Official German Charts)[22] 86
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 92

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[23] Platinum 15,000*
United States (RIAA)[24] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Grein (January 8, 2013). "Chart Watch: Pitbull & Kesha & Eminem & RiRi". Yahoo Music.
  2. ^ "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Perform with ScHoolboy Q on 'Leno'". Rap-Up. New York. August 28, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  3. ^ "CHR – Available for Airplay". FMQB. Cherry Hill. Archived from the original on August 28, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  4. ^ "Macklemore and Ryan Lewis party with A$AP Rocky in 'White Walls' video". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  5. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (September 9, 2013). "Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Schoolboy Q & Hollis "White Walls"". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
  6. ^ Tire Business Staff Report (October 1, 2013). "Hip-hop video shot in Vogue Tyre warehouse". Tire Business. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  7. ^ Evo (September 30, 2013). "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – 'White Walls' Official Video Featuring Vogue Tyres". Rides mag. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q & Hollis – White Walls". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q & Hollis – White Walls" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q & Hollis – White Walls" (in French). Ultratip.
  11. ^ a b "Macklemore Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q & Hollis – White Walls" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Chart Track: Week 07, 2014". Irish Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q & Hollis – White Walls". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ a b "Macklemore Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Macklemore Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Macklemore Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Macklemore Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  23. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Macklemore – White Walls". Recorded Music NZ.
  24. ^ "American single certifications – Macklemore – White Walls". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.