Wicked Games

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"Wicked Games"
The Weeknd - Wicked Games.jpg
Single by The Weeknd
from the album House of Balloons and Trilogy
Released September 25, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded Site Sound Studios, Toronto
Genre
Length
  • 4:41 (radio edit)
  • 5:24 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Abel Tesfaye
  • Doc McKinney
  • Carlo Montagnese
  • R. Millar Blancheur
  • C. Ray Garza
Producer(s)
The Weeknd singles chronology
"Remember You"
(2012)
"Wicked Games"
(2012)
"Twenty Eight"
(2012)
"Remember You"
(2012)
"Wicked Games"
(2012)
"Twenty Eight"
(2012)
Music video
"Wicked Games" on YouTube


"Wicked Games" is the debut single by Canadian singer The Weeknd. It was recorded at Site Sound Studios and mixed at Liberty Studios in Toronto.[1] Producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo co-wrote the song and performed all instrumentation.[1] Originally recorded for The Weeknd's 2011 mixtape House of Balloons, the song was remastered and released as the lead single for his 2012 album Trilogy. It was released as a digital single on October 22, 2012, by XO and Republic Records.[2] Upon release, the single received widespread acclaim from music critics. On May 9, 2013, "Wicked Games" was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of 1,000,000 units in the United States.[3] This song is also featured on the soundtrack for the movie Southpaw, the soundtrack's executive producer being American rapper Eminem who went on to produce a remix with The Weeknd on his later song "The Hills".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Wicked Games" premiered on October 18, 2012 on The Weeknd's YouTube account on Vevo. Since its release, the music video has received over 100 million views on YouTube.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[2]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Wicked Games"
  • Abel Tesfaye
  • Martin McKinney
  • Carlo Montagnese
  • Rainer Millar Blanchaer
5:26

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes for Trilogy.[1]

  • The Weeknd – composer, primary artist
  • Doc McKinney – composer, instrumentation, producer
  • Illangelo – composer, instrumentation, mixing, producer
  • Rainer Millar Blanchaer – composer

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Gold 40,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[16] Gold 5,000*
United States (RIAA)[17] 2× Platinumdagger 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[18] September 25, 2012 Rhythmic contemporary radio Republic
Canada[19] October 22, 2012 Digital download
United States[20]
United Kingdom[21] November 1, 2012 Universal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Trilogy (CD liner). The Weeknd. Republic Records. 2012. 3719793. 
  2. ^ a b "Weeknd - Wicked Games (Explicit Version) MP3 Download". CD Universe. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum: The Weeknd". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Weeknd – Wicked Games" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Weeknd – Wicked Games" (in Dutch). Ultratop Urban. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "The Weeknd – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for The Weeknd. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "Chart Track: Week 4, 2015". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  8. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK – 2012 + Weekly Updates + Sales 2012". Zobbel.de. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  10. ^ "The Weeknd – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for The Weeknd. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Weeknd – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for The Weeknd. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  12. ^ "The Weeknd – Chart history" Billboard Adult R&B Songs for The Weeknd. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  13. ^ "The Weeknd – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for The Weeknd. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  14. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Canadian single certifications – The Weeknd – Wicked Games". Music Canada. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Weeknd - Wicked Games" (in Swedish). Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  17. ^ "American single certifications – The Weeknd – The Hills". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 27, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  18. ^ "Rhythm – Available For Airplay". FMQB. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Wicked Games (Explicit Version) by The Weeknd". Canada: 7digital. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Wicked Games (Explicit Version) by The Weeknd". United States: 7digital. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Wicked Games (Explicit Version) by The Weeknd". United Kingdom: 7digital. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 

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