Wolves (Selena Gomez and Marshmello song)

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"Wolves"
Selena Gomez and Marshmello Wolves.jpg
Single by Selena Gomez and Marshmello
Released October 25, 2017 (2017-10-25)
Format Digital download
Genre EDM
Length 3:17
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Marshmello
  • Andrew Watt
Selena Gomez singles chronology
"Fetish"
(2017)
"Wolves"
(2017)
"Back to You"
(2018)
Marshmello singles chronology
"You & Me"
(2017)
"Wolves"
(2017)
"Spotlight"
(2017)
Music video
"Wolves" on YouTube

"Wolves" is a song by American singer Selena Gomez and music producer Marshmello. It was written by Gomez, Ali Tamposi, Louis Bell, Brian Lee, Carl Rosen, Marshmello and Andrew Watt, with production handled by the latter two. The song was released by Interscope Records on October 25, 2017.

Commercially, the song has topped the charts in Hungary, Latvia, and Poland while reaching the top 10 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom; as well as the top 20 in Germany, Spain, and the United States.

Release and promotion[edit]

Marshmello first revealed the collaboration on July 22, 2017, when he tweeted: "Happy birthday Selena Gomez! Can't wait for the world to hear what we've been working on."[1] On August 15, 2017, Marshmello wrote that Gomez "sounds absolutely incredible" on the song, when replying to a fan who asked him to talk about the collaboration.[2] During a radio interview with Tonya and Sonic on San Diego's Energy 103.7 FM, Gomez spoke of the collaboration: "It's really cool. It's kind of in that world, his world, and I'm stepping into it and bringing my style too." She called it a beautiful song as well as one of her favorites.[3][4][5] On September 25, 2017, a follower of Gomez reached out to Marshemello via Twitter for a "tip" about the song, to which Marshmello replied: "Coming very very soon," leading to speculation on the song's release.[6][7][8][9] On October 6, 2017, alongside the announcement of his single "You & Me" and collaborations with Migos, TM88 and Southside, he reassured fans that the song is "coming very soon".[10][11]

On October 19, 2017, both Gomez and Marshmello took to social media to officially announce their collaboration and its release date.[12] Gomez shared pictures of her wearing a pink version of Marshmello's helmet while they sit on the ground, as well as the two sitting on a couch eating popcorn.[13][14][15] It premiered via the radio show Beats 1, where hoster Zane Lowe named it the day's "World Record".[16]

Composition[edit]

"Wolves" was written by Selena Gomez and Marshmello along with Ali Tamposi, Louis Bell, Brian Lee, Carl Rosen and the song's producers Marshmello and Andrew Watt[17] has been described as a "sticky electronic snack"[18] and "propulsive EDM"[19] which is equally "acoustic-laced EDM and long, lost 80's pop". Caitlin Kelley from Billboard noted how Marshmello's influence in the song can be heard through "subtle trap elements, like the triple high hats buzzing beneath the smoky atmosphere."[20] "Wolves" opens "dark and gloomy" with Gomez singing over a clean electric guitar as Kat Bein from Billboard commented, the build of the bridge is "almost country-pop, but the choral hook is all Marshmello sweetness."[21] In an interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1, Gomez stated that the lyrics deeply reflects what she was feeling the period she recorded the track.[22]

Music video[edit]

On November 2, 2017, Gomez released the vertical video for the single exclusively through Spotify. It was later released via her official Vevo account. The video is a FaceTime between Gomez and Marshmello.[23]

On November 17, the official video premiered on iTunes and Apple Music.[24] The video features Gomez wearing different outfits in various parts of an indoor swimming pool facility. Near the end of the video, Gomez walks on the water of the swimming pool.[25][26] The video was released on Vevo and YouTube a day later on Gomez's account.[27] As of August 2018, the video has hit 200 million views.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Wolves" entered at number 16 on the UK Singles Chart.[28] Three weeks later, it ascended to number nine and became Gomez's fourth top 10 entry in the nation.[29] In Australia, the song entered at number 15 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[30] It has reached number five there and is her second-highest peaking song in the country behind "It Ain't Me".[31] After debuting at number 69 on the Canadian Hot 100,[32] it rose to number nine the following week[33] and has been certified double Platinum by Music Canada (MC) for accumulating 160,000 equivalent units.[34] The song was certified Platinum by RIAA for accumulating 1 million equivalent units, the song has 5 millions copies sold over worldwide.[35]

Live performance[edit]

On November 19, 2017, Gomez and Marshmello performed "Wolves" live for the first time at the 2017 American Music Awards.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[36]
  1. "Wolves" – 3:17
  • Digital download – Total Ape remix[37]
  1. "Wolves" (Total Ape remix) – 3:05
  • Digital download – Sneek remix[37]
  1. "Wolves" (Sneek remix) – 4:34
  1. "Wolves" (Said the Sky remix) – 3:28
  1. "Wolves" (Rusko remix) – 3:46
  • Digital download – Owen Norton remix[37]
  1. "Wolves" (Owen Norton remix) – 4:28
  1. "Wolves" (MOTi remix) – 4:05

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[96] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Belgium (BEA)[97] Platinum 30,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[98] 2× Platinum 80,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[34] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[99] Gold 45,000^
France (SNEP)[100] Platinum 133,333*
Germany (BVMI)[101] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[102] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[103] Platinum 30,000*
Portugal (AFP)[104] Gold 5,000double-dagger
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[105] Platinum 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[106] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[107] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[108] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various October 25, 2017 Original Interscope [36][17]
United States November 7, 2017 Contemporary hit radio [109]
November 21, 2017 Rhythmic contemporary radio [110]
Various February 23, 2018 Digital download Remixes [37]

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