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"All Day" is a single by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West. The song features Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, and Paul McCartney and was produced by West, Puff Daddy, French Montana, Velous, Charlie Heat, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Plain Pat, Travis Scott, Allen Ritter, and Mario Winans. Initially leaked in August 2014,[1] it was released on March 2, 2015 as a non-album single.[2] "All Day" contains an interpolation from "Dance with Me" by Jamaican singer Noel Ellis. The music video was announced in March 2015, premiered in July and released in February 2016. The song was certified Gold and Silver in the United States and United Kingdom respectively. It received nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards.[3]

"All Day"
KanyeWestAllDay.jpg
Single by Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney
ReleasedMarch 3, 2015
FormatDigital download
Recorded2014–15
Genre
Length5:11
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kanye West singles chronology
"Blessings"
(2015)
"All Day"
(2015)
"U Mad"
(2015)
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"FourFiveSeconds"
(2015)
"All Day"
(2015)
"Love Song to the Earth"
(2015)
Theophilus London singles chronology
"Tribe"
(2014)
"All Day"
(2015)
Allan Kingdom singles chronology
"Uvaje'd"
(2012)
"All Day"
(2015)
"Blast"
(2015)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The track was debuted live at the 2015 Brit Awards on February 26, 2015.[4] Rolling Stone provided the first official stream of the track.[5]

The song contains a sample of what has been confirmed by a representative of West as a re-recording of a song Paul McCartney wrote in 1969 that was inspired by a Pablo Picasso painting of a guitarist, which is supposedly titled: "Two Fingers & Whistling" or "When the Wind Is Blowing".[5][6] The track's creation started with Velous, who made the skeleton of the instrumental on a friend's couch while watching Saturday Night Live. During an interview with MTV, he also said of French Montana’s involvement on the song: "...although French isn’t your typical “producer”, the ideas he brought to Kanye for the beat were worthy of co-production..." "All Day" featured McCartney's acoustic guitar playing, whistling and singing of the last verse. This song was the third McCartney/West collaboration to be commercially released. In April 2015, after the track had officially been released, a demo leaked online with co-writer Kendrick Lamar rapping in it.[7]

Live performancesEdit

West debuted the song live at the 2015 Brit Awards with a number of US rappers and UK grime MC's including: Boy Better Know, Novelist, Q-Tip, Krept & Konan, Stormzy, Allan Kingdom, Theophilus London and Vic Mensa.[8] The entourage held flamethrowers and wore all black. West was confirmed to perform last minute, the day before the awards took place.[9] However, his performance was repeatedly muted throughout most of the track for those watching on television due to the extreme explicit language featured within the song's lyrics, with the usage of nigga being repeatedly rapped live on ITV.[10] The performance drew mixed reactions from the crowd, with presenters Ant & Dec joking about it afterwards, and divided opinions on social media; some criticising West's performance and some criticising how ITV dealt with the issue.[11][12] The usage of strong language sparked over 100 complaints received by Ofcom as a result of it.[13]

He performed the song live during the first-quarter timeout of the 2015 NBA Playoffs in the court.[14] West performed the track at Glastonbury with a sample of the Noel Ellis track "Dance With Me" used as the outro.[15] The track was part of his setlist for West's first concert on the Saint Pablo Tour in August 2016.[16]

Music videoEdit

As soon as the track was released in March 2015, it was announced that West would release a Steve McQueen-directed music video.[17] In July, this music video was premiered online.[18]

He officially released a music video for the song on February 22, 2016 that was directed by Steve McQueen, as planned upon the single's release, and featured a song titled "I Feel Like That" being played after "All Day" in the nine-minute video.[19] The video features West as the only star in it and is filmed in only one room for the entirety of it.[20] "I Feel Like That" sees West go deep into his issues with mental health, which he also references in the songs "U Mad" and "FML".[21] The track didn't end up on West's seventh studio album The Life of Pablo that was released within both the same year and month - it also wasn't spoken of by West or his crew later in 2016, so any plans he had to release it as a single or place it on any album were believed to have been scrapped, despite a release being anticipated.[22] When West released his eighth studio album Ye in 2018, "I Feel Like That" was not one of the tracks on it, furthering any speculation that its release has been scrapped.[23]

Credits and personnelEdit

Recording[24]

  • Recorded at Shangri La, Malibu, California; Jungle City Studios, New York City, New York; Windmark Studios, Santa Monica, California; Dean's List House of Hits, Soho, NYCB; No Name Studios, Mexico; No Name Studios, London, WardrobeRecordings; Lilayi, Zambia
  • Mixed at Health Farm Studios, London
  • Special Thanks: Kyle Hung, Bryan Perera, Guy Shteinman, and Elias Zuber.

Personnel[24]

Commercial performanceEdit

When "All Day" debuted at number 18 in the UK, it became West's second top-20 single of 2015; "FourFiveSeconds" peaked at number three in March 2015.[25] Additionally, these songs became his first US top-20 singles since 2013's "Bound 2".[26] In the United States, "All Day" debuted at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 140,000 downloads in its first week.[27]

The song was certified Gold in the US on July 28, 2015.[28] It achieved the certification of Silver in the UK on January 5, 2018.[29]

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[30] 42
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[31] 72
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[32] 47
Belgium Urban (Ultratop Flanders)[33] 9
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[34] 37
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[35] 28
Denmark (Tracklisten)[36] 39
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[37] 23
France (SNEP)[38] 28
Germany (Official German Charts)[39] 57
Ireland (IRMA)[40] 52
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[41] 93
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[42] 38
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[43] 19
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[44] 64
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[45] 18
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[46] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[47] 15
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[48] 6
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[49] 10

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2015) Position
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[50] 34
US Rap Airplay (Billboard)[51] 24

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[52] Silver 200,000 
United States (RIAA)[53] Gold 500,000^

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

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States March 2, 2015 Digital download [54]
March 3, 2015 Rhythmic contemporary radio [55]
Various March 3, 2015 Digital download [56][57]

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