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"Beast" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Mia Martina for her self-titled second album (2014). It was released on April 7, 2015, by CP Records and Universal Music Group, as the fifth single from the album.[1] The song features a guest appearance from American rapper Waka Flocka Flame. Martina and Waka Flocka wrote the track with Breyan Isaac, who also produced it.

"Beast"
MiaMartinaBeast.jpg
Single by Mia Martina featuring Waka Flocka Flame
from the album Mia Martina
ReleasedApril 7, 2015
FormatDigital download
Recorded2014
GenrePop, dance
Length3:09
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Breyan Isaac
Mia Martina singles chronology
"HFH (Heart Fucking Hurts)"
(2015)
"Beast"
(2015)
Waka Flocka Flame singles chronology
"Tell Daddy'"
(2014)
"Beast"
(2015)
"Game On"
(2015)

The song peaked at number 39 on the Canadian Hot 100. It was certified Gold by Music Canada, denoting sales of 40,000 units in that country. To promote "Beast", an accompanying music video for the track was released on April 30, 2015. It features Martina running through a mysterious forest. Martin and Waka Flocka performed the song at the 2015 Much Music Video Awards.

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Background and compositionEdit

 
"Beast" features an additional rap verse from Waka Flocka Flame (pictured).

In September 2014 Martina revealed the self-titled second album's track list. "Beast" premiered in the same month.[2] She eventually released the album on October 14, 2014. On April 7, 2015, "Beast" was released as a single for digital download.[1] The single's artwork features Martina's hair covering half of her face.

"Beast" is a three-minute-and-nine-second-long song.[1] It was written by Martina, Waka Flocka Flame and Breyan Isaac, the latter also produced the track. Isaac previously written songs for artists such as Flo Rida, Pitbull, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. In an interview with Billboard, Martina called the track "dark and sexy", while Waka Flocka, who delivers a short rap verse in the song, called it a "dope record".[3] In an interview with ANDPOP, Martina talked about collaborating with Waka Flocka, stating, "First of all, Waka's so great, his energy is amazing. He's a rock star."[4] Waka Flocka along with Dev are the only featured artists on Martina's album.

PromotionEdit

The song is dark and sexy, both musically and lyrically, and I wanted to carry this vibe throughout the video.

—Martina on the idea of the music video during an interview with Billboard.[3]

A music video for the song, directed by Marc Andre Debruyne,[5] was released on April 30, 2015.[3] The video was nominated for Dance Video of the Year at the 2015 Much Music Video Awards.[6] Martina performed "Beast" with Waka Flocka at the Much Music Video Awards on June 21, 2015.[7] She also performed the track without him during her set at the Virgin Radio Beach Ball festival on August 13, 2015 in Vancouver.[8] The song peaked at number 39 on the Canadian Hot 100 in July 2015.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 39
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 8
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[11] 46

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Gold 5,000^

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

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Award Result Ref.
2015 Much Music Video Awards Dance Video of the Year Nominated [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Beast (feat. Waka Flocka) - Single by Mia Martina". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Martina, Mia (September 16, 2014). "Beast (feat. Waka Flocka) by Mia Martina". SoundCloud. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Weiner, Natalie (April 29, 2015). "Exclusive: Watch Mia Martina's Not-So-Fairy Tale Romance With Waka Flocka in 'Beast' Video". Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Williams, Jasmine (June 15, 2015). "Mia Martina talks MMVAs, Her New Album and Working with Waka Flocka on "Beast"". ANDPOP. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Watch Mia Martina's Music Video "Beast" Directed by Marc Andre Debruyne". FMTV. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Here Are The 2015 Much Music Video Awards Nominees!". CIMA. Archived from the original on July 2, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "Mia Martina And Waka Flocka Bring Out The Beast During A Red Riding Hood Inspired Performance At The 2015 MMVAs!". perezhilton.com. June 21, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "94.5 Virgin Radio Vancouver :: Virgin Radio Beach Ball". CFBT-FM. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  9. ^ "Mia Martina Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "Mia Martina Chart History (Canada CHR/Top 40)". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "Mia Martina Chart History (Canada Hot AC)". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  12. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Mia Martina – Beast". Music Canada.

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