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"Birthday Song" is a song by American hip hop recording artist 2 Chainz, released August 24, 2012 as the second single from his debut studio album Based on a T.R.U. Story (2012). The song, which features fellow American rapper Kanye West, was produced by Sonny Digital, West, BWheezy, Anthony Kilhoffer, Lifted and Mike Dean.

"Birthday Song"
2 Chainz Birthday Song.png
Single by 2 Chainz featuring Kanye West
from the album Based on a T.R.U. Story
ReleasedJuly 24, 2012
FormatDigital download
RecordedJanuary 2012
Genre
Length5:06
LabelDef Jam
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Sonny Digital
  • Kanye West (co.)
  • BWheezy (co.)
  • Anthony Kilhoffer (add.)
  • Lifted (add.)
  • Mike Dean (add.)
2 Chainz singles chronology
"My Moment"
(2012)
"Birthday Song"
(2012)
"Do My Dance"
(2012)
Kanye West singles chronology
"New God Flow"
(2012)
"Birthday Song"
(2012)
"Clique"
(2012)
Music video
"Birthday Song" on YouTube

Contents

Music videoEdit

The music video, released on August 30, 2012, was directed by Andreas Nilsson.[1]

Live performancesEdit

On October 9, 2012, 2 Chainz performed the song along with "I'm Different" at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. He also performed the song along with "I'm Different" on Jimmy Kimmel Live.[2]

Chart performanceEdit

Birthday Song debuted at number 91 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the week of August 11, 2012.[3] The song fell off the chart the following week. It re-entered the chart at number 100 on the week of September 1, 2012.[4] The song continued to climb the chart, until reached its peak position at number 47 on the week of November 10, 2012.[5] The single ended up spending a total of 20 weeks on the chart.[6] On November 25, 2014, the single was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over two million digital copies in the United States.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Rolling Stone     [7]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label
United States July 24, 2012[16] Digital download Def Jam
August 7, 2012 Urban radio
September 25, 2012[17] Rhythmic radio

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Alexis, Nadeska (August 15, 2012). "2 Chainz Snatches Kanye Director For 'Birthday Song' Video". MTV Music. MTV Networks. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "2 Chainz Performs “Birthday Song” & “I’m Different” at BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012". XXL. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
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  7. ^ "2 Chainz feat. Kanye West - Birthday Song".
  8. ^ "2 Chainz Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "2 Chainz Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  10. ^ "2 Chainz Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  11. ^ "2 Chainz Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  12. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - 2012 Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  13. ^ "Rap Songs - 2012 Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  14. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  15. ^ "American single certifications – 2 Chainz – Birthday Song". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  16. ^ iTunes - Music - Birthday Song - Single by 2 Chainz[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=74389

External linksEdit