Boyfriend (Ariana Grande and Social House song)

"Boyfriend" (stylized in all lowercase[3]) is a song by American singer Ariana Grande and American musical duo Social House. It was released by Republic Records on August 2, 2019.[4] It is the second single from Social House's debut extended play, Everything Changed... (2019). It became Grande's 14th and Social House's first top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also became the first song by a woman, and third overall, to top the Rolling Stone Top 100 Songs chart, achieving it in its debut week.[5] It was nominated for both an MTV Video Music Award and a Grammy award, winning the former.

"Boyfriend"
Ariana Grande and Social House - Boyfriend.png
Single by Ariana Grande and Social House
from the EP Everything Changed...
ReleasedAugust 2, 2019 (2019-08-02)
Genre
Length3:06
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Monopoly"
(2019)
"Boyfriend"
(2019)
"Don't Call Me Angel"
(2019)
Social House singles chronology
"Haunt You"
(2019)
"Boyfriend"
(2019)
"Electric"
(2020)
Music video
"Boyfriend" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

The song was first teased by Grande on her social media on July 24, 2019, when she posted a picture of herself on a video set.[6][7][8] She followed up the posts with pictures from the same video set, revealing the song to be a collaboration with Social House.[9] Grande hinted at the title of the song on July 29, 2019, with the caption "u ain't my boyfriend".[10] The first teaser was posted a day later.[4][11] The cover art was revealed by Grande on her social media on July 30, 2019, and the song was simultaneously made available for pre-save.[12]

CompositionEdit

The song is written in the key of B minor, and it follows the chord progression of Gmaj13—F7—Bm11—Em9—F7. Grande's vocals span from a low A3 to a high F5.[13]

Critical receptionEdit

Billboard's Jason Lipshutz called "Boyfriend" an "elastic pop track, a lovably low-stakes ode to romantic attraction but resistance to traditional labels".[1] Amanda Mitchell of O, The Oprah Magazine opined that the song's lyrics "will hit home for anyone who's ever wanted to be coupled-up, but also enjoyed the freedom of not being in a relationship. It's the theme song for those who fear commitment—despite wanting to be someone's girlfriend".[14] Writing for Esquire, Gabrielle Bruney stated that it is "a completely undeniable bop", adding that it is "an effortlessly hooky R&B-pop hybrid" which "captures that torturous liminal phase in relationships, before boundaries and definitions have been set in stone, but when feelings are still very much on the line".[15]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Hannah Lux Davis and was released alongside the song on August 2, 2019.[16] In the video, Grande and Foster portray a dysfunctional couple seeking counseling from Anderson as they sing the song. Intermittent scenes show Grande and Foster at a party and both seeing the other flirt with other people. They each jealously fantasize about violently attacking their partner's other love interests: Grande tackles and beats one girl and pins another girl to a door by shooting an arrow into her palm; Foster kicks a guy in the face and pulls out his still-beating heart, giving it to Grande. Another sequence involves Grande pulling open her blazer and firing lasers shaped like pink hearts out of her bra, getting Foster's attention. The video ends with the couple passionately making out in the bathroom and subsequently destroying it. Anderson finds them, seemingly giving up on the couple and leaving them to their own devices.[17] The video has since received over 157 million views.[17]

AccoladesEdit

Year Organization Award Result Ref.
2019 MTV Video Music Award Song of Summer Won [18]
2020 Grammy Awards Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominated [19]

Live performancesEdit

The song was first performed live by Grande and Social House at Grande's performance at Lollapalooza on August 4, 2019 with Social House.[20] Grande later added the song to the European leg of her Sweetener World Tour.[21]

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[22]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[80] Gold 35,000 
Canada (Music Canada)[81] Platinum 80,000 
New Zealand (RMNZ)[82] Gold 15,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[83] Gold 30,000 
Portugal (AFP)[84] Gold 5,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[85] Silver 200,000 
United States (RIAA)[86] Platinum 1,000,000 

*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.
Various August 2, 2019 Republic [22]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Universal [87]
Australia August 4, 2019 Republic [88]
United States August 6, 2019 [89]
Rhythmic contemporary [90]
United Kingdom August 9, 2019 Contemporary hit radio Universal [91]
August 17, 2019 Adult contemporary [92]
Various December 6, 2019 Republic [93][94][95][96]

See alsoEdit

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