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"Cake by the Ocean" is the debut single by American band DNCE, released for sale on September 18, 2015 and to radio on September 29, 2015 through Republic Records.[2] It serves as the lead single from their debut EP, Swaay (2015)[3] and is also included on their debut studio album, DNCE (2016).

"Cake by the Ocean"
A piece of cake on a white background with a knife and the words "DNCE: Cake by the Ocean"
Single by DNCE
from the EP Swaay
Released September 18, 2015
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Genre Disco-funk[1]
Length 3:38
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Mattman & Robin
DNCE singles chronology
"Cake by the Ocean"
(2015)
"Rock Bottom"
(2016)
Music video
"Cake by the Ocean" on YouTube
Alternative cover
Live version cover
Live version cover

The song reached the top 10 on multiple national record charts including Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It has also topped the US Billboard Adult Pop Songs airplay chart and been certified Gold or higher by a number of recording industry associations.

Music channels in the UK owned by Channel 4 (including 'Box Plus', '4Music', 'Magic' and 'Kiss') censor "fucking" by reversing the audio, rather than adopting the official clean version of the song. They also blur Jonas' mouth as he sings said obscenity.

Meanwhile, the MTV channels in the UK replace, "...Go fucking crazy..." with, "...Go for me crazy...", lifting audio from the line, "Walk for me, baby". No visual editing is imposed in this instance.

Both versions retain the explicit version's "God damn".

Billboard ranked "Cake by the Ocean" at number 44 on their "100 Best Pop Songs of 2016" list.[4] Nielsen Music named "Cake by the Ocean" the second most-played song in Canada for 2016, behind only Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself".[5]

Contents

CompositionEdit

"Cake by the Ocean" was co-written by Joe Jonas, Justin Tranter and the Swedish duo Mattman & Robin, who also produced the song.[6] Lyrically, the song is about sex,[7] but is also often interpreted to be referring to the cocktail Sex on the Beach.[8] The song's title originated from the Swedish producers repeatedly confusing the phrase "sex on the beach" for "cake by the ocean."[6] The song is composed in E minor, with a tempo of 120 beats per minute.[9]

Music videoEdit

A music video for "Cake by the Ocean", directed by Black Coffee and Gigi Hadid (Joe Jonas' then girlfriend), was released on 16 October, 2015. Christina Garibaldi of MTV wrote "DNCE— Joe, Joo Lee, Cole Whittle and Jack Lawless— perform their song in front of a giant piece of cake on the beach. Soon, a bunch of women wearing bikinis join 'Team DNCE' lather up and get their cake fighting faces on as they meet their competition: The Fat Jew."[10]

Live performancesEdit

On January 31, 2016, DNCE performed a 1950s rock and roll-inspired version of "Cake by the Ocean" as part of Fox's television musical Grease: Live as Johnny Casino and The Gamblers.[11] On February 12, 2016, the band performed the song live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[12] On March 12, 2016, the band performed the song at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards. On April 22, 2016, the band performed the song, in the UK, on BBC One's The Graham Norton Show.[13] On April 30, 2016, the band performed the song at the Radio Disney Music Awards. Cake by the Ocean was performed by DNCE at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Usage in mediaEdit

The song is featured in the films Bad Moms and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. It is also featured in the television shows Telenovela, South Park, No Tomorrow, The Real O'Neals and Mary + Jane. The trailer for the film Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates also features the track.[14] The song is also featured in the video game Just Dance 2017. In August 2016, the track was featured in an Indonesian Mizone commercial. [15]

PersonnelEdit

  • Mixer: Serban Ghenea
  • Assistant mixer: John Hanes
  • Bass, programming, guitar, percussion, background vocalist, producer, Lyricist, composer, drums: Mattias Larsson
  • Background vocalist, programming, producer, lyricist, composer, percussion, bass, drums, guitar: Robin Frederiksson
  • Background vocalist, lyricist, composer: Justin Tranter
  • Lyricist, composer, background vocalist: Joe Jonas

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[86] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[87] 2× Platinum 80,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[88] 2× Platinum 160,000^
France (SNEP)[89] Platinum 150,000*
Germany (BVMI)[90] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[91] 3× Platinum 150,000 
Netherlands (NVPI)[92] Platinum 20,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[93] 2× Platinum 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[94] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[95] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Sweden (GLF)[96] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[97] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[98] 3× Platinum 1,684,000[99]

*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 September 18, 2015 Digital download Republic [2]
Streaming [100]
September 29, 2015 Contemporary hit radio [101]

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