Focus (H.E.R. song)

"Focus" is a song by American singer H.E.R. released on September 8, 2016. It was included on her self-titled album released in 2017. A remix with Chris Brown, hosted by DJ Envy, was released on May 1, 2018, with Brown and H.E.R. exchanging verses.[1]

"Focus"
Single by H.E.R.
from the album H.E.R.
ReleasedSeptember 8, 2016
GenreR&B
Length3:20
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • H.E.R.
  • Darhyl Camper Jr.
H.E.R. singles chronology
"Something to Prove"
(2014)
"Focus"
(2016)
"Best Part"
(2017)

BackgroundEdit

Justin Love, an artist from New Jersey who co-wrote the song, revealed that "Focus" is about his mother.[2]

Commercial performanceEdit

"Focus" topped the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart in October 2018, becoming H.E.R.'s first number one a Billboard songs chart.[3]

AccoladesEdit

"Focus" was nominated for the Soul Train Music Award for The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award at the 2018 Soul Train Music Awards and for the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards but lost both to "Boo'd Up" by Ella Mai.[4][5]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 100
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 45
US Hot R&B Songs (Billboard)[8] 7
US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Billboard)[9] 15
US Adult R&B Songs (Billboard)[10] 1

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chris Brown Joins H.E.R. For DJ Envy-Hosted "Focus (Remix)"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  2. ^ "Grammy Nominated Justin Love Reveals That Hit Song 'Focus' Sung by H.E.R. Was Written About His Mom". The Source. June 10, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Anderson, Trevor. "H.E.R.'s 'Focus' Hits No. 1 on Adult R&B Songs Chart". Billboard. October 4, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Bennett, Jessica. "Soul Train Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List". Ebony. November 26, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Winners & Nominees - 61st Annual Grammy Awards". Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "H.E.R. Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "H.E.R. Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "H.E.R. Chart History (Hot R&B)". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "H.E.R. Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "H.E.R. Chart History (Adult R&B Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "American single certifications – H.E.R. – Focus". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 9, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.