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"Never Be like You" is a song by Australian musician Flume, co-written and featured by Canadian artist Kai. It was released on 16 January 2016, by Future Classic, as the lead single of his second studio album, Skin. The song debuted at number 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart, later reaching number one and becoming Flume's first song to top the chart. The song also charted in Belgium, France, the United States and New Zealand, where it reached number two on the RMNZ Singles Chart.

"Never Be like You"
Never Be Like You (featuring Kai) (Official Single Cover) by Flume.png
Single by Flume featuring Kai
from the album Skin
Released16 January 2016 (2016-01-16)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2015
Genre
Length3:54
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Flume
  • Kai
  • Earley
Flume singles chronology
"Some Minds"
(2015)
"Never Be like You"
(2016)
"Smoke & Retribution"
(2016)
Kai singles chronology
"Crawl"
(2013)
"Never Be like You"
(2016)
"Mind"
(2016)
Music video
"Never Be like You" on YouTube

In a press release, Flume said, "Kai and I were sending ideas back and forth online, then met up in New York and went into the studio. We laid down some chords and started an idea but weren't feeling inspired. So we went out into the night for a few hours and when we returned, it all started to come together."[1]

A remix by Disclosure was released on 4 March 2016 and a remix EP was released on 25 March 2016.[2][3][4] The song received a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 2017 Grammy Awards.[5]

On 26 January 2017, the song was voted number one on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2016.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

Harley Brown of Spin said that "Diplo‑endorsed artist Kai provides sumptuous and sterling vocals over sparkling half‑time drops, like an instrumental B‑side from [Justin Timberlake's 2006 album] FutureSex LoveSounds" and that "The new R&B look is a good one for Flume".[7]

Billboard said "The song features Canadian chanteuse Kai, smoothly balancing chilled out trap effects with spacey ambient noise and future bass elements, going hard and soft at once – a duality expressed in the lyrics as well, with Kai begging forgiveness while asserting right to just be herself".[8]

Rolling Stone named "Never Be like You" one of the 30 best songs of the first half of 2016: "The pop realization of the twisted techno mutations of cutting-edge acts like Flying Lotus, Rustie and Arca. "Never Be like You" skulks like Justin Timberlake's "My Love" caught in a parade of sparking, stuttering robotics."[9]

Track listingsEdit

Digital download[10]

  1. "Never Be like You" – 3:54

Digital download (Disclosure remix)[11]

  1. "Never Be like You" (Disclosure remix) – 6:11

Digital download (EP)[12]

  1. "Never Be like You" – 3:54
  2. "Never Be like You" (Disclosure remix) – 6:11
  3. "Never Be like You" (Wave Racer remix) – 3:28
  4. "Never Be like You" (Teengirl Fantasy remix) – 4:22

Digital download (Martin Solveig remix)[13]

  1. "Never Be like You" (Martin Solveig remix) – 4:44

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[49] 7× Platinum 490,000^
Belgium (BEA)[50] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[51] 2× Platinum 160,000 
France (SNEP)[52] Platinum 150,000*
Germany (BVMI)[53] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[54] Gold 25,000 
New Zealand (RMNZ)[55] 2× Platinum 30,000*
United States (RIAA)[56] 2× Platinum 2,000,000 

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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