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"Powerful" is a song recorded by American electronic music project Major Lazer. It's the second official single off their third studio album, Peace Is the Mission (2015), featuring guest vocals from English singer Ellie Goulding and Jamaican singer Tarrus Riley.

"Powerful"
MajorLazerPowerful.jpg
Single by Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley
from the album Peace Is the Mission
ReleasedJune 1, 2015 (2015-06-01)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2014
Genre
Length3:26
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Major Lazer singles chronology
"Lean On"
(2015)
"Powerful"
(2015)
"Lost"
(2015)
Ellie Goulding singles chronology
"Love Me like You Do"
(2015)
"Powerful"
(2015)
"On My Mind"
(2015)
Tarrus Riley singles chronology
"Powerful"
(2015)
Alternative cover
Powerful (Remixes) Cover
Powerful (Remixes) Cover

Contents

CompositionEdit

The song is described as a "EDM power ballad" and its soul, pop and R&B nature led the critics to label it as one of the most accessible and radio friendly songs in the album.[1][2][3] It was written by Thomas Pentz, Maxime Picard, Clement Picard, Ilsey Juber, Fran Hall and reggae musician Tarrus Riley; the latter is also featured on the track along singer Ellie Goulding. The song is a musical departure from Major Lazer's dancehall-inspired signature sound, having this song dubbed as a ballad by many reporters.[4][5] Lyrically, the song talks about the protagonist's significant other having 'power' on them, such when they touch there is electricity. It also hints at sex. The chorus of the song was first used in the Major Lazer TV series on FXX a month before the full song was released in the episode "Vampire Weekend".

Music videoEdit

The music video was released on July 23, 2015. It features both Goulding and Riley performing their parts using telekinetic powers and ruining a small diner. The clip's theme is labeled as "supernatural" and was directed by James Slater.[5][6]

Use in mediaEdit

In 2017, the song was used in an advertisement for Emporio Armani's Stronger With You and Because It's You perfumes.[7], and in the 2017 advertising campaign for Unilever's Close-Up toothpaste.[8]

Track listingEdit

Digital download[9]
No.TitleLength
1."Powerful" (featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley)3:26
Digital download – Remixes - EP[10]
No.TitleLength
1."Powerful" (featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley)3:26
2."Powerful" (featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley) (With You. x GITCHII Remix)4:03
3."Powerful" (featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley) (Gregor Salto Remix)4:34
4."Powerful" (featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley) (Michael Calfan Remix)2:55
5."Powerful" (featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley) (BOXINBOX & Lionsize Remix)3:48
6."Powerful" (featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley) (G-Buck Remix)4:06

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[39] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[40] Gold 30,000^
Italy (FIMI)[41] Platinum 50,000 
New Zealand (RMNZ)[42] Gold 7,500*
United States (RIAA)[43] Gold 500,000^

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Major Lazer: Peace Is the Mission". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  2. ^ "Major Lazer 'Peace Is the Mission': A Track-by-Track Review". Insomniac.com. Archived from the original on 2017-08-25. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  3. ^ Dolan, Jon (June 2, 2015). "Major Lazer's New Album: Peace Is the Mission". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Meadow, Matthew. "Major Lazer Enlists Ellie Goulding For New "Powerful" Single". Your EDM. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  5. ^ a b "Ellie Goulding Gets Supernatural in Major Lazer's 'Powerful' Video | SPIN". Spin. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  6. ^ "Watch Major Lazer's Diner-Ruining 'Powerful' Video With Ellie Goulding". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRYE10SWZE0
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfpB52NXU4I (in Indonesian)
  9. ^ "Peace Is The Mission by Major Lazer on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  10. ^ "Powerful (feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley) [Remixes] - EP by Major Lazer on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
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  31. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Major Lazer feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley – Powerful". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
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  37. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2015". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  38. ^ "Airplay – podsumowanie 2015 roku" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  39. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2016 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  40. ^ "Danish single certifications – Major Lazer – Powerful". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved November 21, 2018. Scroll through the page-list below until year 2015 to obtain certification.
  41. ^ "Italian single certifications – Major Lazer – Powerful" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Select "2015" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Powerful" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  42. ^ "New Zealand single certifications". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  43. ^ "American single certifications – Major Lazer – Powerful". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 26, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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