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Rockstar (Post Malone song)

"Rockstar" (stylized with a lowercase R)[4] is a song by American rapper Post Malone. It was released on September 15, 2017, by Republic Records as the lead single from his second studio album Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018). The track features a guest verse from fellow American rapper 21 Savage. It was written by Post Malone, 21 Savage, Louis Bell, Carl Austin Rosen, Joey Bada$$ and Olufunmibi Awoshiley, and produced by Tank God and Bell (who co-produced "Congratulations").[5][6][7][8]

"Rockstar"
PostMaloneRockstar.jpg
Single by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage
from the album Beerbongs & Bentleys
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2017 (2017-09-15)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2016–17
Genre
Length3:38
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Tank God
  • Louis Bell
Post Malone singles chronology
"Homemade Dynamite (Remix)"
(2017)
"Rockstar"
(2017)
"Candy Paint"
(2017)
21 Savage singles chronology
"Bank Account"
(2017)
"Rockstar"
(2017)
"Pull Up N Wreck"
(2017)
Latin Remix cover
PostMaloneRockstarLatinRemix.jpg
Music video
"Rockstar" on YouTube

The track reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, and reached the top spot in several other countries, including Australia, Canada, Portugal, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and the United Kingdom. It became both Post Malone and 21 Savage's first number-one single in all the countries mentioned.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Post Malone posted a snippet of himself recording the track in the studio via Twitter on December 29, 2016.[9] The song originally featured American artists T-Pain and Joey Badass, the latter who co-wrote the track but is uncredited.[10]

Music videoEdit

The unofficial YouTube video for the track's audio, released by Republic Records, is a three-minute-and-38-second loop of solely the song's chorus.[11] Therefore, the song was able to receive equivalent downloads without featuring the entirety of the song, which some attributed to its number-one spot on the Hot 100.[12] Some called it a "clever marketing scheme", while others believed it was a trick or a loophole.[13]

The official music video, directed by Emil Nava, was released on Post Malone's Vevo YouTube channel on November 21, 2017.[14] The video features Post Malone in a room fighting against a gang of men with samurai swords, and ends with Post Malone and 21 Savage covered in blood.[15][16][17] Pitchfork noted that the video references the Japanese action film Lady Snowblood.[18] As of October 2018, the video has received over 430 million views on YouTube.[14]

Chart performanceEdit

The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Post Malone and 21 Savage's first number-one song.[1] It debuted at number two behind Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow",[19] breaking the single week streaming record on Apple Music with over 25 million streams[20] becoming Post Malone's third top 20 hit, following his debut single, "White Iverson" and his top 10 hit "Congratulations". It stayed behind "Bodak Yellow" for three consecutive weeks before reaching the top spot in its fourth week.[1] As of October 2017, the single has sold 165,458 copies in the United States.[21] "Rockstar" topped the Hot 100 for eight weeks, the longest run at number one for a hip hop song in 2017.[22][23] In Australia, it topped the ARIA Singles Chart for seven weeks[24] In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number five on September 22, 2017. The following week, it rose three places to number two, behind Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes",[25] before reaching the top on October 6.

Critical receptionEdit

Spin.com reviewed the song's unofficial video by stating: "The chorus loop may be a weirdly hypnotic, post-Vine marketing gimmick, but it seems like it worked. "rockstar" is both Post Malone's and 21 Savage's first-ever No. 1 single, meaning this probably won't be the last time an artist attempts to boost a track by distilling its catchiest section into a standalone product. Maybe, in the future, we'll all listen to seconds-long hooks on endless extended loops."[26] Spin and Time also declared the song as one of the worst songs of 2017.[27][28]

RemixesEdit

On December 13, 2017, a Latin remix of the song featuring Puerto Rican reggaeton artists Nicky Jam and Ozuna was released.[29] Another remix was released on December 22, 2017, featuring new verses from rappers Jadakiss and Nino Man.[30] On December 25, 2017, Lil Wayne released his remix of the song, titled "5 Star" and featuring Nicki Minaj, as a single from his mixtape Dedication 6.[31] On December 28, 2017, the original version of the song featuring T-Pain and Joey Bada$$ was leaked.[32] On January 23, 2018, American rapper Fetty Wap released his remix of the song.[33] On March 2, 2018, yet another remix surfaced on YouTube featuring verses by Jerome and Machine Gun Kelly. [34]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[99] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[100] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[101] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[102] Diamond 160,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[103] 9× Platinum 720,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[104] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[105] Diamond 233,333*
Germany (BVMI)[106] 3× Gold 600,000^
Italy (FIMI)[107] 3× Platinum 150,000 
Mexico (AMPROFON)[108] 2× Platinum 120,000
New Zealand (RMNZ)[109] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[110] 4× Platinum 40,000*
Portugal (AFP)[111] 2× Platinum 20,000 
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[112] Platinum 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[113] 7× Platinum 280,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[114] 2× Platinum 1,200,000 
United States (RIAA)[115] 7× Platinum 7,000,000 

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

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label
United States September 15, 2017 Digital download[4]
September 26, 2017 Rhythmic contemporary[116]
Contemporary hit radio[117]

See alsoEdit

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