"The Scotts" (stylized in all caps) is a song by American hip hop super-duo the Scotts, composed of rappers and singers Travis Scott and Kid Cudi.[1] It was released in various formats, including on 7-inch vinyl, cassette and as a CD single through Epic, Cactus Jack and Wicked Awesome on April 24, 2020.[2][3][4] The song release was supported by four different visuals on YouTube.[5]

"The Scotts"
Single by the Scotts
ReleasedApril 24, 2020
Length2:45
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Travis Scott singles chronology
"Turks"
(2020)
"The Scotts"
(2020)
"TKN"
(2020)
Kid Cudi singles chronology
"Leader of the Delinquents"
(2020)
"The Scotts"
(2020)
"The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady"
(2020)

The song debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, for the chart dated May 9, 2020, becoming Scott's third US number-one single, following "Sicko Mode" and "Highest in the Room". For Cudi it was his first US number-one single[6] and his first hit song since Day 'n' Nite eleven years prior.[7]

Both artists had previously collaborated on Scott's "Through the Late Night" and "Way Back" on Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016), Cudi's "Baptized in Fire" on Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' (2016), and Scott's "Stop Trying to Be God" on Astroworld (2018).[8] On September 3, 2021, Kid Cudi stated via Twitter that a full-length "The Scotts" album was in store for the future, though he noted that he did not know when it would happen, only that it would at some point.[9] He reiterated this in July 2023 following the release of Scott's fourth studio album Utopia, after previously stating in December 2022 that they were no longer working on the album.[10][11]

Background and promotion edit

On April 20, 2020, it was reported that Scott teamed up with Fortnite Battle Royale to start a virtual tour through the game called "Astronomical" starting on April 23 until April 25.[12] The rapper would premiere and play a new song at several different times during the game.[13] Players of the game got to hear snippets of the song before its official release.[14] In total, the concert was witnessed by an audience of over 12 million players.[15] On April 23, Scott revealed the cover art of the song on his Instagram and announced that the song would feature Kid Cudi.[16] The song title is a reference to Scott's stage surname and Cudi's real first name, who inspired Scott to take the name in the first place.[17] The cover art of the single was created by American artist Kaws.[18]

Critical reception edit

To Charles Holmes of Rolling Stone, the song felt "like a symbolic passing of the torch" after Scott's longstanding admiration for Cudi's work but eventually thought that "the results are mixed" despite having been "very hyped" beforehand.[19] Rap-Up described the song as an "explosive banger" with Scott igniting "the two-minute track while Cudder keeps the fire burning".[3]

Chart performance edit

"The Scotts" debuted at number one the Billboard Hot 100 on the week of May 9, 2020. The song became Scott's 3rd number one single and Cudi's first. The song also made Scott the sixth artist in history to have multiple songs that debuted at number one following Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Drake and Ariana Grande.[6]

Personnel edit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[20]

  • Jacques Webster (Travis Scott) – vocals, songwriting, composition, recording engineering, uncredited co-production[21]
  • Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi) – vocals, songwriting, composition
  • David Biral – songwriting, composition, production
  • Denzel Baptiste – songwriting, composition, production
  • Mike Dean – songwriting, composition, master engineering, mixing engineering, uncredited co-production[21]
  • Oladipo Omishore – songwriting, composition, production
  • Patrick Reynolds – songwriting, composition, production
  • Jimmy Cash – recording engineering
  • Ali Adel - music video editing

Charts edit

Certifications edit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[64] Gold 35,000
Austria (IFPI Austria)[65] Gold 15,000
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[66] 2× Platinum 80,000
Canada (Music Canada)[67] 2× Platinum 160,000
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[68] Gold 45,000
France (SNEP)[69] Gold 100,000
Italy (FIMI)[70] Gold 35,000
Mexico (AMPROFON)[71] Gold 30,000
New Zealand (RMNZ)[72] Gold 15,000
Poland (ZPAV)[73] Platinum 20,000
Portugal (AFP)[74] Platinum 10,000
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[75] Gold 30,000
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[76] Gold 10,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[77] Silver 200,000
United States (RIAA)[78] Platinum 1,000,000
Streaming
Greece (IFPI Greece)[79] Platinum 2,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
Streaming-only figures based on certification alone.

Release history edit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various April 24, 2020
[1][80]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Murphy, Chris (April 24, 2020). "Travis Scott & Kid Cudi Release New Single "The Scotts"". Vulture. Vox Media, LLC. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  2. ^ Espinoza, Joshua (April 24, 2020). "Stream Travis Scott and Kid Cudi's New Song "The Scotts"". Complex. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Travis Scott and Kid Cudi Drop "The Scotts" Collaboration". Rap-Up. April 24, 2020. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  4. ^ Ingvaldsen, Torsten (April 24, 2020). "Travis Scott Drops More 'Fortnite' Astronomical Tour Merch". Hypebeast. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  5. ^ Bloom, Madison (April 24, 2020). "Travis Scott and Kid Cudi Drop New Song "The Scotts": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Trust, Gary (May 4, 2020). "Travis Scott & Kid Cudi's 'The Scotts' Debuts at No. 1 on Hot 100, Megan Thee Stallion's 'Savage' Soars to Top Five". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  7. ^ "Kid Cudi Earns The First No. 1 Hit Of His Career With Travis Scott Collaboration "The Scotts"". Genius. Retrieved 2024-04-01.
  8. ^ Langford, Jackson (April 24, 2020). "Travis Scott and Kid Cudi release new single "The Scotts"". NME. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  9. ^ "Kid Cudi Speaks About 'The Scotts' Collab Album With Travis Scott for the First Time in Months". HYPEBEAST. 2021-09-04. Retrieved 2021-09-09.
  10. ^ "Kid Cudi Says Joint Album with Travis Scott is Back in Production". HNHH. 29 July 2023.
  11. ^ "Kid Cudi Will No Longer Release a Joint Album With Travis Scott". HYPEBEAST. 2022-12-21. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  12. ^ Kain, Eric (April 22, 2020). "'Fortnite' Travis Scott Concert: Dates, Venue Location And How To Watch — Plus Everything You Need To Know". Forbes. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  13. ^ "Announcing the Fortnite and Travis Scott Event: Astronomical". Epic Games. April 20, 2020. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  14. ^ Aniftos, Rania (April 23, 2020). "Travis Scott & Kid Cudi Tease New Song 'The Scotts' on Fortnite". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  15. ^ Stuart, Keith (April 24, 2020). "More than 12m players watch Travis Scott concert in Fortnite". The Guardian. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  16. ^ Bloom, Madison (April 23, 2020). "Travis Scott and Kid Cudi Dropping New Song "The Scotts" Tonight". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  17. ^ Rettig, James (April 23, 2020). "Travis Scott & Kid Cudi – "The Scotts"". Stereogum. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  18. ^ Kinane, Ruth (April 24, 2020). "Travis Scott and Kid Cudi team up for new single "The Scotts"". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  19. ^ Holmes, Charles (April 24, 2020). "Kid Cudi and Travis Scott Release "The Scotts" to Fortnite Fanfare". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  20. ^ "THE SCOTTS / THE SCOTTS". Tidal. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  21. ^ a b Johnson, Zoe (April 24, 2020). "Travis Scott Premieres New Song "The Scotts" With Kid Cudi". XXL. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  22. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  23. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts". Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  24. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  25. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  26. ^ "Travis Scott Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  27. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 202019 into search. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  28. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts". Hitlisten. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  29. ^ "EESTI TIPP-40 MUUSIKAS: Mängu "Fortnite" toel on Travis Scott taas kõrgel tabelis". Eesti Ekspress (in Estonian). Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  30. ^ "The Scotts,Travis Scott,Kid Cudi: The Scotts" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  31. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts". SNEP. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  32. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  33. ^ "Travis Scott Chart History (Global 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  34. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Week: 18/2020". IFPI Greece. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  35. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  36. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  37. ^ "Tónlistinn – Lög" [The Music – Songs] (in Icelandic). Plötutíðindi. Archived from the original on May 14, 2020. Retrieved July 6, 2021.
  38. ^ "Official Irish Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  39. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts". Top Digital Download. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  40. ^ "2020 18-os SAVAITĖS (balandžio 24-30 d.) SINGLŲ TOP100" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. May 4, 2020. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  41. ^ "Top 20 Most Streamed International & Domestic Singles In Malaysia". Recording Industry Association of Malaysia. Recording Industry Association of Malaysia. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  42. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  43. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  44. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts". VG-lista. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  45. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  46. ^ "Airplay 100 – 7 iunie 2020" (in Romanian). Kiss FM. June 7, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  47. ^ "RIAS International Top Charts Week 18". Recording Industry Association (Singapore). Archived from the original on May 5, 2020.
  48. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 202018 into search. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  49. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts". Canciones Top 50. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  50. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  51. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Scotts [Travis Scott & Kid Cudi] – The Scotts". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  52. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  53. ^ "Travis Scott Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  54. ^ "Travis Scott Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  55. ^ "Travis Scott Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  56. ^ "Travis Scott Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  57. ^ "Top 100 Songs". Rolling Stone. April 24, 2020. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  58. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 – Year-End 2020". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  59. ^ "Stream Top 100 - darabszám alapján - 2020". Mahasz. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  60. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2020". hitparade.ch. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  61. ^ "Hot 100 Songs – Year-End 2020". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  62. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2020". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  63. ^ "Rhythmic Songs – Year-End 2020". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  64. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2020 Singles" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  65. ^ "Austrian single certifications – The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi – The Scotts" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  66. ^ "Brazilian single certifications – The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi – The Scotts" (in Portuguese). Pro-Música Brasil. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  67. ^ "Canadian single certifications – The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi – The Scotts". Music Canada. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  68. ^ "Danish single certifications – The Scotts (Travis Scott & Kid Cudi) – The Scotts". IFPI Danmark. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  69. ^ "French single certifications – The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi – The Scotts" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  70. ^ "Italian single certifications – The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi – The Scotts" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  71. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Retrieved July 22, 2020. Type The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and The Scotts in the box under the TÍTULO column heading.
  72. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – The Scotts (Travis Scott and Kid Cudi) – The Scotts". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  73. ^ "Wyróżnienia – Platynowe płyty CD - Archiwum - Przyznane w 2021 roku" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  74. ^ "Portuguese single certifications – The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi – The Scotts" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Retrieved October 3, 2021.
  75. ^ "Spanish single certifications – The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi – The Scotts". El portal de Música. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  76. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards ('The Scotts')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  77. ^ "British single certifications – Scotts/Travis Scott/Kid Cudi – The Scotts". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  78. ^ "American single certifications – The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi – The Scotts". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  79. ^ "IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Εβδομάδα: 9/2021" (in Greek). IFPI Greece. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  80. ^ "TRAVIS SCOTT". Travis Scott Shop. Archived from the original on 2020-04-24. Retrieved August 18, 2020.