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Youngblood (5 Seconds of Summer song)

"Youngblood" is a song recorded by Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer. It was written by Calum Hood, Ali Tamposi, Andrew Watt, Ashton Irwin and Luke Hemmings, with production handled by Watt and Louis Bell. The song was released via Capitol Records on 12 April 2018, as the second single from their third studio album of the same name.

"Youngblood"
Youngblood (acoustic) by 5SOS.jpg
Acoustic version cover art
Single by 5 Seconds of Summer
from the album Youngblood
Released12 April 2018 (2018-04-12)
Format
Genre
Length3:23
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
5 Seconds of Summer singles chronology
"Want You Back"
(2018)
"Youngblood"
(2018)
"Valentine"
(2018)
Music video
"Youngblood" on YouTube

"Youngblood" reached number one in Australia in May 2018, becoming the band's second number-one single in their home country, spending eight consecutive weeks at the top, and was certified as the number one song in Australia for 2018. It also reached number one in New Zealand, spending four consecutive weeks at the top. It reached the top ten in eleven countries, including number three in Canada, number four in the United Kingdom, and number seven in the United States, becoming their first top 10 single in Canada and the United States. On the radio charts, it became their first number one on United States’ Mainstream Top 40 chart and Adult Pop Songs chart, topping the charts for five consecutive weeks and two consecutive weeks, respectively, and Canada’s Contemporary Hit Radio/Top 40 Airplay chart, topping the chart for four consecutive weeks.

"Youngblood" has been certified multi-platinum in Australia and New Zealand, certified platinum in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and certified gold in Italy, Belgium and Brazil. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2018, "Youngblood" won the ARIA Award for Song of the Year.[3][4]

Contents

Background and releaseEdit

The song was initially released as an instant download track with the pre-order of the album, but was later released as a single. Ashton Irwin has said that he "loved that new wave could be really melancholy, but also up. It had romanticism and anger, but also energy and colour. That's exactly what we wanted for our new music."[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone said the song has a "relentless, thumping rhythm, around which 5 Seconds of Summer move between delicate verses and a booming chorus".[6]

Commercial performanceEdit

"Youngblood" reached number one in Australia in May 2018, becoming the band's second number-one single in their home country,[7] spending eight consecutive weeks at the top. It has been certified quintuple platinum in the country.

It has also reached number one in New Zealand, spending four consecutive weeks at the top. It has been certified double platinum in the country.

In the United States, "Youngblood" peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their first top ten single and their highest-charting single to date.[8] It also became their first single to peak at number one on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart (also known as Pop Songs airplay chart),[9] topping the chart for five consecutive weeks, number one on the Adult Top 40 (also known as Adult Pop Songs chart), topping the chart for two consecutive weeks, and number two on the Radio Songs chart (airplay chart across all genres).[10] It has been certified platinum in the country.[citation needed]

In the United Kingdom, "Youngblood" peaked at number four, has been on the singles chart for 6 months, and has been certified platinum.[11] The single did well during the summer months, from 1 June to 31 August, and ranked seventh on The UK's Official Top 40 Biggest Song of the Summer 2018,[12] while the music video ranked ninth place on The Official Top 40 songs most streamed on video of 2018 so far.[citation needed]

In Canada, the song peaked at number three, becoming the band’s first top ten and their highest-charting single in the country. It also became their first single to peak atop Canada’s Contemporary Hit Radio/Top 40 Airplay chart, topping the chart for four consecutive weeks, and at number two on the Adult Contemporary chart. It has been certified platinum in the country.[citation needed]

Live performanceEdit

The band performed their single on The Voice Australia.[13] They performed it on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on 12 June 2018.[14] On 22 June 2018, they performed it on The Today Show's Summer Concert Series.[15]

The song is part of the set list for their 5SOS III tour and Meet You There Tour. They also performed the song during their visits at radio stations.

Music videoEdit

An "alternative" music video for the song was released on the band's YouTube channel on 26 April 2018. It is filmed in monochrome and intercuts backstage tour footage with a live performance of the song. As of October 2018, the video has over 100 million views.[16]

The song's official music video was released on 2 August 2018 while the band was in Japan for their tour. Directed by Frank Borin, the video was filmed in Tokyo and tells the story of an elderly couple in their final moments (played by Japanese artists "JOHNNY" Daigo Yamashita and Misaki Aono), having a flashback of their youth which then dives into the Japanese Rockabilly culture.[17]

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download
  1. "Youngblood" – 3:23
  • Digital download – acoustic[18]
  1. "Youngblood" (acoustic) – 3:40
  1. "Youngblood" (R3hab remix) – 2:30
  2. "Youngblood" (R3hab extended remix) – 2:55

Credits and personnelEdit

5 Seconds of Summer

  • Calum Hood – composition, vocals, bass guitar
  • Ashton Irwin – composition, vocals, drums
  • Luke Hemmings – composition, lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Michael Clifford – lead guitar, vocals

Additional musicians

  • Ali Tamposi – composition
  • Andrew Watt – composition, production
  • Louis Bell – production

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[78] 9× Platinum 630,000^
Belgium (BEA)[79] Platinum 40,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[80] Gold 20,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[81] Platinum 80,000^
Italy (FIMI)[82] Platinum 50,000 
New Zealand (RMNZ)[83] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[84] 2× Platinum 12,000,000 
Sweden (GLF)[85] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[86] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[87] 2× Platinum 2,000,000 

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

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