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Timber (Pitbull song)

"Timber"
Single by Pitbull featuring Kesha
from the album Meltdown
Released October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)[1]
Format
Recorded 2012
Length 3:24
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Pitbull singles chronology
"FCK"
(2013)
"Timber"
(2013)
"I'm a Freak"
(2014)
Kesha singles chronology
"Crazy Kids"
(2013)
"Timber"
(2013)

"Timber" is a song by American rapper Pitbull featuring American recording artist Kesha. The song was released on October 7, 2013, as the lead single from Pitbull's extended play (EP) Meltdown. The song was produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Sermstyle, with additional production by Nick Seeley.[3][4] The song interpolates Lee Oskar's 1978 single "San Francisco Bay" and features harmonica player Paul Harrington, who plays through the entire song and was told to emulate Oskar.[5]

The song peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks, and has also topped the charts in many other countries, including Canada (where it stood at number one for eight consecutive weeks), the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. According to the IFPI, the song sold 9.6 million copies worldwide in 2014, becoming the sixth best-selling song of that year.[6]

Background and composition

Kesha had previously featured Pitbull on [7]

The song is a hip house and dance-pop track, containing country and folk influences. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Kobalt Music Publishing, the song is set in common time with a moderately fast tempo of 130 beats per minute. The song is written in the key of G minor and follows a chord sequence of Gm–BFE. Kesha's vocals span from G♯3 to D♯5.[8]

Chart performance

"Timber" made its first chart appearance on October 7, 2013, in the Republic of Ireland, where it debuted at number 67 on the Irish Singles Chart.[9] The following week, the song climbed to number 19. In Austria, "Timber" debuted at number 69 on the Austrian Singles Chart on October 18, 2013 and eventually crowned the chart at number 1. In Germany, the song debuted at number 90 on October 18, 2013 on the German Singles Chart and later peaked at number 1.

Timber debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 26, 2013 at number 49, and topped the chart on January 18, 2014, giving Kesha her third number-one single after "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R" as well as earning Pitbull his second number-one single, after 2011's "Give Me Everything".[10] Before topping the Hot 100, it had been stuck at number 2 for 4 weeks, behind "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna. "Timber" is Kesha's eleventh top 10 song on the Hot 100 chart. "Timber" peaked at number 1 on the US Hot Digital Songs, and is Pitbull's first song to do so. "Timber" also peaked at number 1 on the US Rap Songs chart. It is the first #1 single of 2014 in the US,[11] and stood at number one for three consecutive weeks. It has spent four consecutive weeks at the number two, three consecutive weeks at the number one, then again at number two for one week. It reached its 4 million sales mark in the US in May 2014.[12] As of December 2014, the song has sold 4.3 million copies in the US.[13]

In Canada, the song debuted at number 17 on the Canadian Hot 100 as the week's highest debut and climbed steadily to number 1, where it has stood for eight consecutive weeks. In the United Kingdom, "Timber" debuted at the top of the UK Singles Chart on January 5, 2014―for the week ending date January 11, 2014―shifting 139,000 copies in its first week.[14] This gave both artists their third chart-topping singles in Britain.

In South Korea, "Timber" debuted at number 16 on Gaon International Chart, but it debuted at number 13 on Gaon Download International Chart with 6,522 downloads.[15] In its second week it reached number 2 on the International Chart. On the download chart, it jumped to number 3, selling another 15,276 copies.[16] "Timber" sold 68,321 copies during 2013 in South Korea.[17] During January 2014, the single sold another 16,515 copies,[18] and during February sold 15,482 digital units.[19] During March 2014, another 13,975 units were sold in South Korea.[20]

Music video

Kesha filmed her scenes on November 5, 2013 while Pitbull filmed his scenes one week later on November 12, 2013. The video also features a cameo by Italian model Raffaella Modugno and The Bloody Jug Band, an Orlando-Based Americana Group, who perform on stage as the bar's house band. The beach scenes were filmed in Exuma islands, Bahamas.[21]

Cover versions

"Timber" was covered by The Band Perry during their We Are Pioneers World Tour (2014). "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded a cover of "Timber" as part of his polka medley "NOW That's What I Call Polka!" for his 2014 album Mandatory Fun.[22] This song was also covered acapella in the 2015 film Pitch Perfect 2.

Controversy

On June 25, 2014, it was reported that songwriters Lee Oskar, Keri Oskar, and Greg Errico had filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of "Timber", which features a harmonica melody that Oskar claims is "identical" to the melody used in his 1978 song "San Francisco Bay". The songwriters are seeking $3 million USD in damages.[23] The lawsuit alleges that while Sony Music may have obtained permission to use the sample, which is credited in the album notes for Meltdown, from a license holder, the label failed to obtain permission from the songwriters themselves.[23]

Track listing

  • Digital download[24]
  1. "Timber" (featuring Kesha) – 3:24
  1. "Timber" (featuring Kesha) – 3:24
  2. "Outta Nowhere" (featuring Danny Mercer) – 3:26

Credits and personnel

Recording[26]
Personnel[26]

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[90] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[91] Gold 15,000x
Belgium (BEA)[92] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[93] 7× Platinum 560,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[94] Gold 30,000^
Germany (BVMI)[95] 3× Gold 600,000^
Italy (FIMI)[96] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[97] Gold 100,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[98] Platinum+Gold 90,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[99] 2× Platinum 30,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[100] 15× Platinum 150,000*
South Korea[101] 114,293
Sweden (GLF)[102] Platinum 40,000x
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[103] Platinum 30,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[104] Platinum 744,000[105]
United States (RIAA)[106] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^
Venezuela (APFV)[107] Platinum 30,000^
Streaming
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[94] 3× Platinum 7,800,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[108] Platinum 8,000,000^
Summaries
Worldwide (IFPI None 9,600,000[109]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history

Country Date Format Label(s)
United States[24][110] October 7, 2013 Digital download Polo Grounds, RCA Records, Mr. 305
October 15, 2013 Contemporary hit radio
Italy[111][112] October 7, 2013 Digital download
October 11, 2013 Contemporary hit radio
Germany[113] October 7, 2013 Digital download
Spain[114]
Canada[115]
France[116]
Australia[117]
Germany[25] November 15, 2013 CD single
United Kingdom[118] December 29, 2013 Digital download

See also

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