6 Inch

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"6 Inch"
Song by Beyoncé featuring The Weeknd
from the album Lemonade
Recorded Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Alternative R&B
Length 4:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Danny Boy Styles
  • Ben Billions
  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Boots
  • Dixie
Lemonade track listing
"Sorry"
(4)
"6 Inch"
(5)
"Daddy Lessons"
(6)

"6 Inch" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her sixth studio album, Lemonade (2016). The song was written by Abel Tesfaye, Knowles, Danny Schofield, Benjamin Diehl, Terius Nash, Ahmad Balshe, Jordan Asher, David Portner, Noah Lennox, Brian Weitz, Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The song contains a sample of American soul musician Isaac Hayes' cover "Walk On By" (1969) as originated by American vocalist Dionne Warwick and features an interpolation of "My Girls", a 2009 song by neo-psychedelic band Animal Collective.

The song's music video is part of a one-hour film with the same title as its parent album, originally aired on HBO.

Background and recording[edit]

Music producer Ben "Billions" Diehl talked to Billboard about his work with great artists and mentioned that Beyoncé already knows a song "6 Inch" since 2013. According to Diehl, he, rapper Belly and producer Danny Boy Styles met in October of the same year to work on music. "Originally a Belly song with participation from French Montana," Diehl said. "We got a response that Beyoncé had liked and then we decided: we should continue working together, I think they get somewhere. It turns out you do not know when that day will come. When a singer released her surprise visual album in December 2013, Diehl was quick to check out a list of songs, but "6 Inch" was not there. "Everything went well." Diehl concludes. After three years, in 2016, the song finally came out on Beyoncé's sixth album, Lemonade," with a guest appearance from The Weeknd.

Commercial performance[edit]

After the release of Lemonade, "6 Inch" debuted on Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 18, becoming Beyoncé's twenty-sixth top 20 on the chart.[1] "6 Inch" also entered on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart at number 10, becoming Beyoncé's twenty-seventh top 10 single on the chart.[1] In overseas charts, the song entered in digital charts in top 5, including Greece, and Sweden.

Live performance[edit]

"6 Inch" was included on the set list of The Formation World Tour on the last show, on October 7, 2016, at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium with the singer performing the song while suspended upside down.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australia Urban Singles (ARIA)[3] 6
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 15
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 31
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[6] 13
France (SNEP)[7] 47
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[8] 4
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[9] 31
Sweden Digital Songs (Billboard)[10] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 35
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[12] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 18
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "All 12 of Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Tracks Debut on Hot 100". Billboard.biz. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ Kreps, Daniel (October 8, 2016). "Watch Beyonce Bring Out Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z at Formation Tour Finale". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 40 Urban Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ "ultratop.be - Beyoncé feat. The Weeknd - 6 Inch". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 21, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Beyonce Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Euro Digital Songs". Billboard. May 2, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés". SNEP. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Greece Digital Songs". Billboard. May 2, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "Sweden Digital Songs". Billboard. May 2, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  12. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  13. ^ "Desiigner Holds Off Drake Atop Hot 100, Prince & Beyonce Hit Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Beyonce Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2016.