A Different Way

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"A Different Way"
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Single by DJ Snake featuring Lauv
Released 21 September 2017 (2017-09-21)
Format Digital download
Length 3:18
Label Geffen
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) DJ Snake
DJ Snake singles chronology
"Good Day"
(2017)
"A Different Way"
(2017)
"Broken Summer"
(2017)
Lauv singles chronology
"I Like Me Better"
(2017)
"A Different Way"
(2017)
"Easy Love"
(2017)

"A Different Way" is a song by French DJ and record producer DJ Snake, featuring vocals from American musician Lauv. It was written by Snake, Lindy Robbins, Ilsey Juber, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac, with production handled by Snake.[1] It was released to digital retailers on 21 September 2017, a day earlier than its expected release date,[2] through Geffen Records.

Background[edit]

Snake debuted the song during a Facebook Live video stream on 6 September 2017, he also performed other songs such as "Turn Down for What", "Here Comes the Night" from his 2016 album Encore, and a remix of his Justin Bieber collaboration "Let Me Love You" in the 23-minute mix. It took place on top of Arc de Triomphe,[3] one of the most famous monuments in Paris, Snake's hometown,[4][5] he announced on social media the previous day that he will be live streaming from an undisclosed location in Paris,[6][7][8] with the accompanying hashtag "#ADifferentWay".[9] The stream was directed by Grammy-nominated American director Colin Tilley.[10][11] Snake later announced the single's release date on Twitter,[12] on 21 September 2017, Snake premiered the song on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show.[13][14][15]

Critical reception[edit]

David Rishty of Billboard wrote that the song features "a bouncy melody and punchy backbeat", and that it "carries a similar style to that of 'Let Me Love You'".[16] Jeffrey Yau of Your EDM deemed the song "a mid-tempo ballad that features a furious, futuristic drop which should be radio friendly enough to be a smash while still retaining the energy and atmosphere in a classic Snake main stage banger".[17] Rajrishi Murthi of Bangin Beats felt "the infectious vocal-driven track boasts of all the ingredients to take over airwaves in the coming days".[18] Mike Wass of Idolator opined that the song "doesn't reinvent the wheel", but regarded it as "a no-brainer for pop radio and manages to inject a little emotion into the increasingly soulless club banger".[19]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[20] 59
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[21] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[22] 20
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[23] 78
Colombia (National-Report)[24] 60
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[25] 57
France (SNEP)[26] 27
Ireland (IRMA)[27] 72
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[28] 25
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[29] 46
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[30] 1
Philippines (Philippine Hot 100)[31] 85
Portugal (AFP)[32] 42
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[33] 49
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[34] 65
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[35] 63
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[36] 85
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[37] 23
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[38] 11
Venezuela (National-Report)[39] 46

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[40] Gold 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[41] Gold 40,000^
France (SNEP)[42] Platinum 0*
Italy (FIMI)[43] Gold 25,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States 21 September 2017 Digital download Geffen [44]
United Kingdom 23 September 2017 Contemporary hit radio [45]
United States 3 October 2017 [46]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Erik (21 September 2017). "DJ Snake Drops New Single A Full Day Early Out of No Where: Listen Here". EDM Sauce. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Lindsay, Howard (21 September 2017). "DJ Snake Recruits Lauv for Breezy New Single 'A Different Way'". Variance. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Kat, Bein (6 September 2017). "DJ Snake Debuts Ed Sheeran-Penned Single 'A Different Way' Live Atop Paris' Arc de Triomphe". Billboard. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
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