Attention (Charlie Puth song)

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"Attention"
Charlie Puth - Attention (Official Single Cover).png
Single by Charlie Puth
from the album Voicenotes
ReleasedApril 21, 2017
FormatDigital download
StudioCharlie Puth's home studio (Los Angeles, California)
GenrePop rock
Length3:31
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Charlie Puth
Charlie Puth singles chronology
"We Don't Talk Anymore"
(2016)
"Attention"
(2017)
"How Long"
(2017)
"We Don't Talk Anymore"
(2016)
"Attention"
(2017)
"How Long"
(2017)
Music video
"Attention" on YouTube

"Attention" is a song recorded and produced by American singer Charlie Puth. Co-written by Jacob Kasher, the track was released through Atlantic Records on April 21, 2017 as the lead single from Puth's second studio album Voicenotes (2018).[2] "Attention" is a midtempo pop rock song with elements of 1980s soft-soul and funk. Commercially, the song was an international success, becoming the 7th best-selling digital single of 2017 and Puth's 2nd best-selling single and has reached number one in Israel, Latvia, and Russia as well as the top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Its music video was released on April 24, 2017.

Background and release[edit]

The original idea of "Attention" began to develop in 2016 when Puth started to record bits of the song while he was on tour in Japan.[3] Puth premiered the song in an "immersive music exhibit" in Los Angeles called "The Attention Room" on April 19.[4] The pop-up installation features an LED "infinity tunnel" and is designed to replicate the brain's reaction to receiving attention. Two days later, "Attention" was officially released as the lead single of Puth's second studio album.[5]

Composition[edit]

"Attention" is a midtempo pop rock song[6] that features elements of '80s soft-soul and funk.[7] Throughout the song, the singer realizes that his partner only wants to be around him for attention and other ulterior motives instead of loving him for who he is.[8] It is performed in the key of E♭ minor with a tempo of 100 beats per minute. Puth's vocal span from E♭3 to B♭4.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for Idolator, Mike Wass suggested that "Attention" is a "Song of Summer contender". He added that Charlie "is still the boy next door, just a little more jaded and a lot more willing to speak his mind." Praising the song's production, he said that "That boldness also comes through on the production, which Charlie handled himself, chugging along with chunky bass and faint traces of disco."[10] Lars Brandle of Billboard described it as "polished" and "groove-injected."[5]

Music video[edit]

The official music video was released on April 24, 2017, on YouTube. It was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by Emil Nava. Cameras capture Puth brooding at the club while scoping out a blond girl, played by Samara Weaving.[11][12] Throughout the song, he realizes that she only wants to be around him for attention and other ulterior motives instead of loving him for who he is. The music video has over 840 million views on YouTube as of November 2018.[13]

Promotion[edit]

The song has been used on its first day of release in a popular Snapchat filter.[11] Puth performed "Attention" live for the first time on The Voice on May 10, 2017.[14] He also performed it on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 18, 2017.[15] He later performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on the October 10, 2017 episode,[16] then on The Late Late Show with James Corden on October 11, 2017.[17]

Chart performance[edit]

"Attention" has peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Puth's third top ten single, his highest-charting as a lead artist, and his first top 5 hit on the chart since "See You Again".[18] He also led the Radio Songs all-format airplay chart for four weeks.

On Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay, "Attention" gave Puth his first number-one on this chart as a solo artist in its September 2, 2017 issue, eclipsing "See You Again," which peaked at number 3 on this chart in 2015.[19][20]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[21]
  1. "Attention" – 3:31
  • Digital download – Remix
  1. "Attention" (Remix) featuring KYLE – 3:38
  • Digital download – Acoustic[22]
  1. "Attention" (Acoustic) – 3:26
  1. "Attention" (Bingo Players remix) – 2:24
  1. "Attention" (Oliver Heldens remix) – 3:22
  • Digital download – Lash remix[25]
  1. "Attention" (Lash remix) – 2:55
  • Digital download – HUGEL remix[26]
  1. "Attention" (HUGEL remix) – 4:36
  1. "Attention" (David Guetta Remix) – 4:41
  • Digital download – Verrigni remix[28]
  1. "Attention" (Verrigni Remix) – 3:36

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[108] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[109] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[110] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[111] 5× Platinum 400,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[112] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[113] Diamond 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[114] Platinum 400,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[115] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Italy (FIMI)[116] 3× Platinum 150,000double-dagger
Netherlands (NVPI)[117] 2× Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[118] Platinum 30,000*
Portugal (AFP)[119] Platinum 10,000double-dagger
South Korea (Gaon None 225,647*[A]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[121] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[122] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[123] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[124] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger

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

  1. ^ Sales of "Attention" in South Korea as of August 2017.[120]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various April 21, 2017 Digital download Original Atlantic [21]
June 9, 2017 Acoustic [22]
United States June 16, 2017 Bingo Players remix [23]
June 29, 2017 Oliver Heldens remix [24]
Italy April 21, 2017 Contemporary hit radio Original Warner [125]
United States May 2, 2017 Atlantic [126]
July 18, 2017 Rhythmic contemporary [127]
Various July 28, 2017 Digital download Lash remix Warner [25]
HUGEL remix [26]

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