Back to Back (Drake song)

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"Back to Back"
DrakeBackToBackCover.jpg
Single by Drake
Released July 29, 2015 (2015-07-29)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 2:50
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Drake singles chronology
"Where Ya At"
(2015)
"Back to Back"
(2015)
"Charged Up"
(2015)

"Where Ya At"
(2015)
"Back to Back"
(2015)
"Charged Up"
(2015)

"Back to Back" is a song by Canadian rapper Drake. It is the second diss track created by Drake and aimed at American rapper Meek Mill, following "Charged Up".[6] At OVO Fest 2015, Drake performed "Charged Up" and "Back to Back" live.[7][8] The album's cover art is a still from Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, when former professional baseball player Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays famously hit a walk-off home run to win the series against the Philadelphia Phillies.[9]

The song saw critical and commercial success, peaking at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and being nominated for Best Rap Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards.

Background and release[edit]

On July 22, 2015, Meek Mill publicly criticized Drake on Twitter after being upset with the latter's non-involvement with the promotion of his album Dreams Worth More Than Money, claiming that Drake had used ghostwriters to write his verse on "R.I.C.O.", and then releasing the reference track to the song.[10] Following this, Drake released two diss songs within a week, "Charged Up" and "Back to Back", both aimed at Meek Mill.[11][12] The song's title references the Toronto Blue Jays' back-to-back World Series wins, specifically to the 1993 World Series where the Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, Meek Mill's home town.[13] Joe Carter, who hit the walk-off home run that ended the series, is depicted on the single's cover.[9] The song was released on July 29, 2015, the same day that the Blue Jays and Phillies played against each other. Meek Mill later responded with another diss song about Drake, titled "Wanna Know".[14] Meek Mill later removed his diss to Drake on SoundCloud.[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Back to Back" debuted and peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.[16] The song also debuted and peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, with its chart entrance fueled by 122,000 first-week digital download sales and 4.5 million streams.[17] As of September 2015, "Back to Back" has sold 253,000 copies in the United States.[18]

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[27] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "Drake Performs "Back To Back" At OVO Fest 2015". YouTube. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
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  10. ^ Angela Stephanou (July 22, 2015). "Meek Mill Says Drake Doesn't Write His Own Raps In Twitter Rant". Retrieved July 22, 2015. Stop comparing drake to me too.... He don't write his own raps! That's why he ain't tweet my album because we found out! 
  11. ^ "Drake Fires Back at Meek Mill on ‘Charged Up’ | Rap-Up". rap-up.com. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Drake Disses Meek Mill Again on ‘Back to Back’ Freestyle | Rap-Up". rap-up.com. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ Mike Dyce (29 July 2015). "Drake uses Blue Jays' World Series win over Phillies to troll Meek Mill". Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Meek Mill hits back at Drake with diss track 'Wanna Know'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 14, 2017. 
  15. ^ Owoseje, Toyin (13 August 2015). "Meek Mill ends Drake beef with open letter before removing his Wanna Know diss song from Soundcloud". Ibtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2018. 
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  18. ^ Mansell, Henry (September 5, 2015). "Hip Hop Single Sales: Silentó, The Weeknd & Fetty Wap". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
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  20. ^ "Lescharts.com – Drake – Back to Back" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
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  26. ^ "British single certifications – Drake – Back to Back". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Back to Back in the search field and then press Enter.
  27. ^ "American single certifications – Drake – Back to Back". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH