Backyard Party

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"Backyard Party"
Backyard Party.jpg
Single by R. Kelly
from the album The Buffet
Released August 21, 2015
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Length 3:31
Producer(s) R. Kelly
R. Kelly singles chronology
"Backyard Party"
"Switch Up"

"Backyard Party"
"Switch Up"

"Backyard Party" is a song by American R&B singer R. Kelly.[1] was released on August 21, 2015 as the first single of his thirteenth studio album The Buffet.

Music video[edit]

The official audio for the single was uploaded to VEVO August 21, 2015.[2] Rolling Stone also talked about it on their magazine too.[3] The music video features cameo appearances from Chance the Rapper and Snoop Dogg. It shows R. Kelly singing along with his "friends" wearing family reunion shirts.[4] It also shows them riding self-balancing scooters. Once the song ends in the music video the sound comes on and you can hear people actually singing his Backyard Party song.[5] Then after, the song changes to another one of his songs on his album The Buffet called Marching Band.[5] Backyard Party is a groovy funk, song that has an upbeat tempo to it. This song has the same type of feel as his previous song Step in the Name of Love, but it sounds more like the remix than the original.


On December 6, 2015, the first official remix of the song was released titled Christmas Party.[6] This was released on SoundCloud.[7]

Live performance[edit]

R. Kelly performed this song for the first time on Soul Train Awards 2015.[8][9] and then later on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.[10][11] R. Kelly also performed a part of the song on Good Morning America.[12] He also sang one of his most famous hits Ignition (Remix).

Critical reception[edit]

"Backyard Party" has received positive ratings from critics and fans alike. It reached 27th on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop charts.

Track listing[edit]

  • Download digital[13]
  1. Backyard Party — 3:31


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
US Adult R&B Songs (Billboard)[14] 6
US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Billboard)[15] 27


  1. ^ "Listen to "Backyard Party," the first single from R. Kelly's upcoming album". Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "R. Kelly - Backyard Party (Audio)". VEVO. Retrieved May 5, 2015. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Watch R. Kelly Host Mansion Blowout With Snoop in 'Backyard Party' Video". Rolling Stone. 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Review: R. Kelly, 'The Buffet' | SPIN". Spin. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  5. ^ a b RKellyVEVO (2015-10-20), R. Kelly - Backyard Party, retrieved 2016-04-21 
  6. ^ "R. Kelly - Christmas Party | Stream [New Song]". Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  7. ^ "Kellz "Christmas Party"". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  8. ^ A Bear in the Triangle (2015-11-29), R. Kelly Step/Backyard Party Live, retrieved 2016-04-14 
  9. ^ "Watch Preview of R. Kelly's 2015 Soul Train Awards Performance". Vibe. 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  10. ^ *Please enter your name. "R. Kelly Closes Out 2015 Soul Train Awards With 'Backyard Party' & His Hits". Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  11. ^ Vibe (2015-11-20). "R. Kelly Performs "Backyard Party" On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  12. ^ "R. Kelly Brings New Song, 'Backyard Party,' to 'Good Morning America' | SPIN". Spin. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Backyard Party - Single by R. Kelly". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 
  14. ^ "R. Kelly Chart History (Adult R&B Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  15. ^ "R. Kelly Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved October 10, 2015.