Butterfly Effect (Travis Scott song)

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"Butterfly Effect"
Travis Scott Butterfly Effect.jpg
Single by Travis Scott
from the album Astroworld
Released May 15, 2017 (2017-05-15)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2017
Length 3:11
Label Epic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Travis Scott singles chronology
"Love Galore"
(2017)
"Butterfly Effect"
(2017)
"Portland"
(2017)

"Love Galore"
(2017)
"Butterfly Effect"
(2017)
"Portland"
(2017)
Music video
"Butterfly Effect" on YouTube

"Butterfly Effect" (stylized in all caps on Astroworld) is a song by American rapper Travis Scott. It was released by Epic Records on May 15, 2017, as the lead single from Scott's third studio album, Astroworld (2018). The song was written by Scott with Canadian producers Murda Beatz and Felix Leone.

Background[edit]

During a performance in Portsmouth, Virginia on May 4, 2017, Scott hinted at the release of new music in a freestyle. Scott can be heard saying: "Dropping new music in a few days. Bout to go crazy for a few days."[1] The song was released alongside two other songs from Scott on SoundCloud, including "A Man" and "Green & Purple", which featured American rapper Playboi Carti.[2][3]

Reception[edit]

Lawrence Burney of Vice magazine said: "'Butterfly Effect' is textbook slurred Scott number, with backing vocals that sounds eerily similar to Migos' 'Slippery.'"[4] Madeline Roth of MTV said the song is "hazy" and "low-key".[5] Similarly, Tom Breihan of Stereogum said: "'Butterfly Effect' is low-key and melodic, with some sharp production from Drake collaborator Murda Beatz."[6] Former President of the United States Barack Obama noted the track as one of his favorites in 2017.[7]

"Butterfly Effect" debuted at number 99 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the week of June 17, 2017, and peaked at number 50 following the release of Astroworld.[8] The single was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and streaming equivalent units of 2,000,000 units in the United States.

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on July 13, 2017 via Travis Scott's Vevo channel.[9] It was directed by BRTHR, who also directed the video to Scott's "Goosebumps".[10]

Live performances[edit]

Scott played the song for the first time along with “green and purple” and “A Man” on May 15, 2017, in Kansas City, MO. Then later dropped the song on SoundCloud. On May 17, 2017, Scott performed "Butterfly Effect" for the first time at a show in St. Louis.[11] On August 27, 2017, he performed the song with Thirty Seconds to Mars at the MTV Video Music Awards.[12] Scott also performed the song at the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 12, 2017.[13]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[14]

  • Travis Scott – composer, lyricist
  • Shane Lindstrom – composer, lyricist
  • Felix Leone – co-producer
  • Murda Beatz – producer
  • Blake Harden – mixing engineer, recording engineer
  • Thomas Cullison – assistant engineer

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[15] Platinum 70,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[32] Gold 45,000^
France (SNEP)[33] Gold 0*
Italy (FIMI)[34] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[36] 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]

  1. ^ David Renshaw (May 5, 2017). "Travis Scott Said He's Releasing New Music "In A Few Days"". The Fader. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ Olivia Craighead (May 15, 2017). "Listen To Three New Travis Scott Songs". The Fader. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ Nerisha Penrose (May 16, 2017). "Travis Scott Unleashes Three New Songs". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ Lawrence Burney (May 16, 2017). "Travis Scott Blessed Us With Three New Songs Last Night". Noisey. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  5. ^ Madeline Roth (May 16, 2017). "Travis Scott Dropped Three New Songs While You Were Sleeping". MTV. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ Tom Breihan (May 16, 2017). "Travis Scott – "Green & Purple," "Butterfly Effect," & "A Man"". Stereogum. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  7. ^ Schmitt, Tyler (December 31, 2017). "Barack Obama Loved Travis Scott's 'Butterfly Effect' Just as Much as You Did". Variance. Retrieved January 1, 2018. 
  8. ^ Trust, Gary (August 13, 2018). "Drake Rules Hot 100 for Fifth Week With 'In My Feelings,' Travis Scott Debuts Two Songs in Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved August 14, 2018. 
  9. ^ Aaron Mansfield (July 14, 2017). "Travis Scott Releases New Video for "Butterfly Effect"". Complex. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  10. ^ Max Weinstein (July 13, 2017). "Travis Scott's "Butterfly Effect" Video Is Here". XXL. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  11. ^ Kevin Goddard (May 18, 2017). "Travis Scott Performs "Butterfly Effect" & "Green & Purple" Live For The First Time In St. Louis". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Travis Scott Performs "Butterfly Effect," "Walk on Water" Mashup With Thirty Seconds to Mars at 2017 MTV Video Music Awards". XXL. August 28, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Travis Scott's Performed "Butterfly Effect" at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards". Complex. November 13, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Butterfly Effect / Travis Scott TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  17. ^ "Travis Scott Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  18. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201732 into search. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  19. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect". Tracklisten. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  20. ^ "SNEP Top Singles: Week 32 (2018)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018. 
  21. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved August 24, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  23. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  24. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201732 into search. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  25. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect". Singles Top 100. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  27. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  28. ^ "Travis Scott Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  29. ^ "Travis Scott Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  30. ^ "Travis Scott Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  31. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2017. 
  32. ^ "Travis Scott "Butterfly Effect"". IFPI Denmark. January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  33. ^ "French single certifications – Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 
  34. ^ "Italian single certifications – Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved March 19, 2018. 
  35. ^ "British single certifications – Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 4, 2018.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Butterfly Effect in the search field and then press Enter.
  36. ^ "American single certifications – Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 12, 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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