Dance Off

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"Dance Off"
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Single by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Idris Elba and Anderson .Paak
from the album This Unruly Mess I've Made
Released February 25, 2016 (2016-02-25)[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded July 2015
Genre

Hip hop

Comedy Hip hop
Length 3:49
Label Macklemore LLC
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis singles chronology
"Downtown"
(2015)
"Dance Off"
(2016)
"Brad Pitt's Cousin"
(2016)
"Downtown"
(2015)
"Dance Off"
(2016)
"Brad Pitt's Cousin"
(2016)
Idris Elba singles chronology
"Murdah Loves John"
(2015) Murdah Loves John2015
"Dance Off"
(2016) Dance Off2016
Anderson .Paak singles chronology
"Come Down"
(2016) Come Down2016
"Dance Off"
(2016) Dance Off2016

"Dance Off" is a song by American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring British actor and musician Idris Elba and American recording artist Anderson .Paak from their second studio album This Unruly Mess I've Made (2016). The song was officially released on February 25, 2016 as the second single only in Australia, New Zealand and selected countries of Europe, the song was not released in the United States.

Background and release[edit]

Following the large success of the duo's debut album The Heist (2012), Macklemore revealed on January 15, 2016 with an Instagram post the This Unruly Mess I've Made release.[2] "Dance Off" was released as second single of the album on February 25, 2016, succeeding "Downtown".[2]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was uploaded to Ryan Lewis's YouTube channel on May 17, 2016, it was directed by Lewis & Jason Koenig. [3]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews from music critics. Killian Young was positive and said that "Dance Off" makes nod to the pillars of hip hop culture: rapping, DJing, tagging, breakdancing and piano groove.[4] David Turner of MTV said that "Dance Off" sounds like rolling into the morgue by the 27th second, when the song says "I grab my ankle and pull it up / And do that thing where I move my butt".[5] Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic commented that the song sounds like the director Vincent Price in "Thriller" (of Michael Jackson), and said that Macklemore "frets about the adequacy of what’s between his legs; in his world, music does not help you transcend your insecurities—it heightens them.".[6]

Chart performance[edit]

In Australia, "Dance Off" entered the Australian Singles Chart at number twenty one on March 7, 2016.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[1]
No. Title Length
1. "Dance Off" (featuring Idris Elba and Anderson .Paak) 3:49

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[15] Platinum 70,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Australia February 25, 2016[7][16][17] Macklemore LLC Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Idris Elba and Anderson.Paak – Dance Off". iTunes. August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Spanos, Britanny (January 15, 2016). "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Announce new album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9LAzNMn8Ow
  4. ^ "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – This Unruly Mess I've Made". Consequence of Sound. August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Macklemore Fights White Privilege (And Loses)". MTV. August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ "This Unruly Mess I've Made uses novelty rap to disguise self-loathing, barely". The Atlantic. August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Lukas Graham make it a hat-trick with '7 Years'". ARIA. September 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Anderson .Paak, Idris Elba – Dance Off". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Anderson .Paak, Idris Elba – Dance Off" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Anderson .Paak, Idris Elba – Dance Off" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 16, 2016". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  12. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. April 4, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  13. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles 2016". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Urban Singles 2016". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  15. ^ Ryan, Gavin (July 31, 2016). "Australian Singles: Major Lazer Registers a No 1 Hit with Bieber and MØ". Noise11. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Dance Off (Ft. Idris Elba & Anderson .Paak)". Hip Hop Engine. August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Dance Off (Ft. Idris Elba & Anderson .Paak)". Hip Hop Engine. August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015.