For Free

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"For Free"
ForFree.jpg
Single by DJ Khaled featuring Drake
from the album Major Key
Released June 3, 2016 (2016-06-03)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:03
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
DJ Khaled singles chronology
"Gold Slugs"
(2015)
"For Free"
(2016)
"I Got the Keys"
(2016)
"Gold Slugs"
(2015)
"For Free"
(2016)
"I Got the Keys"
(2016)
Drake singles chronology
"Why You Always Hatin?"
(2016) Why You Always Hatin?2016
"For Free"
(2016) For Free2016
"Back on Road"
(2016) Back on Road2016

"For Free" is a single by American musician DJ Khaled, featuring Canadian rapper Drake, released on June 3, 2016, by We the Best Music Group and Epic Records as the lead single from DJ Khaled's ninth studio album, Major Key. The song was produced by Nineteen85, Jordan Ullman[1] and co-produced by Frankie Cutlass. The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on September 15, 2016, for selling over 1,000,000 digital copies in the United States.

Background[edit]

On Snapchat, DJ Khaled talked about "the Drake vocals finally [being] in", referencing the then unreleased song, the song samples lyrics and cadences from Too Short's "Blow the Whistle" and interpolates Akinyele's "Fuck Me For Free" produced by platinum producer Frankie Cutlass. The single was premiered by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio on June 3.[2] One of Drake's verses pay homage to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly song, "For Free? (Interlude)" with a lyric that states, "and like your boy from Compton said/You know this dick ain’t free."[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

On the chart dated June 25, 2016, "For Free" entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 18, powered by first-week digital download sales of 104,748 copies.[4] It became DJ Khaled's fourth highest-charting single, peaking at number 13 in its ninth week (behind 2011's "I'm on One" with Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne and 2017's "Wild Thoughts", with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller and "I'm the One", with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne). In the United Kingdom, the song has peaked at number 25, while peaking at number 47 in Canada and at number 79 in France, making it Khaled's most successful single in those countries.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[18] 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. ^ Shake (2016-06-03). ". DJ Khaled & Drake Team Up On New Summer Anthem, "For Free"". Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  2. ^ "DJ Khaled - For Free Lyrics". Genius.com. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  3. ^ Lang, Cady (2016-06-03). "Drake and DJ Khaled Release New Track 'For Free'". TIME. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  4. ^ Mansell, Henry (June 18, 2016). "Hip Hop Single Sales: DJ Khaled, Drake & Desiigner". HipHopDX. Retrieved June 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (June 18, 2016). "ARIA Singles: Drake Returns to No 1". Noise11. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 23, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved June 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  13. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  14. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Urban Singles 2016". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Hot 100 Songs - Year-End 2016". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Canadian single certifications – DJ Khaled – For Free". Music Canada. 
  17. ^ "British single certifications – DJ Khaled – For Free". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter For Free in the search field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – DJ Khaled – For Free". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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