Heatwave (Wiley song)

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Single by Wiley featuring Ms D
from the album The Ascent
Released 27 July 2012
Format Digital download
Length 3:14
Label Warner Music
Songwriter(s) Richard Cowie, Dayo Olatunji
Producer(s) Rymez
Wiley singles chronology
"Boom Blast"
"Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)"

"Boom Blast"
"Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)"
Ms D singles chronology
"Oopsy Daisy"
(2009) Oopsy Daisy2009
(2012) Heatwave2012
"Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)"
(2012) Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)2012

"Heatwave" is a single from British grime artist Wiley, featuring vocals from Ms D - known for singing on the Chipmunk song "Oopsy Daisy". It was released as the lead single from his eighth studio album The Ascent on 27 July 2012 for digital download in the United Kingdom. It was written by Wiley, Dayo Olatunji and produced by Rymez, who is unofficially credited as a featured artist. "Heatwave" received major radio airplay, while managing to enter on BBC Radio 1's A-list. The song debuted at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart on 5 August 2012, selling over 114,000 copies, while becoming Wiley's first ever solo number 1.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Heatwave" was first released onto YouTube on 29 June 2012 at a total length of three minutes and twenty-one seconds.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song a neutral review stating:

"Long nights are crazy we are on them/ My name's Wiley, play my song then," the wordsmith demands over rousing strings and crowd-pleasing claps, before dropping into a swirl of electronic squiggles perfect for a beach-based booty shake-off. The result is a suitably cool summer jam, but if Wiley really wants to make an impact like his peers, he's going to have to dial the temperature up just a little bit higher yet. 3/5 stars.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Heatwave" was number 1 on the Wednesday and Friday UK midweek chart.[3][4] As predicted, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on 5 August 2012 at number 1, spending two weeks there (holding off "We'll Be Coming Back" by Calvin Harris and Example). "Heatwave" sold over 114,000 copies in its first week of release and became Wiley's first ever solo number 1 single. In the second week of release, Wiley remained at number 1, selling another 66,000.[5] The song has sold 416,000 copies in the UK as of December 2012, and was the 38th best-selling single of 2012.[6]

Track listings[edit]

Digital download
1."Heatwave" (featuring Ms D)3:14
2."Heatwave" (featuring Ms D) (DEVolution Radio Edit)3:01
3."Heatwave" (featuring Ms D) (Kat Krazy Radio Edit)3:26
4."Heatwave" (featuring Ms D) (Kat Krazy Extended Mix)4:29
5."Heatwave" (featuring Ms D) (DEVolution Extended Mix)5:06
Promotional CD single
1."Heatwave" (featuring Ms D) (Radio Edit)3:16
2."Heatwave" (featuring Ms D) (Instrumental Mix)3:15

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom 27 July 2012 Digital download Warner Music


  1. ^ Wiley | Heatwave feat. Ms.D (Official Video). YouTube
  2. ^ Corner, Lewis (25 July 2012). "Wiley ft. Ms D: 'Heatwave' - Single review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Copsey, Robert (1 August 2012). "Conor Maynard, Wiley storm midweek charts". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Copsey, Robert (3 August 2012). "Sunday chart predictions: Wiley, Calvin Harris, Conor Maynard". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Kreisler, Lauren (1 August 2012). "Wiley's Heatwave scorches through the 100,000 sales mark to clinch Number 1". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Lane, Dan (2013-01-02). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles Of 2012 Revealed!". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Wiley feat. Ms D – Heatwave". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/song/feaf1/Wiley-feat.-Ms-D-Heatwave
  9. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/song/feaf1/Wiley-feat.-Ms-D-Heatwave
  10. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/song/feaf1/Wiley-feat.-Ms-D-Heatwave
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  12. ^ "Chart Track: Week 33, 2012". Irish Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201251,52 into search.
  15. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Wiley feat. Ms D – Heatwave". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Heatwave in the search field and then press Enter.