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Lucky Strike (song)

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"Lucky Strike"
Song by Maroon 5
from the album Overexposed
Recorded 2012
Genre Dubstep
Length 3:05
Label A&M/Octone
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Ryan Tedder
  • Noel Zancanella
Overexposed track listing
"Into the New World"
(3)
"Lucky Strike"
(4)
"Really Really"
(5)

"Lucky Strike" is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5, recorded for their fourth studio album Overexposed (2012). It was written by Adam Levine together with Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella who also served as producers of the song. "Lucky Strike" is a funk song that features dubstep and soul rock influences. Lyrically, it discovers the theme of sexual intercourse.

The song received generally positive reviews from music critics who found it catchy and labeled it as one of the best tracks on Overexposed. Following the release of the album, due to strong digital downloads, the song peaked at number two on the singles chart in South Korea and at number nine on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. "Lucky Strike" was included on the set list for Maroon 5's fourth worldwide tour, the Overexposed Tour (2012–13).

Background[edit]

Ryan Tedder co-wrote and co-produced "Lucky Strike".

"Lucky Strike" was written by Maroon 5's lead singer Adam Levine together with Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, who also served as producers of the song.[1] Tedder and Zancanella also co-wrote and co-produced another song for Overexposed titled "Love Somebody".[1] "Lucky Strike" was engineered by Smith Carlson at the Patriot Studios in Denver and Noah "Mailbox" Passovoy at the Conway Studios in Los Angeles; Eric Eylands served as the engineering assistant.[1] Serban Ghenea mixed the song at the Mixstar Studios in Virginia Beach. John Hanes served as engineer for mix, while Phil Seaford as mixing assistant.[1] All the programming and keys were provided by Tedder and Zancanella.[1]

Composition[edit]

"Lucky Strike" is a funk song that features dubstep and soul influences and lasts for three minutes and five seconds.[4][2][5][3] The song's instrumentation consists of piano, "driven guitar" accompanied with Levine's vocals.[6][3] "Lucky Strike" is written in the key of B♭ minor, in common time, with a tempo of 144 beats per minute.[6] Levine's vocal range spans from the low note of A4 to the high note of B5.[6] According to Robert Copsey of Digital Spy, the song contains the same "bells-and-whistles template" that is present in the band's previous single "Moves Like Jagger".[7] Chuck Arnold of People shared the same opinion as Copsey and described the song as "lightning-paced".[8] Lyrically, the song discovers the theme of sexual intercourse that can be seen through the lines, "Your body rockin', keep me up all night/One in a million, my lucky strike".[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Adam Markovitz of Entertainment Weekly labeled "Lucky Strike" together with "Payphone" best tracks on Overexposed and described the former as "a funk-spiked strut".[2] Similarly as Markovitz, Suzanne Byrne of RTÉ.ie wrote that "Lucky Strike" alongside "Daylight", "The Man Who Never Lied" and "Love Somebody" are potential single releases.[10] Digital Spy's Robert Copsey named the track together with "One More Night" and "Ladykiller" as a worthy for digital download.[7] Chris Payne of Billboard wrote that on the song "Maroon 5's guitars finally come out to play in the opening bars here. Though not a rock song per se, it still packs the energy of the band's earlier, more band-based material."[11] Cameron Adams of Herald Sun described "Lucky Strike" as "uncharacteristically clubby".[12]

Contact Music's Alex Lai wrote that Levine has exchanged his "angelic vocals for singing in favor of more universal hooks" such as the "backing to disco dancer 'Lucky Strike'."[13] Evan Sawdey of PopMatters called the song a "danceable carbon copy" of "Second Chance" (Gimme Some, 2011) by Peter Bjorn and John. According to him, "Lucky Strike" imitates the latter "down to the guitar tone" and replaces the original by also adding additional dance beats.[14]

Chart performance and live renditions[edit]

Upon the release of Overexposed, due to strong digital downloads "Lucky Strike" debuted on the South Korea Gaon International Chart at number two on June 24, 2012, with sales of 53,090 copies.[15] The next week it fell to number four and sold additional 39,392 copies.[16] As of 9 February 2013, the song remains at number 78, having spent 34 consecutive weeks on the Gaon chart.[17] Following the release of the album, the song did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number nine on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[18]

"Lucky Strike" was included on the set list for Maroon 5's fourth worldwide tour, the Overexposed Tour (2012—13).[19]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Engineering and mixing
  • Engineered at Patriot Studios, Denver, Colorado; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California
  • Mixed at Mixstar Studios, Virginia Beach.
Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Overexposed, A&M/Octone Records.[1]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012–14) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[20] 3
Canada AC (Billboard)[21] 37
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[22] 39
South Korea (Gaon Digital Chart)[23] 3
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[18] 9
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[24] 33

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
South Korea (Gaon Chart) 424,152[25][26]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Overexposed (inlay cover). Maroon 5. A&M/Octone Records. 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Markovitz, Adam (June 27, 2012). "Overexposed Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Florino, Rick (June 21, 2012). "Maroon 5 'Overexposed' Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars". Artistdirect. Peer Media Technologies. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Overexposed by Maroon 5". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Maroon 5 - 'Overexposed'". NME. IPC Media. June 22, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Maroon 5 - Lucky Strike". Musicnotes.com Universal Music Publishing Group. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Copsey, Robert (June 25, 2012). "Maroon 5: 'Overexposed' - Album review". Digital Spy. Nat Mags. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Arnold, Chuck (June 26, 2012). "Maroon 5's New Album Overexposed: Solid, Not Superior". People. Time Inc. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Maroon 5 Overexposed". Plugged In. Focus on the Family. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ Byrne, Suzanne (June 30, 2012). "Maroon 5 - Overexposed". RTÉ.ie. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ Payne, Chris (June 26, 2012). "Maroon 5, 'Overexposed': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ Adams, Cameron (June 20, 2012). "Album review: Overexposed by Maroon 5". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ Lai, Alex. "Maroon 5 - Overexposed Album Review". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ Sawdey, Evan (July 10, 2012). "Maroon 5: Overexposed". PopMatters. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week, June 24, 2012 to June 30, 2012)" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  16. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week, July 1, 2012 to July 7, 2012)" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013.  Note: See from week, June 24, 2012 to June 30, 2012, until week of February 3, 2013 to February 9, 2013
  18. ^ a b "Bubbling Under Hot 100 – Issue Date: 2012-07-14". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Overexposed Tour: Maroon 5 Manilla Photos / Setlist". Philippine Concerts. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Maroon 5 – Lucky Strike" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  21. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Canada AC)" Billboard. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  22. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Canada Hot AC)" Billboard. Retrieved June 09, 2014.
  23. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  24. ^ Caulfield, Keith; Trust, Gary (November 11, 2013). "Chart Highlights: Cage The Elephant Returns To No. 1 On Rock Airplay, Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Online download – 2014". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. To view sales from 2014, select "2014 년". Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Online download – 2014 Month End Chart - September". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. To view sales from September "2014년 1월", "2014년 2월", and "2014년 3월", respectively. Retrieved September 12, 2014.