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"Ring Off"
Beyoncé - Ring Off (cover).png
Single by Beyoncé
from the album Beyoncé: Platinum Edition
Released November 28, 2014 (2014-11-28)
Genre
Length 3:00
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Beyoncé singles chronology
"7/11"
(2014)
"Ring Off"
(2014)
"Crazy in Love (Remix)"
(2015)
"7/11"
(2014)
"Ring Off"
(2014)
"Crazy in Love (Remix)"
(2015)

"Ring Off" is a song by American singer Beyoncé, taken from the reissue of her fifth studio album Beyoncé (2013), subtitled Platinum Edition (2014). The song was released on November 28, 2014 to contemporary hit radio in Italy and urban adult contemporary in the United States as the second single from the reissue. A midtempo reggae-tinged ballad which is built around a slight dancehall rhythm and dubstep-influenced beats, "Ring Off" addresses the end of a marriage between Beyoncé's parents. It was written in a form of open letter of encouragement for her mother Tina Knowles.

Upon the release of the Platinum Edition, "Ring Off" received mostly favorable reviews from music critics, who deemed it as one of the most personal songs ever released by Beyoncé. Commercially, the single appeared on a few record charts, including the US Bubbling Under Hot 100, where it peaked at number 5, it also charted in several European countries including France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Background[edit]

On November 4, 2014 it was announced through a press release by Parkwood Entertainment that Beyoncé would release a platinum edition of her self-titled fifth studio album on November 24, 2014, containing a disc on the album titled Beyoncé: More Only which would include two new songs titled "7/11" and "Ring Off".[1] On November 19, 2014, 30-second snippets of the two songs appeared online along with reports that "7/11" would impact radio stations on November 25,[2] the following day, the full versions of both songs surfaced on the Internet.[3] "Ring Off" was released on November 28, 2014 to Italian contemporary hit radio, alongside "7/11".[4] "Ring Off" also impacted urban adult contemporary radio in the United States.[5]

Composition[edit]

"Ring Off" was written by Beyoncé, Mike Caren, William Lobban-Bean, Geoff Early, Charles Hinshaw, Adam Amezaga, Dixie, Stephen Bishop, Chauncey Hollis, Mike Dean, and Sidney Swift.[6] It is a midtempo ballad which runs at a duration of three minutes,[7][8] it was described as a reggae-tinged track by Gerrick Kennedy from the Los Angeles Times.[9] Meanwhile, the New York Post's Hardeep Phull opined that the song was built around a slight dancehall rhythm.[10] Additionally, Allan Raible writing for ABC News noted the slightly dubstep-influenced beats on "Ring Off".[11]

Lyrically, the song addresses the end of a marriage between Beyoncé's parents Tina Knowles and Mathew Knowles,[12] the lyrics are written in a form of an "open letter" in which the singer praises her mother's courage for ending a dysfunctional marriage.[13] At the beginning of the song, Beyoncé sings, "Mama, I understand your many sleepless nights / When you think about father / and how you tried to be the perfect wife... I wish you didn’t hurt at all."[12] Alex Frank of Vogue noted how the song was thematically "an enlightened follow-up" to "Single Ladies", discussing a similar private subject matter for the singer,[13] he further opined that the lyrics apply to other women who are part of toxic relationships.[13]

The last part of "Ring Off" contains lyrics in which Beyoncé declares to her mother that "it's your time to put your love on top", encouraging her "to put herself and her own happiness first"; these lyrics were noted to be a "witty" rework of the singer's own song "Love on Top" (2011).[14] The song ends with portions of a speech delivered by Tina Knowles from the 2014 Texas Women's Empowerment Foundation Leadership Luncheon.[6]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Jim Farber from New York Daily News wrote that "Ring Off" is "very much worth downloading."[12] Robert Christgau named the track a "sisterly, daughterly" song.[15] ABC News' Allan Raible wrote that "Ring Off" was "the counterpoint" to Beyoncé's previous song "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (2008): "While that song is about settling down, this is an ode to 'starting over again.'"[11] On behalf of USA Today, Patrick Ryan labelled the track as a hybrid of "anthemic" sound of "XO" and "Caribbean vibes" of "Standing on the Sun" and "Grown Woman".[16] Lindsay Zoladz, a reviewer from Vulture, said that "Ring Off" "isn’t anything special" musically and likened the song's style to that of Beyoncé's previous songs "Schoolin' Life" (2011) and "XO" (2013). However, Zoladz complimented on the song's lyrics, calling it "one of the most candidly personal songs Beyoncé’s ever released."[17] Vogue editor Alex Frank praised "Ring Off" for being an "epically good track, but more importantly, one of the most personal, profound songs she has ever released".[13] Daniel D'Addario from Time magazine praised "Ring Off" as a "big step forward" in the singer's music career, noting that it amplified the album's theme with "an examination of the circumstances under which it’s better to be alone";[14] in 2014, the song was placed at number 537 on the annual Pazz & Jop poll compiled by The Village Voice.[18]

Chart performance[edit]

"Ring Off" appeared on the French SNEP Singles Chart at number 110 on December 6, 2014, and remained for one week.[19] In the Netherlands, the single debuted at number 84 on the Single Top 100 chart on December 6, 2014, the following week, it dropped to number 93.[20] The song also peaked at number 5 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, a chart which acts as a 25-song extension to the Billboard Hot 100.[21] It had a better performance on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart where it peaked at number 31.[22] In the United Kingdom, "Ring Off" debuted at number 81 on the UK Singles Chart in the chart issue dated December 6, 2014; this placement also became its peak position in that country.[23]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the singer's official website and the album's liner notes.[6][24]

Song credits
  • Writing — Beyoncé Knowles, Mike Caren, William Lobban-Bean, Geoff Early, Charles Hinshaw, Adam Amezaga, Dixie, Stephen Bishop, Chauncey Hollis, Mike Dean, Sidney Swift
  • Production — Caren, Knowles
  • Additional production — Hit-Boy, Hazebanga, Preach Bal4, Mike Dean
  • Vocals production — Knowles
  • Recording — Caren; Mike's House and Cook Classics at the Caryle, Los Angeles
  • Second engineering — Ramon Rivas, John Schacter
  • Audio mixing — Tony Maserati, Stuart White, Mirrorbal Studios, North Hollywood and Le Royal Monceau, Paris
  • Mix engineering — James Krause, Justin Hergett
  • Mix consulting — Derek Dixie
  • Mastering — Dave Kutch, The Mastering Palace, New York City

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[19] 110
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 84
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 81
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[25] 10
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[21] 5
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 31

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kreps, Daniel (November 4, 2014). "Beyonce to Release Two New Songs on Self-Titled Album's 'Platinum Edition'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ramirez, Erika (November 19, 2014). "Snippets of Beyonce's '7/11' & 'Ring Off' Leak". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Stutz, Colin (November 20, 2014). "Listen to Beyoncé's Two New Tracks, '7/11' & 'Ring Off'". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Beyoncé – Ring Off (Columbia) | Radio Date 28/11/2014" (in Italian). Radio Airplay SRL. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Beyoncé '7/11' Impacting Urban Radio Now / Beyoncé 'Ring Off' Going For UAC Airplay Now". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c More (liner notes). Beyoncé. Columbia Records / Parkwood Entertainment. 2014. 
  7. ^ Stutz, Colin (November 20, 2014). "Listen to Beyoncé's Two New Tracks, '7/11' & 'Ring Off'". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "iTunes – Music – BEYONCÉ (Platinum Edition) by Beyoncé". United States: iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ Kennedy, Gerrick (November 21, 2014). "Beyonce parties on '7/11,' gets personal with 'Ring Off'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  10. ^ Phull, Hardeep (November 24, 2014). "Beyonce’s box-set features new, half-baked disappointments". New York Post. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Raible, Allan (November 24, 2014). "Music Review: Beyonce’s Self-Titled Album, Platinum Edition". ABC News. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c Farber, Jim (November 24, 2014). "'Shady XV,' 'Beyoncé Platinum Deluxe Edition,' music review". Daily News. New York. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d Frank, Alex (November 24, 2014). ""Ring Off" Is One of Beyoncé's Most Personal, Profound Songs Yet". Vogue. Condé Nast. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b D'Addario, Daniel (November 21, 2014). "Beyoncé's New Song 'Ring Off' Isn't About Her Marriage After All". Time. Time Inc. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: Expert Witness". Cuepoint. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ Ryan, Patrick (November 24, 2014). "'Beyonce' album, new songs sashay onto Spotify". USA Today. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  17. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (November 26, 2014). "3 of the New Songs on Beyoncé: Platinum Edition Are Great". Vulture. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Pazz+Jop 2014". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 20, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Beyoncé – Ring Off" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  20. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – Beyoncé – Ring Off" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  21. ^ a b "Beyoncé – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Beyoncé. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  22. ^ a b "Beyoncé – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Beyoncé. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  23. ^ a b "Beyoncé: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  24. ^ "Beyoncé (2013) - Songs" (To see the personnel for "Ring Off" click on the part titled "Credits" next to the song's title). Beyonce.com. Parkwood Entertainment. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 5, 2015.