Push My Luck

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"Push My Luck" is a song by American duo The Chainsmokers. It was released on November 8, 2019 as the sixth single from their upcoming album World War Joy.[1][2][3]

Background

The track was first heard in mid-June 2019 in the Instagram story of The Chainsmokers. On September 25, they played it for the first time live on their World War Joy tour in Cincinnati, Ohio.[4] On the following day, they mentioned the song to Billboard, unveiling its title. Andrew Taggart, a member of the duo said, "This one is not out yet", unveiling that it will be named "Push My Luck".[5] They later said to the same publication, in October, that the song "wasn't able to be released in time for the tour". Andrew Taggart revealed he was nervous, and he confidently sang lyrics like, "I think I might push my luck with you/'Cause you say that you've got nothing else to do."[6] On November 4, 2019, the duo announced the release of the song on Twitter, posting a short teaser animated by the cover of the song.[7] Their announcement was made at the same time they announced that they will play at 3Arena in 2020.[8]

Critical reception

During the duo's tour, the magazine Billboard made a recapitulation of their previous releases. Unveiling the existence of the upcoming track, Gil Kaufman of the publication deemed it "an unreleased ballad into the lineup near the beginning of the set [...] before leaning into the sentimental chorus, "I think I might push my luck with you," over Pall's gentle [i.e. Alex Pall, the other half of the duo], swaying keyboard line".[5] A few hours prior the release, Karlie Powell of Your EDM noted that the song is "about pushing your luck with someone, acting on those butterfly feelings from the jumpsounds". She felt the track "like a synth-filled dream, amplifying the signature style" of the duo.[7]

After the release, the song received criticism from multiple publications. Writing for Dancing Astronaut, Farrell Sweeney remarked that the song "leans on Andrew Taggart's vocals", endowed with "a simple yet catchy synth note progression [which] creates a delicate drop that doesn't detract from the sense of calm the track instills". He added that the single "falls on the pop-leaning side of the production spectrum from [the duo]", containing "light instrumentals [which] carry a majority of the track".[9] Shakiel Mahjouri of Entertainment Tonight Canada called it "a sultry track", which makes "a stark contrast from some of the bangers The Chainsmokers have become famous for". Concerning the composition, he remarked the presence of "a synth note progression" which "creates a light by noticeable drop" and wrote that the song is "buoyed by Andrew Taggart's vocals with light instrumentals provided by Alex Pall and others".[10] Jason Lipshutz of Billboard described too the track as "a stark contrast from their "#Selfie"-led early days". He called the song "a moody wonder", with a slowing down tempo and "a pseudo-breakdown in the back half but more room set aside for an acoustic guitar lick and quiet reflection on the submission of the moment in which infatuation turns into commitment".[11] Katie Bain of the same publication called the production "a plaintive sort of ballad", containing Andrew Taggart's vocals which "get pitched all the way up" and a chorus which "gets an elastic build". She wrote that "Push My Luck" certainly "does push hard into indie pop territory" but "goes full on EDM at 2:08 precisely", remarking this construction as usual from the American duo.[12] Writing for EDM.com, Katie Stone deemed the song "a downtempo pop crossover with a subtle future bass feel to it", which perfectly "follows the emotional vibe of the rest of the album thus far". According to her, it is about "the internal struggle one has when they are pursuing a new relationship".[13] Karlie Powell of Your EDM noted that "the first 2/3 of the track is unapologetically pop by design, with a gorgeous electronic-fused breakdown toward the end", making it "a soft, melodic production worth obsessing over".[14]

Music video

The official music video of the song was premiered on the same day through The Chainsmokers YouTube channel. Directed by Steven Sebring,[15] it features Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro.[16]

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal.[17]

  • Ian Kirkpatrick – production
  • SmarterChild – production
  • Andrew Taggart – production, composition, lyrics
  • Alex Pall – production
  • Remy Gautreau – composition, lyrics
  • Rick Markowitz – composition, lyrics
  • Michelle Mancini – master engineering
  • Jordan Stilwell – mix engineering

Charts

Chart (2019) Peak
position
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[18] 15
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 40
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 11
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[21] 40

References

  1. ^ "The Chainsmokers to play London as part of 2020 European tour". Evening Standard. November 4, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Surve, Aakanksha (November 4, 2019). "Grammy Award-winning duo The Chainsmokers to play Dublin". Dublin Live. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Bonavoglia, Brian (November 8, 2019). "The Chainsmokers Share New Single, "Push My Luck"". DJ Times. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Chainsmokers – "Push My Luck"". Radio Energy (in German). Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (September 26, 2019). "The 9 Best Moments From The Chainsmokers' World War Joy Tour Kickoff, a Circus-Inspired Spectacle". Billboard. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Pace, Lilly (October 18, 2019). "The 10 Best Moments From The Chainsmokers' Explosive Brooklyn Show". Billboard. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Powell, Karlie (November 7, 2019). "The Chainsmokers Tease New Single "Push My Luck" Out Friday". Your EDM. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Shekleton, Rebecca (November 4, 2019). "The Chainsmokers To Play 3Arena Next Year". 98FM. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Sweeney, Farrell (November 8, 2019). "The Chainsmokers release sultry new single from third studio album, 'Push My Luck'". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  10. ^ Mahjouri, Shakiel (November 8, 2019). "The Chainsmokers 'Push My Luck' In New Music Video". Entertainment Tonight Canada. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  11. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (November 8, 2019). "First Stream: New Music From Luke Combs, Jonas Brothers, Karol G and Nicki Minaj & More". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Billboard Staff (November 8, 2019). "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Major Lazer, Camelphat, The Chainsmokers & More". Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  13. ^ Stone, Katie (November 8, 2019). "The Chainsmokers Release Latest from World War Joy Album, "Push My Luck"". EDM.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  14. ^ Powell, Karlie (November 9, 2019). "The Chainsmokers' Storytelling Shines Through with New Single "Push My Luck"". Your EDM. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  15. ^ Wass, Mike (November 10, 2019). "The Chainsmokers Add "Push My Luck" To 'World War Joy'". Idolator. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  16. ^ Sen, Jaideep (November 9, 2019). "Watch: The Chainsmokers release new single, Push My Luck, video stars model Lais Ribeiro". Indulge Express. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  17. ^ "World War Joy...Push My Luck / The Chainsmokers". Tidal. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  18. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. November 18, 2019. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  19. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 46, 2019". VG-lista. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 46". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  21. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 16, 2019.

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