Verge (song)

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"Verge"
Verge - Single (Cover).png
Single by Owl City featuring Aloe Blacc
from the album Mobile Orchestra
Released May 14, 2015
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014–15
Genre
Length 3:33
Label Republic
Songwriter(s) Adam Young, Aloe Blacc, Matt Thiessen, Emily Wright
Producer(s) Adam Young
Owl City singles chronology
"You're Not Alone"
(2014)
"Verge"
(2015)
"My Everything"
(2015)
Aloe Blacc singles chronology
"Something to Believe In"
(2015)
"Verge"
(2015)
"Candyman"
(2016)

"Verge" is a song by American electronica project Owl City from his fifth studio album Mobile Orchestra. It features guest vocals from American singer Aloe Blacc. The song was released to digital download on May 14, 2015 as the lead single in the album.

Background and release

After the song was previewed on ESPN's "Draft Academy" on May 5, it was announced that "Verge," featuring Aloe Blacc would be released on May 14 as the album's first single.[1] A lyric video of Verge was later published on Owl City's VEVO channel on YouTube on May 13, 2015.[2]

On May 28, the music video premiered on Yahoo Music! and was made available on VEVO and YouTube the next day.[3]

On Owl City's official website, Verge is stated as "...his bright, buoyant production and shimmering vocals with a booming soulful refrain from Aloe Blacc. It blurs the lines between electro, alternative, pop, and R&B all at once, while remaining perfect for the dance floor." [4]

Owl City Frontman Adam Young also adds, "You're thinking about those moments in life where you're on the edge. It's like the last day of your life as you know it, and tomorrow everything is going to change. It could be a college graduation. It could be a new career. It could be your wedding day. You're not sure how it's going to go, but you're confident that you're going to hit the ground running. We reached out to Aloe out of nowhere, and he was so gracious and kind to lend his incredible talent to the track."

In an interview with Yahoo music, he also mentions "It was an honor to work with Blacc and his contribution to the song is invaluable."[5]

History

"Verge" reached number 44 on the Japan Hot 100 chart list and number 3 on the Twitter Real-Time Chart, despite having mixed critical reviews. In September 2015, Owl City announced that Verge: The Remixes would be available on September 8, 2015. The three-track EP featured remixes of "Verge" by Tom Swoon, Low Steppa, and Transcode.

Charts

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Japan Hot 100 (Billboard)[6] 44
Twitter Real-Time Chart (Billboard)[7] 3

References

  1. ^ "ESPN Music on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "Owl City - Verge (Lyric) ft. Aloe Blacc". Youtube. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "See It First: Owl City Debuts 'Verge' Featuring Aloe Blacc". Yahoo Music. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "Bio". www.owlcitymusic.com. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "See It First: Owl City Debuts 'Verge' Featuring jigaboo jigg". Yahoo Music. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "Owl City - Chart history". Billboard.com. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  7. ^ "Billboard + Twitter Realtime Chart". Billboard.com. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
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