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"Bad Things"
Bad Things (Official Single Cover) by Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello.png
Single by Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello
from the album Bloom
ReleasedOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2016
GenreHip hop
Length3:59
Label
  • Bad Boy
  • Interscope
  • Epic
Writer(s)
  • Colson Baker
  • Camila Cabello
  • Madison Love
  • Tony Scalzo
  • Joe Khajadourian
  • Alex Schwartz
Producer(s)The Futuristics
Machine Gun Kelly singles chronology

"Bad Things" is a song by American rapper Machine Gun Kelly and Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello. The song was released on October 14, 2016 and was produced by The Futuristics. Its music video was directed by Hannah Lux Davis and premiered on December 1, 2016. The song features an interpolation of Fastball's 1999 single "Out of My Head". The single has reached a peak of number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Contents

  • 1 Composition
  • 2 Critical reception
  • 3 Chart performance
  • 4 Music video
  • 5 Live performances
  • 6 Charts
  • 7 Certifications
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Composition

"Bad Things" is a mid-tempo ballad that features an interpolation of the 1999 Fastball single "Out of My Head".[1] Lyrically, the song incorporates themes of pain-is-pleasure type of love.[2] The song shares a bass line with Pachelbel's Canon lending it an air of familiarity.

Critical reception

Gil Kaufman from Billboard called it an "instant earworm four-minute ode to dark pleasure."[2] For Fuse TV's Bianca Gracie the song shows rapper's "softer side", and highlights Cabello's "delicate vocals". She described the song opens with Cabello "softly crooning" the hook, and MGK then comes in with a "naughty rap flow that cruises over the piano melody."[1] In Idolator, Rachel Sonís described it as a "sleek" ballad with a "dreamy" hook.[3] Time staff opined “Camila Cabello’s vocal hook is just fine. But if Cabello wants to make it big as a solo star, she’ll need more wattage than she finds with Machine Gun Kelly, whose milquetoast contribution takes this promising concept and deflates it.”[4]

Chart performance

"Bad Things" debuted at number 80 on the US Billboard Hot 100 during the week of November 5, 2016, becoming MGK's second entry on the chart, after 2011's "Wild Boy", and his highest-charting single.[5] It has since reached number four in the issue dated February 11, 2017, becoming both MGK and Cabello's first top five single as solo artists.[6] In the UK, the single debuted at number 98 before falling off the chart and re-entering two weeks later at number 52. The single peaked at number 16 in the country.[7] As of February 2017, the single has sold 596,000 copies in the United States.[8]

Music video

Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, the music video premiered on December 1, 2016 on Vevo.[9] It follows the pair as they lead a somewhat adventurous lifestyle, where they burn trash in barrels, steal stuff, and make out in a barren apartment. MGK is the resident bad boy, getting into fights and racing cars while Cabello stays faithfully by his side. At one point in the video, flashbacks to younger versions of the musicians appear reassuring that their bond really has been unbreakable from the start. MGK and Cabello can be seen enjoying late nights at diners, gathering with friends and getting into trouble all while snuggling and fighting along the way. Their rebellious ways as the pair are chased by police after attempting to steal a car. Stuck at the top of a building with the police hot on their trail and nowhere else to go, the pair decide to die together by committing lover's suicide. As MGK looks longingly at Cabello, the police and their helicopters arrive to apprehend the couple and the lovers join hands and the video ends.

Live performances

MGK and Cabello performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 23, 2016,[10] and on December 1, 2016 for the The Late Late Show with James Corden. They later performed the song on January 30, 2017 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show following Cabello's exit from girl group Fifth Harmony.

The song was then performed at the 2017 annual Kids' Choice Awards on Nickelodeon on March 11, 2017.

References

  1. ^ a b Gracie, Bianca (14 October 2016). "Stream Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello's 'Bad Things' Collab". fuse.tv. Fuse TV. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (October 14, 2016). "Listen to 5H's Camila Cabello & Machine Gun Kelly's Complicated Love Song 'Bad Things'". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ Sonís, Rachel (October 14, 2016). "Machine Gun Kelly And Camila Cabello's "Bad Things" Is Here: Listen". Idolator. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Top 10 Worst Songs 2016". Time. November 22, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Hot 100 (November 5, 2016)". Billboard. 
  6. ^ "Migos Hold Atop Hot 100, Alessia Cara Hits Top 10". Billboard. January 30, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  7. ^ "MACHINE GUN KELLY/CAMILA CABELLO". The Official Charts Company. 
  8. ^ Chandler, D.L. -. "Hip Hop Single Sales: Machine Gun Kelly, Migos and Bruno Mars". HipHopDX. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello - Bad Things". YouTube. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  10. ^ Cantor, Brian (November 23, 2016). "First Look: Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello Perform On "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"". Headline Planet. Cantortainment Company. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  15. ^ "Machine Gun Kelly – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Machine Gun Kelly. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  16. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201707 into search. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  17. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201703 into search. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  18. ^ "Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello: Bad Things" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  19. ^ "Lescharts.com – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  20. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  21. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Bad Things". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  22. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things". Top Digital Download. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  23. ^ "The Official Lebanese Top 20 - MGK". The Official Lebanese Top 20. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 5, 2017" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  25. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  26. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  27. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  28. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  29. ^ "Archive Chart: 2017-01-13". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  30. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201703 into search. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  31. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things". Singles Top 100. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  32. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – Bad Things". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  33. ^ "Archive Chart: 2017-01-20" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  34. ^ "Machine Gun Kelly – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Machine Gun Kelly. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  35. ^ "Adult Pop Music & Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  36. ^ "Machine Gun Kelly – Chart history" Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay for Machine Gun Kelly. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  37. ^ "Machine Gun Kelly – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Machine Gun Kelly. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  38. ^ "Machine Gun Kelly – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Machine Gun Kelly. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  39. ^ "Machine Gun Kelly – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Machine Gun Kelly. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  40. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2017 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  41. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2017". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  42. ^ "Italian single certifications" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved May 5, 2017.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Select 2017 in the field Anno. The certification will load automatically
  43. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello – Bad Things". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  44. ^ "British single certifications – Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello – Bad Things". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved March 2, 2017.  Enter Bad Things in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  45. ^ "American single certifications – Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello – Bad Things". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 5, 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
  • Audio on YouTube
   

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