In a year full of hits built around samples and interpolations of past megahits, Bebe Rexha and David Guetta‘s “I’m Good (Blue)” still stands out as unusual.
The collab, which borrows the distinctive synth and chorus melody of Eiffel 65’s turn-of-the-century dance-pop smash “Blue (Da Ba Dee),” wasn’t even supposed to be a proper single: It was a demo that was recorded in the mid-’10s and never officially released, until unexpected TikTok virality led to demand for it to be dropped in full. Once it was, it was embraced by streaming audiences and radio programmers, gradually climbing the Billboard Hot 100 and hitting a new peak of No. 7 this week (chart dated Nov. 26).
Which artist stands to gain most from the song’s unexpected success? And is it the end of the trend or just the beginning? Billboard staffers discuss below.
1. “I’m Good” is a 2015-recorded song interpolating a 2000 pop hit with tonight’s-gonna-be-a-good-night lyrics that sound like 2009 that got big after being shared on TikTok in 2022. Does the math add up to you for this one, or are you still having trouble wrapping your head around it?
Katie Atkinson: The math is still not mathing, but it doesn’t need to. The fact is, there have been stranger trajectories to a top 10 Hot 100 hit in 2022 than this one, so I’m just not going to overthink it and just keep dancing. AsBebe told our very own Billboard Pop Shop Podcast(shameless plug), “Let’s just give the people what they want. Let’s not judge it for what it is, and just put it out. It’s just a great, fun record.” Preach.
Katie Bain: There’s been a tidal wave of early 2000s samples/interpolations in dance music in the last year, with Acraze’s 2021 Cherish-samplingsmash“Do It To It” more or less sparking the trend. All of these songs together demonstrate a huge affection for that era and thus also an easy way for producers from across all electronic genres to score relatively easy hits. Guetta has never been afraid to trend-hop or to capitalize, and this one, like so many of his previous monster songs, demonstrates his truly singular ability to craft an earworm — or at least to expand on an already existent earworm. So yes, on paper all the elements add up to this song’s success, although at the same time it still kind of sounds like an algorithm at work.
Jason Lipshutz: Consider “I’m Good” the 2022 version of Måneskin’s “Beggin’,” which became a global smash in 2021… as a cover of a 1967 Four Seasons song… that was originally performed and recorded in 2017. These instances of older singles with funky backstories and recognizable hooks being revived years later, thanks in large part to TikTok, will keep occurring and impacting the Billboard charts in the years to come. As for “I’m Good,” one listen to it (especially if you’re a “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” defender) and it’s easy to wrap your head around why it’s a hit.
Joe Lynch: I think the math adds up in that, not dissimilar to an obscurity such as Edison Lighthouse’s “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” having a TikTok moment, Gen Z and the TikTok landscape aren’t interested in what’s now or next these days. With the history of recorded music at their fingertips, any catchy melody they haven’t heard before can become the now or next thing. It doesn’t matter if it’s retro. It might even be a boon.
Andrew Unterberger: Honestly, I can buy the part about the song existing as an unreleased demo for five years before randomly taking off on TikTok a lot more easily than I can believe that a song that sounds like this — post-peak EDM beats with Black Eyed Peas-type lyrics — is tapping into the 2022 zeitgeist. There hasn’t been a song with this specific sound that’s popped on radio or streaming in a long while, though not quite long enough that I’d imagine folks are already nostalgic for it. It’s a curiously timed success to me.
2. Guetta and Rexha are two of the more indefatigable hitmakers of the last decade-plus, but neither had reached the top 40 in the past four years before this. Which of the two artists does this return to the pop mainstream mean more to, career-wise?
Katie Atkinson: I’m going to say Bebe, because I feel like she’s really been the face of this whole thing. We all knew Guetta could make a reliable dance-floor filler, but maybe we’d assumed the time was up for that style on top 40 radio and outside the club. For Bebe, however, the hurdle she’s consistently trying to clear is being a potentially anonymous part of a massive hit song; everyone’s heard a Bebe Rexha song, whether they’ve sought her out or not, but not everyone knows her name or could pick her out of a lineup. This is one more way to introduce herself beyond being a disembodied voice on your radio — like the showcase she got as one of only 11 performances on Sunday’s AMAs. But also: How much more does this woman have to do to prove herself?!
Katie Bain: David Guetta will always be David Guetta, in the sense that he’ll be able to headline global dance clubs and festivals in perpetuity given his litany of hits and ability to keep up with any given of-the-moment dance sound. So while I’m sure he’s enjoying this return to the top 40, particularly in the context of it extending his already considerable track record as a hitmaker, I think Rexha needed it more as she doesn’t yet have the legacy, particularly in a specific genre, as her counterpart on this song.
Jason Lipshutz: Probably Rexha. “I’m Good” represents a pleasant surprise for Guetta, but he’s going to be able to play the dance festival circuit with his mountain of hits for years to come. Rexha also has her fair share of successful singles, but being a modern pop artist is all about what you’ve done for the general listening audience lately, and it had been a minute since Rexha had made a real connection at streaming or radio. She does both with “I’m Good,” and it’s a meaningful new win in a career that quietly contains a bunch of them.
Joe Lynch: Bebe for sure. Guetta is a dance music elder statesman with enough cache and hits to keep people paying to see his shows. Rexha, on the other hand, really benefits by having a new hit that can bring her new social engagement, awards show slots and the like.
Andrew Unterberger: Yeah, it’s gotta be Rexha. While Guetta might not quite have the cultural capital stateside he did a decade ago, he’s still a legacy act at this point, and will probably be a good-sized live draw and decent streaming performer for however long the rest of his career lasts. Rexha still lives hit-to-hit a little bit, and she’s never seemed particularly interested in living her pop career from the sidelines, so it’s not surprising that she’s rejoicing in her unlikely “I’m Good” success like she is.
3. While the song first took off on TikTok and streaming, radio is now the primary driver for its success, as it reaches No. 8 on the Radio Songs chart this week. Does it make sense to you as a contemporary radio smash? Why or why not?
Katie Atkinson: I think familiarity is always going to give you a head-start in 2022 — just look at Jack Harlow’s “First Class.” It also has the “what is this?” factor that might keep someone from changing the radio station immediately. So basically, it makes sense as a “contemporary” radio smash insofar as it has a nostalgic WTF factor that is instantly intriguing.
Katie Bain: As dance-pop and mainstream pop have essentially become the same thing in the last 10 years, I’m not surprised at all that a song that heavily samples a yesteryear hit that itself was a huge radio hit has become a radio hit. (Also shout out to Flume’s 2020 “Blue”edit.)
Jason Lipshutz: I mean… “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” reached No. 2 on the Pop Songs chart, when Eiffel 65 was a total unknown entity to U.S. listeners, so why can’t this facelift of the tune climb as high on top 40 radio? “I’m Good” sounds a little out of step with current pop radio trends, and would have functioned perfectly a decade ago, when Guetta was at the height of his hit-making powers; that said, the tune is undeniable, and sometimes that’s enough.
Joe Lynch: It tracks for me. When you listen to one of those weekend late-night top 40 radio party mixes, songs like the Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (which this lyrically harks back to) have been in consistent rotation (alongside newer top 10s) for the better part of the last decade. The music snoberati may want to believe that silly good-time party songs from the Obama Era are dead and gone, but the truth is that they’ve never been far from radio airwaves, or the playlist at a Chili’s near you.
Andrew Unterberger: Contemporary? In 2012, probably. In 2017, maybe. In 2022, not so much.
4. We’ve spent seemingly the whole year talking about big interpolations in major pop songs, but few if any have relied quite as heavily on their original source material as “I’m Good (Blue).” Does this feel to you like it will lead to similarly built hits in 2023, or is this closer to the end of the line for this strain of early-’20s pop hit?
Katie Atkinson: I don’t see this stopping anytime soon. Whenever a potential shortcut to chart success is unlocked (see also: DJ Khaled’s top five hit “Staying Alive,” Nicki Minaj’s No. 1 “Super Freaky Girl”), the floodgates open. I give this another year.
Katie Bain: Like I mentioned above, this trend, particularly in the dance world, has been such a huge success driver that I have a hard time seeing producers settling down until the well of songs to sample goes dry. (And even then, a lot of them have been sampling the same songs, so the amount of source material available isn’t even necessarily a factor.) There’s obviously the familiarity/nostalgia factor of hearing these old songs again, so I don’t necessarily see the trend waning from a consumer perspective either.
Jason Lipshutz: I believe we are just getting started here. Everyone in the music industry is perpetually thirsty for new hits, and especially lately, the route to scoring them is by reviving old ones — from “Super Freaky Girl” reworking “Super Freak,” to “Vegas” resurrecting “Hound Dog,” to “Cold Heart” and “Hold Me Closer” returning to Elton John’s classics catalog for modern pastiches. One could argue that the increasing reliance on IP in Hollywood — old franchises with familiar characters being revived as safer bets than original storytelling — is coming to the music industry in the form of these interpolations. And some of them will be more successful than others, of course, but I’d bet that there are a lot more coming.
Joe Lynch: Only the beginning. In the first half of the 20thcentury, it was very common for hit songs to be resurrected every 10, 12 years via the next big thing singer covering it; people knew a good melody that landed once would absolutely land again. In the rock era, when artists became fixated on regarding the past as passé and writing their own songs, that became less true. But after a full decade of the streaming era, audiences take it for granted that old isn’t necessarily bad and what’s cutting edge isn’t necessarily fun, so why not listen to a little bit of the best of everything?
Andrew Unterberger: I’m not sure if this is going to lead to even more hits along these lines, but I’m confident it’s going to lead to more artists attempting them. If two artists who hadn’t had a major hit in 4-5 years could go top 10 with a revived demo, clearly it’s gonna seem like a plausible path to success for a lot of other past (and prospective future) hitmakers as well. Just how much patience the general public is going to have for such future attempts remains to be seen — but so far, so good there.
5. Eiffel 65’s “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”: fun, nostalgic novelty or annoying, dated relic?
Katie Atkinson: Annoying, dated relic. My only fondness for “Blue” is due to my fondness for the 1999/2000 era in general. I’ll take Sisqo’s “Thong Song” over it, honestly. As Bebe and David would say: “I’m good.”
Katie Bain: An eternal banger for anyone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
Jason Lipshutz: Fun, nostalgic… banger. “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” is just excellent pop inside and out, an expertly constructed dance single built around the silliest of concepts. Thank you for your service, Eiffel 65!
Joe Lynch: First one. It’s just a delightful lark. And it undeniably holds a nostalgic place in my heart given that it was one of the verrrry few Eurodance songs that made radio headway around the turn of the millennium. And believe me, before you had every song at the tip of your fingertips, you enjoyed the scraps of lesser-heralded genres that radio threw at you (that being said, I did buy the parent album on CD in a mall. Classic Y2K). Plus, I remember seeing a kid do an ice-skating routine to this song once that was every bit as sublimely silly as Eiffel 65 itself.
Andrew Unterberger: One of the only pop songs of its era I cannot enjoy on any level. Kill it with fire.
The song heavily samples Eiffel 65's 1998 single "Blue (Da Ba Dee)".What is the top 40 songs right now? ›
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- Loser. Loser. Charlie Puth. ...
- Shivers. Shivers. Ed Sheeran. ...
- Anti-Hero. Anti-Hero. Taylor Swift. ...
- Miss You. Miss You. ...
- 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) ...
- Beg For You (feat. Rina Sawayama) ...
- Something in the Orange. Something in the Orange.
I’m Good (Blue)When did I'm good blue come out? ›
Many small labels cannot afford the steep sample clearance rates. While there are no standard fees, the music publisher usually require: an upfront "advance" payment (which could be anywhere between $250 and $5,000), and. a percentage of the song income (usually between 15% and 50%).How much does it cost to clear samples? ›
On the master side the clearance fee will likely range somewhere between $2,000 to $10,000. Additionally, the owner of the master will likely require some sort of split on the new master in the 3% to 10% royalty range. Remember, if you have less money to offer be flexible in regards to giving up a share of the royalty.What is the #1 song of all time? ›
Taylor Swift, “Anti-Hero”What is the #1 song in 2022? ›
"As It Was", the lead single from English singer Harry Styles' third studio album Harry's House (2022), debuted atop the Hot 100 and spent 15 weeks at the top spot—the most for any song in 2022, and the longest reigning number-one song by a soloist in the 64-year history of the chart, surpassing "Candle in the Wind" ( ...Who is the most successful songwriter of all time? ›
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|2||Paul McCartney||June 18, 1942 – present|
|3||John Lennon||October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980|
|4||Chuck Berry||October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017|
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- I'm Good (Blue) I'm Good (Blue) David Guetta and Bebe Rexha. ...
- Miss You. Miss You. Oliver Tree and Robin Schulz. ...
- Anti-Hero. Anti-Hero. Taylor Swift. ...
- Celestial. Celestial. Ed Sheeran. ...
- The Motto. The Motto. ...
- Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) ...
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Martin is the songwriter with the third-most number-one singles on the chart, behind only Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26). In addition, he is tied with George Martin for the most Hot 100 number-one songs as a producer, with 23 as of 2021.When did Jonas Blue come out? ›
The song charted at No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart. His debut album, Blue, was released on 9 November 2018.Is Blue making a comeback? ›
In April 2015, Blue were dropped by their record label Sony due to the poor performance of their fifth album Colours. In 2022, Blue returned with singles "Haven't Found You Yet" and "Dance with Me", both from their sixth studio album Heart & Soul, which was released on 28 October 2022.Is it illegal to sell free samples? ›
It is legal to give these samples to your patients for free, but it is illegal to sell the samples. The Government has prosecuted physicians for billing Medicare for free samples. Opinions differ on whether sampling practices ultimately increase or decrease patients' long-term drug costs.How long can a sample be legally? ›
Copyrighted, unlicensed music samples must be short in comparison to the original song. As a rule of thumb, samples should not exceed 30 seconds or 10% of the length of the original song, whichever is shorter.Is buying perfume samples worth it? ›
It's Much Cheaper Than Buying Large Bottles
A large bottle can run up to and more than $100 each for your favorite perfumes. On the other hand, perfume sample sets are much cheaper, allowing you to save money while also expanding your perfume library of scents.
“Sample deals from major labels will usually have an advance which is recoupable against royalties. With some companies, you might be able to negotiate a buy-out, or one-time fee for the use of the sample. Then, no further royalties or payments are required.”Can I sell beats with samples? ›
Using unlicensed samples in their beats can result in copyright lawsuits. Additionally, beat producers should be careful about how they select and integrate samples into their beats to avoid infringing on the rights of others.Is it legal to take samples? ›
You CANNOT sample music without permission, no matter how short or long the sample is. Copyright is copyright. And if the sample is recognizable (hell, even if it isn't recognizable), you're using another person's intellectual property in order to construct or enhance your own.
The Beatles, unsurprisingly, lead the way with a record 20 No. 1s, all earned between 1964 and 1970. The Fab Four also scored 34 top 10s (second only to Madonna's 38), hitting No.What is the #1 album of all time? ›
Michael Jackson's Thriller, estimated to have sold 70 million copies worldwide, is the best-selling album. Jackson also currently has the highest number of albums on the list with five, Celine Dion has four, while the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Madonna and Whitney Houston each have three.What is the most listened to song on Spotify 2022? ›
Spotify's most-streamed song of 2022 was Harry Styles' hit “As It Was” with more than 1.6 billion streams globally this year. In the second and third spots respectively are “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals and, for the second year running, “Stay (with Justin Bieber)” by the Kid Laroi.What is the number one song in the UK 2022? ›
On 23 September 2022 (29 September 2022 week ending), David Guetta and Bebe Rexha reached number one with "I'm Good (Blue)", which became Guetta's first UK number-one single in eight years and 7th overall, as well as Rexha's first chart-topper.Who is No 1 on Billboard 2022? ›
Jung Kook's “Dreamers” snags the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot Trending Songs chart, powered by Twitter and sponsored by Xfinity Mobile, dated Dec. 3, following its release amid the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.What is the most successful album of 2022? ›
The top albums of 2022 including Harry Styles, George Ezra, Liam Gallagher, Central Cee and more. Harry Styles pulls off an impressive Official Charts double, as Harry's House is named the Official biggest album of 2022 so far by the Official Charts Company.Who is richest singer in the world? ›
Rihanna is the richest musician with a whopping net worth of $1.7 billion. She also holds the title of richest female musician in the world. The money she makes comes mostly from her cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty and her lingerie brand Savage x Fenty. Music stands third in making Rihanna so immensely rich.Who is the highest selling singer of all time? ›
Top-selling artists worldwide as of 2022. Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 183 million units certified sales. Second is Garth Brooks with over 157 million units sales, followed by Elvis Presley with 139 million units.Who is the most successful female songwriter of all time? ›
- 8: Dorothy Fields. ...
- 7: Joni Mitchell. ...
- 6: Memphis Minnie. ...
- 5: Loretta Lynn. ...
- 4: Carole King. ...
- 3: Laura Nyro. ...
- 2: Patti Smith. ...
- 1: Lucinda Williams. There are a few good reasons to put Lucinda Williams atop this list of the best female songwriters.
- The Astronaut. JIN.
- Unholy. Sam Smith & Kim Petras.
- Lift Me Up (From Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Music From and Inspired By) Rihanna.
- Miss You. Oliver Tree & Robin Schulz.
- I'm Good (Blue) David Guetta & Bebe Rexha.
- Calm Down. Rema.
- Con La Brisa. ...
- Dreamers (Music from the FiFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Soundtrack)
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- 22. Ijazzat Hai. Raj Barman. ...
- 33. Baarish Mein Tum. Neha Kakkar, Rohanpreet Singh, ShowKidd. ...
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- 66. Hanuman Chalisa. ...
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- 88. O Sajna.
James Brown had dozens of songs make it to the Hot 100, but none ever reached No. 1. Brown is another legend who shockingly never reached the top spot on the Hot 100. He came close more than a few times with songs like "Living in America" (peaked at No.Is Jonas Blue part of Jonas Brothers? ›
He's Not a Fourth Jonas Brother
Despite his stage name, Jonas Blue has no relation to Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas.
The Blue Album was released on May 10, 1994. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) just under seven months later on December 1, 1994, and was certified platinum by the RIAA on January 13, 1995.What is the message of blue? ›
The color blue represents both the sky and the sea and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, and intelligence.Why is blue not mentioned in history? ›
Ancient civilizations had no word for the color blue. It was the last color to appear in many languages, including Greek, Chinese, Japanese, and Hebrew. In The Odyssey, Homer describes the “wine-dark” sea. According to one linguist, every culture begins with words for dark and light.How did blue get its name? ›
The modern English word blue comes from Middle English bleu or blewe, from the Old French bleu, a word of Germanic origin, related to the Old High German word blao (meaning 'shimmering, lustrous').Why did Blue split up? ›
We were sued by our management, who tried to screw us over big time, so we liquidated the company. They went after each one of us at a time." Antony revealed it had taken three years for the band to get back on their feet. "I got the call saying, 'You're going bankrupt.
However, the pair cleared up the rumours on a later appearance on This Morning, with Duncan insisting it "absolutely never" happened. Duncan claimed he “got a bit of brunt from it for the whole story about him and me sleeping together", and Lee insisted: "I wasn't talking about that.Is Blue October Cancelled? ›
CANCELLED: Blue October in House of Blues Boston on 07/30/2020 has been cancelled.What does blue in slang mean? ›
sad; unhappy: I don't know what's wrong – I just feel blue.What does true blue mean slang? ›
completely loyal to a person or belief: You don't need to worry about Kimberley - she's true-blue. SMART Vocabulary: related words and phrases. Loyal, faithful & dependable.What does being blue for someone mean? ›
Be depressed or sad, as in I was really feeling blue after she told me she was leaving. The use of blue to mean “sad” dates from the late 1300s. See also blue funk, def. 2; have the blues.How long does it take for a sample to be cleared? ›
All in all, this process can take anywhere from one day to over one year. I know that sounds like a lot, and probably far more expensive than you were thinking. However, there are a few things you can do to ease the process.What's the opposite Colour of blue? ›
Its complementary color, or the color that sits directly opposite blue on the color wheel, is orange. Orange is a secondary color produced by mixing two primary colors, red and yellow.What is the spiritual meaning of blue? ›
The color blue represents both the sky and the sea and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, and intelligence.What emotion does blue represent? ›
Blue (Primary Color) #
Blue is often associated with sadness in the English language. Blue is also used extensively to represent calmness and responsibility. Light blues can be refreshing and friendly. Dark blues are more strong and reliable.
This derives from a British English sense of true blue, recorded from the 17th century with the meaning 'faithful, staunch, unwavering in one's commitments or principles; extremely loyal'. Later it also came to mean 'staunchly conservative' in a political sense.
If you are sad and describe yourself as "feeling blue," you are using a phrase coined from a custom among many old deepwater sailing ships. If the ship lost the captain or any of the officers during its voyage, she would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted along her entire hull when returning to home port.What does blue Steel mean in slang? ›
Among Zoolander's famous poses is a look called Blue Steel. It involves pursed lips and sucked-in cheeks made with the eyes fixed on the camera. Stiller explained that he based on the expression after one he made himself in the mirror in an effort to look his best.What colors make you feel? ›
Warm colors like red, yellow and orange evoke higher arousal emotions, such as love, passion, happiness, and anger. Cool colors, like blue, green and purple are linked to calmness, sadness and indifference. Colors can trigger these arousal states and emotions.What does blue mean in love? ›
The Blue Heart emoji 💙 is used very similarly to the Red Heart ❤️ in digital communication. It can convey a wide range of loving, affectionate, and happy feelings. It's especially used to express those feelings for things that have some literal or symbolic connection to blue.What do colors do to the brain? ›
Color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence physiological reactions. Certain colors have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eyestrain.Is sampling illegal? ›
Sampling without permission can breach the copyright of the original sound recording, of the composition and lyrics, and of the performances, such as a rhythm or guitar riff. The moral rights of the original artist may also be breached if they are not credited or object to the sampling.What happens if you release a song with an uncleared sample? ›
Understand that you are not allowed to use samples without permission, even if you are giving away the track for free, and even if you give credit and say you aren't intending to infringe anyone's copyrights. But posting tracks with uncleared samples is “illegal” the way jaywalking is illegal.