All the Stars

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"All the Stars"
File:All the Stars Kendrick Lamar SZA.jpg
Single by Kendrick Lamar and SZA
from the album Black Panther: The Album
ReleasedJanuary 4, 2018 (2018-01-04)
Genre
Length3:55
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kendrick Lamar singles chronology
"Love"
(2017)
"All the Stars"
(2018)
"Don't Don't Do It[1]"
(2018)
SZA chronology
"The Weekend"
(2017)
"All the Stars"
(2018)
"Broken Clocks"
(2018)
Music video
"All the Stars" on YouTube

"All the Stars" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar and American recording artist SZA. Written by Lamar, SZA, Sounwave, and Al Shux[2] and produced by the latter two,[3][4] the song was released on January 4, 2018 as the lead single to the soundtrack album of the upcoming Marvel Studios superhero film Black Panther.[3][5] Its release coincided with Top Dawg Entertainment's announcement that their president, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, and Lamar himself would be producing the Black Panther soundtrack album.[3][6][7] Marvel Studios confirmed the news and revealed that Lamar was hand-picked by Black Panther's director Ryan Coogler to produce the soundtrack album.[8]

Background[edit | edit source]

Lamar first hinted at his involvement with the Black Panther soundtrack album in the music video for his song "Love", released on December 22, 2017.[3][9] In the video, at about 1:54 into the song, a clapperboard is shown with the words "B.Panther Soundtrack Coming Soon".[10] Lamar subsequently announced his involvement on January 4, 2018, along with the release of "All the Stars".[3][6]

Release[edit | edit source]

Upon its release, Lamar announced his praise for Black Panther and its director Ryan Coogler, writing "the magnitude of [the] film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel's vision."[5][6]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone praised the song, calling Lamar's verse "defiant" and SZA's verse "enthralling" and "filled with vocal turns".[7] However, Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork gave the song a negative review, calling it "generic" and "pales in comparison to [Lamar and SZA's] recent works".[11] Pearce further wrote that the song is "full of heavy-handed plotting and everyman cliches" and is "so nondescript that it reeks of compromise, devoid of personality or any true vision."[11] Although Pearce complimented Lamar and SZA's performances and the "slick production", he ultimately wrote that ""All the Stars" is uncharacteristically conservative for these two stars, all in service of a bigger picture."[11]

Music video[edit | edit source]

The music video for the song was released to Lamar's Vevo channel on YouTube on February 6, 2018. It was directed by Dave Meyers and The Little Homies.[12]

Copyright infringement[edit | edit source]

In February 2018, British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor claimed that images of her 24-karat gold patterned artwork was used in the music video without her permission.[13]

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Credits adapted from digital booklet.[14]

Performers

Technical

  • Matt Schaeffer – record engineering, mix engineering
  • Mike Bozzi – master engineering
  • Sam Ricci – record engineering
  • James Hunt – record engineering

Production

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[15] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[16] 62
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[17] 40
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[18] 11
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[19] 20
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[20] 38
Denmark (Tracklisten)[21] 33
Germany (Official German Charts)[22] 32
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[23] 21
Ireland (IRMA)[24] 4
Italy (FIMI)[25] 62
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[26] 23
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[27] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[28] 8
Portugal (AFP)[29] 31
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[30] 31
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[31] 44
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 23
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[34] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[35] 31
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[36] 14
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[37] 14

Certifications[edit | edit source]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[38] Gold 40,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit | edit source]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States January 9, 2018 Rhythmic contemporary radio [39]
Italy 19 January 2018 Contemporary hit radio Universal [40]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "N.E.R.D. "Don't Don't Do It" – (Radio Date: 12/01/2018)". radiodate.it. 
  2. "Black Panther: The Album". iTunes. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Madden, Sidney (January 4, 2018). "Kendrick Lamar And SZA Release 'All The Stars' Single From 'Black Panther'". National Public Radio. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  4. "All The Stars / Kendrick Lamar TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blais-Billie, Braudie (January 4, 2018). "Kendrick Lamar and SZA Drop New Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Berry, Peter A. (January 4, 2018). "Kendrick Lamar and SZA Deliver New Song "All the Stars"". XXL. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Blistein, Jon (January 4, 2018). "Hear Kendrick Lamar, SZA's Defiant New Song 'All the Stars'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  8. Martinelli, Marissa (January 4, 2018). "Kendrick Lamar and SZA Drop a New Song From the Black Panther Soundtrack". Slate. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  9. Tiffany, Kaitlyn (January 4, 2018). "Kendrick Lamar produced the soundtrack for Black Panther". The Verge. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  10. Shifferaw, Abel (December 22, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar Teases New Music for 'Black Panther' Soundtrack in "Love" Video". Complex. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Pearce, Sheldon (January 4, 2017). ""All the Stars" [ft. Sza] by Kendrick Lamar Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  12. Yoo, Noah (February 6, 2018). "Kendrick Lamar and SZA Share New Video for “All the Stars”: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  13. Sabur, Rozina (February 12, 2018). "Black Panther team accused of breach of copyright by British-Liberian artist". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  14. "Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album [Booklet]". Genius. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  15. "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. February 19, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  16. "Austriancharts.at – Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  17. "Ultratop.be – Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  18. "Ultratop.be – Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  19. "Kendrick Lamar – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Kendrick Lamar. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  20. "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201802 into search. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  21. "Track Top-40 Uge 6, 2018". Hitlisten. Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  22. "Offiziellecharts.de – Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  23. "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  24. "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  25. "Top Singoli – Classifica settimanale WK 7" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  26. "Dutchcharts.nl – Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  27. "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. February 19, 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  28. "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 7, 2018". VG-lista. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  29. "Portuguesecharts.com – Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  30. "Archive Chart: 20180216". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  31. "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201802 into search. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  32. "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  33. "Swisscharts.com – Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  34. "Archive Chart: 20180216" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  35. "Kendrick Lamar – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kendrick Lamar. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  36. "Kendrick Lamar – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Kendrick Lamar. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  37. "Kendrick Lamar – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Kendrick Lamar. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  38. "Canadian single certifications – Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars". Music Canada. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  39. "Top 40/Rhythmic". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original. Error: If you specify |archiveurl=, you must also specify |archivedate=. https://web.archive.org/web/20180104233659/https://www.allaccess.com/top40-rhythmic/future-releases. 
  40. "KENDRICK LAMAR "All The Stars" – (Radio Date: 19/01/2018)". radiodate.it.