Attention (Charlie Puth song)

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"Attention"
Charlie Puth - Attention (Official Single Cover).png
Single by Charlie Puth
from the album Voice Notes
ReleasedApril 21, 2017
FormatDigital download
Recorded2016–17
StudioCharlie Puth's home studio (Los Angeles, California)
GenrePop rock
Length3:31
LabelAtlantic
Writer(s)
  • Charlie Puth
  • Jacob Kasher[1]
Producer(s)Charlie Puth
Charlie Puth singles chronology
"We Don't Talk Anymore"
(2016)
"Attention"
(2017)

"Attention" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Charlie Puth. Written and produced by Puth, with additional songwriting by Jacob Kasher, the song was released on April 21, 2017, by Atlantic Records, as the lead single from Puth's upcoming second studio album Voice Notes.[2] It is a midtempo pop rock song with elements of '80s soft-soul and funk. The song's music video was released on April 24. The single has since attained top 10 peaks in more than ten countries, including France, Lebanon, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Background and release[edit | edit source]

The original idea of "Attention" began to develop in 2016 when Charlie started to record bits of the song while he was on tour in Japan. [3] Puth premiered the song in an "immersive music exhibit" in Los Angeles called "The Attention Room" on April 19.[4] The pop-up installation features an LED "infinity tunnel" and is designed to replicate the brain's reaction to receiving attention. Two days later, "Attention" was officially released as the lead single of Puth's second studio album.[5]

Composition[edit | edit source]

"Attention" is a midtempo pop rock song[6] that features elements of '80s soft-soul and funk.[7] Throughout the song, the singer realizes that his partner only wants to be around him for attention and other ulterior motives instead of loving him for who he is.[8] It is performed in the key of E♭ minor with a tempo of 100 beats per minute. Puth's vocal span from E♭3 to B4.[9]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Writing for Idolator, Mike Wass suggested that "Attention" is a "Song of Summer contender". He added that Charlie "is still the boy next door, just a little more jaded and a lot more willing to speak his mind." Praising the song's production, he said that "That boldness also comes through on the production, which Charlie handled himself, chugging along with chunky bass and faint traces of disco."[10] Lars Brandle of Billboard described it as "polished" and "groove-injected."[5]

Music video[edit | edit source]

The official music video was released on April 24, 2017, on YouTube. It was filmed in Los Angeles. Cameras capture Puth brooding at the club while scoping out a blond woman, played by Samara Weaving.[11][12] Throughout the song, he realizes that she only wants to be around him for attention and other ulterior motives instead of loving him for who he is. The music video has over 220 million views on YouTube as of July 11, 2017.[13]

Promotion[edit | edit source]

The song has been used on its first day of release in a popular Snapchat filter.[11] Puth performed "Attention" live for the first time on The Voice on May 10, 2017.[14] He also performed it on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 18, 2017.[15]

On June 19, Philippine radio station Wish 107.5 and Warner Music promoted "Charlie Puth Special" during the Wish Bus roadshow, where Filipina singer Nina performed "Attention."[16]

Track listings[edit | edit source]

  • Digital download[17]
  1. "Attention" – 3:31
  • Digital download (Acoustic)[18]
  1. "Attention" (Acoustic) – 3:26
  1. "Attention" (Bingo Players remix) – 2:24
  1. "Attention" (Oliver Heldens remix) – 3:22

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Argentina Anglo (Monitor Latino)[21] 10
Australia (ARIA)[22] 10
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[23] 16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[24] 25
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[25] 5
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[26] 17
Croatia (HRT)[27] 17
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[28] 37
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[29] 13
Denmark (Tracklisten)[30] 12
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[31] 5
France (SNEP)[32] 5
Germany (Official German Charts)[33] 9
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[34] 5
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[35] 29
Hungary (Single Top 40)[36] 5
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[37] 4
Ireland (IRMA)[38] 11
Italy (FIMI)[39] 10
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[40] 1
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)[41] 3
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard)[42] 8
Malaysia (RIM)[43] 2
Mexico (Monitor Latino)[44] 10
Mexico Airplay (Billboard)[45] 4
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[46] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[47] 22
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[48] 24
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[49] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[50] 13
Philippines (Philippine Hot 100)[51] 11
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[52] 6
Portugal (AFP)[53] 3
Russia Airplay (Tophit)[54] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[55] 12
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[56] 33
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[57] 8
South Korea International Chart (Gaon)[58] 9
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[59] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[60] 20
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[61] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[62] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[63]
[64]
15
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[65] 27
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[66] 12
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[67] 15
Venezuela English (Record Report)[68] 5

Certifications[edit | edit source]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[69] Platinum 70,000^
France (SNEP)[70] Gold Expression error: Missing operand for *.*
Italy (FIMI)[71] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[72] Gold Expression error: Missing operand for *.*
United Kingdom (BPI)[73] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit | edit source]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various April 21, 2017 Digital download Original Atlantic [17]
June 9, 2017 Acoustic [18]
June 16, 2017 Bingo Players remix [19]
June 29, 2017 Oliver Heldens remix [20]
United States May 2, 2017 Contemporary hit radio Original [74]
July 18, 2017 Rhythmic contemporary [75]

References[edit | edit source]

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