Written by: Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Kirby Lauryen, Mike Dean, Ty Dolla $ign, Dave Longstreth, Dallas Austin, Elon Rutberg, Noah Goldstein
Recorded: Early 2014
Producers: Paul McCartney, Kanye West
Additional production: Mike Dean, Dave Longstreth, Noah Goldstein
Vocal production: Kuk Harrell
Released: 24 January 2015
Paul McCartney: vocals, acoustic guitar
Mike Dean: bass guitar
Dave Longstreth: organ
‘FourFiveSeconds’ was a single credited to Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney, released in early 2015.
The song was McCartney’s second released collaboration with West, and his first to feature Rihanna. The two men previously released the song ‘Only One’, which was credited to Kanye West ft Paul McCartney.
‘FourFiveSeconds’ was recorded at Jungle City Studios in New York City, Windmark Recording in Santa Monica, California, and No Name Studios in Mexico, and was mixed at Larabee Studios in Los Angeles.
A video for ‘FourFiveSeconds’ was directed by Dutch photographers Inez and Vinoodh, and filmed in New York City in late December 2014.
Kanye came up with the idea of doing just some real street, denim, all-American-type look. Denim never goes out of style; it’s classic, it’s iconic, just like the fucking Beatles.
Rihanna, McCartney and West performed ‘FourFiveSeconds’ for the first time at the 57th Grammy Awards on 8 February 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was also performed on a number of dates of McCartney’s Out There tour in the same year.
‘FourFiveSeconds’ was posted on Rihanna’s website on 24 January 2015, and was released as a digital download on the same day on the iTunes store. It was the first single from Anti, her eighth studio album.
The song reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. McCartney broke a record for the longest time between top 10 singles, with a 29-year gap between his previous top 10. It also became his first top five hit in 31 years, the previous one being ‘Say Say Say’, his 1983 collaboration with Michael Jackson.
‘FourFiveSeconds’ reached number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and topped the charts in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Sweden. It went top three in Canada, France and the United Kingdom.