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Side To Side – Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj

Side To Side – Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj Description

Side to Side” is a song by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring American rapper Nicki Minaj, from Grande’s third studio album, Dangerous Woman (2016). Grande co-wrote the song with Savan Kotecha, Alexander Kronlund, and Minaj along with its producers Max Martin and Ilya. It is a reggae-pop song, featuring guest vocals from Minaj. The song was serviced to urban contemporary radio on August 30, 2016, serving as the third single from the album.

“Side to Side” peaked at number 4 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, becoming her first top-five single from Dangerous Woman in the former and first top-ten single from the album in the latter. It also reached number 4 on the Canadian Hot 100, number 3 on the Australian chart and number 2 in the New Zealand chart. It is her second single to top the US Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart. The single has sold 1.1 million copies as of 2018 in the country, and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for additional equivalent units.

Its music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, made its premiere on American clothing brand Guess’s website on August 28, 2016, and features Grande in a gym and frolicking with shirtless men in a sauna together with Minaj. The music video has since received a nomination at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Choreography. Grande and Minaj performed “Side to Side” at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards and the American Music Awards. Grande has also promoted the song with televised performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Background and composition

On May 13, 2016, Grande announced on her Instagram account that a new song from her album Dangerous Woman would be premiered exclusively on Apple Music every day until the release of the album. The following day, Grande posted a short preview of “Side to Side” via Instagram, then premiered the song on Apple Music the same day. On August 30, 2016, the track was sent to US urban contemporary radio and became Dangerous Woman’s third single.

The song was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Alexander Kronlund, Grande and Minaj. Martin was also responsible for production, along with Salmanzadeh, as well as programming, drums, percussion, guitars, bass and keyboard. The background vocal was provided by Kotecha, Chonita Gilbert, Joi Gilliam and Taura Stinson.

It was recorded at MXM Studios in Los Angeles, California and Wolf Cousins Studios in Stockholm, Sweden while Minaj’s verses were recorded at Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank, California and MilkBoy the Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Side to Side” is written in the key of F♯ minor with a common time tempo of 159 beats per minute. Grande’s vocals span two octaves, from the low note of F♯3 to the mixed note of F♯5.

The song is a reggae-pop and dancehall song complemented with R&B influences with a duration of three minutes and forty-six seconds (3:46). Lyrically, “Side to Side” describes a feeling of soreness after sex. In an interview to MTV News reporter Gaby Wilson, Grande explained “that whole song is about riding leading to soreness”. Deepa Lakshmin from MTV noted that when Minaj says “bicycle” and “tricycle,” “she’s rapping about something a bit more risqué than your standard gym workout.”

Critical reception

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic noted that the song’s sound is comparable to works from Barbadian singer Rihanna. Maeve McDermott from USA Today also noted the similarities and wrote, “Grande borrows the tropical flavors and ska upstrumming that Rihanna ushered into pop music’s consciousness.” She went on to praise Minaj’s participation, writing, “Who better to invite on an album about female fierceness than Nicki Minaj, whose understated verse steals the show and lends Grande some real danger.”

Rolling Stone‘s writer Rob Sheffield ranked “Side to Side” at number 22 on his list of “50 Best Songs of 2016”, describing it as “an ode to having so much sex you can’t walk straight the next day.”

Commercial performance

Following the performance at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016, “Side to Side” made its official debut in the United States at number 31 on the US Billboard Hot 100 dated September 17, 2016. The song leaped to number 18 the next week. After six weeks on the chart, the song hiked up 12–10 on the Hot 100 issue dated October 29, 2016, marking Grande’s eighth top-ten entry on the chart and Minaj’s thirteenth; it also doubles as the second top-ten single from Dangerous Woman.

The song later reached a peak of number four for two non-consecutive weeks, becoming the highest charting single from the album. The song stayed in the Hot 100’s top ten for 14 weeks of its chart run, dropping out of the top ten on January 28, 2017. The song also spent five weeks atop the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart, becoming Grande’s second number-one on that chart, and Minaj’s first. As of June 2020, the song has sold 1.17 million copies in the country.

In Australia, “Side to Side” debuted at number 36 on the ARIA Charts and has since peaked at number three, becoming her fourth top-ten single there. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 10, becoming her fifth top-ten single there. It rose to number five the following week and peaked at two.

In the United Kingdom, “Side to Side” initially debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 66 in the week dated June 2, 2016 due to strong digital downloads from the parent album’s release, but fell off the chart the following week. The song later re-entered at number 24 on the week dated September 9, 2016 following its official release as a single, and has since peaked at number four, earning Grande her fourth top-ten single there, and Minaj’s tenth.

Music video

Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, the music video made its official premiere on American clothing brand Guess’ website on the night of August 28, 2016. The music video opens with Grande leading a spin class on stationary bicycles, performing a synchronized choreography with backup dancers. The video then transitions to a gym and locker room scene, where Grande and the backup dancers are seen with boxing equipment. Grande and Minaj are then seen in a sauna, surrounded by male models. The video featured product placement from Guess.

It surpassed 100 million views on September 19, 2016, making it Grande’s twelfth Vevo-certified music video (reaching 100 million views) and Minaj’s eighteenth Vevo-certified music video. On June 29, 2017 the video surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube, and as of February 2020 has received over 1.7 billion views, making it one of the 70 most viewed YouTube videos. It later became Grande’s most viewed video, surpassing “Problem”.

The music video has since received a nomination at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Choreography.

Live performances

Grande performed “Side to Side” for the first time in “Vevo Presents” show in May 2016. Later, she performed at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards with Minaj. Stationary bicycles and a pommel horse were featured as props in the performance. Grande also performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 8, 2016. Additionally, she performed the single in an acoustic medley with “Into You” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 14, 2016.

On September 24, 2016, she performed the song at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival on The CW. On November 20, 2016, Grande and Minaj performed “Side to Side” at the 2016 American Music Awards. It was named the best performance of the night by editor Andrew Unterberger from Billboard. On June 4, 2017, the song was part of Grande’s set list for One Love Manchester, a benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing. Minaj has performed the song on the setlist of her 2019 Europe tour, The Nicki Wrld Tour. Similarily, Grande has performed the song on her Sweetener World Tour and at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, along with Minaj at the latter.

Usage in media

The song is featured in a T-Mobile commercial which also features Grande.

It was also played in the television show Crashing. The song is featured in the 2017 dance rhythm game, Just Dance 2018.

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Dangerous Woman‘s liner notes.

Recording

  • Recorded at MXM Studios and Wolf Cousins Studios (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Minaj’s verses recorded at Glenwood Place Studios (Burbank, California) and MilkBoy the Studio (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Mixed at MixStar Studios (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
  • Mastered at Sterling Sound (New York City, New York)

Management

  • Published by MXM (ASCAP) — administered by Kobalt (ASCAP), Wolf Cousins (STIM), Warner/Chappell Music (STIM), Harajuku Barbie Music/Money Mack Music/Songs of Universal, Inc. (BMI) and Grandefinale LLC
  • Nicki Minaj appears courtesy of Cash Money Records

Personnel

  • Ariana Grande – lead vocals, songwriting
  • Nicki Minaj – featured vocals, songwriting
  • Max Martin – songwriting, production, programming, keyboard, guitar, bass, percussion
  • Savan Kotecha – songwriting, backing vocals
  • Ilya Salmanzadeh – songwriting, production, programming, keyboard, guitar, bass, percussion
  • Alexander Kronlund – songwriting
  • Chonita Gilbert – backing vocals
  • Joi Gilliam – backing vocals
  • Taura Stinson – backing vocals
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Sam Holland – engineering
  • John Hanes – mixing engineering
  • Joel Metzler – assistant engineering
  • Jordan Silva – assistant engineering
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Aya Merrill – mastering
  • Wendy Goldstein – A&R
  • Scooter Braun – A&R

Charts

Year-end charts

Chart (2016) Position
Australia (ARIA) 37
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 55
Germany (Official German Charts) 96
Hungary (Single Top 40) 66
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 52
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 75
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 45
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 95
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 49
US Billboard Hot 100 77
Chart (2017) Position
Argentina (Monitor Latino) 90
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 46
Hungary (Dance Top 40) 27
US Billboard Hot 100 43
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard) 28
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 16
US Rhythmic Songs (Billboard) 29
Chart (2018) Position
South Korea International (Gaon) 35
Chart (2019) Position
Portugal (AFP) 843
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Side To Side – Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj Lyrics

[Intro: Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj]
I’ve been here all night (Ariana)
I’ve been here all day (Nicki Minaj)
And boy, you got me walkin’ side to side (Let them hoes know)

[Verse 1: Ariana Grande]
I’m talkin’ to ya
See you standing over there with your body
Feeling like I wanna rock with your body
And we don’t gotta think ’bout nothin’ (‘Bout nothin’)
I’m comin’ at ya
‘Cause I know you got a bad reputation
Doesn’t matter, ’cause you give me temptation
And we don’t gotta think ’bout nothin’ (‘Bout nothin’)

[Pre-Chorus: Ariana Grande]
These friends keep talkin’ way too much
Say I should give you up
Can’t hear them, no, ’cause I…

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
I’ve been here all night
I’ve been here all day
And boy, you got me walkin’ side to side
I’ve been here all night
I’ve been here all day
And boy, you got me walkin’ side to side (Side to side) [Verse 2: Ariana Grande]
Been tryna hide it
Baby, what’s it gonna hurt if they don’t know?
Makin’ everybody think that we solo
Just as long as you know you got me (You got me)
And boy, I got ya
‘Cause tonight I’m making deals with the devil
And I know it’s gonna get me in trouble
Just as long as you know you got me

[Pre-Chorus: Ariana Grande]
These friends keep talkin’ way too much
Say I should give you up
Can’t hear them, no, ’cause I…

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
I’ve been here all night
I’ve been here all day
And boy, you got me walkin’ side to side (Side to side)
I’ve been here all night (Been here all night, baby)
I’ve been here all day (Been here all day, baby)
And boy, you got me walkin’ side to side (Side to side)

[Refrain: Nicki Minaj]
Uh, yeah
This the new style with the fresh type of flow
Wrist icicle, ride dick bicycle
Come through yo, get you this type of blow
If you wanna Minaj, I got a tricycle [Verse 3: Nicki Minaj]
All these bitches’ flows is my mini-me
Body smoking, so they call me Young Nicki Chimney
Rappers in they feelings ’cause they feelin’ me
Uh, I-I give zero fucks and I got zero chill in me
Kissing me, copped the blue box that say Tiffany
Curry with the shot, just tell ’em to call me Stephanie
Gun pop, then I make my gum pop
I’m the queen of rap, young Ariana run pop, uh

[Pre-Chorus: Ariana Grande]
These friends keep talkin’ way too much (Way too much)
Say I should give him up (Give him up)
Can’t hear them, no, ’cause I…

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
I’ve been here all night (Been here all night, baby)
I’ve been here all day (Been here all night, baby)
And boy (Boy), you got me walkin’ side to side (Side to side)
I’ve been here all night (Been here all night, baby)
I’ve been here all day (Been here all day, baby) (Ooh, baby)
And boy (No), you got me walkin’ side to side (Side to side)
(Yeah-eh, yeah, yeah, yeah)

[Refrain: Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande]
This the new style with the fresh type of flow (Nah, nah, baby)
Wrist icicle, ride dick bicycle
Come through yo, get you this type of blow
If you wanna Minaj, I got a tricycle (No, eh, hey, eh, eh)

Side To Side – Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj Music Video

Side To Side – Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj Image

About Side To Side – Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj

Artist Ariana Grande
Featured Artist Nicki Minaj
Album Dangerous Woman
Release Date August 30, 2016
Length 3:46
Genre Reggae-pop, R&B
Label Republic
Songwriter(s) Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Alexander Kronlund, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Onika Maraj, Ariana Grande
Producer(s) Max Martin, Ilya
Format Digital download, Streaming
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