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Beautybehindthemadness
The Weeknd feat. Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Abel Tesfaye
Lana Del Rey
Carlo Montagnese
Producer(s) Carlo Montagnese
Abel Tesfaye
Length 4:34
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"Prisoner" is a song by The Weeknd featuring Lana Del Rey from The Weeknd's album Beauty Behind the Madness. The track leaked on August 21, 2015, and was officially released as a track on the album on August 28, 2015. It serves as Del Rey and The Weeknd's first collaboration.

Critical reception Edit

Critics complimented The Weeknd and Del Rey's musical chemistry. Harley Brown of Spin stated that "[Lana Del Rey] might be [The Weeknd]'s perfect partner, actually, with her feathery, nicotine-lipped croon and penchant for men that aren’t good for her", and also described the song as "blooming dark and sticky like spilled codeine over piercing snares".[1] Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone described their duet as "a summit of luxuriant sadness".[2]

Commercial performance Edit

"Prisoner" debuted at No. 47 on the Billboard Hot 100, with 51,291 copies sold in its first week. The song also accrued 3.7 million US streams. "Prisoner" also debuted at 13 in US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The song reached number 113 in France, 95 in Sweden, and 78 in UK Singles and 19 at UK R&B.

Live performance Edit

Del Rey and The Weeknd performed the song live together for the first time on December 9, 2015 to a sold-out show at The Forum, in Inglewood, California, as part of The Weeknd's The Madness Fall Tour. [3]

Lyrics Edit

[The Weeknd]:
You bring good to my lonely life, honestly
It's hard for me to look into your eyes
When I say that I would be nothing without your love
I feel the rush and it's amazing

Maybe I've been always destined to end up in this place, yeah
I don't mean to come off selfish, but I want it all
Love will always be a lesson, let's get out of its way
'Cause I know, all I know, all I know

[The Weeknd & Lana Del Rey]:
I'm a prisoner to my addiction
I'm addicted to a life that's so empty and so cold
I'm a prisoner to my decisions
Woo, woo, woo-oo-oo-oo

[Lana Del Rey]:
I think I've been in Hollywood for too long
'Cause I can feel my soul burning, feel it burning slow
But I would be nothing without the touch
I feel the rush and it's amazing, hmm

Maybe I've been always destined to end up in this place
I don't mean to come off selfish, but I want it all
Love will always be a lesson, let's get out of its way
'Cause I know, all I know, all I know

[The Weeknd & Lana Del Rey]:
I'm a prisoner to my addiction
I'm addicted to a life that's so empty and so cold
I’m a prisoner to my decisions
Woo, woo, woo-oo-oo-oo

I'm a prisoner to my addiction
I'm addicted to a life that's so empty and so cold
I'm a prisoner to my decisions
Woo, woo, woo-oo-oo-oo

[Lana Del Rey]:
I don't know
I get so wrapped up in a world where nothing's as it seems
And real life is stranger than my dreams, hmm

ChartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[4] 113
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 95
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 78
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[7] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 47
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[9] 13

ReferencesEdit

  1. Brown, Harley (August 28, 2015). "Review: The Weeknd, 'Beauty Behind the Madness'". Spin.
  2. Dolan, Jon (September 10, 2015). "Beauty Behind the Madness". Rolling Stone.
  3. Kaye, Ben (December 10, 2015). "The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey perform "Prisoner" together live for the first time -- watch". Consequence of Sound.
  4. "Lescharts.com – The Weeknd – Prisoner" (in French). Les classement single.
  5. "Swedishcharts.com – The Weeknd – Prisoner". Singles Top 100.
  6. "Official Singles Chart Top 100" (Archive Chart: 2015-08-13). Official Charts Company.
  7. "R&B Singles Chart Trop 40" (Archive Chart: 2015-08-13). Official Charts Company.
  8. "The Weeknd – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for The Weeknd.
  9. "The Weeknd – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for The Weeknd.

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