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More than Friends (Inna song)

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"More than Friends"
Photograph of Inna posing in front of a white backdrop wearing a black top along with black latex boots. The title of the song and its artists are shown on the right.
Single by Inna featuring Daddy Yankee
from the album Party Never Ends
Released23 January 2013
Genre
Length4:00
LabelRoton
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Inna singles chronology
"Inndia"
(2012)
"More than Friends"
(2013)
"Be My Lover"
(2013)
Daddy Yankee singles chronology
"Limbo"
(2012)
"More than Friends"
(2013)
"La Nueva y La Ex"
(2013)

"More than Friends" is a song recorded by Romanian singer Inna from her third studio album, Party Never Ends (2013). It was released on 23 January 2013 through Roton, featuring the vocal collaboration of American reggaeton performer Daddy Yankee. The track was written by Justin Franks, Thomas Troelsen and Tierce Person, while production was handled by DJ Frank E and Person. Musically, "More than Friends" is a house and Latin song that uses an accordion in its instrumentation along with a sample of Pitbull, Akon and David Rush's "Everybody Fucks" (2012).

Music critics praised the song's commercial appeal and vocals, but criticized its release process. To promote the track, two accompanying music videos–one for the solo version and one for the version of the track featuring Yankee–were shot by Edward Aninaru in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, being uploaded onto Inna's official YouTube channel on 18 January and 4 February 2013, respectively. They show Inna at the beach and residing at a pool, with one reviewer comparing the imagery to American action drama series Baywatch. The singer also performed "More than Friends" on various occasions. Commercially, it reached the top 20 in some countries including Poland, Romania and Spain, and was certified Gold in Spain for streaming four million copies, and Platinum in Venezuela for 10,000 units sold.

Background and composition[edit]

"More than Friends" was written by Justin Franks, Thomas Troelsen and Tierce Person, while production was handled by DJ Frank E and Person.[1] Although the song was credited for sampling Pitbull, Akon and David Rush's "Everybody Fucks" (2012),[1] plagiarism accusations were made.[2] Musically, "More than Friends" is a house and Latin track, featuring an accordion in its instrumentation.[3][4] An editor writing for Pure People noted that with the lyric "Tonight, we should be more than friends", Inna promises his suitor a "crazy night".[5] Kevin Apaza, writing for Direct Lyrics, described "More than Friends" as a "summery tune",[6] while The Times of India's Reagan Gavin Rasquinha noted "a Caribbean easy feel to it".[4]

Critical and commercial reception[edit]

Apaza from Direct Lyrics called "More than Friends" a "European smash", but questioned its release process, "It's January, it's cold, so why didn't Inna wait till like July to unleash 'More Than Friends'?".[6] Julien Goncalves of Pure Charts noted the song's commercial appeal.[3] The Times of India's Gavin Rasquinha wrote, "If you like house music with catchy beats and strong vocals, give this one a whirl."[4] Commercially, "More than Friends" reached number 20 in native Romania,[7] number 52 in Italy[8] and number 92 in France.[9] The record spent 25 weeks on Spain's PROMUSICAE chart, debuting at number 30 in April 2013 and peaking at position seven in August 2013.[10] It was also certified Gold by the same organisation for streaming four million copies as of November 2013.[11] "More than Friends" further reached the top ten in Slovakia and the Polish dance chart,[12][13] and was also awarded Platinum in Venezuela for over 10,000 units sold.[14]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music videos were shot in Venice Beach, Los Angeles (pictured).

A teaser for the music video was released on 15 January 2013.[15] The full version was then uploaded onto Inna's official YouTube channel with both a previously unreleased solo version and a version with Daddy Yankee on 18 January and 4 February 2017, respectively.[16][17] Both versions were shot by Edward Aninaru at Venice Beach in Los Angeles.[6][18]

The visual opens with shots of the beach, followed by the appearance of five males with surfboards in their hands. Inna is then showed dancing to the song in a pink-black bathing suit and winks to the surfers along with other females. Subsequently, the singer resides at a pool with a disc jockey, where people party and fight with water guns. After Yankee's guest cameo and shots of a party at night are shown, the video ends with Inna and a man that appeared in the beginning walking into the sunset at the beach. Cut scenes show Yankee rapping in different locations, Inna dancing to the track at sunset, and her taking a shower.[17][19] Direct Lyrics' Apaza commended the music video and wrote that Inna portrayed a "California girl" in the clip.[6] He also likened the plot of the visual to the lyrical message of Kesha's "Die Young" (2013), "'like we're gonna die young' style".[6] Purepeople compared the imagery of the visual to American action drama series Baywatch.[5]

Live performances[edit]

Inna performed a stripped-down version of "More than Friends" for Romanian radio stations Radio ZU and Kiss FM in March 2013.[20][21] The singer also sang it on top of a building in Venice Beach as part of her "Rock the Roof" series, and on the Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles.[22][23] Inna provided live performances of the recording at festival Alba Fest held in Alba Iulia, Romania,[24] and at the World Trade Center Mexico City,[25] On both occasions, she additionally sung a cover version of Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" (2015), with her interpreting a stripped-down version of "Endless" (2011) at the Mexican venue.[24][25]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[26]
No.TitleLength
1."More than Friends" (featuring Daddy Yankee)4:00

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Party Never Ends.[1]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

"More than Friends" was digitally released on 23 January 2013 by Roton.[26] The same label also made the track available to German and Italian outlets on 28 January and 31 January 2013, respectively.[32][33] An additional remixes EP was also released on 2 July 2013 in the United States, featuring ten remixes along with the original track.[27]

Region Date Format Label
Romania[26] 23 January 2013 Digital download Roton
Germany[32] 28 January 2013
Italy[33] 31 January 2013
United States[27] 2 July 2013 Digital remixes EP

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Party Never Ends (Liner notes). Inna. Bucharest, Romania: Roton (Barcode: 7502232240955). 2013.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "Ina este acuzata de plagiat!" [Inna is accused of plagiarism] (in Romanian). Utv. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b Goncalves, Julien (5 February 2013). "Inna joue la carte du sexy et invite Daddy Yankee dans "More Than Friends"" [Inna is sexy and invites Daddy Yankee in "More than Friends"] (in French). Pure Charts. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Gavin Rasquinha, Reagan (24 January 2017). "Music Review: The Party Never Ends". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Inna : More than Friends, son invitation à la débauche façon Alerte à Malibu" [Inna : More than Friends, her invitation to Baywatch] (in French). Pure People. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e Apaza, Kevin (18 January 2017). "Inna – More than Friends". Direct Lyrics. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Airplay 100 – 17 martie 2013" (in Romanian). Kiss FM. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  8. ^ a b "FIMI: Classifica settimanale WK 14 (dal 2013-04-01 al 2013-04-07)". Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Inna feat. Daddy Yankee – More Than Friends" (in French). Les classement single.
  10. ^ a b "Spanishcharts.com – Inna feat. Daddy Yankee – More Than Friends" Canciones Top 50.
  11. ^ a b "Top Streaming Semana 46: del 11.11.2013 al 17.11.2013". PROMUSICAE. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  12. ^ a b "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201337 into search.
  13. ^ a b "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Dance Top 50.
  14. ^ a b "Certificaciones De Venezuela Del 2013" (PDF) (in Spanish). APFV. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Inna | More Than Friends | Teaser". YouTube. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Inna – More Than Friends ( Official Video )". YouTube. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Inna feat. Daddy Yankee- More Than Friends ( Official Video )". YouTube. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  18. ^ Necula, Alexandra (16 January 2013). "Inna lansează clipul noului single "More Than Friends"" [Inna releases the clip for her new single "More Than Friends"] (in Romanian). InfoMusic. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  19. ^ "More than Friends [2013]" (in Spanish). Los 40 Principales. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Inna – More than Friends (Live la Radio ZU)". YouTube. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Inna – More than Friends (Live @ Kiss FM)". YouTube. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Inna – More Than Friends | Rock the Roof @ Venice Beach (CA)". 12 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2017 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ "Inna – More Than Friends | Live on the hills @ Los Angeles". YouTube. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  24. ^ a b Mezei, Andreea (28 May 2016). "Show cu Willy William, James Arthur și Inna la Alba Fest" [Show with Willy Williams, James Arthur and Inna at Alba Fest] (in Romanian). Alba 24. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  25. ^ a b Orduña, Nancy (18 March 2016). "Detalles del concierto de Inna en México" [Details about Inna's concert in Mexico] (in Spanish). Star Media Latinoamerica. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  26. ^ a b c "More Than Friends (feat. Daddy Yankee) – Single by Inna on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  27. ^ a b c "More Than Friends (feat. Daddy Yankee) [Remixes] by Inna on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  28. ^ "Ultratop.be – Inna feat. Daddy Yankee – More Than Friends" (in French). Ultratip.
  29. ^ "IFPI – Inna: More Than Friends (feat. Daddy Yankee)" (in Finnish). Suomen virallinen lista. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  30. ^ "Top 5 Airplay TV". Polish Video Chart. ZPAV. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  31. ^ "Annual Charts – Promusicae – 2013". PROMUSICAE. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  32. ^ a b "More Than Friends (feat. Daddy Yankee) – Single von Inna auf Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  33. ^ a b "More Than Friends (feat. Daddy Yankee) – Single di Inna su Apple Music". iTunes Store. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2017.

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