In my city – Priyanka Chopra
“In My City” is the debut single by Indian recording artist and actress Priyanka Chopra, featuring American rapper will.i.am. The song was produced by RedOne, Rush and Brian Kennedy, and was co-written by Ester Dean, who provides additional vocals. The demo version of “In My City” was first played by will.i.am to Chopra, who was impressed with the track and decided to record it. The song is a homage to Chopra’s nomadic childhood and journey from being a small-town girl to being a successful actor. “In My City” premiered on 13 September 2012, at the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. The next day, the song was released for digital downloads to Nokia Music Store along with CD single.
“In My City” received mixed reviews from music critics; some complimented Chopra’s vocals, while some criticised the generic sound of the song. In India, “In My City” was a commercial success. It sold 130,000 copies in its first week and was certified triple platinum by Indian Music Industry (IMI). The accompanying video for “In My City” was directed by Joseph Kahn and was released in January 2013.
After the contract, Chopra began traveling between India and Los Angeles to work on her album. The demo of “In My City” was first played by will.i.am to Chopra, who was impressed with the track and decided to record it. Chopra explained that the inspiration behind the song was not any one city in particular, since her father was a former army doctor and they had to travel all over India. “In My City” paid homage to this nomadic childhood of hers and journey from being a small-town girl, to being a successful actor. Following the release of the cover art, “In My City” debuted on September 13, 2012, on the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football, where Chopra was the guest artist. The next day, Universal Music released the CD single in retail stores and also for digital downloads to Nokia Music Store.
“In My City” received mixed reviews from music critics, with one group complementing Chopra’s vocals and the over all dance-pop vibe of the song, while the other group panning the music production and the generic sound of the song. In India, “In My City” was a commercial success, selling 130,000 copies within its first week and ultimately being certified triple platinum. Chopra promoted “In My City” at different nightclubs and bars across India. An official music video of the song was also shot and is awaiting release.
Track listing and formats
Digital Download / CD Single
“In My City” (featuring will.i.am) – 3:40
Digital Remixes EP
“In My City” (R3hab and ZROQ Remix) – 3:54
“In My City” (Maestro Remix) – 5:57
“In My City” (LA Riots Remix) – 5:28
“In My City” (Mr. Morris Remix) – 3:12
“In My City” (Wideboys Remix) – 6:34
“In My City” (ANSOL Remix) – 5:32
“In My City” (DesiHits Rishi Rich Remix) – 3:58
Credits and personnel
Credits are adapted from the liner notes of the CD single.
Priyanka Chopra – lead vocals
will.i.am – guest vocals, engineer, songwriter
RedOne – producer, writer, background vocals, instrumentation, executive producer
Ester Dean – writer, background vocals
Rush – producer, background vocals, instrumentation, songwriter
Brian Kennedy – producer, songwriter
Brett James – writer
Trevor Muzzy – mixing, engineer, background vocals
Dante Jones – writer
Gene Grimaldi – mastering at Oasis Mastering Studios, Los Angeles, California
Aubry “Juice” Delalne – engineer
Julian Peploe – art direction, design
Stevie and Mada – photography
Anjula Acharia-Bath – executive producer
Jimmy Iovine – executive producer
Troy Carter – management
India / September 14, 2012 – Digital download, CD single (Universal Music India)
United States / October 2, 2012 – Digital download (Interscope Records)
United States / December 11, 2012 – Digital download – Remixes (Interscope Records)
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