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Juice WRLD
Legends Never Die
Released April 24, 2020
Recorded June-July 2019
Genre Emo rap, alternative rock
Length 4:03
Label Grade A Productions, Interscope
Writer Jarad Higgins, Nick Mira, Ryan Vojtesak
Producer Nick Mira, Charlie Handsome
Single information
Single release April 24, 2020
Video release April 24, 2020
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"Righteous" is Juice WRLD's first posthumous single with him as a lead artist. It was released on April 24, 2020, via Grade A Productions through exclusive licensing to Interscope Records, as the lead single for his posthumous album, Legends Never Die.

Background and composition[]

Juice Wrld's family announced "Righteous" would be releasing hours before it was released on midnight on April 24, 2020.[1] Rolling Stone described "Righteous" as "pensive" and stated that "it addresses anxiety and trying to quell it by self-medicating while also acknowledging the cyclical addiction that ensues."[2]

Lyrically, Juice Wrld dances around the theme of death in the song with the lyrics "Over ice, I'm freezing / Beautiful eyes, deceiving / We may die this evening / Coughing, wheezing, bleeding," and "High, I'm an anxious soul / Blood moons are my eyes, stay low / Red and black, they glow / Under attack, in my soul / When it's my time, I'll know."[1]

Stylistically, Stereogum describes the track as a "melancholy swoon built from arpeggiated guitar riffs and moonbeam melodies; it's all smooth edges, moody textures, breathy vocals."[3]

"Righteous" was produced by Nick Mira and Charlie Handsome. Mira worked with Juice in the past on numerous songs and albums, including Juice's multi-platinum-certified single, "Lucid Dreams".[4] The song was recorded at Juice Wrld's home studio in Los Angeles.[2]

Music Video[]

The official music video for the song was published on the same day that the song was released on Juice WRLD's YouTube channel.[5] The video was directed, shot and edited by Steve Cannon. [6]

The first half of the video shows footage of Juice Wrld in his daily life, including: touring, traveling and recording at various studios.[7] The second half of the video is an animation depicting Juice Wrld fighting his inner demons before changing forms and leaving Earth.[8] The video concludes with him disappearing into space.[7]

Cannon first started working with Juice Wrld in March 2018 as a photographer and videographer.[9]

Personnel[]

Credits adapted from Spotify.[10]

  • Jarad Higgins - vocals, composition
  • Nick Mira - writer, producer
  • Ryan "Charlie Handsome" Vojtesak - writer, producer

Charts[]

Weekly charts[]

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 15
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 26
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 12
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 9
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 47
Denmark (Tracklisten) 32
Estonia (Eesti Tipp-40) 8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 19
France (SNEP) 186
Germany (Official German Charts) 48
Greece (IFPI) 20
Hungary (Stream Top 40) 18
Ireland (IRMA) 7
Italy (FIMI) 76
Lithuania (AGATA) 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 38
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 14
Norway (VG-lista) 20
Portugal (AFP) 41
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 31
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 38
UK Singles (OCC) 26
US Billboard Hot 100 11
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 8
US Rolling Stone Top 100 3

Year-end charts[]

Chart (2020) Position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 56

Certifications[]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[1] Platinum 80,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[2] Silver 200,000*
* Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Woods, Aleia. "Hear Juice Wrld's First Posthumous Song 'Righteous'". XXL Mag. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Hear Juice WRLD's First Posthumous Single 'Righteous'". Rolling Stone Australia. April 24, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  3. "Juice WRLD - 'Righteous'". Stereogum. April 24, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  4. Suskind, Alex; Enis, Eli. "Friday Five: Juice WRLD's 'Righteous', the Killers' snappy new single, and more". EW.com.
  5. Juice WRLD (April 23, 2020). "Juice WRLD - Righteous (Official Video)". Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  6. Murphy, Chris (April 24, 2020). "Juice WRLD's First Posthumous Single and Music Video, 'Righteous', Is Here". Vulture. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cubit, Brea (April 25, 2020). "Juice Wrld's Posthumous Video For 'Righteous' Is an Emotional Ode to the Rapper's Life". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  8. Roth, Madeline (April 24, 2020). "Juice WRLD Flies Into The Cosmos In His Posthumous 'Righteous' Video". MTV News. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  9. Jr, Keith Nelson (January 29, 2019). "Tour Tales | Steve Cannon talks shooting Juice Wrld on tour and the funny moments that go down". REVOLT. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  10. "'Righteous' by Juice WRLD on Spotify". Grade A Productions/Interscope Records. 2020.
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