STORY OF SONG
“Calling My Phone” is the hit R&B song released in February 2021 from American singer and rapper Lil Tjay (Tione Merritt) and American singer 6LACK (Ricardo Valentine Jr) through Columbia Records and Sony Records. The track was teased heavily by Lil Tjay on Twitter and TikTok, and was orginally intended to be a Valentine’s Day gift for Lil Tjay’s fans.
Written by Lil Tjay, 6LACK, Brendand Walsh, Luis Campozano and Ryan Martínez, with production by Bordeaux, G.Ry and Non Native, “Calling My Phone” features a sample of YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “How I Been”, and talks about trying to escape a past lover that doesn’t seem to understand that the relationship is over.
The music video was released on Lil Tjay’s YouTube channel on the 12th February 2021and directed by Cam Bushy. The video shows both Lil Tjay and 6LACK walking through streets reminiscing about a past relationship, intertwined with shots of smoke and a young girl. As of mid-April 2021, the video has almost 46 million views with over 1.1 million likes.
Release Date: 12th February 2021
Songwriter/s: Tione Merritt, Ricardo Valentine Jr, Brendan Walsh, Luis Campozano & Ryan Martínez
Producer/s: Bordeaux, G. Ry & Non Native
Label/s: Columbia & Sony
Music Video Release Date: 12th February 2021
Music Video Director: Cam Busby
Chart Rankings & Certifications: Shortly after its release, “Calling My Phone” appeared on many charts around the world and is still in the UK Spotify top 10 in April 2021. “Calling My Phone” has previously reached peak chart positions of:
– #3 in Australia
– #19 in Austria
– #45 in Belgium
– #1 in Canada
– #75 in the Czech Republic
– #8 in Denmark
– #16 in Finland
– #110 in France
– #32 in Germany
– #2 on the Billboard Global 200
– #16 in Hungary
– #2 in Ireland
– #9 in Lithuania
– #12 in the Netherlands
– #2 in New Zealand
– #3 in Norway
– #6 in Portugal
– #31 in Slovakia
– #14 in Sweden
– #10 in Switzerland
– #2 in the UK Singles chart
– #1 on the UK R&B chart
– #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100
– #1 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
– #37 on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40
– #12 on the US Billboard Rhythmic
“Calling My Phone” has received a Silver certification in the UK and Gold in the US.
The lyrics to “Calling My Phone” can be accessed here.