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Asking his girlfriend’s father for her hand in marriage. At least that’s what the lyrics say, but Nasri Atweh explained that he was inspired to write this song after an unpleasant encounter with a his drunk ex-girlfriend. Nasri told Rolling Stone: “It was a rough night, and she was mean. The next day, I was just writing: ‘Why you gotta be so rude? Don’t you know I’m human too?’ That hook really stuck with Mark (the guitarist) more than me, I didn’t care. He kept saying, ‘You gotta write that song.’ I was like, ‘I don’t like it’.” Later, Nasri’s partner Adam Messenger suggested the song should be more upbeat. Nasri said: “He was playing the guitar and I started singing this whole story. Wrote it in about 15 minutes, it just came out. So, yeah, there’s an evolution to the song, but it comes from somewhere real. I think that’s why people feel it.”

Release date

Released on October 11, 2013.


Nasri Atweh – Adam Messinger – Mark pellizzer – Ben Spivak – Alex Tanas.


RCA – Latium – Sony Music.

Chart Rankings

US – 1

UK – 1


‘Rude’ is Magic’s first number one single in the US, spending six consecutive weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, and 16 weeks on the chart’s top 10. The Recording Industry Association of America certified it platinum platinum for sales over three million copies. In the UK, Rude peaked at number one, and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales over 600.000 copies. The song topped the charts in Canada, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. It reached the top 10 charts in Australia, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden. It was certified quadruple platinum in Australia, platinum platinum in Canada and Sweden, and double platinum in Italy and Mexico. ‘Rude’ made it to platinum in New Zealand and gold in Germany and Switzerland. In Denmark it was streamed 7.8 million times, making it to platinum platinum, while in Spain it was certified platinum for over 8 million streams.

Artist’s age on release date

Magic! Was active for 2 years when they released this song. Nasri Tony Atweh was 33 years old.

Cover Versions

Marc Anthony – Postmodern Jukebox featuring Von Smith – Selena Gomez – MattyBRaps – Rayvon Reed (Bob Marley Mash-up) – Tiffany Alvord – Anna Sentina (Drum & Bass cover) – Twenty One Two – Kina Grannis – Arabish – Madilyn Bailey featuring Flula – Von Smith Vintage 1950’s Sock Hop-Style

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    Bea Picano

    December 27, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Just LOVE the song Rude. Want to hear more from Magic.

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