|"All the Stars"|
|Single by Kendrick Lamar and SZA|
|from the album Black Panther: The Album|
|Released||January 4, 2018|
|Kendrick Lamar singles chronology|
|SZA singles chronology|
"All the Stars" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar and American singer SZA. Written alongside Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith and producers Sounwave and Al Shux, the song was released on January 4, 2018, as the lead single to the soundtrack album of the film Black Panther. Its release coincided with Top Dawg Entertainment's announcement that Tiffith (its president) and Lamar would be producing the Black Panther soundtrack album. Marvel Studios confirmed the news and revealed that Lamar was hand-picked by Black Panther's director Ryan Coogler to produce the soundtrack album. The song appeared in the movie's end credits.
"All the Stars" received numerous accolades and nominations including a nomination for Best Original Song at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and the 91st Academy Awards, as well as receiving four nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
"All the Stars" won Best Song at the African-American Film Critics Association, while its video won Best Visual Effects at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
Lamar first hinted at his involvement with the Black Panther soundtrack album in the music video for his song "Love", released on December 22, 2017. In the video, at about 1:54 into the song, a clapperboard is shown with the words "B.Panther Soundtrack Coming Soon". Lamar subsequently announced his involvement on January 4, 2018, along with the release of "All the Stars".
Upon its release, Lamar announced his praise for Black Panther and its director, Ryan Coogler, writing "the magnitude of [the] film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I'm truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel's vision."
"All the Stars" received positive reviews from critics. Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone praised the song, calling Lamar's verse "defiant" and SZA's verse "enthralling" and "filled with vocal turns". However, Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork gave the song a negative review, calling it "generic" and "pales in comparison to [Lamar and SZA's] recent works". Pearce further wrote that the song is "full of heavy-handed plotting and everyman cliches" and is "so nondescript that it reeks of compromise, devoid of personality or any true vision." Although Pearce complimented Lamar and SZA's performances and the "slick production", he ultimately wrote that "'All the Stars' is uncharacteristically conservative for these two stars, all in service of a bigger picture."
In December 2018, Billboard ranked "All the Stars" as the 15th best song of the year.
In the week ending January 20, 2018, "All the Stars" debuted at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. During its fifth week on the chart, it managed to rise to number 31 on the Hot 100, and in the week ending March 3, 2018, the single reached number seven on the Hot 100. It is Lamar's second top ten hit on the chart in 2018, following his collaboration with The Weeknd on "Pray for Me", which reached number seven in early February. It also became SZA's second top ten hit on the chart following her collaboration with Maroon 5 on the hit single "What Lovers Do". On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, "All the Stars" debuted at number 19 and stayed in the top 20 for three weeks. In its fifth week, it rose to number five on the chart.
Worldwide, the song peaked at number one in Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, and Slovakia. The song reached the top ten in Australia, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The music video for the song was filmed in January 2018 and released to Lamar's Vevo channel on YouTube on February 6, 2018. It was directed by Dave Meyers and the Little Homies. As of April 2021, the video has over 290 million views.
The video features themes and images of Afrocentrism and Afrofuturism, referencing the visual language of the film. The beginning of the video references to the Middle Passage, with appearances of Fulani hats, La Sape, Pantsula, Kufi caps, traditional African masks, and Kandake at the end. The video also features a sequence where Lamar walks alongside several panthers referencing the Black Panther soundtrack album.
In February 2018, British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor claimed that images of her 24-karat gold patterned artwork were used in the music video without her permission. A settlement agreement was reached in principle on December 20.
|2018||Teen Choice Awards||Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best Visual Effects||Won|
|iHeartRadio MMVAs||Best Collaboration||Nominated|
|BreakTudo Awards||Best Collaboration||Nominated|
|UK Music Video Awards||Best Urban Video: International||Nominated|
|Hollywood Music in Media Awards||Best Original Song: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Film||Won|
|2019||Houston Film Critics Society||Best Original Song||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Original Song||Nominated|
|Georgia Film Critics Association||Best Original Song||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Awards||Best Song||Nominated|
|African-American Film Critics Association||Best Song||Won|
|Black Reel Awards||Outstanding Original Song||Won|
|Grammy Awards||Record of the Year||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Rap/Sung Performance||Nominated|
|Best Song Written for Visual Media||Nominated|
|Academy Awards||Best Original Song||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Original Song||Nominated|
|Guild of Music Supervisors Awards||Best Song/Recording Created for a Film||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration||Won|
|Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album||Nominated|
|PLAY - Portuguese Music Awards||Best International Song||Won|
Credits adapted from digital booklet.
|Australia (ARIA)||5× Platinum||350,000‡|
|Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)||Platinum||40,000‡|
|Canada (Music Canada)||5× Platinum||400,000‡|
|Denmark (IFPI Danmark)||Platinum||90,000‡|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||30,000‡|
|Portugal (AFP)||2× Platinum||20,000‡|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||2× Platinum||1,200,000‡|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000|
‡ Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
|United States||January 4, 2018|
|January 9, 2018||Rhythmic contemporary radio|||
|Urban contemporary radio|||
|Italy||January 19, 2018||Contemporary hit radio||Universal|||
|United States||February 27, 2018||
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