|Single by Selena Gomez and Marshmello|
|Released||October 25, 2017|
|Selena Gomez singles chronology|
|Marshmello singles chronology|
"Wolves" is a song by American singer Selena Gomez and music producer Marshmello. The song was written by Gomez, Ali Tamposi, Louis Bell, Brian Lee, and its producers Marshmello and Andrew Watt. The song was released by Interscope Records on October 25, 2017.
Commercially, the song has topped the charts in Latvia, Poland and Serbia while reaching the top 10 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom; as well as the top 20 in Germany and the United States. It was also the second-most successful electronic song of 2018 in the US. The single is certified Platinum or higher in fifteen countries worldwide, including Diamond in Brazil.
Following the original recording of the song by British Recording Artist Rita Ora and Producer Andrew Watt; Marshmello first revealed the song on July 22, 2017, when he tweeted: "Happy birthday Selena Gomez! Can't wait for the world to hear what we've been working on." On August 15, 2017, Marshmello wrote that Gomez "sounds absolutely incredible" on the song, when replying to a fan who asked him about the collaboration. During a radio interview with Tonya and Sonic on San Diego's Energy 103.7 FM, Gomez said: "It's really cool. It's kind of in that world, his world, and I'm stepping into it and bringing my style too." She called it a beautiful song and one of her favorites. On September 25, 2017, a follower of Gomez reached out to Marshemello via Twitter for a "tip" about the song, to which Marshmello replied: "Coming very very soon," leading to speculation on the song's release. On October 6, 2017, Marshmello reassured fans that the song is "coming very soon".
On October 19, 2017, both Gomez and Marshmello took to social media to officially announce the song and its release date. Gomez shared pictures of her wearing a pink version of Marshmello's helmet, another photos shows the two sitting on a couch eating popcorn. The song premiered via the radio show Beats 1, the host Zane Lowe named it the day's "World Record".
"Wolves" was written by Selena Gomez, Rita Ora, Marshmello, Ali Tamposi, Andrew Watt, Brian Lee, and Louis Bell. Controversially, the Track also features unaccredited backing vocals from Rita Ora. The song was described as a "sticky electronic snack" and "propulsive EDM" which is equally "acoustic-laced EDM and long, lost 80's pop". Caitlin Kelley from Billboard noted how Marshmello's influence in the song can be heard through "subtle trap elements, like the triple high hats buzzing beneath the smoky atmosphere." "Wolves" opens "dark and gloomy" with Gomez singing over a clean electric guitar as Kat Bein from Billboard commented, the build of the bridge is "almost country-pop, but the choral hook is all Marshmello sweetness." In an interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1, Gomez stated that the lyrics deeply reflects what she was feeling during the period she recorded the track.
On November 2, 2017, Gomez released the vertical video for the single exclusively through Spotify. It was later released via her official Vevo account. The video is a FaceTime between Gomez and Marshmello.
On November 17, the official video premiered on the iTunes Store and Apple Music and it was directed by Colin Tilley. The video features Gomez wearing different outfits in various parts of an indoor swimming pool facility. Near the end of the video, Gomez walks on the water of the swimming pool. The video was released on Vevo and YouTube a day later on Gomez's account. As of October 2021[update], the video has accrued over 450 million views.
"Wolves" entered at number 16 on the UK Singles Chart. Three weeks later, it ascended to number nine and became Gomez's fourth top 10 entry in the nation. In Australia, the song entered at number 15 on the ARIA Singles Chart. It has reached number five there and is her second-highest-peaking song in the country behind another EDM collaboration, "It Ain't Me". After debuting at number 69 on the Canadian Hot 100, it rose to number nine the following week and has been certified double Platinum by Music Canada (MC) for accumulating 160,000 equivalent units. The song was certified double Platinum by the RIAA for accumulating two million equivalent units.
On November 19, 2017, Gomez and Marshmello performed "Wolves" live for the first time at the 2017 American Music Awards. On May 29, 2021, Gomez and Marshmello performed the song at the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final.
Credits and personnel adapted from Rare album liner notes.
|Australia (ARIA)||3× Platinum||210,000|
|Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)||Diamond||250,000|
|Canada (Music Canada)||3× Platinum||240,000|
|Denmark (IFPI Danmark)||Platinum||90,000|
|Mexico (AMPROFON)||3× Platinum||180,000|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||30,000|
|Norway (IFPI Norway)||2× Platinum||120,000|
|Poland (ZPAV)||3× Platinum||150,000|
|Portugal (AFP)||2× Platinum||20,000|
|Sweden (GLF)||2× Platinum||16,000,000|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||600,000|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000|
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
|Various||October 25, 2017||Original||Interscope|||
|United States||November 7, 2017||Contemporary hit radio|||
|November 21, 2017||Rhythmic contemporary radio|||
|Various||February 23, 2018||Digital download||MOTi remix|||
|Owen Norton remix|||
|Said the Sky remix|||
|Total Ape remix|||