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"Wild" (often stylized as "WILD") is a song by Troye Sivan, and is featured on his fourth EP, WILD, and as the first track off of his debut studio album, Blue Neighbourhood. It was written by Sivan and Alex Hope, who also produced the track, and was released on September 4, 2015 through EMI Music Australia and promoted as the eponymous lead single from the EP.

The song has been a modest commercial success, reaching number 16 on the ARIA Charts, becoming his second top 20 single and peaking within the top 40 in New Zealand.

The music video for "WILD" was directed by Tim Mattia and was released as part of Troye Sivan's "Blue Neighbourhood" music video trilogy, filmed in the Sydney suburb of Kurnell, New South Wales.

Troye Sivan tweeted on June 21, 2016, "WILD FT. PRINCESS @alessiacara COMING THURSDAY", stating that the song will have a remix featuring Alessia Cara. The remix was released on June 23, 2016. [1]

Background and release

A new version of the song was re-released on 23 June 2016, featuring a new verse from Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara. The concept came about after Sivan met Cara at several music events. He had covered Cara's hit single Here for a live radio show and she responded with a cover of his track Youth. In phone text conversations the two performers jokes about which song was next. Cara told Sivan her favourite song of his was Wild and shortly afterwards wrote and recorded a verse in a European studio. When she sent it to Sivan says his response was: "This is so good we have to put it out." [2]

Critical Reception

Celebmix writer Anne Marie stated: "The song is slightly sped up, but it may take a couple listens to realize the tempo change. Other than that, the first verse and chorus is the same as the version on the album. Then, Alessia Cara enters the song and blows our minds! She wrote her own verse that fits the theme of the song perfectly, but also adds some more lyrical depth. It brings more attention to the fact that the love in question isn’t perfect, and the people in love have some flaws of their own." ted by Malia James, produced by Taylor Vandegrift, and Danny Lockwood. Along with the release of the video,

Chart Performance

The song did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, although it did peak at #4 on Bubbling Under Hot 100. It also reached #30 on the Billboard US Mainstream Top 40, #26 in Australia, and #12 and #50 in Belgium.

Music Video

The music video was released on July 22, 2016 and was directed by Malia James, produced by Taylor Vandegrift, and Danny Lockwood. Along with the release of the video, Sivan held a scavenger hunt for cassette tapes of the music video that he places in various cities around the world. The video shows Sivan, Alessia, and their friends together along with the various relationships in the group, much of which is shot through a camera, often held by Sivan and Cara. The video contains heavy lgbtq pride themes, ending with a rainbow colored screen reading, "Keep On Kissing".

Troye Sivan - WILD ft

Troye Sivan - WILD ft. Alessia Cara

Lyrics

(Wild, wild, hey!)

(Troye)
Trying hard not to fall
On the way home
You were trying to wear me down, down
Kissing up on fences
And up on walls
On the way home
I guess it's all working out, now

'Cause there's still too long to the weekend
Too long till I drown in your hands
Too long since I've been a fool, oh

Leave this blue neighbourhood
Never knew loving could hurt this good, oh
And it drives me wild

'Cause when you look like that
I've never ever wanted to be so bad, oh
It drives me wild

You're driving me wild, wild, wild
You're driving me wild, wild, wild
You're driving me wild

(Wild, wild, hey!)

(Alessia)
We’re alike you and I
Two blue hearts locked in our wrong minds
So can we make the most out of no time?
Can you hold me?
Can you make me leave my demons & my broken pieces behind?

(Both)
'Cause there's still too long to the weekend
Too long till I drown in your hands
Too long since I've been a fool, oh, yeah, yeah, yeah

(Both)
Leave this blue neighbourhood
Never knew loving could hurt this good, oh
And it drives me wild

'Cause when you look like that
I've never ever wanted to be so bad, oh
It drives me wild

You're driving me wild, wild, wild [4x]

You make my heart shake
Bend and break
But I can't turn away
And it's driving me wild
You're driving me wild

(Both)
You make my heart shake
Bend and break
But I can't turn away
And it's driving me wild
You're driving me wild (Hey)

Leave this blue neighbourhood
Never knew loving could hurt this good, oh (hey)
And it drives me wild (Driving me wild)

'Cause when you look like that
I've never ever wanted to be so bad, oh (hey)
It drives me wild (Driving me wild)

You're driving me wild, wild, wild [4x]
(Hey, hey)

(Wild, wild, wild, hey!)


Audio

Troye Sivan - WILD (Audio) ft

Troye Sivan - WILD (Audio) ft. Alessia Cara


References

  1. WILD FT. PRINCESS @alessiacara COMING THURSDAY by @troyesivan on Twitter. https://twitter.com/troyesivan/status/745266455361388546
  2. wikipedia.org - Background and release
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