Power Is Power

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"Power Is Power"
SZA, The Weeknd and Travis Scott - Power Is Power.png
Single by SZA, the Weeknd, and Travis Scott
from the album For the Throne: Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones
ReleasedApril 18, 2019 (2019-04-18)
Length3:31
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
SZA singles chronology
"Garden (Say It Like Dat)"
(2018)
"Power Is Power"
(2019)
"Just Us"
(2019)
The Weeknd singles chronology
"Price on My Head" / "Wake Up"
(2019)
"Power Is Power"
(2019)
"Heartless"
(2019)
Travis Scott singles chronology
"Chopstix"
(2019)
"Power Is Power"
(2019)
"The London"
(2019)
Music video
"Power Is Power" on YouTube

"Power Is Power" is a song by American singer SZA, Canadian singer-songwriter the Weeknd, and American rapper Travis Scott. It was released on April 18, 2019, as a single from the Game of Thrones companion soundtrack, For the Throne.[1]

Background and release

Following the release of the collaboration "Wake Up" by Travis Scott featuring the Weeknd, as the fourth single from Scott's Astroworld on March 26, 2019.[2] In early April of that year, rumours regarding the possibility of a Game of Thrones inspired track by SZA, the Weeknd, and Travis Scott began to circulate around the web.[3] The artists' involvement on the For the Throne soundtrack was then later confirmed on April 8, via an announcement of the soundtrack by Columbia Records.[4] Following the release of the promotional singles "Kingdom of One" by Maren Morris and "Nightshade" by The Lumineers on April 12,[3] SZA then later shared the cover art and release date of the song, on her Instagram profile on April 16.[5]

Lyrics

The title of the song is a line spoken by the character Cersei Lannister in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, the song's lyric however revolve around the character Jon Snow.[6] Writers at the time interpreted the lyrics as possibly foreshadowing the aforementioned character winning out the conclusion of the show.[7][8]

Music video

The music video was first teased on April 20, 2019, and features a medieval theme, reminiscent of its source show Game of Thrones.[9] It was directed by Anthony Mandler and released on May 5, 2019.[10]

Charts

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 30
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[12] 10
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[13] 9
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 50
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[15] 49
China Airplay/FL (Billboard)[16] 22
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[17] 33
France Digital Tracks (SNEP)[18] 140
Hungary (Single Top 40)[19] 40
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[20] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 31
Latvia (LAIPA)[22] 23
Lithuania (AGATA)[23] 13
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[24] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[25] 33
Portugal (AFP)[26] 64
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[27] 18
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 41
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 67
UK Singles (OCC)[30] 45
Ukraine Airplay (TopHit)[31] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[32] 90
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[33] 36
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[34] 19

Release history

Region Date Format Label(s) Ref.
United States April 18, 2019 [35]
April 23, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [36]
Rhythmic contemporary [37]
Italy May 3, 2019 Contemporary hit radio Sony [38]

References

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