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"Rockabye" is a song by British electronic group Clean Bandit, featuring English singer Anne-Marie as main vocalist together with Jamaican dancehall singer Sean Paul. It was released on 21 October 2016: the song is about hardships of single mothers and alludes to the nursery rhyme, Rock-a-bye Baby.

"Rockabye" is included on the deluxe edition of Nicholson's debut studio album, Speak Your Mind.

Background Edit

"Rockabye" was written by Jack Patterson and norwegian singer Ina Wroldsen. Wroldsen wrote the lyrics about her son, which, according to Grace Chatto, "is why it rings so true for Clean Bandit and is so emotional and special." Clean Bandit announced the single on 21 October 2016, just two days after Neil Amin-Smith quit the band. Talking to Digital Spy, Chatto said, "We've wanted to work with Sean Paul for a long, long while and it's a dream that we've managed to finally do it. Anne-Marie tells the story and we love her voice. We first heard her singing with Rudimental and we've met her at a million festivals over the past couple of years – it's been so lovely to collaborate together."

Composition Edit

"Rockabye" is written in the key of A minor. It was composed in common time with a tempo of 102 beats per minute, and follows a chord progression of Am–F–G–Em. The vocals span from G3 to E5.

Live performances Edit

Music video Edit

Music video Information
Clean Bandit - Rockabye ft

Clean Bandit - Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie Official Video

Released 21 October 2016
Length 4:13
Director Grace Chatto

Jack Patterson

Producer Amber Millington
Location Cap Sa Sal hotel, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

George Tavern, London, England, UK


Background Edit

The video for the song was released on 21 October 2016. Parts of it were shot on location in Cap Sa Sal, Begur, Spain and the George Tavern, London. The video has over 1.8 billion views on YouTube as of May 2018, making it the 30th most viewed video on the site.

 Official versions Edit

  • Album version — 4:11
  • Music video version — 4:13


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