” Spark the Fire ” is by Gwen Stefani ( Gwen Renée Stefani ), the American singer, songwriter and fashion designer.
Gwen is the co-founder and lead singer of the band No Doubt. The band had huge success with their third album, Tragic Kingdom, in 1995 and produced several charts hits including ” Don’t Speak ” and ” Just a Girl “.
The song was written by Pharrell Williams ( Who produced the track ) and Gwen Stefani. Pharrell Williams ( Pharrell Lanscilo Williams ) is an American singer-songwriter, rapper and also a record producer. He had tremendous success with his single ” Happy ” and is part of the record production duo The Neptunes. Pharrell Williams is the lead singer with the rock-funk-hip hop band N.E.R.D; he also plays the drums for the band.
” Spark the Fire ” was released on the 1st of December 2014 by record label Interscope ( Universal Music Group ) and was intended to be included on Gwen’s third album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, however, the song was dropped in favour of newer material.
The single is a dance-pop and hip-hop track with a fusion of funk. Lyrically, it serves as a “comeback”, talking about partying, having a good time and feminism. It was marketed as Gwen’s musical comeback as a solo artist along with her previous release, ” Baby Don’t Lie “.
During an interview with Scott T. Sterling in 2014, Pharrell described the track as inspired by his feeling that ” the female species has been suppressed long enough. ”
However, during an interview with PopSugar’s Lindsay Miller, Gwen described the song as being ” a very personal song ” and ” my journey ” instead of any feminist anthem.
Music critics had mixed responses to the song, with some negatively comparing it to Gwen and Pharrell’s previous collaboration ” Hollaback Girl “, others liked the track, comparing it to ” Baby Don’t Lie “.
The accompanying music video, produced by Sophie Muller, was released on the 1st of December 2014 to Gwen’s official YouTube account. Sophie Muller is an English music video director, who along with Gwen, has worked with artists including Beyoncé, Coldplay, Shakira, Sugababes, Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis, Eurythmics and Pink.
She has directed over one hundred music videos, Sophie won a Grammy for her work with Annie Lennox on the Diva video Album.
” Spark the Fire ” was not a commercial success for Gwen. In the United States, the song reached number twenty-nine on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart, spending eight weeks on that chart. It also reached number thirty-eight on the Billboard Pop Digital Songs Chart.
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