Cannonball (Skylar Grey song)

Cannonball is a single released by American singer and songwriter, Skylar Grey. The song was written by Grey, Sam Harris, Noah Feldshuh, Casey Harris, Adam Levin and Alex da Kid, produced by the latter, and features the band X Ambassadors.[2] "Cannonball" is on FIFA 16 soundtrack, and was announced by The Independent.[3] It received official digital release on September 25, 2015[4] "Cannonball" will support the US collaborative tour between Grey and X Ambassadors.[2] The song sold around 25,000 digital copies in the United States.

Single by Skylar Grey featuring X Ambassadors
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2015
FormatDigital download
GenreFolk pop[1]
Skylar Grey singles chronology
"Bed of Lies"
"Moving Mountains"
X Ambassadors singles chronology


Grey released her debut album under her new name in 2013, after almost 3 years of promotion.[5] Between the end of the album promotion and the releasing of "Cannonball", Skylar worked with several artists as David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Eminem.[6][7] She has also worked in many soundtracks since Fifty Shades of Grey to Furious 7.[8][9] Now, former Holly Brook stated "Sam and I wrote Cannonball about the power of will and how it can be an underdog’s greatest advantage. It’s one of my most energetic songs off the new album, but I’m definitely weaving my folky roots into everything these days".[10]

Critical reception

The song was well received by the music critics. Robbie Daw from Idolator described the song as a "moody little guitar-driven number",[11] and called it an "appropriate fit" for the musician. Nick Walter from 103.3 the App, like many other sites, spotted some similarities to Ambassadors' own hit single Renegades, which were mainly the harmonies and acoustic guitars brought by them, giving some kind of folkness to the song.[1] Ameristream site also stated that Grey's song is the "kissing cousin" of the band's, but in a good way.[12]

Commercial performance

Since its release, the song has reached the top 50 on American iTunes, and No. 3 at alternative iTunes charts. "Cannonball" has also peaked at No. 5 on iTunes in Fiji and inside the top 90 of Canadian iTunes. The audio has over 1,543,000 plays on VEVO and over 4,232,000 on Spotify to date.

Music video

The accompanying music video was directed by Daniel Carberry,[13] also responsible by G.R.L.'s "Lighthouse". It was released on October 5 on Vevo.[14] It shows Skylar Grey fighting against olympian medalist Tony Jeffries. As of June 19, the video reached over 1,634,000 views.

Track listing

  • Digital download
  1. "Cannonball" – 3:53
  • CD Single
  1. "Cannonball"
  2. "Closer"


Chart (2015) Peak
US Alternative Digital Songs (Billboard)[15] 6
US Pop Digital Songs (Billboard)[16] 27


  1. "Skylar Grey Releases New Single, "Cannonball" Featuring X Ambassadors, Today On KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records".
  2. Christopher Hooton (11 September 2015). "FIFA 16 soundtrack: Here's the official list of songs featuring in". The Independent. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  3. "Ultimate Music - Skylar Grey "Cannonball" (featuring X Ambassadors) [Single Premiere]". Ultimate Music. Archived from the original on 2015-09-22. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  4. "Don't Look Down by Skylar Grey". 1 January 2014.
  5. "David Guetta releases new single 'Shot Me Down' featuring Skylar Grey".
  6. "Listen to Nicki Minaj's Heartfelt Ballad 'Bed of Lies' Featuring Skylar Grey".
  7. "Lyrics Review of Skylar Grey's "I Know You" from Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack - JustRandomThings". 4 February 2015.
  8. Movie Soundtracks (8 March 2015). "FURIOUS 7 Soundtrack - I Will Return – Skylar Grey" via YouTube.
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-09-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. "» Skylar Grey's "Cannonball": Listen To Her Collaboration With X Ambassadors".
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2015-09-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. SkylarGreyVEVO (5 October 2015). "Skylar Grey - Cannonball ft. X Ambassadors" via YouTube.
  14. "Alternative Digital Songs : Oct 17, 2015 - Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.
  15. "Pop Digital Songs : Oct 17, 2015 - Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.
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