Justin Bieber’s new single “PYD,” which sees him duet with superstar R. Kelly, has stormed to No. 1 on the iTunes US chart and 34 charts around the world.
The feat was achieved less than nine hours after the single was released on Monday, Nov.18 at midnight.
At the time of press, Bieber and R. Kelly sit atop the iTunes US chart, with Eminem’s “The Monster ft. Rihanna” at No.2, long player Lorde’s “Royals” at No. 3, and One Republic and Pitbull at Nos. 4 and 5.
“PYD” (Put You Down), is the seventh single from the 19-year-old’s Music Mondays 10-song drive, in which he rolls out one song a week from his Journals collection every Monday at midnight.
“Here It is. #PYD featuring @rkelly (sic),” Justin tweeted when the song premiered, also posting its iTunes link.
Fans wasted no time powering the 5:17 slice of erotica to the top of iTunes in numerous territories including America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Sweden, Norway and many more.
Online fan reactions to the song’s intensely, sexual lyrics range along a spectrum of shocking to delighted.
Before the song’s premiere, Kelly previously told Vibe magazine his team-up with Justin produced a “hot” track. And he wasn’t wrong.
Over a moody, R&B slow-jam track, both males reel off various locations where they promise their females that, “I’ma put you down / I’ma put you down / All the way down.”
It makes more sense when you hear the verses. The Canadian begins by repeating “PYD” then sings,
“From the door to the wall, coffee table, Girl get ready / I’ma put you down All the way down / From the stove to the countertop, dining room table are you ready?/ I’ma put you down All the way down / Up the stairs to my bedroom, light a few candles, prepare yourself / I’ma put you down All the way down / On a plane, a train, an automobile doesn’t matter / I’ma put you down All The Way Down.”
A little later, Kelly, turns the heat up further in the second verse, suggesting.
“On the roof, balcony, we don’t care who sees, Girl, I’ma put you down, All the way down,” before observing, “I can tell your body ain’t been touched the right way,” and, “[I’ll] be your dope man in the bedroom you can make me your drug.”
The two stars come together towards the end of the song and harmonize a looped chorus. Many listeners will love it, while others will probably hate it — it’s that kind of song. All or nothing.
Bieber, who has made the headlines for all sorts of shenanigans on the Latin America leg of his tour, resumes in Mexico City for two dates beginning tomorrow.
There are now just three songs left to hear in his mostly well received Music Mondays series, with this latest one of the strongest offerings yet. Previous singles “Heartbreaker,” “All That Matters,” “Hold Tight,” “Recovery,” “Bad Day,” and “All Bad” each topped iTunes charts on release at their peak.
For now though, it’s “PYD’s” moment to shine.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 18, 2013
[Note: iTunes rankings are subject to flux.]