Tommy Lee (song)

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"Tommy Lee"
Single by Tyla Yaweh featuring Post Malone
ReleasedJune 12, 2020
Length3:44
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • XL
  • RVNES
  • Pearl Lion
Tyla Yaweh singles chronology
"High Right Now (Remix)"
(2020)
"Tommy Lee"
(2020)
"Stuntin' on You"
(2020)
Post Malone singles chronology
"It's a Raid"
(2020)
"Tommy Lee"
(2020)
"Tap In (Remix)"
(2020)
Music video
"Tommy Lee" on YouTube

"Tommy Lee" is a song by American rapper and singer Tyla Yaweh featuring fellow American rapper and singer Post Malone, released on June 12, 2020. It was originally set to serve as the lead single from Yaweh's then-upcoming second studio album, Rager Boy, now titled Heart Full of Rage 2, but was scrapped from the tracklisting. Written alongside producers XL, RVNES, and Pearl Lion, it is Yaweh's first song to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 65.[1]

Background and composition[edit]

Two days before its release, the song was teased by Tyla Yaweh on Instagram.[2] It is an ode to his "lavish lifestyle" and is named after Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, who also plays the drums on the song's rock remix, "accented by strings and choice chimes that serve as a base for emotive verses from Tyla and Post".[3] The two sing about living like rockstars without having to worry about anything, but also "touch on the tribulations of their position".[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on June 12, 2020.[2] It shows Yaweh and Malone driving in ATVs and limousines[4] in a pastoral setting.[3]

Remixes[edit]

An alternate version of the original track was released on July 10, 2020, with Tommy Lee himself playing on the drums.[5] A second remix was released on August 28, 2020, featuring vocals from Guyanese-American rapper and singer Saint Jhn.[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for "Tommy Lee"
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 93
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 37
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 49
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[10] 4
Portugal (AFP)[11] 111
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 92
UK Singles (OCC)[13] 56
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 65
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[15] 30
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[16] 24
US Rolling Stone Top 100[17] 44

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for "Tommy Lee"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Platinum 80,000
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Havens, Lyndsey (June 29, 2020). "One to Watch: Tyla Yaweh Talks First Hot 100 Hit 'Tommy Lee,' Teases Remix With Motley Crue Drummer". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Aniftos, Rania (June 12, 2020). "Post Malone & Tyla Yaweh Drop Video For New Collab 'Tommy Lee': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Tyla Yaweh and Post Malone Celebrate "Tommy Lee" in Four-Wheel Fun Video (UPDATE)". Hypebeast. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  4. ^ Kreps, Daniel (June 12, 2020). "Tyla Yaweh Recruits Post Malone, Tommy Lee for New Song 'Tommy Lee'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Hear Tommy Lee play drums on new version of Tyla Yaweh and Post Malone's 'Tommy Lee'". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. July 11, 2020. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  6. ^ Zidel, Alex (August 28, 2020). "Tyla Yaweh Drops Another "Tommy Lee" Remix With Post Malone & SAINt JHN". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Tyla Yaweh – Tommy Lee". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  8. ^ "Tyla Yaweh Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  9. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Tyla Yaweh". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  10. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 22, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  11. ^ "Tyla Yaweh / Post Malone – Tommy Lee". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  12. ^ "Tyla Yaweh / Post Malone – Tommy Lee". Singles Top 100. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  14. ^ "Tyla Yaweh Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  15. ^ "Tyla Yaweh Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  16. ^ "Post Malone Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Songs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  18. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Tyla Yaweh & Post Malone – Tommy Lee". Music Canada. Retrieved November 1, 2022.
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Tyla Yaweh – Tommy Lee". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 11, 2022.