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Homecoming (song)

Homecoming (song)

"Homecoming" is the twelfth track and the fifth single taken from Kanye West's album third studio album Graduation. The song was released in the United Kingdom as the fourth single, instead of "Flashing Lights" which served as the fourth single in the rest of the world. The song was released as the fifth single in the U.S. on May 13, 2008. It has been released in the UK as a download release and was due to be released as a physical single on 4 February, 2008 . However, the CD single was cancelled due to downloads starting to decline before the release. It was, however, released on vinyl single on 18 February. "Homecoming" reached Number 9 on the UK Singles Chart on download sales. The song also features vocals by lead singer Chris Martin from Coldplay. Some of the lyrics were taken from Common's "I Used to Love H.E.R.", specifically the first line at the beginning of West's first verse.

The song's lyrics were originally recorded by West with John Legend singing a different hook with the song called "Home" (which was circulated on the mixtape Freshmen Adjustment). However, the Legend version was cut in favour of Martin's, which West and he worked on together at Abbey Road Studios in 2006.

Music video

Screen shots of the music video for "Homecoming" were posted by Kanye on his official blog on March 6, 2008.

The official music video for "Homecoming" was released on April 1, 2008 by Kanye West on his official Vimeo account. Kanye later posted the video on his official blog.

The entire video is in black and white. The video features a montage of Kanye walking through many different areas of his home city of Chicago. Common, Kanye's label mate makes an appearance in the video. Chris Martin is featured in the video playing the piano and singing the chorus of the song, mostly in silhouette.

The video was directed by Hype Williams and it was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.

Track listing

  • UK:
  • "Homecoming"
  • "Stronger" (AD remix)
  • Australian iTunes - Single
  • "Homecoming"
  • "Good Night" (featuring Mos Def and Al Be Back)

Charts

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 32
Canadian Hot 100 79
Dutch Top 40 6
New Zealand RIANZ Top 40 6
Finnish Single Top20 7
Irish Singles Chart 9
Latvian Airplay Chart 11
Lithuanian Airplay Chart 13
Norway Singles Chart 13
Swedish Singles Chart 19
Turkish Billboard Top 20 21
UK Singles Chart 9
German Singles Chart 18
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 69
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 53
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 15

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