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Down to Earth (Justin Bieber song)

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"Down to Earth"
Song by Justin Bieber
from the EP My World
LabelIsland, RBMG
Songwriter(s)Justin Bieber, Kevin Risto, Waynne Nugent, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey, Mason Levy
Producer(s)Midi Mafia, MdL

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"Down to Earth" is a song by Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber, included as a track on his debut release, My World, released on November 17, 2009. It was written by Bieber, who was assisted by Carlos and Steven Battey of The Jackie Boyz, as well as the song's producers, Mason "MdL" Levy, and Kevin Risto and Waynne Nugent of Midi Mafia. "Down to Earth" is a teen pop song, with lyrics that were inspired by the separation of Bieber's parents. It also contains lyrical content about growing up. The song received positive reviews from critics, who embraced the song as a shift in the puppy love content of the album. After the release of My World, due to digital sales, the song charted in the lower regions of charts in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Background and composition[edit]

"Down to Earth" was written by Bieber, Mason "MdL" Levy, Carlos and Steven Battey of The Jackie Boyz, and Kevin Risto and Waynne Nugent of Midi Mafia. It was recorded at Icon Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, and it was mixed at Larrabee Studios in North Hollywood, California. The track was one of three songs on the standard edition of My World that Bieber co-wrote. In an interview in the November 14, 2009 issue of Billboard, Bieber explained the meaning behind the song stating,

"It's a ballad about the feelings I had when my parents split up and how I helped my family get through it. I think a lot of kids have had their parents split up, and they should know that it wasn't because of something they did. I hope people can relate to it."[1]

"Down to Earth" is a down-tempo pop song with a length of four minutes and five seconds, which includes influences of teen pop. Written in common time, with a tempo of 80 beats per minute, the song is composed in the key of D major.[2] Bieber's vocals span from the low note of B3 to the high note of D5. It follows a simple chord progression of G-D-A-Bm. Monica Herrera of Billboard noted that lines such as "So we fight through the hurt, and we cry and cry and cry and cry/ Then we live and we learn, and we try" revealed a "deeper side" to the singer.[3] Bieber performed the song while accompanying Taylor Swift on the United Kingdom leg of the Fearless Tour, as well as his own My World Tour. During the latter performance, Bieber sits on a stool, accompanied by only a piano background.[4]


Critical reception[edit]

Mark Hirsh of The Boston Globe noted "Down to Earth" was the essential track from My World.[5] Allison Stewart of the Washington Post listed the song was one of her recommended tracks from the album.[6] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times said that "Down to Earth" and "One Less Lonely Girl" were "uncomplicately beautiful and earnest."[7] Although Ashante Infantry of Toronto Star said a turn-off of the song was the "Mafia" tag by the production team, Midi Mafia, at the beginning of the song, she called "Down to Earth" one of the best tracks on the album.[8] After praising Bieber's delivery of "poignant lines" in the song, Monica Herrera of Billboard said "it's hardly a stretch to imagine Bieber racking up more hits in the next decade to come."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

On the week ending December 5, 2009, due to digital sales after the release of My World, "Down to Earth" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100. The song debuted at number forty-three on the Hot Digital Songs chart in the US, and therefore consecutively appeared at number seventy-nine on the Hot 100.[9] In Canada, it debuted at number sixty-one.[9] It dropped off both charts the following week.[9] In both territories it was also the highest non-previously released song from My World to appear on the charts.[9] In the United Kingdom, after the release of My World, "Down to Earth" appeared at number 149 on the UK Singles Chart.[10]

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Songwriting - Justin Bieber, Kevin Risto, Waynne Nugent, Mason Levy, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey
  • Production - Midi Mafia, MdL
  • Vocal recording - Chris Krauss
  • Vocal production - Kevin Risto
  • Guitar - Tim Stewart
  • Mixing - Jaycen-Joshua Fowler and Dave Pensado, assisted by Giancarlo Lino.

Source [11]


Chart (2009) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 61
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[10] 149
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 79


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. Herrera, Monica (2009-11-14). "6 Questions with Justin Bieber". Billboard. New York City, New York: Nielsen Business Media Inc. p. 31.
  2. "Justin Bieber, "Down to Earth" – Composition Sheet Music". Alfred Publishing. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Herrera, Monica (2010-12-04). "Justin Bieber, "My World"". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  4. Dunlevy, T'cha (2010-11-23). "Bieber shows Montreal what all the fuss is about". The Montreal Gazette. Postmedia Network Inc. Archived from the original on November 28, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-04. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Hirsh, Marc (2009-11-23). "Justin Bieber, 'My World'". Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  6. Stewart, Allison (2009-12-08). "Quick Spins: Reviews of albums by Justin Bieber, Clipse, and Animal Collective". Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  7. Caramanica, Jon (2009-11-20). "Worlds Rural, Urban, Midlife, Teenage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  8. Infantry, Ashante (2009-11-16). "CD review: 'My World' by Justin Bieber". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "Justin Bieber Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "CHART LOG UK - 3.04.2010 (wk12)". Zobbel Website. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  11. Justin Bieber My World (Digital booklet) Island, RBMG. (2009).
  12. "Justin Bieber Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  13. "Justin Bieber Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  14. "American single certifications – Justin Bieber – Down to Earth". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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