"XO" is a song by American recording artist Beyoncé from her fifth studio album, Beyoncé (2013). The song was released worldwide on December 16, 2013 as the lead contemporary hit radio single from the album. OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder co-wrote the song in a collaboration with Terius Nash and Beyoncé, while the production was handled by Nash, Tedder, Beyoncé, with additional production from Hit-Boy and HazeBanga. Backed by "jittery keyboards" and synthesizers, it is a mid-tempo pop track that incorporates elements of electronic music.
Upon release, "XO" was acclaimed by critics, who praised the song for being "radio-ready." "XO" contains an audio sample from Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the use of which was heavily criticized by the families of the lost crew, NASA, and the media. Beyoncé released a statement saying that the song "was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones," and that the sample was included as a tribute to the Challenger crew.
A music video was filmed for the song in Coney Island and was directed by Terry Richardson. Upon its release, it received positive reviews from most critics who noted that it was a suitable accompaniment for the sound of the song. Beyoncé also performed the song during the last stops of the North American leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in December 2013. To further promote "XO", Beyoncé performed the song at the 2014 BRIT Awards. File Hashes
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