Nico and the Niners – Wikipedia

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Twenty One Pilots song

Nico and the Niners” is a song written and recorded by the American musical duo Twenty One Pilots. It was released on July 11, 2018 as one of the singles from their fifth studio album Trench (2018), alongside “Jumpsuit”.[2][3] The song peaked at No. 79 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4]

Composition[edit]

“Nico and the Niners” is a reggae, rap, rock and psychedelic song with a length of three minutes and forty-seven seconds.[5][6] It features a rap verse, some vocal audio clips played backwards and a section with a reversed drum beat. Additionally, there are sections using a vocoder effect on clips of the vocals.[7] It was the first song to be completed off Trench.[8] The song is played in an A minor key, and at 140 beats per minute.[9]

Music video[edit]

A music video for “Nico and the Niners” was released on July 26, 2018.[10] It was directed by Andrew Donoho, who had directed all the music videos from the Trench trilogy, and was filmed in Kharkiv and Kyiv, Ukraine.[11]

The video shows singer Tyler Joseph packing a backpack and meeting drummer Josh Dun in a faded city (known as Dema) square, where they shake hands before joining a group of torch-wielding rebels (called the “Banditos”) and perform the song. The video veers between that mysterious thread and the mystical activities of mysterious red-hooded robed figures (also known as the bishops). At the end of the video, two children discover a Bandito’s lost gear, but turn to see the nine bishops, the leaders of Dema, walking towards them.[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

“Nico and the Niners” made its debut on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at No. 6 and Hot Rock Songs at No. 9 with 19,000 sold.[13] The song peaked at No. 79 on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at No. 7 on the Hot Rock Songs chart. The song also peaked at No. 88 on the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download / stream
Title
1. “Jumpsuit” 3:58
2. “Nico and the Niners” 3:47

Personnel[edit]

  • Tyler Joseph – lead vocals, keyboards, bass, synthesizers, guitar, programming, ukulele, production, songwriting
  • Josh Dun – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Adam Hawkins – mixing

Certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Jumpsuit / Nico And The Niners – Single”. iTunes. July 11, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  2. ^ “Top 40 Future/M Releases”. AllAccess. Archived from the original on July 17, 2018.
  3. ^ “Jumpsuit / Nico And The Niners – Single on Spotify”. Spotify. July 11, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  4. ^ “Twenty One Pilots Storm Back with ‘Jumpsuit’ and ‘Nico and the Niners’: Listen”. Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  5. ^ Reed, Ryan (July 11, 2018). “Hear Twenty One Pilots’ New Songs”. Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  6. ^ writer, KEITH SPERA | Staff. “Review: Twenty One Pilot recycled some tricks, but they were still entertaining at New Orleans concert”. NOLA.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  7. ^ “Jumpsuit / Nico And The Niners – Single on Spotify”. Spotify. July 11, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  8. ^ “7 Things We Learned From Twenty One Pilots’ AMA – Features – Rock Sound Magazine”. Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  9. ^ “Key & BPM for Nico and the Niners by twenty one pilots”. TuneBat. July 11, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Kaufman, Gil (26 July 2018). “Twenty One Pilots Hint at Rebel Uprising in Cryptic ‘Nico and the Niners’ Video: Watch”. Billboard. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  11. ^ twenty one pilots (2018-09-20), twenty one pilots – Nico And The Niners (Beyond the Video), retrieved 2018-10-09
  12. ^ “Twenty One Pilots Hint at Rebel Uprising in Cryptic ‘Nico and the Niners’ Video: Watch”. Billboard. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  13. ^ “Twenty One Pilots Return to Rock Charts With ‘Jumpsuit’ & ‘Nico and the Niners’. Billboard. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  14. ^ ČNS IFPI” (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201841 into search. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  15. ^ {{{artist}}} – {{{song}}}” (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  16. ^ “Official IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Week: 28/2018”. IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ” (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  18. ^ Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ” (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  19. ^ “NZ Hot Singles Chart”. Recorded Music NZ. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  20. ^ ČNS IFPI” (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201841 into search. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  21. ^ “Official Singles Chart Top 100”. Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  22. ^ “Twenty One Pilots Chart History (Hot 100)”. Billboard. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  23. ^ “Twenty One Pilots Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)”. Billboard. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  24. ^ “Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2018”. Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  25. ^ “Wyróżnienia – Złote płyty CD – Archiwum – Przyznane w 2020 roku” (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  26. ^ “American single certifications – Twenty One Pilots – Nico And The Niners”. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 14, 2019.