A still of Wiz Khalifa in the music video for “See You Again” from Furious 7
Time to consider Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” – composed for Furious 7 – a serious possibility for an original song nomination at the Oscars. The rap ballad, written for the late Paul Walker, just topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending April 25.
“See You Again” becomes one of the few songs written specifically for a film to top the Hot 100 in the last 15 years. The last Oscar-nominated song to top the chart before receiving a nomination was Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” form 8 Mile (2002), which won the Oscar.* While chart success has no direct correlation with Oscar success, exposure certainly can’t hurt; the sentimental angle might help, too.
Most chart points for “See You Again” come from streaming and sales; it sits atop the Digital Songs chart again, tops the Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs charts, and broke Spotify’s record for single-day streams with 4.2 million listens on April 13. The tune continues to climb on pop and rhythmic radio, too.
The Furious 7 soundtrack also tops the Billboard 200. Interestingly, the aforementioned 8 Mile was the last film with music to simultaneously top the song and album charts. A sign of things to come? “See You Again” does include a sample, according to the Los Angeles Times, but that didn’t stop Adele from winning for “Skyfall” from the film of the same name.
*Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 (2013) debuted on the Hot 100 just after receiving its original song nomination – and topped the chart just a few days before the ceremony.