On Somebody

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"On Somebody"
Max's logo is colored yellow and placed in front of a black background. On the bottom-left is a broken red heart with the words "On Somebody" written in cursive.
Promotional single by Ava Max
ReleasedDecember 30, 2019 (2019-12-30)
  • Cirkut
  • Evigan
Audio video
"On Somebody" on YouTube

"On Somebody" is a song by American singer Ava Max. It was released through Atlantic Records as a promotional single on December 30, 2019. The electropop song was written by Max, Lisa Scinta, Nate Cyphert, and producers Cirkut and Jason Evigan, with lyrics describing the difficult nature of moving on from a relationship. "On Somebody" peaked at number 35 on the New Zealand Hot Singles chart.

Background and composition[]

"On Somebody" was released on December 30, 2019, prior to Max's performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve the next day.[1][2] The song was written by Max, Lisa Scinta, Nate Cyphert, and producers Cirkut and Jason Evigan.[3] It is an electropop song,[4] with lyrics describing a person struggling to move on from a failed relationship.[1] "On Somebody" begins with Max singing the opening line, "Heartbreak. Heartbreak is a motherfucker",[2][4] which is accompanied by a harpsichord with fuzzed-out vocal treatment throughout the duration of the song.[5]


India McCarty from Soundigest described "On Somebody" as "interesting", based on how Max details a relationship.[4] Idolator staff Mike Nied listed the song as one of his favorite tracks by Max, which he described the chorus as "relateable".[2] Writing for Paper, Michael Love wrote that while the song's lyrics were a "tried-and-true narrative", he commended the production for containing surprises which kept the song interesting.[5] "On Somebody" peaked at number 35 on the New Zealand Hot Singles chart dated January 13, 2020.[6]

Credits and personnel[]

Credits adapted from Apple Music metadata.[3]

  • Amanda Ava Koci – vocals, songwriting
  • Henry Walter – production, songwriting
  • Jason Evigan – production, songwriting
  • Lisa Scinta – songwriting
  • Nate Cyphert – songwriting


Chart performance for "On Somebody"
Chart (2019) Peak
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[6] 35


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b "Ava Max releases her last new song of 2019, 'On Somebody'". ABC News Radio. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c Nied, Mike (December 30, 2019). "Ava Max Deals With Breakup Blues On New Bop 'On Somebody'". Idolator. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Ava Max (December 30, 2019). On Somebody (Apple Music). Atlantic Records.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b c McCarty, India (January 8, 2020). "Ava Max On Somebody: New Single Explores Heartbreak". Soundigest. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b Love, Michael (January 3, 2020). "Bops Only: 10 Songs You Need to Start Your Weekend Right". Paper. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  6. ^ Jump up to: a b "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
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