JONFX has arms on Bill­board chart

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPLASH - By Kevin Jack­son

Mu­sic pro­ducer John “JONFX” craw­ford is cel­e­brat­ing the suc­cess of Arms Around You, a song that en­tered Bill­board charts this week. it is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Xxxtenta­cion, Lil Pump, Maluma and swae Lee.

Arms Around You made the Bill­board Hot 100 at num­ber 28; Stream­ing Songs Chart at num­ber 18; R&B Stream­ing Songs Chart at num­ber one; and Dig­i­tal Sales Chart at num­ber 18.

In an in­ter­view with splash, JONFX gave the story be­hind the song.

“Arms Around You was part of a set of records that I wrote and demo’d and would shop around or have other artistes sing to be pitched to ma­jor record la­bels. Xxxtenta­cion heard the demo and he put a verse on it. That ver­sion was later pitched to Maluma, who later recorded his part and after that Lil Pump, who was friends with Xxxtenta­cion, added a verse via pro­ducer Mally Mall, who also added Swae Lee,” he said.

Ex­ec­u­tives at Warner Bros sug­gested EDM mae­stro Skrillex be added as a co-pro­ducer to take the “record home”. The song’s pro­duc­tion cred­its are shared among Skrillex, JONFX and Mally Mall.

JONFX is not sur­prised at the re­sponse to the song which was re­leased in Oc­to­ber, four months after Xxxtenta­cion’s death at the hands of gun­men in South Florida.

“I’m just grate­ful be­cause all the artistes fea­tured are al­ready huge. But I am mostly grate­ful than sur­prised,” he said.

This is not his first suc­cess on Bill­board.

In 2010, he pro­duced Gyp­tian’s Hold Yuh and al­bum of the same name. Last year, he pro­duced Siz­zla’s

I’m Yours, which gave the artiste his high­est po­si­tion on the Bill­board Reg­gae Al­bum Chart, at num­ber two. He also mixed Xxxtenta­cion’ s hit Jo­ce­lyn Flores which peaked at num­ber 19 on the Bill­board Hot 100.

Craw­ford is also cred­ited as writer and en­gi­neer on three tracks — Alone Part 3, Smash and I Don’t Even Speak English LOL, from Xxxtenta­cion’ s plat­inum-sell­ing al­bum ?.

He first met Xxxtenta­cion, who was born in South Florida to Ja­maican par­ents, six years ago.

Vet­eran mu­sic in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tive Mur­ray Elias’ Mill Rock Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing is pub­lisher for Arms Around You. It is his first suc­cess on the Bill­board Hot 100 as a pub­lisher, hav­ing worked as an A&R with Sean Paul.

“This is a break­through for us. Its suc­cess puts us on the map as a pub­lish­ing com­pany. Hope­fully, peo­ple will now recog­nise us,” said Elias, who has worked with JONFX for the past eight years.

Other Ja­maican pro­duc­ers signed to Mill Rock Mu­sic are Jus­tus Arison and Dre Day.

Christof­fer Sch­larb, a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive at VP Records and Warner Bros, is co-owner of the com­pany.



Christof­fer Sch­larb

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