Though the two acts are different musically -- Blink-182 sporting alternative rock/pop-punk songs vs. Aoki’s EDM house music -- the DJ merges the genres in the new track, which was released Wednesday (Aug. 31).
The song quickly rose to the top of the Trending 140 the morning after the song debuted thanks to Instagram posts from Blink-182 singer/bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Aoki said collaborating on a song with Blink-182 was a long time coming. “Once I heard they were back together working on this album, I had to get in [producer John] Feldmann's studio with them and chop it up…The thing is, I love every song on the new album and I’d probably remix all of them because I'm that much of a fan boy,” he said.
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The original “Bored to Death” was highly successful for Blink-182, peaking at No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart for five straight weeks (beginning on the chart dated July 9), No. 6 on Hot Rock Songs (dated May 21) and No. 2 on Rock Airplay (dated July 16), as well as becoming the band’s first top 10 on Mainstream Rock Songs, peaking at No. 6 (dated Aug. 6). The song also charted on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 85 (July 23).
Blink-182’s album California debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 186,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week (chart dated July 23), 172,000 of which were pure album sales.