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Definition of middle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1: equally distant from the extremes : medial, centralthe middle house in the row
a: constituting a division intermediate between those prior and later or upper and lower Middle Paleozoic
b: constituting a period of a language or literature intermediate between one called Old and one called New or ModernMiddle Dutch
4of a verb form or voice : typically asserting that a person or thing both performs and is affected by the action represented

Definition of middle (Entry 2 of 2)

1: a middle part, point, or position
2: the central portion of the human body : waist
3: the position of being among or in the midst of something in the middle of the crowd
4: something intermediate between extremes : mean
5: the center of an offensive or defensive formationespecially: the area between the second baseman and the shortstop
middle of nowhere
: an extremely remote and isolated place ran out of gas in the middle of nowhere
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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmiddlemid‧dle1 /ˈmɪdl/ ●●●S1W2 noun1 →the middle2 →the middle3 →the middle4body [countable usually singular] the part of your body around your waist and stomachsomebody’s middleHe was holding a towel around his middle.5 →be in the middle of (doing) something6 →in the middle of something7 →in the middle of nowhere8 →divide/split something down the middle →piggy in the middleExamples from the Corpusmiddle• But by the middle of the night, the alcohol will be metabolized and the rebound effect will set in.• It was very hard work and during the middle we had a water fight.• Time spent in taking stock is time well spent, even in the middle of a hectic day.• The group also is in the middle of a $ 45,000 project to renovate a pagoda in the ancientquarter.• Somewhere in the middlelies the case for change.• I had a spell in the middle of the season when I was useless.• The officeblock was in the middle of a hellishwhirlwind.• Going through the middle of Tokyo in the rush hour can be a nightmare.• "Did you enjoy the movie?" "It was OK but I got a little bored towards the middle."• Gary rowed out towards the middle of the lake.• The state built 10 prisons from the opening of San Quentin in 1852 until the middle of the last decade.• It was the middle of summer.middlemiddle2 ●●●S1W2 adjective [only before noun]1MIDDLEcentrenearest the centre and furthest from the edge, top, end etcdriving in the middle lane of the motorwaythe middle drawer of the filing cabinet2TIME/AT A PARTICULAR TIMEtime/eventhalf of the way through an event or period of timeThey spent the middle part of their vacation in Florida.the middle part of the day3scale/range between two extremelevels or positions, for example between the best and worst, the biggest and smallest etca car in the middle price rangethe middle ranks of the armya middle-income family4 →in your middle twenties/thirties etc5 →middle brother/child/daughter etc6 →middle course/way etc7 →Middle English/French etcExamples from the Corpusmiddle• Life expectancy for all patients is middleage, and heartfailure is the leading cause of death.• Secondly, she never lived to middle age.• A white carpet ran down the middleaisle of the church.• The middleassassinfired even as she dropped.• Instead, it was a realmiddleclass, of diverseorigins, pushed to the fore by changing conditions.• You'll find the scissors in the middledrawer of my desk.• It's in the middle drawer of the filecabinet.• Jane was wearing a goldring on her middlefinger.• The constituency's middle ground is a mess.• We also recruit some assistant food and beveragemanagers with experience directly into middlemanagement positions.• In the organizational hierarchy of the past, middle managers were the people who remembered things, who passed on corporateculture.• There were three of children in my family, and I was the middle one.• I missed the middle part of the movie.Originmiddle2Old Englishmiddel
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The Middle (Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey song)

2018 single by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

"The Middle" is a song by Russian-German record producer Zedd, American country singer Maren Morris and American musical duo Grey. It was written by Sarah Aarons, Zedd, Grey and The Monsters and the Strangerz, with production handled by the latter three. The song was released commercially for digital download and streaming on 23 January 2018 by Interscope Records. It reached the top ten of the charts in the US, the UK and several other countries. It was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Background and development[edit]


The song was first revealed in an accompanying interview of Zedd's cover shot for Billboard, published on 10 August 2017. Zedd played interviewer Chris Martins unreleased material in a studio, one of which was "The Middle", which featured co-writer Sarah Aarons as a demo singer.[3]

On 11 January 2018, Zedd teased the song on social media, saying: "Hey guys, it's that time again. I wanted to show you a preview to my brand new song. Check it out," after which he played a short snippet of the song.[4][5] The collaboration was officially announced via social media on 19 January 2018, along with the single artwork,[6][7] which Zedd teased a day earlier without a title on it.[8][9]


Zedd said in a press release that they "worked really hard on this record to get it just right". He also opened up about the opportunity to work with both collaborators, stating that working with Maren Morris was "super fun because she is clearly an amazing singer and very talented musician", and that he loves working with Grey because they strive to "make the best music possible".

Morris added: "Zedd was so great to work with and so easy-going, it felt like we'd been working together for years. The sound is reflective of my many influences as an artist – a little bit country, little pop, little R&B, relatable, emotional and catchy as hell. There are no limits with this song and I can't wait to see how the fans react." She revealed in a statement that she recorded her vocal for the song with Zedd in Nashville "several weeks ago" before the song's release. Grey admitted that they faced a few obstacles during production, but they "kept fighting for it" because the song was special.[10]

Vocal demos[edit]

The song was recorded by Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Anne-Marie, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo, Bishop Briggs, Bebe Rexha, Lauren Jauregui, Daya, Charli XCX and Elle King before Morris was chosen for the final version. Stefan Johnson, one-fifth of production team The Monsters and the Strangerz, stated that "it was a super long process". Jordan Johnson of the same team added: "We never lost the feeling for that song. Even a year later, I, as a creator hadn't gotten tired of it. It was special."[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Kat Bein of Billboard opined that the song is "relatively sparse with cute, lively flourishes", writing that it has "definite sonic similarities" to Zedd's previous song "Stay".[12]Rolling Stone's Brittney McKenna deemed the song "an infectious earworm" in which Morris "strays from her country roots". She felt that the "Nineties R&B-indebted, vocoder-driven chorus" recalls the sound of "Stay", and that Morris "deftly occupies the new, poppy space".[13] Hugh McIntyre of Fuse found Morris' appearance on the track surprising, "considering the genres she primarily works in", as he praised Morris for "supplying vocals perfectly". He felt that it "leans a lot more pop than electro", which makes the song more appealing to a broader variety of listeners. Regarding the song "an easy-to-love electronic smash" and "a slightly reductive mix" of "Stay" and "Starving", he noted that it is "not entirely original" due to its "reminiscence of what the musicians have delivered before".[14] Similarly, Madeline Roth of MTV News called the song "a poppy earworm" and a combination of "Stay" and "Starving", which is "catchy as hell and practically destined for radio domination".[15] Mike Nied of Idolator wrote that the song "blends elements of country and EDM" and praised Morris for providing "impassioned vocals".[16] Billy Dukes of Taste of Country described the song as "an unlikely combination of EDM, '90s pop and modern country music".[17]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video, directed by Dave Meyers, was premiered via Target's commercial space during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.[12][18] On 25 April, Zedd released a vertical video on YouTube.[19] The dancing was choreographed by Nadine "Hi-Hat" Ruffin, with 50 dancers featured including Lele Pons, Jade Chynoweth, and Willdabeast Adams. More than 400 extras worked on the video.[18]


Two months later, a remix EP was exclusively released on Beatport containing remixes by DJ Marc Benjamin, DJ Bougenvilla, DJ Curbi, DJ UNKWN, & DJ Maliboux.

Live performances[edit]

On 28 April 2018, Zedd and Maren Morris performed the song live for the first time at the Omnia nightclub in Las Vegas.[20][21] On 20 May 2018, all three artists performed the song at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.[22] Morris performed the song with Taylor Swift at the Arlington stop of Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour on 5 October 2018.[23] On 26 October 2019, Jess Moskaluke and the Hunter Brothers performed the song at the opening ceremonies of the NHL's Heritage Classic in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached No. 5 on BillboardHot 100.[25] It has sold 771,000 copies in the United States as of February 2019.[26]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "The Middle" – 3:04
  1. "The Middle" – 3:05
  2. "The Middle" (instrumental) – 3:02


Credits adapted from Tidal.[27]



Region CertificationCertified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[105]3× Platinum 210,000
Belgium (BEA)[106]Platinum 30,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[107]Platinum 40,000
Canada (Music Canada)[108]4× Platinum 320,000
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[109]Platinum 90,000
France (SNEP)[110]Gold 100,000
Germany (BVMI)[111]Gold 200,000
Italy (FIMI)[112]Platinum 50,000
Mexico (AMPROFON)[113]Platinum 60,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[114]Platinum 30,000*
Portugal (AFP)[115]Gold 5,000
Sweden (GLF)[116]Gold 4,000,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[117]Platinum 600,000
United States (RIAA)[118]3× Platinum 3,000,000
Japan (RIAJ)[119]Silver 30,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^Burchard, Jeremy (23 January 2018). "Hear Maren Morris' Infectious New Pop Track 'The Middle'". Wide Open Country. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  2. ^Braca, Nina (14 June 2018). "Here Are the Lyrics to Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey's "The Middle"". SPIN. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  3. ^Martins, Chris (10 August 2017). "Zedd, Dance Music's Anti-Bro, on Making Hits for Selena, Kesha and Liam and Why DJs Should 'Speak Up' On Trump". Billboard. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  4. ^Bein, Kat (12 January 2018). "Zedd (Sort Of) Teased His New Single: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  5. ^Meadow, Matthew (11 January 2018). "Zedd Posts Maddeningly Short Clip Of His Next Single To Tease Fans". Your EDM. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. ^Bein, Kat (19 January 2018). "Zedd Announces 'The Middle' With Maren Morris & Grey". Billboard. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  7. ^Sterling, Scott (19 January 2018). "Zedd & Maren Morris Announce New Collaboration 'The Middle'". CBS Radio. Archived from the original on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  8. ^Bein, Kat (18 January 2018). "Zedd Teases Artwork on Twitter, Fueling New Music Speculation". Billboard. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  9. ^Macke, Johnni (18 January 2018). "Zedd May Have Just Dropped A Big New Music Hint". People's Choice Awards. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  10. ^Sands, Nicole (23 January 2018). "Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey Team Up with Target to Debut New Single 'The Middle'". People. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  11. ^Halperin, Shirley (23 April 2018). "'The Middle' Is a Hit for Marren Moris, After Demi, Camilla, Bebe Don't Make the Cut". Variety. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  12. ^ abBein, Kat (23 January 2018). "Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey Lose Their Heads Over Love on 'The Middle': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  13. ^McKenna, Brittney (23 January 2018). "Hear Maren Morris Sing on Vibrant New Zedd Song 'The Middle'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  14. ^McIntyre, Hugh (23 January 2018). "Zedd Borrows From Past Hits for New Maren Morris-Assisted Single 'The Middle': Listen". Fuse. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  15. ^Roth, Madeline (23 January 2018). "Maren Morris Goes Pop On Zedd's Addictive New Song 'The Middle'". MTV News. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  16. ^Nied, Mike (23 January 2018). "Zedd Teams Up With Maren Morris & Grey On Their Infectious "The Middle"". Idolator. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  17. ^Dukes, Billy (23 January 2018). "Maren Morris Makes EDM Debut With Zedd, 'The Middle' [Listen]". Taste of Country. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  18. ^ ab"Target Just Made #MoreMusic Magic Again! See How our GRAMMY Performance Came to Life". Target Corporation. 28 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  19. ^Zedd (25 April 2018). "Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey - The Middle (Vertical Video)". Retrieved 30 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  20. ^Hughes, Hilary (29 April 2018). "Zedd & Maren Morris Perform 'The Middle' Together Live For the First Time: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  21. ^Gray, Mark (29 April 2018). "Maren Morris, Zedd Perform 'The Middle' Live for First Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  22. ^Weatherby, Taylor (14 May 2018). "Ed Sheeran, Maren Morris and Zedd Revealed as 2018 Billboard Music Awards Performers". Billboard. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  23. ^Kaplan, Ilana (6 October 2018). "See Maren Morris, Taylor Swift Team for Soulful Rendition of 'The Middle'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  24. ^"Sarah Aarons wins Four APRA Awards The Complete Winners List". noise11. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  25. ^"The Hot 100". Billboard. 28 April 2018.
  26. ^Bjorke, Matt (20 February 2019). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Sales Chart: February 20, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  27. ^ abc"The Middle / Zedd TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  28. ^ ab"Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey: The Middle (2-Track) (Maxi-CD) — jpc" (in German). jpc. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  29. ^"Australian-charts.com – Zedd / Maren Morris / Grey – The Middle". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  30. ^"Austriancharts.at – Zedd / Maren Morris / Grey – The Middle" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
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  32. ^"Ultratop.be – Zedd / Maren Morris / Grey – The Middle" (in Dutch). Ultratop Dance. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  33. ^"Ultratop.be – Zedd / Maren Morris / Grey – The Middle" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  34. ^"Ultratop.be – Zedd / Maren Morris / Grey – The Middle" (in French). Ultratop Dance. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  35. ^"Ranking: 20/08/2018 - 24/08/2018" (in Portuguese). Crowley Broadcast Analysis. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
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