"Magic" is a song by AmericanR&B singer Robin Thicke. The song was produced in 2008 for Thicke's third studio album, Something Else. Its live instrumentation varied; including conga, horn and violin. The song's lyrics refer to a someone reversing their lovers past hurts in relationships. The song was written by him along with his wife Paula Patton and James Gass. The track was sent to radio on May 20, 2008 and is the album's lead single. The song was introduced on July 13, 2008 at the Miss Universe 2008 pageant. It was the background music for the 'Evening Wear' competition of the pageant. The song is also used on the most recent Samsung U900 Soul advert for the summer, the 2008 UAAP Cheerdance Competition in the Philippines, sponsored by Samsung, and the leading food service company Jollibee to celebrate on its 30th anniversary. The song was featured on the 2011 film Jumping the Broom.
"Magic" was sent to radio May 20, 2008. The song debuted on the US R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart on May 29, 2008 at number 90, and has peaked at number six, giving Thicke his second top ten on the chart. The song debuted on the Hot 100 charts on June 19, 2008 at number 88. After falling from the chart and re-entering same, it ultimately peaked at 59. It has also entered the Canadian Hot 100 chart at number 98 and peaked at number 60. The remixed version, "Magic Touch", otherwise known as the "Moto Blanco Remix" has charted on the US Hot Dance Club Play peaking at number two.
Despite mixed reviews, the song progressed up and down the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number 10 at its peak. Billboard.com gave it a positive review, saying, "The song's strongest force is an infectious, throbbing synth-guitar hook from Dr. Luke, who seamlessly fuses B.o.B's verses with a chorus by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo that demands a singalong. The result is stellar." The reviewer at TinyMixtapes.com said that "'Magic' is magnificently, triumphantly corny, enough to give Steve Miller and that guy from The Outfield a run for their money. 'Magic' isn't good by any stretch of the imagination, but it is goofily enjoyable." In his album review for Spin, Kenny Herzog wrote, "The Adventures of Bobby Ray is a hip-hop Scary Movie, tossing off references (Vampire Weekend sample, Rivers Cuomo cameo) while struggling to establish a distinctive identity." Pitchfork questioned "the appearance by Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, whose creepily blank vocals on 'Magic' sound like the engineer has a gun to his head".The Guardian's Paul MacInnes wrote that "all the Chris Martinesque piano lines and calibrated guest appearances – from Weezer's River Cuomo to Janelle Monáe – can't obscure an absence of soul throughout."