band DNCE , released on September 18, 2015, through Republic
Records. It serves as the lead single from their debut EP
SWAAY. The song has sold 500,000 copies as of February
"Cake by the Ocean" was written by Joe Jonas and Justin Tranter ,
while its production was handled by Mattman and Robin. Lyrically,
the song originated from the producers' misunderstanding of the
phrase "sex on the beach", which they mistakenly referred to as
"cake by the ocean."
A music video for "Cake by the Ocean", directed by Gigi Hadid
and Black Coffee, was released in October 2015. Christina
Garibaldi of MTV wrote that "DNCE— Joe, Joo Lee, Cole Whittle
and Jack Lawless— perform their song in front of a giant piece of
cake on the beach. Soon, a bunch of hot women wearing bikinis
join 'Team DNCE' lather up and get their cake fighting faces on
as they meet their competition: The Fat Jew ."
On January 31, 2016, DNCE performed a 1950's inspired version
of "Cake by the Ocean" as part of Fox's television musical Grease:
Live as Johnny Casino and The Gamblers.