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"Girls"
Single by Sugababes
from the album Catfights and Spotlights
B-side "Don't Look Back"
Released 20 September 2008
Format Download, CD single
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop, funk
Length 3:08 (radio edit)
3:11 (album version)
Label Island
Writer(s) Anna McDonald, Nicole Jenkinson, Allen Toussaint[1]
Producer Si Hulbert, Melvin Kuiters[2]
Sugababes singles chronology
"She's Like a Star"
(2008)
"Girls"
(2008)
"No Can Do"
(2008)
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"Girls" is a 2008 single by English girl group Sugababes. It was written by Anna McDonald and Nicole Jenkinson, and produced by Si Hulbert and Melvin Kuiters for the band's sixth studio album Catfights and Spotlights (2008), featuring an interpolation of Ernie K-Doe's record "Here Come the Girls," as written by Allen Toussaint.[2]

The single for "Girls" was released as the album's lead single on 6 October 2008 in the United Kingdom,[3] and features remixes by Fred Falke, Dennis Christopher and Funkerman.[3] A moderate chart success around Europe in comparison with previous single, the song peaked in the top-three in Estonia, and the United Kingdom, and reached the top-twenty in Ireland and Turkey as well as the top-fifty in several countries including Slovakia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.[4]

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Music video

The music video for "Girls" was directed by Daniel Wolfe, and premiered on The Box  in October 2008.[5] In the clip, bandmembers Amelle Berrabah, Keisha Buchanan and Heidi Range enjoy a girl's night out at a pole-dancing club, embraced by a "1980s disco style."[6] It features the girls dancing and performing, focusing more on the other dancers during the chorus and on the girls while singing their verses. During their verses, Amelle engages sensual dance moves with one of the fellow female dancers and Keisha teases a male dancer.[6]

While Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack contestant Latoya Satnarine is featured in a cameo appearance, Buchanan invited her boyfriend Dean Thomas to star in a suppoting role in the video.[7] As reported, Berrabah decided to have pole-dancing lessons before filming the video yesterday so she "wouldn't make a fool out of herself on the pole."[6] After recruiting female fans to star in the video, producers denied accusations they were being unfair by failing to pay those who starred in the video. A spokesman for the the band later stated: "No professional dancers are being asked to do anything for free. This is an opportunity for people who don’t dance for a living but who fancy their chances."[7]

Chart performance

In the UK, the song entered two weeks prior to its physical release, on downloads, at Number 8. The following week it climbed four more spots to Number 4. The week of 13 October 2008, it climbed one spot to Number 3. Girls marked their first lead single not to reach Number 1 since their debut Overload in 2000. It peaked at Number 12 in Ireland, and peaked so far at number 8 on MTV top 20 Chart. It has so far sold 179,363 in the UK.

Formats and track listings

UK iTunes digital single
(Released: 20 September 2008)

  1. "Girls" - 3:10
  2. "Girls" (Danny Dove & Steve Smart Club Mix) - 6:31
  3. "Girls" (Funkerman Mix) - 6:59
  4. "Girls" (Fred Falke Short Edit) - 6:56
  5. "Girls" (Dennis Christopher Club Mix) - 7:20
  6. "Girls" (Dennis Christopher Secret Club Mix) - 6:42
  7. "Girls" (Dennis Christopher Secret Dub Mix) - 6:42

UK CD single
(Released: 2008)

  1. "Girls" (Radio Edit) - 3:12
  2. "Don't Look Back" - 3:10
  3. "Girls" (Danny Dove & Steve Smart Club Mix) - 6:31
  4. "Girls" (Dennis Christopher Mix) - 7:20

UK CD promo
(Released: 2008)

  1. "Girls" (Steve Smart & Danny Dove Club Mix) - 6:30
  2. "Girls" (Funkerman Mix) - 6:58
  3. "Girls" (Fred Falke Radio Edit) - 6:54
  4. "Girls" (Dennis Christopher Club Mix) - 7:18
  5. "Girls" (Dennis Christopher Secret Club Mix) - 6:41
  6. "Girls" (Dennis Christopher Secret Dub Mix) - 6:40
  7. "Girls" (Original Radio Edit) - 3:12

European maxi single
(Released: 2009)

  1. "Girls" (Radio Edit) - 3:12
  2. "Girls" (Funkerman Mix) - 6:58

Charts

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Czech Airplay Chart[8] 47
Estonian Singles Chart[9] 2
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles[10] 10
Irish Singles Chart[4] 12
Slovakian Airplay Chart[11] 26
Turkey Top 20 Chart[12] 7
Ukrainian Top 40 Chart[13] 37
UK Singles Chart[4] 3
UK R&B Chart 1
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Year-end chart

Chart (2008) Rank
position
United Kingdom[14] 66
Preceded by
"Disturbia" by Rihanna
UK R&B Chart number-one single
5 October 2008 - 19 October 2008
Succeeded by
"Miss Independent" by Ne-Yo

Release history

Region Date Format
United Kingdom 20 September 2008 Digital download
6 October 2008 CD single
Australia 10 November 2008 Digital download
Netherlands 27 February 2009 CD single

References

  1. ^ Ernie K. Doe* - Here Come The Girls / A Long Way Back From Home
  2. ^ a b "Here come the Sugababes: listen to the new single now...". Popjustice. 2008-08-11. http://www.popjustice.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2840&Itemid=206. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  
  3. ^ a b "New single - GIRLS!". Sugababes.com. 2008-08-12. http://www.sugababes.com/site/news/381/new-single-girls. Retrieved 2008-08-18.  
  4. ^ a b c "Chart Performance". aCharts. http://acharts.us/song/37928. Retrieved 2009-04-18.  
  5. ^ "Dance for a Sarnie". Daily Star. 2008-08-27. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/goss/view/48828/Dance-for-a-sarnie/. Retrieved 2009-04-14.  
  6. ^ a b c "Sugababes learn pole-dancing for their sexiest video yet". Daily Mail. 2008-08-28. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1050272/Sugababes-learn-pole-dancing-sexiest-video-yet.html. Retrieved 2009-04-14.  
  7. ^ a b Lyons, Beverley (2008-08-29). "Sugababe Ropes In Boyfriend For Pole Role". Daily Record. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/music/music-news/2008/08/29/sugababe-ropes-in-boyfriend-for-pole-role-86908-20715602/. Retrieved 2009-04-19.  
  8. ^ "RADIO TOP100 Oficiální - Sugababes - Girls". IFPI CR. http://www.ifpicr.cz/hitparada/index.php?a=titul&hitparada=2&titul=146568&sec=98f11b7c0e31bff5f769971ae38f2568. Retrieved 2009-04-19.  
  9. ^ "Eesti Top 40". U-Pop Estonia. http://www.u-pop.ee/top/muusika/481. Retrieved 2009-04-19.  
  10. ^ "European Hot 100 Singles (2008-10-25)". Billboard. Billboard.biz. http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/charts/search/detailed_chart_display.jsp?g=s&cd=Mar-29-2008&f=European_Hot_100_Singles&model.chartId=3092943. Retrieved 2009-04-18.  
  11. ^ "RADIO TOP100 Oficiálna - Sugababes - Girls". IFPI CR. http://www.ifpicr.cz/hitparadask/index.php?a=titul&hitparada=18&titul=145210&sec=d7555ca1c7e5bffab331f2c0d935ce97. Retrieved 2009-04-19.  
  12. ^ "Turkey Top 20 Chart". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com.tr/pages/Turkiye_top20.aspx. Retrieved 2008-10-26.  
  13. ^ "13 Квітня 2009". FDR. http://www.fdr.com.ua/chart/top_40. Retrieved 2008-11-13.  
  14. ^ "UK Year-End Chart 2008". UK Chart PLus. http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk/ChartsPlusYE2008.pdf. Retrieved 2009-04-19.  

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