[113] Nava deliberately used lengthy shots so that viewers "would connect with the human endeavor of Beyoncé's awe-inspiring dance",[113] with all the changes in looks, angles, and lighting executed live on-camera because he wanted to keep the feel "very organic and un-gimmicky". [19] Michelangelo Matos of The A.V. [40] The two music videos premiered on MTV's Total Request Live show on October 13, 2008[7] to reinforce the concept of conflicting personalities. It has sold over 15.5 million digital copies worldwide to date and surpassed 300 million streams on Spotify as of May, 2020. [80] It was also nominated for Record of the Year at the 2009 Soul Train Music Awards,[76] Viewer's Choice Award at the 2009 BET Awards,[81] Best R&B/Urban Dance Track at the 2009 International Dance Music Awards,[82] and World's Best Single at the 2010 World Music Awards. [85] The song became Beyoncé's fifth solo single to top the Hot Digital Songs chart. [113] Both videos were shot in black-and-white in New York City and were directed by Jake Nava,[113] with whom Beyoncé had worked on previous music videos including "Crazy in Love" and "Beautiful Liar". Swift's acceptance speech was interrupted by rapper Kanye West, who grabbed her microphone to declare the "Single Ladies" video as "one of the best videos of all time". This is from Beyonce's I am Sasha Fierce video. [59] On The Village Voice's year-end Pazz & Jop singles list, "Single Ladies" was ranked at numbers three and forty one in 2008 and 2009 respectively. [89], The song was at the top of the chart for four non-consecutive weeks,[90] during the last of which digital downloads of "Single Ladies" increased by 157 percent to 382,000 units—its best week of digital sales. [159] Backed by her all-female band and her backing singers The Mamas, Beyoncé performed "Single Ladies" in front of 3,500 people during the 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé revue at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, in August 2011. ", "Beyonce And Lady Gaga Lead 2009 MTV VMA Nominees", "Living on in video – Music clip installation series looks behind the camera", "Beyonce wows in racy red costume at MTV Europe Music Awards", "Nickelback, Danny Fernandes Lead 2009 MMVA Nominations", "List of nominees for the 2009 MTV Awards", "BET Unveils the Best 100 Music Videos of 2009 – Notarized", "Beyonce Knowles video 'best of the decade, "The 10 Best '00s Music Videos: Poll Results", "2013 Super Bowl Countdown: Beyoncé's Top 10 Music Videos Ever! "[63] VH1 ranked "Single Ladies" at number sixteen on its list of The 100 Greatest Songs of the 2000s. Also read | Nora Fatehi Makes Thunderous TikTok Debut, Grooves To Beats Of Beyonce's Song | Watch. Popular songs costs around $100,000 alone. Beyonce? [129] The song also won Best Video at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards,[130] the 2009 MOBO Awards,[131] and the 2009 BET Awards. [201], During a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, Prince performed a mash-up of his 1984 songs "Pop Life" and "I Would Die 4 U", incorporating a sample of "Single Ladies". [20][21], "Single Ladies" is an uptempo dance-pop and R&B song with dancehall, disco and bounce influences. [184] In April 2013, YouTube phenomenon Psy did the dance routine during a concert in Seoul while wearing a red leotard and red boots. [45] Beyoncé goes out to celebrate with her friends in a club where she meets a new love interest. Find the US States - No Outlines … [112], The music video for "Single Ladies" was shot immediately after that of "If I Were a Boy",[40] but it received less attention during production than the "higher-gloss, higher-profile video" for "If I Were a Boy". Bigger Than Nickelback, David Cook", "Week Ending Nov. 23, 2008: Beyonce's Destiny–To Be Bigger On Her Own", "T.I. In the song, the female protagonist is in a club to celebrate her single status. [144] That night, Beyoncé was featured in a parody of the song's music video, where the two female backup dancers from the video were replaced by pop singer Justin Timberlake and SNL cast members Andy Samberg and Bobby Moynihan. [22] Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly magazine wrote that "Single Ladies" is a "giddy, high-stepping hybrid of lyrical kiss-off and fizzy jump-rope jam". [34] Towards the end of the song, Beyoncé takes a more aggressive vocal approach[22] and employs a middle eight as she sings, "And like a ghost I'll be gone". [157] "Single Ladies" was later performed by Beyoncé in a pink fringe dress at a concert at Palais Nikaia in Nice, France, on June 20, 2011,[158] and at the Glastonbury Festival on June 26, 2011. [100], "Single Ladies" was nominated for nine awards at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, ultimately winning three including Video of the Year. [40] The videos were released to other media outlets on the same date and subsequently included on Beyoncé's remix album with videography, Above and Beyoncé,[115] and the platinum edition of I Am... Sasha Fierce.[116]. [39] MTV News' James Montgomery wrote that "it appears like [the music video] was custom-made for the YouTube generation, which probably explains why making homages became a worldwide phenomenon. [77] The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized "Single Ladies" as one of the most performed songs of 2009 at the 27th ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Beyoncé's vocals range from the note of F♯3 to D5. [113] In the video Beyoncé wears a titanium roboglove designed by her long-time jeweler, Lorraine Schwartz, to complement her alter ego Sasha Fierce. [3] The day the video was shot, the song was divided into three parts. [74] It also won the awards for Favorite Song at the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards,[75] Song of the Year at the 2009 Soul Train Music Awards,[76] and Best R&B Song at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. [88] It tied her with Olivia Newton-John and Barbra Streisand at number six on the list of female artists with the most Hot 100 number one hits, as of 2010. [13] The two songs were released as a double A-side single on November 7, 2008, in Australia,[14] New Zealand,[15] and Germany. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” is a song from American singer Beyoncé’s third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008). It explores men's unwillingness to propose or commit. [28] According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, "Single Ladies" is written in the key of E major and played in a moderate groove of 96.9 beats per minute. 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We kept a lot of the Fosse choreography and added the down-south thing—it's called J-Setting, where one person does something and the next person follows. [34] However, her former boyfriend is watching her, and she directs the song to him. Awards. Beyoncé told Simon Vozick-Levinson of Entertainment Weekly that the inspiration for the video was a 1969 Bob Fosse routine entitled "Mexican Breakfast" seen on The Ed Sullivan Show, which featured Fosse's wife, Gwen Verdon, dancing with two other women. [122] Many performances of the song were filmed without interruption, and edited together to give the impression that the final video was filmed in a single take. [39][44] She reclaims her right to flirt, have fun, and find a lover who is more devoted than the previous one. It shows her in an asymmetrical leotard and high-heels, with two backup dancers, Ebony Williams[123] and Ashley Everett. [36] Trish Crawford of the Toronto Star concluded that "Single Ladies" is "a strong song of female empowerment",[37] and other music critics have noted its appeal to Beyoncé's fan base of independent women[34][38] as in the song, Beyoncé offers support to women who have split up from their no-good boyfriends. called the song single-worthy, and wrote that it is "a tune that actually sounds like a Beyoncé number". [105] On the Irish Singles Chart, it reached number four and enjoyed twenty weeks of charting, while on the Japan Hot 100 chart it made its way to number 25. Her man stepped up: After dating for two years, she and Jay-Z got married on April 4, 2008, about five months before this song was released. Billboard Hot 100 chart. [29] He concluded that "Single Ladies" was generally jubilant and that Beyoncé's vocals were pure and glimmering. Although Cudmore believes that the music video as a medium is "disappearing ... from the mainstream public eye", he accredited "Single Ladies" with its resurgence, and stated that after the video appeared on the Internet, people began to "consciously look for music videos because of its art". [41] Daniel Brockman of The Phoenix complimented the song's use of the word "it", and wrote that the technique "sums up her divided musical persona far more effectively than the [album's] two-disc split-personality gimmick. [10] Both singles were added to rhythmic contemporary radio playlists on October 12, 2008;[11] "Single Ladies" was sent to urban contemporary playlists the same day,[12] while "If I Were a Boy" was instead classified for contemporary hit radio. Music wrote that the video of "Single Ladies" was the top music-related viral hit of 2009. "[53] "Single Ladies" ranked as the second-best song of the 2000s decade in the magazine's 2009 readers' poll,[54] and Rolling Stone critics placed it at number 50 on the list of the 100 Best Songs of the Decade. Online placed the video at number one on their list of Beyoncé's ten best music videos writing, "[It has] All of the sex appeal. The six moves are the following: the spank, the pump walk, hip shake, wind down, pussy cat crouch, & put a ring on it. [205] As stated by a critic writing for the magazine, Bareilles put "a piano-pop" twist on "Single Ladies" and turned it "into a slow, jazzy track, complete with creeping bassline and vocal harmonies". [49] Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times was also impressed with the overall production of the song, specifically the chorus, adding "More than most female singers, Beyoncé understands the funky art of singing rhythmically, and this is a prime example. [26] It makes use of staccato bounce-based hand claps,[27][28] Morse code beeps,[25] an ascending whistle in the background,[29] and a punchy organic beat. [62] Sarah Rodman, writing for The Boston Globe, named "Single Ladies" the fourth most irresistible song of the decade, and stated, "[Beyoncé] combined leotards with crass engagement-bling baiting into one delicious sexy-yet-antiquated package. See … [107][111] "Single Ladies" was 2009's seventh best-selling digital single with 6.1 million units sold worldwide,[1] and is one of the best-selling singles of all-time. [109] "Single Ladies" appeared on several charts in mainland Europe, and peaked at number 20 on the European Hot 100 Singles chart. [120][125], The video features Beyoncé and her two companions dancing inside an infinity cove, which alternates between black and white and places the focus on the complex choreography. Rate 5 stars Rate 4 stars Rate 3 stars Rate 2 stars Rate 1 star . "[140] The music video was certified platinum by CRIA for shipment of sales 10,000 units. [34][37] Critics have compared the song to Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive", prompted by their lyrics, which all promote female empowerment. “’How is this happening and [choreographers] are not getting anything?’” Knight remembered asking himself at one point. When Beyoncé won the Video of the Year award later that night, she reminisced about when she won her first MTV award with her former group, Destiny's Child, and called the experience "one of the most exciting moments in [her] life". She even featured in Beyoncé's music video for her single, Spirit.. Wait a second, those royalties are going to whom? [176] Many videos featuring babies of different ages, imitating the dance choreography of "Single Ladies", have been uploaded on YouTube. [193] The song appears in the Marvel Studios film Doctor Strange. Are you ready to feel old? [38] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine criticized its lyrical inconsistencies, suggesting it is a "leftover" from B'Day. Faith Hill shared an epic throwback video of her daughter Audrey singing Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" in honor of the teen's 18th birthday today. A black-and-white music video accompanied the single's release. Who Is MTV News' Woman Of The Year? Knight has also choreographed for the likes of Tinashe, Pharrell Williams (for N.E.R.D.’s 2017 song “Lemon”), and Zara Larsson. [198] It was also covered by Jeff Tweedy[199] and British singer-songwriter Alan Pownall. The album as a whole generated several hits, including the assertive “ Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” and it contributed to Beyoncé’s dominance of the 2010 Grammy Awards. [117][118] "Mexican Breakfast" had become an Internet viral sensation the previous summer after Unk's "Walk It Out" was dubbed over the original mix. ", "Is one of the ladies in Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' video actually a man? The glove consists of several pieces, including a ring and a separate component that covers Beyoncé's upper arm. [204] Sara Bareilles covered the song as part of Billboard's "Mashup Mondays" and performed it as part of her set list on the 2010 Lilith Fair Tour. We’re getting used and abused.”, RELATED: Beyoncé’s Daughter Blue Ivy Was ‘Jamming’ to J Balvin’s Song ‘Mi Gente’ Before They Made the Remix, This past summer, Knight did something that no other choreographer before him has done: secure a copyright for a dance that he created. [196] The same year, elementary school group PS22 chorus covered "Single Ladies" and "Halo" (2009) during Billboard's annual Women In Music luncheon held at The Pierre in New York City. [145][146] On November 16, 2008, Beyoncé performed a medley of "If I Were a Boy", "Single Ladies", and "Crazy in Love" during the final episode of Total Request Live. [6] The song was released simultaneously with "If I Were a Boy"; as lead singles, they were meant to demonstrate the concept of the dueling personalities of the singer. [19] Echoing Levine's sentiments, Liss wrote that Beyoncé sounds "gleefully sassy". Blue has made several public appearances with her parents, including at red carpet events and glitzy award ceremonies. [102] Well, October 13th marks the 10 year anniversary of Beyoncé’s iconic hit, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” Let that sink in. [124] Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles, designed the high-cut leotards after seeing something similar in the American musical films A Chorus Line and All That Jazz. Fends Off Beyonce, Remains Atop Hot 100", "Chart Beat Thursday: Rihanna, Ludacris, Timbaland", "Search Results – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyonce", "Week Ending Oct. 28, 2012. The story behind Beyonce's iconic 'Single Ladies' song [3] In an interview with Billboard magazine, Beyoncé added that she was drawn to the song because of the universality of the topic, an issue that "people are passionate about and want to talk about and debate". [141] Footage of Beyoncé in the audience looking shocked was then shown. Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’ choreography isn’t original but she didn’t steal it—here’s the proof Put down the pitchforks, folks. “’How can I take my craft more seriously and protect myself?’”. If they're making parodies [of our work] just like they make parodies of politicians and presidents, that means it must be big time. For 'Single Ladies' Spoof", "Beyoncé lookalikes unwrapped in London", "Beyoncé 'Single Ladies' Remakes Still Coming In", "All the Single Babies: Why Do Tots Love Beyoncé? While there don't appear to be any costume changes in the video, there were actually quite a few … It was voted Best Dance Routine in the 2008 Popjustice Readers' Poll;[128] and won Video of the Year becoming the first black and white music video since Don Henley's The Boys of Summer, Best Choreography, and Best Editing at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. [96] It passed the 5 million sales mark in October 2012. [34] She then sings the chorus, which uses minor chords[41] and contains several hooks,[46] "If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it ... Oh oh oh". “Single Ladies,” conceptualized by singer-songwriter The-Dream, was recorded after Beyoncé secretly marriedJay-Z. [65] Jody Rosen of The New Yorker credited the melodies that float and dart over the thump for creating a new sound in music that didn't exist in the world before Beyoncé. [60] "Single Ladies" was named the best song of the 2000s decade by Black Entertainment Television (BET). [48] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian commended the threatening atmosphere that "Single Ladies" creates by using minor chords. [191] A mash-up video of the theme of "Single Ladies" and The Andy Griffith Show circulated on the Internet in early 2010. [192] In July 2010, the line "Put a Ring on It" was used by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS as the tagline for a female condom public awareness campaign in the US. "Single Ladies" has been used in various media including television shows, commercials and books. [40] Cubby, who is an on-air personality for Charlotte, North Carolina's 96.1 The Beat AM, based his parody on the SNL one. [36] Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker wrote that the song combines a jumble of feelings and sounds that "don't resolve but also never become tiring". It topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for four non-consecutive weeks and has been certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Its failure to win the Best Female Video category, which went to American country pop singer Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me", sparked controversy during the ceremony. [48] On the bridge, she affirms that she wants her new love interest "to make like a prince and grab her, delivering her to 'a destiny, to infinity and beyond'" while "Prince Charming is left standing there like the second lead in a romantic comedy". The song is actually Beyoncé's last solo No. Beyoncé’s unofficial theme song for Sex & The City, produced by North Carolinian crooner The-Dream.. Beyoncé and Jay Z got married in 2008—but didn’t tell anybody. [27] Describing the song as a "winning high-stepping" one, Adam Mazmanian of The Washington Times wrote that "Single Ladies" is designed to get the women out on the dance floor as Beyoncé sings it with "a genuinely defiant, independent voice". [206], On September 26, 2010, Kharizma sang their version of the song on the second series of The X Factor Australia,[207] and on May 31, 2011, Matthew Raymond-Barker sang the song live on the seventh prime of the second series of the X Factor France. [The dancers] had a plain background and it was shot on the crane; it was 360 degrees, they could move around. [139] Claire Suddath of Time magazine included it in her 30 All-Time Best Music Videos, writing that "sometimes the best creations are also the simplest". [19] On February 16, 2009, it was released as a CD single, and the dance remixes became available as a digital download. “We’re left to the life of Instagram posts and Twitter to prove we did the work, which is sad. British band Marmaduke Duke performed a cover version in April 2009 on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge show. [103] On August 7, 2020, "Single Ladies" was certified double-platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of over 1,200,000 copies. Media usage has included placement in popular television shows. Knight lamented that on top of not being compensated financially in a fair way, choreographers simply don’t have the same legal protections that artists, producers, and songwriters have. [165] On February 3, 2013, Beyoncé performed the song along with her former bandmates from Destiny's Child during the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show. ", "I Am...Sasha Fierce (Platinum Edition) (Incl. How The Church Of England Bought Into Beyonce’s All The Single Ladies And Justin Timberlake’s Sexyback. [37] The music video achieved fame for its intricate choreography[169] and its deployment of jazz hands with a wrist twist. [186] The song has been included in many television shows, including CSI: Miami,[187] Cougar Town,[188] and in two episodes in Glee. Choreography has been an integral part of pop music for decades, dating back to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video and beyond. [5], In "Single Ladies", Beyoncé portrays her alter ego Sasha Fierce, which appears on the second part of I Am... Sasha Fierce. JaQuel Knight, the architect of Beyoncé‘s “Single Ladies” dance, spoke out about this in a new cover story with Billboard. [7][22][23][24][25] While the first measure is in 34, it is set in common time 44 except for a change to 34 for one measure before the final chorus. She breaks down six steps of this craze. It's like the most urban choreography, mixed with Fosse—very modern and very vintage. Of course, it was “Single Ladies.”. [151], In July 2009, Beyoncé gave a concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where American actor Tom Cruise danced with her and her dancers as they performed the dance routine of "Single Ladies". It's epic and sexy and even a bit sad. [100] The song peaked at number seven,[101] and spent 112 weeks on the UK Singles Chart. [209] The film Sex and the City 2 features a performance of the song by American singer and actress Liza Minnelli. "[37] In February 2009, Columbia Records announced the launch of a "Single Ladies" Dance Video Contest. [97], "Single Ladies" debuted at number 81 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week ending November 29, 2008. "Single Ladies" won three Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year, among other accolades. [113] In an interview with Chandler Levack for Eye Weekly, Toronto director Scott Cudmore stated that the Internet age has impacted the way music videos are made, as well as perceived by an audience. [64] In his book Eating the Dinosaur (2009), Chuck Klosterman wrote that "Single Ladies" is "arguably the first song overtly marketed toward urban bachelorette parties". It's all about the dancing. [3] In an interview with MTV, Beyoncé expressed her appreciation of the public's response to the video, and stated that she had spent much time watching several of these parodies: "It's beautiful to feel you touch people and bring a song to life with a video. [87] The following week "Single Ladies" climbed to number one on the Hot 100 chart, selling 228,000 downloads, and became Beyoncé's fifth solo single to top the chart. [137] The video was voted Best Music Video of the Decade by MUZU.TV[138] It was voted fifth-best music video of the 2000s by readers of Billboard magazine. Read on to know more details about the story behind this unforgettable Beyoncé number. The song and particularly its music video have been widely parodied and imitated. [16] Dance remixes of the song were made available in the US on February 10, 2009,[17] and in Europe on February 16, 2009. The song charted among the top ten within the singles category in several other countries. [152] At the MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, 2009, Beyoncé performed "Single Ladies" backed by "an army of single ladies" on stage. [157], "Single Ladies" was first parodied in the November 15, 2008, episode of SNL, which featured Beyoncé. And I said, 'This is genius.' [28] Douglas Wolf of Time magazine added that "Single Ladies" is a sing-along which allows Beyoncé to demonstrate her virtuosity and "a focused, commanding display of individuality that speaks for every raised hand without a ring on it". [204] Describing it as his "most R&B work to date",[204] Turnage told Tim Rutherford-Johnson of The Guardian that he was motivated to put the "Single Ladies" reference in his work by his young son, a fan of the song. [113][120] The styling was inspired by a Vogue photo shoot. Several notable artists have performed cover versions. [194] In October 2009, it was released on Radio 1's Live Lounge – Volume 4, a compilation of Live Lounge recordings. [8] The singles debuted on US radio on October 8, 2008;[9] "Single Ladies" did so on mainstream urban New York radio station Power 105.1. [162][163] Ben Ratliff of The New York Times mentioned "Single Ladies" in the "almost continuous high point" of the concert. [104] As of November 2013, it has sold 704,000 copies in the UK. 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