"Beep" is the third single released by American recording group the Pussycat Dolls' from their debut album PCD. "Beep" was a moderate hit worldwide, having charted within the top twenty on the majority of the charts it entered. "Beep" became the group's third Billboard top twenty hit, having reached a peak position of #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
This is one of the first singles by the Pussycat Dolls that features two other singers with solo parts. Carmit Bachar and Melody Thornton sing a verse of the bridge towards the end of the song. Its main riff is sampled from Electric Light Orchestra's "Evil Woman" written by Jeff Lynne.
Beep was referenced in the 2007 movie Epic Movie. There are bikini-clad women singing in the similar style of PCD with a tune that sounds similar to "Beep".
The track's name comes from the monotone censorship-style beeps added at the end of most lines in the chorus (there are three different tones). The beeps are not censoring lyrics which were actually sung, intentionally leaving the listener to fill in the blanks; the song does not have an "explicit" version.
As with most songs featured on PCD, Nicole Scherzinger sings lead vocals. This is the first Pussycat Dolls single to feature solo verses from another doll besides Scherzinger, with Carmit Bachar receiving the second chorus and Melody Thornton the third. Following Bachar's departure from the group, Jessica Sutta, Kimberly Wyatt, and Ashley Roberts have taken her solo section, with Jessica singing the first line, Kimberly the second, and Ashley the third.
In the United Kingdom, "Beep" debuted and peaked at number-two on the UK Singles Chart becoming the Dolls' third consecutive top 3 hit, but spent a relatively short 11 weeks on the chart. "Beep" was also a success in Ireland where it peaked at number-two on the Irish Singles Chart, thanks to the song's success in the United Kingdom. This makes "Beep" the dolls' third consecutive top 3 hit there, and was the final single released from the album to chart within the top 3.
"Beep" was also successful across Oceania. In Australia "Beep" debuted and peaked at number-three for two non-consecutive weeks on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, becoming the group's third consecutive top 3 hit there also, and was certified Gold by ARIA for sales in excess of 35,000 copies. "Beep" was ranked as the 24th highest seller in Australia for 2006, and was one of four songs to have made the Australian ARIA Year-End Singles Chart for 2006 along with "Stickwitu", "Buttons" and "I Don't Need A Man". In New Zealand, "Beep" debuted at number twenty-five on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart, and the following week ascended to its peak at number-one where it spent seven consecutive weeks, becoming the group's third consecutive number-one hit there. "Beep" ended as the year's second highest seller, and is the group's most successful single there to date.
"Beep" was also a success in Europe and reached a peak position of number-two on the European Hot 100. "Beep" performed the best in Belgium where it topped the singles chart for a week becoming the Dolls' second number one single there after "Don't Cha". "Beep" was also a success in the Netherlands where it peaked at number-two for two consecutive weeks, becoming the Dolls' third consecutive song to have peaked at number-two following its predecessors, "Don't Cha" and "Stickwitu". "Beep" reached the top 5 in Norway, the top 10 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France, and the top 20 in Sweden.
"Beep" reached a peak position of number-five on the United World Chart and gained has 2.893.000 points.
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|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart||1|
|Swedish Singles Chart||15|
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|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||13|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay||38|
|World Airplay Chart||7|
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|World Dance/Trance Top 30 Singles||5|
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|French Singles Chart||10|
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