Cheryl Cole told the Daily Star that the song is her favourite from the new album, and that it "gives me goosebumps". Kim Dawson, a writer for the same publication, said that it was "one of their best yet". The Daily Star described the song as "classy electronic Euro-pop with real edge" in their exclusive track by track review of Tangled Up on 7 November 2007. Digital Spy also praised the song, calling it "more tasteful than some of the more lurid, poke-you-in-the-eyes pop glories of previous hits".
More recently the song won the 2008 Popjustice £20 Music Prize
The video was directed by Sean de Sparengo, who previously directed Take That's video for "I'd Wait for Life". It was filmed in Malibu, California, and features the girls in purple dresses performing on Malibu Beach at night with flames and white fabric surrounding them.
The girls are also shown in different locations with individual story lines. Cheryl is simply seen looking out of a sunny window. Kimberley is sat in front of a mirror, putting on make-up. Her boyfriend comes to get her and they hug, though Kimberley appears to be sad. Nadine is seated on a couch, flipping through photographs with her and a man. She takes a lighter to the photos and sets them alight. Nicola is lying down by a swimming pool, running her fingers through the water. Her boyfriend walks up to her with a bouquet of flowers tosses them into the water. Sarah watches her boyfriend in the shower and goes through his phone.
|CD1: Fascination / 1749896 (UK)|
|1.||"Call the Shots"||3:43|
|2.||"Rehab" (Jo Whiley Live Lounge cover)||3:42|
|CD2: Fascination / 1753047 (UK)|
|1.||"Call the Shots"||3:43|
|2.||"Call the Shots" [Xenomania Club Mix]||4:50|
|3.||"Blow Your Cover"||3:27|
|4.||"Call the Shots" [Video]||3:43|
|UK iTunes Exclusive Download|
|1.||"Call the Shots" [Tony Lamezma's Sniper Mix]||7:22|
"Call the Shots"
|Album Version|| Tangled Up, |
"Call the Shots" single
|Xenomania Club Mix||"Call the Shots" single|
|Tony Lamezma's Sniper Mix||UK iTunes Exclusive Download (No longer available)|
On week dated 2 December 2007, "Call The Shots" climbed to number three in the UK Singles Chart. The single stayed at number three the following week, but fell to number five in its fourth week. Through the Christmas week, the single managed to stay in the top ten, charting at number nine. A week later, it climbed back up two places to number 7. The following week, it did not move and remained at number 7, meaning the single spent 7 consecutive weeks in the top ten but the following week, it fell to #11. It was the 59th best seller in the UK in 2007. By the end of February 2008, the single was still in the UK Singles Top 40 at #38. On 2 March 2008, the single had climbed back up 4 places to number 34.
The song also entered the Croatian Singles Chart at number seventeen on downloads and rose to number eight and then number two before coming number one. The song also reached number one on the Slovenia Radio Chart. The song debuted at number forty-four in the Irish Singles Chart on downloads only, rising to number nine a week later.
|Croatian Singles Chart||1|
|Slovenian Airplay Chart||1|
|Estonian Singles Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||3|
|Hungarian Viva Chart||3|
|Singapore Airplay Chart||8|
|El Salvador Radio Charts||8|
|European Hot 100 Singles||9|
|Irish Singles Chart||9|
|Ukraine Single Charts||11|
|Slovenian Single Chart||12|
|Cyprus Airplay Chart||13|
|Polish National Top 50||16|
|Lithuanian Radio Chart||21|
|Belarus Airplay Chart||23|
|Bulgarian Top 40||24|
|Maltese Airplay Chart||27|
|Romanian Singles Chart||38|
|UK Year End Singles Chart (2007)||59|
The band performed the track live at the following events: