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Check on It

"Check on It" is a song by American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles, featuring American rapper Slim Thug. It was written by Knowles, Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, Sean Garrett, Angela Beyincé and Stayve Thomas, and produced by Knowles and Swizz Beatz for the soundtrack of the 2006 film The Pink Panther, in which Knowles co-stars. Although not included on its soundtrack album, the song is included on Destiny's Child's greatest hits album #1's and on selected non-U.S. versions of Knowles' second solo studio album, B'Day.

Background

Knowles said that the song started out as a joke, and that the title "Check on It" was jokingly used with her and her management before they decided to turn it into a song. It is on her set list for her tour The Beyoncé Experience, where she performs the first verse A cappella and the chorus with full instrumental.

Release and reception

"Check on It" was released on Knowles' former group Destiny's Child's greatest hits, #1's'. It was not originally intended for release as a single from the album #1's. However, it received heavy rotation in US radio stations than the first single, "Stand Up for Love". Because of this, "Check on It" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 2005. A remix of the song was made, which features fellow Houston artist Bun B.

"Check on It" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in its twelfth week on the chart, becoming Knowles' third number-one as a solo artist and Slim Thug's first. The single remained at number-one for five consecutive weeks, tying Canadian singer Daniel Powter's 2005 single "Bad Day" for the longest-running number-one single in 2006. It was certified four times platinum by the RIAA for net shipment of 800,000 paid downloads. "Check on It" achieved crossover success, peaking at number one on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Dance Club Play charts, and at number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It also reached number one on the Pop 100, becoming Knowles' first entry on the chart. It was the eighth most played song of 2006 on the radio, being played 290,231 times.

It became Knowles' fifth top-twenty hit in Canada in late 2005, and in February 2006 the song climbed to number twenty on the Canadian BDS airplay chart for a second time. The song reached the top five in Norway and the Netherlands, the top ten in Europe, Switzerland, Austria and Brazil, and the top twenty in Germany and Sweden. In the UK the song debuted at number four before rising to number three the week later, selling 122,500 copies. The single peaked at number two on the United World Chart selling 3.764.000 copies.

Music video

When demand was growing for the song, Knowles shot a music video serving as promotion for both #1's and The Pink Panther. The video was directed by Hype Williams, and was premiered on December 16 2005. The remix of the song in the music video features a remix of "The Pink Panther Theme" and a rap from Bun B. The video has a pink theme, with Knowles shown in mostly all pink (to fit in with The Pink Panther), and the dancers wear PVC jackets and dance around rippling satin sheets. The video cuts to Knowles wearing a polka dot corset against a hot magenta polka dot wall. Where black bars normally appear on a 4:3 (full screen) television showing a widescreen production, footage is displayed of curtains moving in the background.

"Check on It" won on August 31, 2006 the 2006 MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video.

Formats and track listing

CD single

  1. "Check on It" (Album version) – 3:32
  2. "Check on It" (Junior Vasquez Club Mix) – 8:33
  3. "Check on It" (Maurice Nu Soul Mix) – 6:01
  4. "Check on It" (King Club Mix) – 6:49
  5. "Check on It" (Bama Boyz Remix) – 3:54

Charts

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart 10
Belgium UltraTop 50 9
European Singles Chart 6
Finnish Singles Chart 6
French Singles Chart 32
German Singles Chart 11
Irish Singles Chart 2
Dutch Top 40 5
New Zealand Singles Chart (RIANZ) 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
Swedish Singles Chart 11
Swiss Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 1
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1

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