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Shake It Off

"Shake It Off" is a song co-written by American singer Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Johnta Austin, and recorded for Carey's fourteenth album, The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). It was co-produced by Carey, Dupri and Cox. It was released as the album's third single in 2005 (see 2005 in music).

Release and reception

"Shake It Off" was released to mainstream top 40 contemporary hit radio in the United States on July 12 2005. The remix of the song was produced by DJ Clue—who had produced the remix for Carey's previous single, "We Belong Together"—and features rappers Jay-Z and Young Jeezy. It was released for paid download on July 20.

Todd Burns of Stylus magazine said that the song was "sultry". Bill Lamb of About.com said it was "little more than a pleasant piece of pop fluff [...] it is unlikely to be one of Mariah Carey's more memorable hits. Yahoo! Music's Dan Gennoe called the song "Usher-lite", a criticism shared by Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine: she called "Shake It Off" as "Usher by way of Dupri", and grouped it among "the songs [on the album] that don't work [...] in which Mariah too heavily bites on the styles of her successors". Blender magazine ranked it thirty-eighth on its 100 Greatest Songs of 2005 list.

Chart performance

In the United States, "Shake It Off" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number sixty-six, the week's highest debut. In its seventh week on the chart, it reached number two behind Carey's previous single, "We Belong Together", marking the first time a female lead artist occupied the top two positions of the Hot 100. "Shake It Off" was at the number two position for six weeks, and it stayed on the Hot 100 for twenty-six weeks. On Billboard magazine's 2005 Hot 100 year-end chart, the single was at number fifteen.

The song was less successful outside the U.S. It reached the top five in New Zealand and number six in Australia, and was issued as a double A-side with "Get Your Number" in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, where it reached number nine and the top twenty, respectively.

Music video

The single's video was directed by Jake Nava and begins with Carey learning of her boyfriend's infidelity. She informs him on the PDA that she is breaking up with him, packs her bags, and leaves the apartment. Carey stops near a restaurant, and then appears in a bus speaking on her PDA, with Chris Tucker as the man in the passenger's seat. Behind the car, a sign reading "Hollyhood" comes into vision, and the video is intercut with scenes of her boyfriend accompanied by other women. Carey is then shown on bleachers at a high school baseball game. She writes "MIMI" on one of the bleachers and the letters transform into a large shiny "MIMI" sign made of lights, which Carey dances and sings in front of. In the final scene, she approaches the ocean on a beach, shaking off her dress in the process.

The video was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in 2006, in the category of Best R&B Video, which it lost to Beyoncé Knowles's "Check on It".

Charts

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 6
Irish Singles Chart 1 15
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 5
UK Singles Chart 1 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 23
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 2

1 "Shake It Off"/"Get Your Number"

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States July 12 2005 promo single
United Kingdom October 3 2005 CD single
digital download

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