"4 Minutes" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her eleventh studio album Hard Candy. It was released as the lead single from the album on March 17, 2008 by Warner Bros. Records and features American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake and Timbaland who also co-wrote and produced the song. It was mixed by Demacio Castellon. The single scored Madonna her 37th Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit, making her the artist with the most Top 10 hits in the history of the chart, surpassing Elvis Presley. In the UK, she retained her record for the most number one singles for a female artist, this being her 13th. The video has been one of the most watched videos on YouTube in 2008, and the most watched video of Madonna's career, with over 50 million views in just 6 months, as of October 8th, 2008.
Despite the title, the song lasts slightly more than four minutes while the radio version lasts around 3 minutes.
The single officially debuted on radio on March 17, 2008, and was released digitally in the UK on the same day. It was released digitally worldwide (except USA) on March 18, 2008 and in the US on March 25, 2008. The song was also used for a television advertisement for Sunsilk that began to air on March 17. The song was also included in the 2008 film Get Smart as well as being used in the end credits (and here is where the "4 Minutes to Save the World" title comes into play: in the film, the song is used to relay a message to Maxwell Smart about a bomb that's about to detonate in the Walt Disney Concert Hall). The Music Video has been viewed over 50 million times as of October 8th, 2008.
"4 Minutes" debuted at number twenty-three on United States' CHR/Top 40 National Airplay radio chart. It was also that chart's most added song of the week, with over seventy new stations. "4 Minutes" debuted at number eighteen on the Radio & Records Pop Chart on March 26, 2008.
"4 Minutes" has also become a success in Oceania. "4 Minutes" made its debut at number-three on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, and ascended to its peak at number-one two weeks later, where it spent three consecutive weeks. "4 Minutes" has since been certified Platinum by ARIA for sales in excess of 70,000 copies. In New Zealand "4 Minutes" made its debut at number-fifteen on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart, and ascended into the top ten in its third week on the chart. "4 Minutes" eventually reached its peak at number-three in its fifth week. "4 Minutes" is certified Gold by RIANZ for sales in excess of 7,500 copies.
"4 Minutes" Madonna's 61st UK hit single made its debut on the Official UK Singles Chart at number-seven on March 23, 2008 based on download sales alone. On April 20, 2008, 5 weeks after release it finally made No.1, "4 Minutes" became Madonna's record-breaking 13th number one single, and spent four consecutive weeks at number-one. To date, "4 Minutes" has sold 411,060+ downloads/singles in the UK and is so far the 5th best selling single in the UK of 2008. "4 Minutes" is also her most successful single in the US to date.
"4 Minutes" became Madonna's first Top 10 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 since "Hung Up" in 2005 and her highest-charting U.S. single since "Music" in 2000. With the song Madonna scored her 37th Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit, making her the artist with the most Top 10 hits in the history of the chart, surpassing Elvis Presley. Based on its first week of airplay, the song made its debut on the U.S. Mediabase Top 40/Pop Airplay Chart at number 23 with an airplay bullet of over 2000. The single jumped from number 68 to number three on the Billboard Hot 100, spurred by digital download sales. The song sold 217,000 in its first week of wide release and entered the Hot Digital Songs chart at number two. The single has reached number one on both Hot Digital Songs and Hot Digital Tracks. It has sold over 2,000,000 downloads in only a few weeks, and was certified Platinum by the RIAA on June 12, 2008. It is Madonna's first Platinum single since Hung Up. In July of 2008, it reached double platinum status in the US. Her last single to reach double platinum status was Vogue. In Spain, the single was certified 3x Platinum for more than 60,000 downloads.
The music video was filmed in four days at Black Island Studios in London: January 30, 2008 with Timbaland and from January 31 to February 2, 2008 with Madonna and Timberlake, directed by French duo Jonas & François (Justice's "D.A.N.C.E."), with choreography by Jamie King.
The music video begins with Timbaland performing his opening lines, in front of a screen showing exactly four minutes in the format of minutes:seconds:frames (SMPTE). A black graphic line seems to destroy his speaker equipment, turning the vibrating part to dust, and liquefying the volume knob. After some brief scenes of Madonna and Timberlake standing faced back to the camera, it shows Madonna leaning on car while pushing it back into a house where Timberlake and Madonna both sing while removing a piece of clothing as the black graphic line that supposedly has 'got' Timbaland follows them both, the people living in the house seem oblivious to the black crystalline background as it turns their skin and part of their flesh transparent. Madonna and Timberlake then jump out the window (the fact that the house is just a set is not hidden as the other side of the window is shown to be a set) and end up in car junk yard where they begin to dance and evade the black shapes at the same time, as a dancing duo stand on top of a car (Japanese hip-hop dancing duo "Hamutsun Serve). Their fate is unknown, but supposedly they are eaten away by the black background as well. After this they both run into a supermarket while the same black background follows them, Madonna and Timberlake begin singing in the aisle of the supermarket while shoppers carry on as normal. Madonna and Timberlake move on to start dancing on the conveyor belt at the checkouts. Madonna is then seen (legs only) walking through an office building while the black background stalks her. They then run into a bathroom and remove another piece of clothing while the black background follows outside, they then run out of the bathroom and appear to walk in to the same room Timbaland was seen in before, they immediately start performing choreography in front of the screen, now counting down from four minutes. They continually dance and remove a final piece of clothing from each other as the black background comes at them from both sides. The video ends with the black background finally catching up to them while they stop dancing and move closer to each other, as it starts to turn their skin and flesh transparent, Timberlake's chest disappearing to reveal his ribcage, and the right of Madonna's jaw disappearing.
The video has been nominated for a VMA at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in the "Best Dancing In A Video" category
As of September 12, 2008, the video is the 14th most watched music video by an artist on YouTube.
|Germany||April 11, 2008||CD|
|France||April 14, 2008||CD|
|Australia||March 17, 2008||Digital download|
|April 18, 2008||Remixes Digital download|
|April 19, 2008||CD|
|United Kingdom||March 17, 2008||Digital download|
|April 21, 2008||CD|
|June 2, 2008||12" Picture disc|
|Worldwide||March 18, 2008||Digital download|
|United States||March 25, 2008||Digital download|
|April 15, 2008||Remixes Digital download|
|April 29, 2008||CD single|
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||1|
|Austrian Singles Chart||2|
|Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart||1|
|Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart||1|
|Canadian Hot 100||1|
|Dutch Singles Chart||1|
|Billboard Eurochart Hot 100||1|
|Finnish Singles Chart||1|
|Finnish Download Chart||1|
|French Singles Chart||1|
|German Singles Chart||1|
|Greek IFPI Singles Chart||1|
|Israeli Singles Chart||1|
|Italian FIMI Singles Chart||1|
|Japanese Oricon International Singles Chart||1|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||3|
|Norway Singles Top 20||1|
|México Top 100 Singles Chart||1|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||1|
|Polish National Top 50||1|
|Portuguese National Top 50||1|
|Romanian Top 100||1|
|Russian Airplay Chart||5|
|Spanish Singles Chart||1|
|Swiss Singles Chart||1|
|Turkey Top 20 Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||3|
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Airplay||1|
|Spain||3 x Platinum||60,000|