(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me

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"(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me"
Single by Sean Paul featuring Keyshia Cole
from the album Step Up - Soundtrack / The Trinity / Just Like You (U.K. Version)
Released 4 July 2006
Format CD single
Recorded 2005
Genre Reggae fusion
Length 4:04
Label Atlantic/VP Records
Writer(s) S. Henriques, D. Bennett, N. Staff
Producer(s) D. Bennett
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Sean Paul chronology
"Never Gonna Be the Same"
"(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me"
"Break It Off"
Keyshia Cole chronology
"(When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me"
"Last Night"

"(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" (known as "Give It Up to Me" in its solo version) is a reggaedancehall song written by Sean Paul for his third album The Trinity (2005). The single meant to be released after "Temperature" was "Breakout", but was switched to "Give It Up To Me" to promote the film Step Up. It is the fourth U.S. single taken from the album and the fifth UK single. It was a split single with "Never Gonna Be the Same", which was released outside the North America in June 2006 but it was finally released worldwide in October 2006. The version released as a single (the one called "(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me", in order to differ from the album version) was a collaboration with Keyshia Cole and the song was a single from the Step Up film soundtrack. Despite The Trinity being re-released just before the single release, the version with Keyshia Cole did not make the album, despite a "radio version" being added.

The single climbed as high as number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart upon its release in the U.S. in the summer of 2006. This became Sean Paul's 6th Top 10 hit and 1st Top 10 hit for Keyshia Cole.

On 30 October 2006, the song was officially released as a single in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

US Track listing

  1. "(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" (featuring Keyshia Cole) [radio version]
  2. "(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" [instrumental]

UK Track listing

  1. "(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" (featuring Keyshia Cole) [radio version]
  2. "Get Busy" [Sessions at AOL version]
  1. "(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" (featuring Keyshia Cole) [radio version]
  2. "(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" [instrumental]
  3. "Like Glue" [video mix]
  4. "Get Busy" (featuring Fatman Scoop & Crooklyn Clan) [Clap Your Hands Now remix - street club long version]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Little X and filmed in a gym, which the director describes as "fun and exciting." Sean Paul and Keyshia Cole dance throughout the video, usually separate, and with their own dancers. Around the middle of the video, the three stars of the new dance film, Step Up, Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Drew Sidora appear. Jon Cruz and Rufino Puno of Super Cr3w, from America's Best Dance Crew (Season 2) can be seen late in the video breakdancing.


  • The song was used with a Shane Sparks routine on the Second Season of So You Think You Can Dance. The routine was used for the Top 20 on the final results show.
  • "Give It Up To Me" was #37 on Billboard's Year End Hot 100.
  • The song was also used during the evening gown competition in the Miss Universe 2007 pageant.
  • The song is Cole's biggest hit (her biggest hit as a solo artist would be Let It Go).


Chart (2006) Peak
position [1]
Australian Singles Chart 17
Czech Singles Chart [2] 12
French Singles Chart 25
Finnish Singles Chart 4
Irish Singles Chart 47
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[3] 32
UK Singles Chart 31
US Billboard Hot 100 2
US Billboard Pop Songs 8
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 5
US Billboard Rap Songs 1
US Billboard Pop 100[4] 6


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Platinum 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Sean Paul's Tempature: Chart Positions". Archived from the original on 6 August 2006. Retrieved 30 May 2006. 
  2. ^ Čns Ifpi
  3. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200641 into search.
  4. ^ "Sean Paul – Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "American single certifications – Sean Paul – Give It Up To Me". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  6. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Sean Paul – Give It Up To Me". Music Canada. 

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