Blame It

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"Blame It"
Single by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain
from the album Intuition
Released January 26, 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre R&B, hip hop, electropop
Length 4:50
Label J
Writer(s) James T. Brown, John Conte, Jr., Jamie Foxx, Christopher Henderson, Brandon R. Melanchon, Terius Nash, Breyon Prescott, David Ballard, Christopher Stewart, T-Pain & Nathan L. Walker
Producer(s) Christopher "Deep" Henderson.[1]
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Jamie Foxx singles chronology
"She Got Her Own"
(2008)
"Blame It"
(2009)
"I Don't Need It"
(2009)
T-Pain singles chronology
"Holla Holla"
(2008)
"Blame It"
(2009)
"I'm on a Boat"
(2009)
Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain's "Blame It" from Intuition

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"Blame It" is a song by American singer/actor Jamie Foxx, released as the second official single from his third studio album, Intuition. (2008) It features singer T-Pain and was written by Christopher "Deep" Henderson, Nate Walker, James T. Brown, John Conte Jr., David Ballard and Brandon Melanchon and produced by Christopher "Deep" Henderson. Both Jamie Foxx and T-Pain use the Auto-Tune effect. T-Pain also uses some elements from "I Luv Your Girl" by The-Dream. The song received many accolades and nominations, including a win for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 52nd Grammy Awards.

"Blame It" is the most successful single from the album, peaking at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and has topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for 14 consecutive weeks making it the second longest-running number 1 song on the chart. "Blame It" has sold over one million downloads.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Hype Williams[citation needed] and premiered at 106 & Park on Friday February 25, 2009. Cameo appearances in the video are made by Ron Howard, Forest Whitaker, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Quincy Jones, Cedric the Entertainer, Morris Chestnut, Clifton Powell, Alex Thomas, DeRay Davis, Joe, Mos Def, Tatyana Ali, Jalen Rose, Bill Bellamy, Ashley Scott, Electrik Red, Dawn Richard, Keshia Knight Pulliam and LeToya. BET named it their No. 1 music video for 2009 on their year-end Notarized countdown, beating out videos from artists such as Jay-Z, Maxwell, Alicia Keys and Young Money.[3]

Promotion[edit]

He performed this song with T-Pain at the BET Awards and won the award for Best Collaboration. He also performed this at the 52nd Grammy Awards with T-Pain and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By a Duo/Group W/ Vocals.

Chart performance[edit]

"Blame It" rose rapidly to the top spot on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart,[4] becoming Foxx's first number one on the chart as a lead artist, and his third including featured credits. "Blame It" broke the record for the longest-running No. 1 song ever on the chart by a male artist. It spent fourteen consecutive weeks at No. 1 before finally being knocked off by Jeremih's "Birthday Sex". It is tied with "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey, "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" by Deborah Cox and "Pretty Wings" by Maxwell as the second longest-running song ever on the chart. Only "Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige spent more time at number one, with 15 weeks.

On the Billboard Hot 100, the song peaked at number two, behind the Black Eyed Peas' Boom Boom Pow which topped for the Hot 100 for 12 weeks, [5] making it his second top ten, but first top five hit on the chart as a lead artist[5] and his highest peak on the chart (following two No. 1s as a featured artist). The song sold one million downloads in 14 weeks in the United States. In Canada, it peaked at number seven on the Canadian Hot 100.[6] After consistently remaining in the Hot 100's Top 20 for more than twenty weeks, "Blame It" took a sudden fall from number 22 to 34 in mid-July.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 83
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 7
New Zealand (RIANZ)[8] 29
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[9] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16[10]

Cover versions[edit]

Post-hardcore band Of Mice & Men covered the track for the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 3, which was released on November 2, 2010.

It was also covered by the cast of Glee for the second season episode "Blame It on the Alcohol".

It is also reinterpreted as part of the polka medley "Polka Face" on "Weird Al" Yankovic's 2011 album Alpocalypse.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "samgoody.com welcome coupon – Intuition Jamie Foxx / CD / 2008". FYE. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Week Ending April 26, 2009: 3 Million Downloads In Record Time – Chart Watch". New.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  3. ^ Black Entertainment Television's. "Notarized: Top 100 Videos 2009". Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  4. ^ a b "Jamie Foxx Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jamie Foxx Album & Song Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Jamie Foxx Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 4 May, 2009 (Issue 1001)". Australian Recording Industry Association. May 4, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart
  9. ^ "Jamie Foxx Album & Song Chart History: Pop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Year End Charts – Year-end songs – The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 

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