Bossy (Lindsay Lohan song)

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"Bossy"
Single by Lindsay Lohan
Released May 27, 2008
Format Digital download
Genre Dance-pop, electropop
Length 4:11
Label Universal Motown
Writer(s) Shaffer Smith, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Hermansen
Producer(s) Ne-Yo, StarGate
Lindsay Lohan singles chronology
"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)"
(2006)
"Bossy"
(2008)

"Bossy" is a song by American recording artist Lindsay Lohan. The song was written by Shaffer Smith, known by his stage name Ne-Yo, while additional writing and song production was done by Stargate members Mikkel Storleer Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen. After leaking online in the beginning of May 2008, Universal Motown officially released the song to media outlets, while its digital single was released on May 27, 2008. The song draws musical influence from the electropop and dance-pop genres; it is about a woman being strong enough to get what she wants when she wants it. "Bossy" attained generally mixed critical reception upon release. Critics generally praised the attitude of the song, but considered the song less catchy than Lohan's previous efforts. "Bossy" managed to peak at number 77 on the Canadian Hot 100, and became Lohan's first song from her entire career to reach number one on the United States' Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.

Background

A 22 second sample of the song's chorus, which features Lohan singing over an electropop background with simple drums.[1]

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"Bossy" was written by Shaffer Smith, known by his stage name Ne-Yo, while additional writing and song production was done by Stargate members Mikkel Storleer Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen.[2] In the beginning of May 2008, a clip of the song leaked on YouTube. As a result, Universal Motown released the full song to media outlets on May 7, 2008.[1] In an interview with Billboard, Ne-Yo revealed that he was approached by the label to write a song for Lohan: "I gotta admit, we were like ... Lindsay Lohan?' I mean, I've written for Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Celine Dion and ... Lindsay Lohan? But I will say this; we gave her a quality record and she did a ridiculously fabulous job. I was so shocked I had to call her and apologize for what I was thinking because she did so good. I think the world is gonna be surprised."[3] In an interview with People Magazine, he revealed the song "it's basically about a woman being strong enough to get what she wants when she wants it. In this case, 'Bossy' is a term that describes confidence and power."[2] "Bossy" was digitally released on May 27, 2008,[4] and is set to appear on Lohan's third studio album.[2]

Reception

"Bossy" received mixed reviews from music critics. A Billboard review said "the track spotlights the raspy-voiced singer's dominating side as she rhymes about liking things her way over simple drums",[1] while Nick Levine of Digital Spy considered "Bossy" as an "electro-dance-pop [song] with attitude",[5] but commented that it "isn't pop gold – the chorus lacks a bit of oomph and Lohan's vocals still aren't convincing – but it's the first Lohan tune we'd be prepared to listen to more than once. That, we suppose, is enough to constitute a small step forward".[5] Kate Brandli of Blogcritics said "Bossy" "is not nearly as good or as catchy as Miss Lohan's previous musical attempts",[6] while commenting that its lyrical content "is an obvious reflection on Miss Lohan's relationship with the paparazzi. As Miss Lohan sings in the lyrics, she does what she wants, she controls them, and not vice versa. Unfortunately, Miss Lohan's logic is not entirely correct—neither party has the authority to boss the other around. That is, sadly, the price of fame these days—once people want in, they want total access and exposure. With some individual's antics, like Miss Lohan and Britney Spears, it is difficult to garner sympathy for them".[6] "Bossy" reached number 77 on the Canadian Hot 100,[7] and became Lohan's first song from her entire career to reach number one on the United States' Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.[8] The song also managed to peak on the Global Dance Tracks component chart.[9]

Track listing

  • Digital download[10]
  1. "Bossy"  – 4:10

Charts

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 77
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[8] 1
Ukraine (FDR Dance)[11] 12

References

  1. ^ a b c "Lindsay Lohan Gets 'Bossy' On New Track". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. May 8, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Laudadio, Marisa; Herndon, Jessica (May 7, 2007). "Listen to Lindsay Lohan's New Song 'Bossy'". People Magazine. Time Inc. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ne-Yo Says Lindsay Lohan Track Will 'Surprise'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. May 8, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Amazon.com: Bossy: Lindsay Lohan: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. May 27, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Levine, Nick (May 29, 2008). "Lindsay Lohan gets 'Bossy'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Brandli, Kate (June 25, 2008). "Lindsay Lohan Hits The Studio". Blogcritics. Technorati, Inc. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Canadian Hot 100 : Jun 14, 2008 – Subscription Required". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Dance Club Songs : Oct 25, 2008 – Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Global Dance Tracks — Subscription Required". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. November 8, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bossy – Single by Lindsay Lohan". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. May 27, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Ukrainian Chart". FDR. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2010-07-13.