Bust Your Windows
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|"Bust Your Windows"|
|Single by Jazmine Sullivan|
|from the album Fearless|
|Released||September 16, 2008
(see release history)
|Format||Digital download, CD single|
|Genre||R&B, Soul, Tango|
|Length||4:26 (album version)
3:43 (radio edit)
|Label||J, Puppy Love, Arista|
|Writer(s)||Jazmine Sullivan, Salaam Remi|
"Bust Your Windows" is the second single by R&B singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan from her debut Grammy-nominated album Fearless. It was available as a digital download on Amazon.com in the U.S. on the September 16, 2008. It was then later released as a promo CD on November 15, 2008 after it was sent to radio stations for airplay around the U.S..
Music and structure
"Bust Your Windows" is a midtempo R&B song with moderate Latin beat. The song is set in common time with a moderate tempo of 107 beats per minute and is written in the key of F minor. Sullivan's vocal range spans from F3 to Eb5.
Background and critical reception
The single so far has received positive reviews. Billboard gave it a positive review saying, "Philly newcomer Jazmine Sullivan is the first female in two years to top Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with a debut—"Need U Bad"—not to mention No. 1 R&B album "Fearless." Theatrical yet believable, the 22-year-old follows with the midtempo "Bust Your Windows," emoting one of the most challenging vocals from a female R&B artist this year. Sullivan's husky voice floats effortlessly over an eerie underlining violin score, originating from a sample of producer Salaam Remi's composition "Bad Man Waltz." With two Billboard Hot 100 singles on the charts (and climbing), the prime-time drama that is Sullivan's music deserves to have a second season picked up. She's on fire and set to become one of the heralded new acts of the year." It features a part from Inglesina.
Slant Magazine also had a very positive reaction saying that: "The R&B answer to Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," Sullivan's current single, "Bust Your Windows," finds the singer following the American Idol winner's lead by taking a crowbar to her ex's car, but where Underwood's song scans like a pipedream, Sullivan exposes the reality beneath the revenge fantasy: "Oh, but why am I the one who's still crying?" Salaam Remi, who produced part of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, contributes to the song's emotional weight with ominous, noir-style string samples—which, it should be noted, are taken from his own extensive oeuvre and used throughout Fearless." This song was number 58 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.
With "Bust Your Windows" finally attaining a belated UK release on September 7, 2009, meanwhile, noted R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning 'Blues & Soul' described it as a "Flamenco-flavoured, controversial woman's anthem".
The song interpolates the lyric "Now watch me you" from Soulja Boy Tell 'Em's signature song "Crank That (Soulja Boy)". The song features Jazmine on both lead and backing vocals. "Bust Your Windows" was also nominated in the Best R&B Song category for 2009's Grammy Awards Epinions reviewed the song:
It's the first hip-hop/R&B song set to a tango backdrop and it fits it perfectly. She slowly builds up a story of breaking the windows out of the car of her ex, who she caught with another woman. She realizes that what she's doing is wrong, that the relief from the pain she feels will be fast and fleeting, but one thing is for certain: a woman scorned, especially this one, is not to be messed with.
The musical layers are deceptively intricate, with a unison string/woodwind line that continually evolves throughout the song and a very simple vocal harmony mix that moves into a call and response against Jazmine's pleas.Neither the facets scream for attention but repeated listens bear out just how well they framed this song.
Commercial reception and promotion
The single, fueled by strong radio airplay, managed to peak at #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart, becoming her second consecutive Top 5 single on that chart.
"Bust Your Windows" debuted at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100 issued for week 43 of 2008. The single also became her second consecutive Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when it spent a total of 5 weeks within the top 40. It peaked at #31 and holds the record for Jazmine's highest-peaking single on the chart, so far. The success of the song on this chart continued for weeks on end and it eventually dropped out in early 2009, spending a total of 15 weeks charting.
Elsewhere, "Bust Your Windows" gave Jazmine her second consecutive top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Chart - where it peaked at #18. As well as her second consecutive top 30 hit on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Songs Chart - where it peaked at #22.
On September 16, 2009, Fox featured "Bust Your Windows" in their new early fall hit Glee. The show's teenage love triangle leads Mercedes (Amber Riley) to break into her own dream-state music video singing Sullivan's 2008 hit.
The song was also featured in the movie Step Up 3D.
The song was covered by a contestant on The Voice UK in May 2013 and caused the song to enter the charts for the first time.
It features scenes of adultery involving Jazmine's boyfriend in the video mimicking the song and song lyrics. The video, however, does not feature Jazmine physically busting out car windows, as fans expected but instead the intense emotion of the song is displayed through Jazmine breaking wine glasses on a table; there is also a trail of glass leading up to the bedroom where she discovered what would bring out this feeling of rage within her.
The setting of the video is dark and features harsh coloured gases passing through the air whilst Jazmine is singing – adding the sense of anger and depression that the video is meant to bring out in the song. Other scenes feature her boyfriend's guilty conscience of what he's done – namely when he hesitantly looks himself in the mirror.
The video, as of August 2013, has received about 8,755,000 views on Jazmine's YouTube channel, alone, making it her most viewed video on her channel so far.
The video was also placed at #46 on BET's "Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2008" countdown.
US 12" vinyl
(88697-42906-1; Released: 2008)
- "Bust Your Windows" (Main Mix) - 3:43
- "Bust Your Windows" (Instrumental Version) - 3:43
- "Bust Your Windows" (Remix Ft. The-Dream) - 3:49
Australia CD single
- "Bust Your Windows" (Main Mix) - 3:43
- "Need U Bad" (Remix Ft. The-Dream) - 3:49
Bad City Rollerz did a club mix released in the U.K. under the name Jazmine Sullivan Bust your windows (BCR Club Mix)
Trey Songz has covered this song, releasing the underground track as a response from the male antagonist in the original song by Sullivan. Skillz has also made a remix, which contains additional vocals by Sullivan (though is not the official remix). Chamillionaire has also produced a freestyle called "Car Windows" which features Chalie Boy. Jim Jones, Busta Rhymes and Gorilla Zoe have also made remixes to the song. Ace Hood has also recorded a freestyle over this song.
On May 4, 2010, Jed305 posted a remake of this song, "Bust the windows out your car for some chicken"[dead link]. It became a YouTube sensation and had over 4.6 million views as of September, 2011.
- Written by: Jazmine Sullivan, Salaam Remi, DeAndre Way
- Produced by: Salaam Remi
- Recorded at: Phantom Bot Studios, Los Angeles, Instrumental Zoo, Miami
- Orchestral arrangement by: Stephen Coleman
- Instruments: Vincent Henry, Salaam Remi, Ron Feuer
- Backing vocals by: Jazmine Sullivan
|Australian ARIA Physical Singles Chart||54|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||31|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult R&B Songs||22|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||63|
|UK R&B (The Official Charts Company)||15|
|United States||September 16, 2008||Digital||J Records, Puppy Love, Arista|
|United States||November 15, 2008||12" Vinyl||J Records, Puppy Love, Arista|
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