Ex-Factor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Ex-Factor"
A woman crouching down with the white short-skirted dress, bracelets, and necklaces.
One of UK cover arts
Single by Lauryn Hill
from the album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Released December 8, 1998
Format CD single
Recorded December 1997
RPM Studios, Chung King Studios
(New York)
Marley Music, Inc.
(Kingston)
Genre R&B, neo soul, hip hop soul
Length 5:27 (album version)
4:38 (radio edit)
Label Ruffhouse, Columbia
Writer(s) Lauryn Hill
Producer(s) Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill singles chronology
"Doo Wop (That Thing)"
(1998)
"Ex-Factor"
(1998)
"Everything Is Everything"
(1999)

"Ex-Factor" is the second single from American recording artist Lauryn Hill from her debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998). The song incorporates elements of R&B, neo soul and hip hop soul. Released by Ruffhouse and Columbia Records, the song features a sample of "Can It Be All So Simple", a song by the band Wu-Tang Clan.

The song also raised some controversy surrounding claims that it was about former bandmate Wyclef Jean of The Fugees.[1]

Background[edit]

"Ex-Factor" was written and produced by Lauryn Hill and it features replayed elements of "Can It Be All So Simple" performed by Wu-Tang Clan.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

Holly Miranda covered the song on her EP Choose to See, which was included with the purchase of her 2010 album The Magician's Private Library.[3]

In 2009, British R&B/soul singer Nate James covered the song on his album Revivals.

In 2012, American recording artist Beyoncé covered the song during her Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live residency at Revel Atlantic City. She again performed the song on her and Jay-Z's On the Run Tour.

Teyana Taylor sampled some parts in her 2011 song "Her Room (Marvin's Room Remix)".

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "Ex-Factor" [Album Version] - 5:27
  2. "Ex-Factor" [Part II Remix] - 4:38
  3. "Ex-Factor" [A Simple Mix] - 4:37
UK CD2
  1. "Ex-Factor" [Radio Edit] - 4:38
  2. "Ex-Factor" [A Simple Breakdown] - 4:10
  3. "Lost Ones" [Remix] - 4:17
Australian single
  1. "Ex-Factor" [Radio Edit] - 4:38
  2. "Ex-Factor" [Album Version] - 5:27
  3. "Ex-Factor" [Instrumental] - 5:27
  4. "Ex-Factor" [Callout Hook #1] - 0:10
  5. "Ex-Factor" [Callout Hook #2] - 0:05

Chart performance[edit]

Although not as successful as her previous single "Doo Wop (That Thing)", the song still garnered widespread success, and acclaim. This song spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at 21 on the week of April 10, 1999. It also charted on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, spending 31 weeks and peaking number 7 on March 13, 1999.[4] It reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[5] 51
Germany (Media Control Charts)[6] 52
Ireland (IRMA) 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 40
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 46
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 22
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 21
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[4] 7

Personnel[edit]

Source:[2]

References[edit]

External links[edit]