Get Busy

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"Get Busy"
Single by Sean Paul
from the album Dutty Rock
B-side Remix
Released 4 March 2003
Format CD single, CD maxi, 12-inch single
Genre Reggae, dancehall, reggae fusion
Length 3:32
Label 40/40 Records (Jamaica)
VP/Atlantic Records
(U.S. and International)
Writer(s) Sean Paul Henriques, Steven "Lenky" Marsden
Producer(s) Steven "Lenky" Marsden
Sean Paul singles chronology
"Make It Clap"
(2003)
"Get Busy"
(2003)
"Like Glue"
(2003)

"Get Busy" is a 2003 dancehall song by Jamaican dancehall reggae toaster Sean Paul, from his album Dutty Rock. The song was one of the many hits from the jumpy handclap riddim known as the Diwali Riddim, produced by then-newcomer Steven "Lenky" Marsden, and was the only song that never made the "Diwali" rhythm album on Greensleeves Records as it was more than likely a late entry.

Paul described it as "...mainly a party song. It's not all about smoking weed." "Get Busy" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from 10 May 2003, preceded by "In Da Club" by 50 Cent and followed by "21 Questions" by 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg. It was performed live on Saturday Night Live in May 2003.

Remix[edit]

The official remix, "Get Busy (Clap Your Hands Now Remix)", features rapper Fatman Scoop and The Crooklyn Clan, the remix uses the instrumental of Sean Paul's previous single,"Gimme the Light", on the near end of the song.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Get Busy" (directed by Little X) was shot in Woodbridge, Ontario, and released in February 2003. The video was also nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Dance Video and Best New Artist in 2003. At the end of the video Paul's brother Jason introduces a song, noting it as a brand new single, and Paul then sings part of "Like Glue". Kardinal Offishall makes a cameo appearance in the video.

In popular culture[edit]

The song is currently being used to support Carl's Jr. milkshake ads, in which a man is shaking a cow to the song,[citation needed] and was also used in the DANCE! Online, a multiplayer online casual rhythm game, and in the game Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2. The song's remix was played in the club scene of the 2003 film Grind. The song also briefly appeared in the season two episode of The Wire, Hot Shots. The song was used in DJ Hero 2.The song was featured in a scene from the 2004 film Chasing Liberty. The song was also played in a dance scene in the film Baby Mama.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Get Busy" – 3:32
  2. "Get Busy" (Diwali Riddim instrumental) – 3:20
CD maxi - Europe
  1. "Get Busy" (album version) – 3:32
  2. "Get Busy" (Diwali Riddim instrumental) – 3:20
  3. "Gimme the Light" (2Step Moabit Relick remix) – 5:53
  4. "Gimme the Light" (Nappy Doggout remix) – 3:50
CD maxi - U.S.
  1. "Get Busy" (album version) – 3:31
  2. "Get Busy" (instrumental) – 3:20
  3. "Get Busy" (a cappella) – 3:43
  4. "Get Busy" (video) – 4:27
12" maxi - UK
  1. "Get Busy" (album version) – 3:31
  2. "Get Busy" (instrumental) – 3:20
  3. "Get Busy" (a cappella) – 3:43
12" maxi - Germany
  1. "Get Busy" (album version) – 3:31
  2. "Get Busy" (Diwali Riddim instrumental) – 3:20
  3. "Gimme the Light" (2Step Moabit Relick remix) – 3:53
  4. "Gimme the Light" (2Step Moabit Relick instrumental) – 3:53
  5. "Like Glue" (album version) – 3:53
  6. "Like Glue" (instrumental) – 4:01

Personnel[edit]

  • Written by Steven Marsden and Sean Paul Henriques
  • Mastered by Paul Shields
  • Executive producers: Christopher Chin, Jeremy Harding, Murray Elias, and Sean Paul Henriques
  • Produced by Steven "Lenky" Marsden
  • Photography by William Richards
  • Artwork by Floodzone Design

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Excuse Me Miss" by Jay-Z
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
26 April 2003 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"21 Questions" by 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg
Preceded by
"In da Club" by 50 Cent
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
10 May 2003 – 24 May 2003 (3 weeks)
Preceded by
"Tell Her" by Jim Bakkum
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
7 June 2003 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Summer Jam 2003" by The Underdog Project and The Sunclub
Preceded by
"Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence featuring Paul McCoy
Italian FIMI number-one single
4 July 2003 – 11 July 2003 (2 weeks)
25 July 2003 – 22 August 2003 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence featuring Paul McCoy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Sean Paul – Get Busy". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Sean Paul – Get Busy" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sean Paul – Get Busy" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sean Paul – Get Busy" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Sean Paul – Get Busy". Tracklisten.
  6. ^ "Sean Paul: Get Busy" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Sean Paul – Get Busy" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Sean Paul > Get Busy – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  10. ^ "Chart Track: Week 34, 2003". Irish Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Sean Paul – Get Busy". Top Digital Download.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Sean Paul search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Sean Paul – Get Busy". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Sean Paul – Get Busy". VG-lista.
  15. ^ Romanian Top 100: Editia 40, saptamina 20.10 - 26.10, 2003 at the Wayback Machine (archived May 14, 2005)
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Sean Paul – Get Busy". Singles Top 60.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sean Paul – Get Busy". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ a b c d e Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  19. ^ 2003 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  20. ^ 2003 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  21. ^ 2003 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  22. ^ 2003 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  23. ^ "Single top 100 over 2003" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  24. ^ 2003 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  25. ^ 2003 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  26. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 Singles & Tracks - Decade Year End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  27. ^ Australian certifications aria.com (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  28. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  29. ^ Belgian certifications Ultratop.be (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  30. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  31. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Get+Busy')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  32. ^ レコード協会調べ 1月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:1月度認定> [Record Association report: February 2014 digital music download certifications (Abbreviation: 2013 Certifications)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). February 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  33. ^ Swedish certifications Ifpi.se (Retrieved 17 May 2009)
  34. ^ Swiss certifications Swisscharts.com (Retrieved 17 May 2009)

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