Get Sexy

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"Get Sexy"
Single by Sugababes
from the album Sweet 7
Released 30 August 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre
Length 3:14
Label Island
Writer(s) Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars, Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli
Producer(s) The Smeezingtons
Sugababes singles chronology
"No Can Do"
(2008)
"Get Sexy"
(2009)
"About a Girl"
(2009)

"Get Sexy" is a song by English girl group Sugababes, taken from their seventh studio album, Sweet 7 (2010). It was written by Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars and produced by the latter three under their stage name The Smeezingtons. The song was released on 30 August 2009 as the album's lead single. Musically, "Get Sexy" is an uptempo electropop song with influences of dance and techno. The song features an interpolation of Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy". It is the last single to feature founding member Keisha Buchanan.

"Get Sexy" received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics; some reviewers criticised its lack of originality, while others praised its production and lyrics. The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and number three on the Irish Singles Chart. It also charted on the singles charts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Sweden. The song's accompanying music video was directed by Emil Nava and features the group's members in a house of mirrors, a bird cage and a room covered in graffiti.

The song was featured in the titles of the first series of Serbia's Next Top Model.

Background and release[edit]

In April 2009, Sugababes travelled to the United States to work on their seventh studio album, Sweet 7.[1] In late April 2009, Sugababes signed a contract with Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation, resulting in working with high-profile produceers.[2] "Get Sexy", which was selected as the album's lead single, was written by Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars and produced by the latter three under their stage name The Smeezingtons.[3] Working with The Smeezingtons was described by group member Amelle Berrabah as an "amazing" and "great opportunity".[4] Berrabah also stated in an interview with Bang Showbiz that the song "doesn't sound like anything we have ever done before".[5] On 6 July 2009, Sugababes announced the release date of "Get Sexy" as 31 August 2009.[6] The song premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 7 July 2009 in a show presented by Scott Mills.[6] In an interview for Digital Spy, Buchanan said that the response to the song was great, saying: "From the beginning there's been a real buzz about the track. It's had a great response from so many people, even if they say, 'Forget about the rest of them, this one I love'."[4] Later, on 27 September 2013, Keisha Buchanan confessed that the Bruno Mars-penned song the Bruno Mars-penned song because "I just didn't feel like that was a representation of who we were as a band but we didn't, at that point, have a lot of say." However, "It was amazing working with Bruno, and we'd love to work with him in this line-up"[7]

"Get Sexy" was digitally released on 30 August 2009,[8] while the CD single was made available the following day.[9] During the single release interval between the release of "Get Sexy" and "About a Girl", Buchanan controversially left the group.[10] As a result of the group line-up change, "Get Sexy" was re-recorded along with a number of other tracks to feature the vocals of new member Jade Ewen and the removal of the vocals by ex-member Buchanan for the release of Sweet 7 in 2010.[10]

Composition[edit]

A nineteen second sample of "Get Sexy", featuring the techno synthesizers before the song's chorus.

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"Get Sexy" is an uptempo electropop song, with dance, techno and R&B influences.[11] David Balls and Nick Levine of Digital Spy described it as an "electro-R&B club banger".[6] The song has a length of three minutes and 14 seconds.[8] The song was composed in the key of E minor, with a beat set in common time and a tempo moving at 124 beats per minute.[12] "Get Sexy" makes use of techno synthesizers that are present immediately before the song's chorus, which has been described as "siren-peaked".[13] Balls also called the song a "slamming dance anthem".[6]

"Get Sexy" features an interpolation of Right Said Fred's song "I'm Too Sexy", which was composed by Christopher Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, and Robert Manzoli. It samples the trademark lyric, "I'm too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it hurts", but replaces "for my shirt" with "in this club".[13] According to Digital Spy, in an interview with Teletext, Buchanan revealed that inspiration for the song came "by accident", saying: "The producers were messing around going, 'I'm too sexy for the studio'. We were like, 'That sounds cool', and [the producer] said, 'You remember that Right Said Fred song?' We were like, 'Do you think we can do it?' By accident it came together."[14] Balls and Levine compared the song to "Boom Boom Pow" by Black Eyed Peas.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

"Get Sexy" garnered mixed reviews from contemporary music critics. Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian described the song as a "grinding, fiercely catchy R&B number".[15] David Balls of Digital Spy gave the song a four out of five star rating, saying: "'Get Sexy' is a dancefloor stomper that nestles somewhere between 'Boom Boom Pow' and 'Bonkers' in its blend of electropop, techno and R&B sounds. It may not be massively original, nor an instant classic to rival 'About You Now' or 'Push the Button', but with a Right Said Fred-sampling hook, a thundering chorus and plenty of attitude – most noticeably from Amelle – it returns Sugababes right to the forefront of the pop landscape.'[16] Popjustice positively reviewed "Get Sexy", saying "'Get Sexy' is a punchy, explosive pop single which while not being quite as adventurous as it thinks it could never be described as a pedestrian".[17] Fraser McAlpine of BBC gave the single a mainly negative review, calling it a "mess" which has "not bothered to make it rhyme" in the way the original, 'I'm Too Sexy' did. McAlpine went on to say: "the 'shut up and watch me walk' bit is pilfered from the Ting Tings. [...] [Amelle's 'silly boys' bit – which is brilliant, by the way – may have more than a passing acquaintance with 'My Humps'. [...] the chorus is desperate for someone to scream 'will.i.am drop the beat now'.[18]

Chart performance[edit]

During the first week of its release, "Get Sexy" was ahead of its nearest competitor, "Run This Town", by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West, at number one.[19] Eventually, "Get Sexy" debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart, selling 55,707 copies in its first week of release.[20][21] The song spent 9 weeks inside the UK Singles Chart.[22] "Get Sexy" has sold 165,000 copies in the UK, making it their eighth best-selling single in that country.[23] The single debuted and peaked at number three on the Irish Singles Chart,[24] becoming the band's highest charting single in Ireland since "About You Now". It remained on the chart in the country for seven weeks.[25]

"Get Sexy" peaked at number 42 on the singles chart in Sweden, becoming the group's first single since "About You Now" to chart in the country.[26] The song peaked at number 41 on the German Singles Chart and number 72 on the Austrian Singles Chart.[27][28] It also charted on the singles charts in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, both at number 48.[29][30] The song also impacted the charts in Belgium, peaking at numbers 21 and 37 on the Flanders and Wallonia charts, respectively.[31][32] "Get Sexy" also became the group's first single since "About You Now" to chart in Australia when it debuted at number 76 on the Australian Singles Chart.[33] The following week, it rose to its peak of number 75.[34]

Music video[edit]

Sugababes in the room of graffiti in the music video for "Get Sexy".

The music video for "Get Sexy" was directed by Emil Nava and choreographed by LaVelle Smith.[35] Nava has also directed the music video for Tinchy Stryder's number one UK single "Never Leave You", which features Berrabah.[36] "Get Sexy"'s music video premiered on 1 August 2009 on More4.[37] The video features Berrabah in a bird cage, Buchanan posing on a couch and Heidi Range in a house of mirrors shot at by intense light beams.[38] During the chorus, all three members are seen standing together with chains around their waists and arms, tying them together.[38] The video ends with the Sugababes in a room covered in graffiti.[38] Popjustice praised the video, saying that it "seems to feature Sugababes 3.0 as 'the full package', and makes sense of this lineup, for the first time. This is a good thing."[39]

Track listing[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Sweet 7.[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[40] 75
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[28] 72
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[31] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[32] 37
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[29] 32
European Hot 100 (Billboard)[41] 9
Germany (Media Control Charts)[27] 41
Ireland (IRMA)[24] 3
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[30] 48
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 42
Turkey (Turkish Singles Chart)[42] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[43] 2

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Australia 30 August 2009 Extended play[8] Island Records
Brazil
Finland
Greece
Ireland
New Zealand
Poland
Portugal
Sweden
United Kingdom
United Kingdom 31 August 2009 CD single[9]
Argentina 14 September 2009 Digital download[44]
Australia
Belgium
Brazil
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Slovakia
Sweden

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