Hands Up (TLC song)

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"Hands Up"
Single by TLC
from the album 3D
Released November 15, 2002
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded April 2002
Genre R&B, downtempo
Length 3:48
Label Arista
Writer(s) Babyface, Daryl Simmons
Producer(s) Babyface
TLC singles chronology
"Girl Talk"
"Hands Up"
Music video
"Hands Up" on YouTube

"Hands Up" a song by American recording group TLC. It was written and produced by both Babyface and Daryl Simmons for the band's fourth studio album, 3D (2002), and released as the album's second single following "Girl Talk" in the United States in November 2002. A minor commercial success, the sensual mid-tempo R&B song became the band's first single release to neither enter the US Billboard Hot 100 nor the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks component chart. It however reached the top thirty on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart.

Released to positive reviews, "Hands Up" garnered TLC a nomination at the 2004 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. An accompanying music video, directed by Matthew Rolston, features cameo appearances by Countess Vaughn and Rodney Jerkins. A remix featuring Jermaine Dupri and The Kid Slim was recorded, containing interpolations of "Nasty Boy" by The Notorious B.I.G..

Music video[edit]

The video was shot on January 10, 2003. TLC is reunited with Matthew Rolston, director of their videos for "Creep" and "Red Light Special", for the music video of the song. In it, band members T-Boz and Chilli are at a futuristic strip club where several of the male strippers have tattoos of UPCs and they are scanning them. A behind-the-scenes footage was shown on BET's Access Granted.

The video does not appear on Now and Forever: The Video Hits, however it does appear on a DVD single along with the video for "Girl Talk".

Track listing[edit]

US promo single
  1. "Hands Up" (album version) – 3:48
  2. "Hands Up" (instrumental) – 3:47
US 12" single
  1. "Hands Up" (So Def Def Remix) (Radio Mix) - 4:16
  2. "Hands Up" (So Def Def Remix) (Club Mix) - 4:16
  3. "Hands Up" (So Def Def Remix) (Instrumental) - 4:14
  4. "Hands Up" (Richard X Remix) - 3:48
  5. "Hands Up" (Album Version) - 3:48
US DVD single
  1. "Hands Up" (music video) – 4:03
  2. "Girl Talk" (music video) – 3:52
  3. Photo gallery slideshow – 0:32


Chart (2003) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 108
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[1] 7
US Hot Singles Sales (Billboard)[1] 30


  1. ^ a b "Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-06-23. [dead link]

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