How to Touch a Girl

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"How to Touch a Girl"
Single by JoJo
from the album The High Road
Released November 14, 2006
Format Digital download, promo CD single
Recorded Cryptic Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, soul
Length 4:29 (Album Version)
4:02 (Radio Edit)
Label Blackground, Universal
Writer(s) Billy Steinberg, Josh Alexander, Joanna "JoJo" Levesque
Producer(s) Billy Steinberg, Josh Alexander
JoJo singles chronology
"Too Little Too Late"
(2006)
"How to Touch a Girl"
(2006)
"Anything"
(2007)
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"How to Touch a Girl" is a song by American singer JoJo from her second studio album, The High Road (2006). Released as the album's second single to Top 40 radio in December 2006, the song was written by JoJo, Billy Steinberg, and Josh Alexander and produced by Steinberg and Alexander. Its release marks the first time a single with a writing credit from JoJo was eligible to chart. The song contains an uncredited sample of Whitney Houston's 1985 classic hit "Saving All My Love for You".

Critical reception[edit]

The song was well received by critics. Chuck Taylor of Billboard said that "'How to Touch a Girl' again casts the youngster with a crafty melody, albeit strikingly similar in structure to the previous hit. Despite the bizarre, almost perverse title, this track could propel the burgeoning talent all the way." In a review of The High Road, Bill Lamb called the song "a near perfect piece of teen pop."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Although the song appeared within the lower regions of the pop charts, it failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 due to lack of promotion from her label Blackground Records, becoming JoJo's second single to do so, the first being 2005's "Not That Kinda Girl". The single did, however, peak at number four on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and number 76 on the Billboard Pop 100.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Syndrome, premiered on MTV's TRL on December 7, 2006, and on The N on January 26, 2007. The video shows clips of JoJo sitting in a room filled with old vinyl records, sitting on a staircase, and singing on a Los Angeles rooftop at sunset. There are also scenes of her in an apartment in a green dress; special effects allow JoJo to be seen multiple times in the same shot. There is also a storyline involving a young couple on a date. Near the end of the video, a boy played by Cody Longo, seemingly her boyfriend, meets JoJo in her room with the albums, and the two embrace.

Track listing[edit]

U.S. promo CD single
  1. "How to Touch a Girl" (Radio Edit) – 4:02
  2. "How to Touch a Girl" (Instrumental) – 4:30
  3. "How to Touch a Girl" (Call Out Hook) – 0:42

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[2] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Review of JoJo's Second Album, The High Road". About.com. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-07-15. [dead link]

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