I Hate This Part

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"I Hate This Part"
Single by The Pussycat Dolls
from the album Doll Domination
Released October 7, 2008 (2008-10-07)
Format
Genre
Length 3:39
Label Interscope
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
The Pussycat Dolls singles chronology
"Out of This Club"
(2008)
"I Hate This Part"
(2008)
"Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)"
(2009)

"I Hate This Part" is a song by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls from their second album, Doll Domination. Written by Wayne Hector, Lucas Secon, Jonas Jeberg and Cutfather it was released as the album's third single in United States, Canada, and United Kingdom and second elsewhere on October 7, 2008. The song is about someone who knows a relationship is over, and needs to end it – which is the hardest part – and the part they hate.

"I Hate This Part" has been well received by the critics praising the melodramatic sound. The song managed to reach number one in Romania and top five in Canada, Belgium and France. It peaked at number nine in Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland, while it went top twenty in Australia, Denmark, Finland, United Kingdom and United States. The music video of the song was filmed in a desert where it shows the Dolls in various locations where they could express themselves emotionally.

The Pussycat Dolls performed the song for the first time in "Wal-Mart Soundcheck" and other various television shows as well as the Doll Domination Tour.

Music and composition[edit]

"I Hate This Part" is an up-tempo R&B-dance ballad, written by Wayne Hector, Lucas Secon, Jonas Jeberg and Mich Hansen.[1][2] Originally intended for lead singer Nicole Scherzinger's debut solo album, Her Name Is Nicole, the song was reassigned to The Pussycat Dolls for the group's second album, Doll Domination when Her Name is Nicole was shelved.[3] The concept of the song focuses on the conversation between two people, before the break-up of their relationship, with a recurring theme of that "difficult moment when a romance runs aground".[1][4] Hector, spoke of the song's inspirations and creation during an interview with HitQuarters's Kimbel Bouwman. Hector said

"We’d just finished a session and it was about 12 o’clock at night and we were all packing up and ready to go home. I was standing by the keyboards just mucking around, and started playing [...] a piano line, and being terrible at playing the piano I turned and asked Jonas [Jeberg], 'Can you play this in for us while I can remember it?' So, I sang him the line and he played it in [...] We didn’t have a lot of time the next day to do anything, so I was like, 'Let’s just put a beat on it. I’m excited about it'. So, it started off as a ballad and then Lucas [Secon] said, 'Let’s make it an up-tempo or a mid-tempo'."[5]

"I Hate This Part" is written in the key of F major with a time signature in common time and a tempo of 110 beats per minute.[6] According to Hector, the song was written and composed within an hour.[5] It uses a simple chord progression of D4F(add 9)CB♭2.[6] A portion of the song uses a chord progression popularized in the United States in a Folgers Coffee jingle arranged by Leslie Pearl. Jamie Gille from YahooMusic UK described Scherzinger's vocals as "breathless" and understated,[7] while David Balls of Digital Spy focused on the high levels of emotion on her vocals.[1] In the song, Scherzinger uses a vocal range of F3 – E5.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The song generated mostly positive reviews from critics. According to The Sun "I Hate This Part" was recognized as "the album's best number.".[8] Priya Elan from The Times, said that "I Hate This Part" along with Whatcha Think About That" are the exceptions of the album which "[...] lacks any distinct personality."[9] Nick Levine from Digital Spy said that "I Hate This Part" has a wonderful melodramatic sound.[10] Jaime Gill from Yahoo! Music UK for the review for Doll Domination described the song as "breathless" and "understated" ballad.[7] Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine told that "the song adds Danish production duo Jonas Jeberg and Cutfather to an alarmingly growing list of current hitmakers who keep recycling the same drum loops and formulas ad nauseam; the difference this time is that the songwriting is strong enough to forgive whatever similarities the song has to Kylie Minogue's 'All I See' and Jordin Sparks's 'One Step at a Time'." [11] Fraser McAlpine gave 4 out of five stars. "It must get so tiring singing about how sexy you are all the time. [...] But it's nice to come away from a PCD moment not feeling winded by their over-strident plastic showbiz hugeness. So, a cautious 'well done' to everyone concerned."[12]

Live performances[edit]

The Dolls performed the song live for the first time for a "Wal-Mart Soundcheck" on the Wal-Mart website. They performed the song for the first time on television on October 15 on the Australian morning show, titled Sunrise. They performed the song again for The Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 3. This performance originally did not air on television but instead appeared on the show's website as an online-exclusive, until December 19 when the performance was aired on television.

Chart performance[edit]

"I Hate This Part" was a success in Oceania. In Australia, "I Hate This Part" debuted at number forty-five on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, based solely on download sales, and has since peaked at number-ten. "I Hate This Part" has been certified Gold by ARIA for sales in excess of 35,000. It reached seven on the physical chart.[13]

Two days after debuting in Australia, "I Hate This Part" debuted at number thirty-two on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart, and eventually peaked at number-nine. "I Hate This Part" has been certified Gold by RIANZ for sales in excess of 7,500.

In Europe, the song charted within the top five, top ten and top twenty on most of the charts it entered. It has also peaked at number-four on Billboard's European Hot 100 Singles Chart. In Romania, the single became a considerable hit, and received strong airplay. As a result, the track peaked at number-one, becoming the Pussycat Dolls' third number-one single,[14] after "Don't Cha"[15] and "Wait a Minute".[16] In the United Kingdom the song entered on November 8, 2008 at number thirty-six. In December 6, 2008 it ultimately peaked at number twelve. On February 7, 2009 it fell off the top-forty after a thirteen week run that saw it bound around the chart but ultimately never peak any higher than number twelve, their first ever hit to miss the top-ten.[17]

"I Hate This Part" rose steadily in the United States until it reached its peak of number eleven[18] on the Billboard Hot 100 and number ten[18] on the Billboard Pop 100 following a considerable increase in airplay on 3 formats. "I Hate This Part" also spent two weeks at number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play, becoming the Dolls' fourth single to reach the top of the chart but the first to spend two weeks there. "I Hate This Part" is the only single in the Pussycat Dolls' history that has charted higher in the United States than the United Kingdom (albeit it was only 1 position higher). On March 11, 2010 "I Hate This Part" was certified platinum by RIAA, after a year since it was released.[19] In Canada, the song debuted at number ninety-three and in following weeks fell to number ninety-six and then to number one-hundred. However it later rebounded up the charts and has since reached a peak position of number five.

"I Hate This Part" debuted and peaked at number-three on the French Singles Chart, becoming the group's second consecutive top 3 hit, and their second highest peaking single to date. By doing so it has surpassed the peak position of the group's worldwide hit "Don't Cha" which reached number-six on this chart in 2005.

Music video[edit]

In an interview for Rap-Up, Melody Thornton said that her 24th birthday will be spent shooting the video for "I Hate This Part". She also said that there might be desert-theme video.[20] Nicole Scherzinger explained that they are going to "[...] explore all different emotional sides of this song in making this video."[21] The video was filmed for two days and was directed by Joseph Kahn.[22]

Synopsis[edit]

The video like any other is mainly focused on Nicole Scherzinger . The video starts with Scherzinger playing the piano to the beat of the song, and images of a book and flowers blowing in the wind. When the first verse begins, it shows Scherzinger singing on the piano while the girls are shown on the road with a broken-down car, waiting for a car to arrive. At the beginning of the chorus, the girls start walking to the beat of music. In the next verse Scherzinger is seen singing in the desert alone, while Jessica Sutta is shown trying to wave down a passing car with her bandanna. All the girls are then shown on top of many broken-down cars during the bridge of the song. During the second chorus, the girls are seen dancing on the sand in sync. In both pre-chorus all the girls are then shown in different elements in the desert: Scherzinger in front of the broken-down car with a wolf, Sutta in a parking lot on top of an arcade machine, Ashley Roberts walking in a parking lot with a pink stuffed elephant-doll, Melody Thornton with a flower, and Kimberly Wyatt in a broken-down pick-up truck. During the climax of the scene, Scherzinger is singing during an incoming storm at night. The girls are then shown in the same scene as before while dancing in sync, but this time, it is raining. The music videos ends with an eruption of emotions from all the girls, climaxing with a clip of Roberts comforting Thornton who is in sadness. The video closes with Scherzinger still playing with the beat of the background on the piano and a butterfly on her hand, before ending with a shot of the rain-soaked girls united in an embrace.[23]

Reception[edit]

John Kordosh of Yahoo! Music negatively commented that the video "shows Nicole pretending to play the piano while the rest of the [Pussycat Dolls] troupe looks good in situations that have nothing to do with anything."[24] MTV Buzzworthy noted that "[Scherzinger's] post-breakup ritual is less skulking-around-the-house and more crazy, desert-style Wet t-shirt contest."[25] Nick Levine from Digital Spy, wrote that: "[the] video is a less racy affair than usual, though the girls do get to flash some flesh during a dancing-in-the-rain scene at the end."[26] In 2009, the video received a MuchMusic Video nomination for Best International Group Video, but lost to The Black Eyed Peas's music video for "Boom Boom Pow".[27]

Track listing[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Doll Domination.[32]

Recording
Personnel
  • Mike "Angry" Eleopoulos – recording
  • Ron Fair – producer, vocal production
  • Mich "Cutfather" Hansen – songwriter, producer
  • Wayne Hector – songwriter
  • Tal Herzberg – recording, Pro Tools
  • Jonas Jeberg – songwriter, producer, recording, instruments, programming
  • Lucas – songwriter
  • Johnathan Merritt – assistant recording
  • Peter Mokran – mixing
  • Eric Weaver – mixing assistant

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[73] Gold 35,000^
Brazil (ABPD)[74] Gold 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[75] Gold 15,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[76] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[77] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[78] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia October 14, 2008[79] Digital download Universal Music
United States October 20, 2008[80] Contemporary hit radio Interscope Records
United Kingdom November 23, 2008[81] Extended play Polydor Records
Canada[82] December 16, 2009 Dave Audé Dance Hybrid Mix - Single Interscope records
United States[82]
Canada[83] February 3, 2009 Digital remixes
United States[84]

See also[edit]

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