I Need a Dollar

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"I Need a Dollar"
Single by Aloe Blacc
from the album Good Things
Released 16 March 2010[1]
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Soul
Length 4:04[1]
Label Stones Throw Records, Sony Music Entertainment UK
Writer(s) Leon Michels, E. Nathaniel Dawkins, Nick Movshon, Jeff Dynamite
Producer(s) Leon Michels, Jeff Dynamite
Aloe Blacc singles chronology
"Get Down"
(2006)
"I Need a Dollar"
(2010)
"Loving You Is Killing Me"
(2011)

I Need a Dollar is a song performed by Panamanian-American singer and rapper Aloe Blacc. Blacc co-wrote the song with Leon Michels, Nick Movshon and Jeff Dynamite.[2]

It is the intro song for the HBO show How to Make It in America, and was featured as the iTunes Single of the Week.[3] It also featured in the game Fight Night Champion. Blacc has performed the song live on Later... with Jools Holland, The Graham Norton Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Conan. In April 2011 it was featured in a commercial for Boost Mobile wireless services.

Music video[edit]

Two versions of the video have been released. The first, the "New York" version, features the screen being split in half. The right side shows Blacc singing inside an apartment while the left side shows a man walking through the streets of New York.

The second, the "Las Vegas" version, shows Blacc walking alone along a highway in Nevada, and then hitching a ride to Las Vegas, where he finds a dollar coin on the casino floor, uses it to play a slot machine, and wins.

Formats and track listings[edit]

UK digital single[4]
  1. "I Need a Dollar" – 4:05
  2. "I Need a Dollar" (Radio Mix) – 3:22
  3. "I Need a Dollar" (Zinc Remix) – 5:48
  4. "I Need a Dollar" (Blue Fear Trance Remix) – 10:49
German digital single[5]
  1. "I Need a Dollar" – 4:02
  2. "I Need a Dollar" (Tensnake Remix) – 6:45
  3. "I Need a Dollar" (M.Arfmann & Chassy Wezar RMX) – 3:27

Charts[edit]

Samples and covers[edit]

Various hip-hop artists have sampled "I Need a Dollar" or freestyled over the instrumental, including Yelawolf, T.I., Wax, Dumbfoundead, Chris Webby, MGK, and Mac Miller, and Sammy Adams.

Australian artist Xavier Rudd covered "I Need a Dollar" on 'Like A Version' a segment on the Australian radio station 'Triple J'

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "I Need a Dollar" (in Dutch). Dutch Charts. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Stanley, Alessandra. TELEVISION REVIEW | 'HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA'; The Dream, Without The Drive. The New York Times. February 12, 2010.
  4. ^ I Need A Dollar: Aloe Blacc: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads
  5. ^ I Need A Dollar: Aloe Blacc: Amazon.de: MP3-Downloads
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2011-09-08.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  8. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201144 into search. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
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  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  12. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar". Tracklisten. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2010-05-29.
  14. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Blacc,Aloe > I Need a Dollar (2-track) – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
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  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 24, 2011". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
  17. ^ "Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar Media Forest". Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest.
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  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-05-29". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar". Swiss Singles Chart.
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  29. ^ "FIMI - Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana - Benvenuto!". Fimi.it. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
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