Ready or Not (Fugees song)
|"Ready or Not"|
|Single by The Fugees|
|from the album The Score|
|Released||August 29, 1996|
|Writer(s)||Nelust Wyclef Jean, Samuel Prakazrel Michel, Lauryn Hill, William Hart, Thomas Bell, Enya, Nicky Ryan, Roma Ryan|
|Producer(s)||The Fugees, Jerry Duplessis|
|The Fugees singles chronology|
"Ready or Not" is a song by the American hip hop group The Fugees, from their second studio album The Score (1996). The song contains a sample of "Boadicea" by Enya, and its chorus is based on "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)" by The Delfonics. While "Ready or Not" was a minor hit in the United States, the song was most successful in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart. It remained at that position for two weeks, becoming their second chart-topping single of 1996 there, following Killing Me Softly. Singer Enya was prepared to sue the group for copyright infringement, because she had not permitted the group to sample the song "Boadicea", from her 1987 album Enya. She eventually settled out of court.
Vibe reported that the The Fugee’s “Ready or Not” video helped usher in the era of bank-breaking, movie-like hip hop videos. The video featured helicopters, explosions, sharks, chase scenes, and a price tag of 1.3 million dollars. In justifying the cost, Pras told Vibe “People want to see drama, man. You figure: A kid pays sixteen dollars for your CD. Let him see a good video." 
- Original song and its other versions Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)
- The song was covered by British-Dutch house music artist The Course. It charted at number five on the UK Singles Chart in April 1997.
- The Fray did a cover of this song in their album Scars & Stories.
- Meek Mill remixed this song on his mixtape Dreamchasers 2.
- Aphrodite (artist) sampled the chorus on his jungle track "Ready Or Not".
- UK CD1
- "Ready Or Not" (Radio Version) - 3:47
- "Ready Or Not" (Salaam's Ready For The Show Remix) - 4:24
- "Ready Or Not" (Handel's Yaard Vibe Mix) - 4:41
- "The Score" - 4:32
- UK CD2
- "Ready Or Not" (Album Version) - 3:50
- "How Many Mics" - 4:23
- "Freestyle" - 5:03
- "Blame It On The Sun" - 5:41
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||17|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||6|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||6|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||2|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||8|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||3|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||8|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||23|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||69|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||22|
- The Fugees UK chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
- Gimme the Loot Vibe, February 1998
- The Course UK chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
- "Australian-charts.com – Fugees – Ready or Not". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Fugees – Ready or Not – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Ultratop.be – Fugees – Ready or Not" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- "Ultratop.be – Fugees – Ready or Not" (in French). Ultratop 50.
- "Fugees: Ready or Not" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Fugees search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Charts.org.nz – Fugees – Ready or Not". Top 40 Singles.
- "Norwegiancharts.com – Fugees – Ready or Not". VG-lista.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Fugees – Ready or Not". Singles Top 60.
- "Fugees – Ready or Not – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
- "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
- "Illegal name entered The Fugees/The+Fugees/chart?f=379 The Fugees Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for The Fugees.
- "Illegal name entered The Fugees/The+Fugees/chart?f=367 The Fugees Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for The Fugees.
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