Ridin' Solo (song)

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"Ridin' Solo"
Single by Jason Derulo
from the album Jason Derulo
Released February 24, 2010
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Electropop, R&B
Length 3:36 (album version)
3:25 (video/radio edit)
Label Warner Bros. (US)
WEA International Inc. (outside US)
Writer(s) Jason Derulo, Jonathan Rotem, Xavier Thomas
Producer(s) J.R. Rotem
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Jason Derulo singles chronology
"In My Head"
"Ridin' Solo"
"What If"
Music sample

"Ridin' Solo" is the third single from Jason Derulo's self-titled debut album, produced by J.R. Rotem. The demo originally sampled "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve, but the sample was not cleared and was subsequently replaced with electronic motifs which are featured throughout the entire song.[1]

On May 16, 2010, "Ridin' Solo" became Derulo's third consecutive top three hit on the UK Singles Chart. It is his third consecutive number-one hit on the UK R&B Chart and third consecutive top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received generally mixed reviews from critics. Fraser McAlpine of BBC Chart Blog gave the song a rating of 3/5 stars and went to say that "Jason clearly doesn't have a lisp, his sibilants hiss out from every other word in the song. And he delivers them all perfectly. Nice work otherwise.[2]

Idolator says that "Derulo knows how to get the public interested in the hip-hop star again—follow every trend there is".[3] Bill Lamb from About.com gave to the song 2.5/5 stars and says that "Unfortunately on "Ridin' Solo" some of the most annoying aspects of his sound are put front and center making the song ultimately difficult to hear again and again".[4] Robert Copsey from Digital Spy gave to the song 3/5 stars and say that "is still another catchy, engaging effort that should keep Derulo near the top on both sides of the pond".[5]

Chart performance[edit]

As of April 23, 2014 the single has sold over 3 million digital copies in the US, making it Derulo's third consecutive song to sell more than 3 million copies. [6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Ridin' Solo" was released on May 2, 2010, directed by Scott Speer. The video depicts Derulo singing about being single after breaking up with his girlfriend. In the first 15 seconds of the video Derulo is playing a piano and singing "Blind", which is a track of his debut album, with a photo of his ex-girlfriend on the top of the piano. Derulo features in several scenes shot at Lot 613, including one in a nightclub, several in a Honda CR-Z and him dancing, (at times with backup dancers) on a moving floor (which are actually hidden conveyor belts) in front of a big, colourful LED screen flashing and glowing, sometimes reading "Solo" in block letters. Derulo wears a white jacket with spikes on the sleeves throughout the video in different scenes. In one of the nightclub scenes filmed at Lot 613, a group of girls are seen to be chatting on PlentyofFish (an Internet Dating website) on an iPad. There is a slight difference between the music video and the album version of the song; in the video the line "You told me get my shit together, now I got my shit together, oh" uncensored on the track is replaced by "You told me get myself together, now I got myself together, oh". Some areas of the instrumental have also been altered slightly. This version is also used on many radio stations across the UK. Another Radio Edit exists which is a few seconds shorter than the Album Version and it mutes the explicit lyrics rather than just replace them with other words.


In April 2012, "Ridin' Solo" was covered by mc chris and included on his 2012 mixtape apple lung with the lyrics changed to "I'm Han Solo", also appearing in the video game Kinect Star Wars.[7] The Station parodied "Ridin' Solo" on YouTube as "No Homo".[8]

Track listing[edit]

  • CD Maxi single[9]
  1. "Ridin' Solo"
  2. "Ridin' Solo" (Acoustic Version)
  3. "Ridin' Solo" (Justin Michael & Kemal Remix)
  4. "Ridin' Solo" (Eddie Amador Club)
  5. "Ridin' Solo" (Mig & Rizzo POP Mix)
  6. "Ridin' Solo" (Video)
  • Ridin' Solo EP[10]
  1. "Ridin' Solo" (Acoustic Version) – 3:44
  2. "Ridin' Solo" (Eddie Amador Club) – 7:59
  3. "Ridin' Solo" (Justin Michael & Kemal Remix) – 6:17
  4. "Ridin' Solo" (Ian Nieman Club Mix) – 6:58
  1. "Ridin' Solo" (7th Heaven Club Mix) - 6:42
  2. "Ridin' Solo" (7th Heaven Radio Edit) - 3:21
  • Promo CD single[11]
  1. "Ridin' Solo" – 3:24

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[42] February 24, 2010 Digital download Warner Bros. Records
Belgium[43] April 26, 2010 WEA International Inc.
United Kingdom[citation needed] May 31, 2010 CD single Warner Bros. Records
Germany[44][45] June 21, 2010 Digital download
September 3, 2010 CD single


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