Shut Up and Let Me Go

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"Shut Up and Let Me Go"
Single by The Ting Tings
from the album We Started Nothing
Released 21 July 2008 (UK)
8 August 2008 (Europe)
Format Digital download, CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2007
Genre Dance-punk
Length 2:54
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Jules De Martino/Katie White
Producer(s) Jules De Martino
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
The Ting Tings UK chronology
"That's Not My Name"
(2008)
"Shut Up and Let Me Go"
(2008)
"Be the One"
(2008)
The Ting Tings US chronology
"Great DJ"
(2008)
"Shut Up and Let Me Go"
(2008)
"That's Not My Name"
(2009)

"Shut Up and Let Me Go" is the fourth single by English duo The Ting Tings from their debut studio album We Started Nothing. The song was released in the United Kingdom on 21 July 2008, and was the follow-up to the number one hit single "That's Not My Name". The song was added to the coveted A-list of BBC Radio 1's playlist,[citation needed] and has received a substantial amount of airplay during the day on the station. The single peaked at number six in both the UK Singles Chart and the UK Download Chart.

After featuring in a successful Apple iPod advertisement in April 2008, "Shut Up and Let Me Go" was hastily released in the US on 15 April, and was The Ting Tings' first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.[1] The song was also used in The CW's 90210 and Gossip Girl, as well as the film The House Bunny. It was also featured in the series premiere of USA's Royal Pains. This song was number 27 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[2] The song is currently[when?] being regularly played on Lifetime Movie Network. It is also played during the one minute countdown to Final Score in the BBC Sport section of BBC Red Button. Additionally the song is also played during the current French tv advertisement for Danette, a dessert from Danone (France 3 tv).

Music video[edit]

The live action music video for "Shut Up and Let Me Go" was directed by Alex and Liane for Factory Films.[3] The video, filmed in one day, features the Ting Tings performing kung fu and uses a variety of hand gestures to transition from scene to scene. At the end of the video, the door closes after the hey part.[4]

Directors AlexandLiane described the video as "a bit over-ambitious" because of its fight scenes which "were just so time consuming to get right".[4] The various hand gestures were inspired by the Neoist art movement.[4] The video debuted on MTV in the United States on 13 June 2008.[5] It was nominated for 2008 MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year, but lost to Britney Spears' "Piece of Me"[6] and won for Best UK Video.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"Shut Up and Let Me Go" was released in the United States on 15 April 2008. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #93 on 17 May 2008.[8] The following week it reached its peak position at #55.[9] The song was certified Gold in America with sales of 500,000+ on 14 October 2008.[10] In Canada, the song reached #29 and remained on the Hot 100 chart for six weeks.[11]

"Shut Up and Let Me Go" debuted at #49 on the UK Singles Chart.[12] The following week the song peaked at #29. Two weeks later, the song fell out of the chart, but on 29 June 2008 the song re-entered the chart at #24 and peaked at #6. Even though "Shut Up and Let Me Go" peaked lower than "That's Not My Name", the song showed great longevity by remaining in the Top 40 for many weeks.

In Australia the single has debuted at #79 on 10 November.[13]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Shut Up and Let Me Go".

US digital download
(Released on 15 April 2008)

  1. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" – 2:54

UK CD 1
/Australian CD Single
(Released on 21 July 2008)

  1. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" – 2:54
  2. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" [Haji and Emanuel Remix]

UK CD 2
(Released on 21 July 2008)

  1. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" – 2:54
  2. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" [Tocadisco Love The Old School Mix]

7' Yellow Vinyl

  1. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" – 2:56
  2. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" [Tocadisco Love The Old School Mix] 5:47

UK Remixes CD
(Released on 28 July 2008)

  1. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" [Tom Neville's Keep It Quiet Remix]
  2. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" [Chris Lake Remix]
  3. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" [Haji & Emanuel Remix]
  4. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" [Tocadisco Love The Old School Mix]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008–09) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[14] 44
Australian Club Chart[15]
Haji & Emanuel Remix
22
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[16] 52
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[17] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[18] 31
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[19] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[20] 29
Canadian Hot 100[11] 29
France (SNEP)[21] 26
Germany (Media Control Charts)[22] 43
Irish Singles Chart[23] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[24] 65
South Korea International Singles (Gaon)[25] 39
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 48
UK (Official Charts Company)[27] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 55
US Hot Dance Club Play[9] 1
US Modern Rock Tracks[9] 34
US Pop 100[9] 37

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[28] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to this song:

Preceded by
"Control Yourself" by Erin Hamilton
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
27 September 2008
Succeeded by
"I Love to Move in Here" by Moby

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Week For Tings in US". TheTingTings.com. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
  2. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (25 December 2008). Retrieved 2008-12-25
  3. ^ "Videos". AlexAndLiane.com. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  4. ^ a b c Knight, David. "Ting Tings’ Shut Up And Let Me Go by Alex and Liane". PromoNews.tv. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  5. ^ Paine, Andre. "U.K. pop duo Ting Tings building buzz in America". Reuters. 8 June 2005. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  6. ^ "2008 MTV VMA – Nominees – Video Of The Year". MTV. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  7. ^ "2008 MTV Video Music Awards – Best UK Video – MTV UK". MTV UK. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 (Issue Date: Tuesday 13 May 2008)". aCharts.us. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  9. ^ a b c d e "We Started Nothing awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  10. ^ 1[dead link]
  11. ^ a b "The Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Me Go - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "UK Singles Top 75 - Issue Date: Sunday May 25, 2008". aCharts.us. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Australia's Official Music Charts". ARIA Charts. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  14. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  15. ^ "Top 50 Club Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  16. ^ "The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go" (in French). Ultratip.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  21. ^ "Shut up and let me go in French Chart" (in French). Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.  You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "The Ting Tings"
  22. ^ "The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  23. ^ "Shut up and let me go in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 16 July 2013.  Only one result when searching "Shut up and let me go"
  24. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  25. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: January 29, 2012 to February 04, 2012)". Gaon Chart. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  26. ^ "The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  27. ^ "2008 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 2nd August 2008". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "American single certifications – The Ting Tings – Shut Up and Let Me Go". Recording Industry Association of America. 19 August 2010.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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