Skipping a Beat

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"Skipping a Beat"
Single by Jordin Sparks
Released August 13, 2013 (2013-08-13)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre
Length 3:38
Label RCA
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Lamb
Jordin Sparks singles chronology
"Celebrate"
(2012)
"Skipping a Beat"
(2013)
"How Bout Now" (Remix)
(2014)

"Skipping a Beat" is a song recorded by American recording artist Jordin Sparks. The mid tempo R&B/pop track was written by Cainon Lamb, Rebecca Johnson & Taurian Osbourne, while the song's production was provided by Lamb. "Skipping A Beat" premiered online via Sparks' official SoundCloud page on August 1, 2013. It was released as a buzz single in preparation for the release of her first official single from her upcoming third studio album. The song was made available for digital download to all digital retailers in the United States on August 13, 2013 through RCA Records. "Skipping a Beat" debuted at number 28 on Ukraine FDR Pop Singles Chart.[1]

Background and release[edit]

On July 22 & 23, 2013 Sparks announced the release of a new singles via her official Twitter account with the hash tags #10DaysBeforeItBreaks & #9DaysBeforeMagic along with 6 second snippets of the songs.[2][3] Assuming the release of two new singles titled "Before It Breaks" & "Magic" on August 1, 2013,[4][5] however the days leading up to the release Sparks previewed a snippet of a new song with the hash tag #7DaysBeforeItSkips assuming the possibility of her releasing two or more singles on the same day.[6][7] "Skipping A Beat" premiered online via Sparks' official SoundCloud page on August 1, 2013. The song was made available for digital download to all digital retailers worldwide on August 12, 2013,[8] and a day later in the United States on August 13, 2013.[9]

In an interview, Jordin opined that "Skipping a Beat" was "older, but fun and happy and sexy at the same time." [10] The single was released as a buzz single as a "taste for the new direction" Sparks' third album would be heading toward, as well as a prelude to the release of the album's first single "Before it Breaks" which will feature American R&B singer Jason Derulo.[10][11] Which is currently awaiting an official release date while her label "figure out the budget stuff" for a music video to be shot and the single can be released.[12]

Composition[edit]

"Skipping a Beat" is an mid tempo R&B and pop song[13] that runs for a duration of three minutes and thirty-eight seconds. It was written by Cainon Lamb, Rebecca Johnson & Taurian Osbourne, while the song's production was provided by Lamb. A writer from MTV describes the track as a "vaguely old-school '90s R&B track," which featured "ultra-romantic lyrics" over a "catchy humming hook,".[13]

Lyrically, Sparks plays with music metaphors throughout, comparing switching up the tune on a song to falling in love.[14] the song is a confession on Sparks' behalf admitting a special love for admittedly her boyfriend Jason Derulo and her strong feelings towards him which causes her heart to start skipping beats, while hoping for more in the future. The first verse introduces the concept of the song: " You make my heart skip like we're playing hopscotch/Hope I'm the one that you wanna put the rock on/Hey, hey, you make it stutter/Hey, hey, think I love ya/Boy I think I'm gonna need an ambulance/Cause you been doing my heart some damage/But I like it, oh you're so exciting.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Following its release, "Skipping a Beat" was well received by most music critics. Mike Wass of Idolator called the track "an infectious mid-tempo pop song with urban roots" comparing it to Ariana Grande's hit single The Way "with an edge", and added that the track "seems to be an ode to her man. “You’re my lover, you’re my friend, you’re my gangsta,” she purrs over tinny synths and piano. It takes a couple of listens but the multitude of hooks pull you in and before you’re singing along. Always the sign of a great pop song".[15] John Geraghty of Billboard wrote " With its breezy R&B vibe, the mid-tempo song is essentially the polar opposite" of Sparks' 2011 single "I Am Woman" which was originally planned to lead her third album.[11] Jenna Hally Rubenstein of MTV Buzzworthy called it a "vaguely old-school '90s R&B track" and called Sparks' "Battlefield" one of their favorite songs of 2009 & 2010 "so anything post-"Battefield" is gonna have to work very hard to win our approval... While we totally appreciate the ultra-romantic lyrics and that catchy "humming" hook, we're not entirely convinced that this is Jordin's most progressive offering to date.[13]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[9]
  1. "Skipping a Beat" – 3:38

Radio and release history[edit]

List of release dates with formats and record labels
Country Date Format Label
Australia[8] August 12, 2013 Digital download Sony Music Entertainment
Belgium[16]
Canada[17]
Denmark[18]
Finland[19]
France[20]
Germany[21]
Ireland[22]
Netherlands[23]
New Zealand[24]
Norway[25]
Portugal[26]
Sweden[27]
United States[9] August 13, 2013 RCA

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://fdr.com.ua/compilation/P/598/
  2. ^ "Twitter / JordinSparks: #10daysbeforeitbreaks". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  3. ^ "Report: Jordin Sparks Teases New Single "Before It Breaks"". Kempire Daily. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Twitter / JordinSparks: #9daysbeforemagic". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  5. ^ "Jordin Sparks Teases Another Single Called "Magic"? #9DaysBeforeMagic". Kempire Daily. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  6. ^ "Jordin Sparks Shares Lyrics From New Song & Issues New Audio Preview". Kempire Daily. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  7. ^ "New Music: Jordin Sparks – ‘Skipping a Beat’". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
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  10. ^ a b August 12, 2013 9:29 am (2013-08-12). "Jordin Sparks: New Tattoo Is About Relationship With Jason Derulo". Ryan Seacrest. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  11. ^ a b c "Jordin Sparks Returns With 'Skipping a Beat' Single: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  12. ^ "Jordin Sparks Engaged to Jason Derulo? Singer Plays Coy About a Huge Ring". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  13. ^ a b c "New Song: Jordin Sparks, 'Skipping A Beat'". Buzzworthy.mtv.com. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  14. ^ "Jordin Sparks Releases New Single 'Skipping A Beat'". Rttnews.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  15. ^ Mike Wass (2013-08-01). "Jordin Sparks Debuts New Song "Skipping A Beat": Listen To The Cute Urban-Pop Tune | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Idolator.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Skipping a Beat - Single by Jordin Sparks". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
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  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - Skipping a Beat - Single by Jordin Sparks". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - Skipping a Beat - Single by Jordin Sparks". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  20. ^ "iTunes - Musique - Skipping a Beat - Single par Jordin Sparks". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  21. ^ "iTunes - Musik – "Skipping a Beat - Single" von Jordin Sparks". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  22. ^ "iTunes - Music - Skipping a Beat - Single by Jordin Sparks". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  23. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/skipping-a-beat-single/id687558836
  24. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/skipping-a-beat-single/id687558836
  25. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/no/album/skipping-a-beat-single/id687558836
  26. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pt/album/skipping-a-beat-single/id687558836
  27. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/skipping-a-beat-single/id687558836