|Single by Janet Jackson featuring Khia|
|from the album 20 Y.O.|
|Released||August 28, 2006|
|Format||CD, digital download, 12"|
|Recorded||2006, at Flyte Tyme Studios
(Santa Barbara, California)
|Writer(s)||Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, James Phillips, Johnta Austin, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Khia Chambers, Herbie Hancock, Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell|
|Producer(s)||Jermaine Dupri, LRoc, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson|
"So Excited" is a song by American singer-songwriter Janet Jackson featuring rapper Khia, from Jackson's ninth studio album, 20 Y.O. (2006). It was written by Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, James Phillips, Johnta Austin, James Harris III, Terry Lewis and Khia Chambers, with Herbie Hancock, Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell also receiving songwriting credits for sampling Hancock's 1983 song "Rockit". Production for "So Excited" was handled by Dupri, LRoc, Jam, Lewis and Jackson. The song was released as the album's second single on August 28, 2006 by Virgin Records.
"So Excited" is a hip hop song which has breathy vocals and lyrically expresses submission from a woman to her lover. It received mixed reviews from music critics, with some considering the song the highlight from 20 Y.O. while others found it dissapointing. "So Excited" performed poorly on the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 90, but managed to become Jackson's seventeenth number-one dance hit in the country. It also was successful in Europe, reaching the top ten in Finland and Italy.
The accompanying music video for "So Excited" was directed by Joseph Kahn and premiered in September 2006. It decipts Jackson dances with her female dancers, with flashes of them naked, covering their breasts. Also, occasional skeleton people appear in a X-ray effect, and images of Khia appearing in a small TV in a empty room. After the rapper was given a diminished role in the music video, she criticized Jackson. In order to promote the single and 20 Y.O., Jackson performed the song on Today and the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, and additionally was included on the 2008 Rock Witchu Tour.
Background and composition
"So Excited" received mixed reviews from music critics. Thomas Inskeep from Stylus Magazine criticized 20 Y.O., but enjoyed the track, calling it a "sticky ear-candy". He further commented that "The sexed-up “So Excited” rides a Herbie Hancock groove and a throwaway contribution from Khia (?!) to, if not ultimate satisfaction, at least a half-decent orgasm." Miles Marshall Lewis from The Village Voice was also positive, saying that Dupri "girds "So Excited" with "Rockit" scratches, coaching guest-rapper Khia to sound like Da Brat on the naughty hook. Serviceable enough, it's surprisingly the highlight [of 20 Y.O.]". Jon Pareles from The New York Times said that Jackson is "never as explicit as the female rappers who arrived after her — like Khia, who joins her on “So Excited” — but she’s not shy either. In “So Excited” Janet vows, “If you like it then I’ll do it/I’ll go head to toe.” Angus Batey from Yahoo! Music said, "I'll open my spot for you / Anytime you want me to," she spits amid the pugilistic beats of "So Excited", making it sound more like a threat than a promise." Chuck Taylor from Billboard called it dissapointing, and felt it was bland and lacked innovation.
"So Excited" debuted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number seventy-five on September 30, 2006, eventually peaking at number thirty-four. It peaked at number ninety on the Billboard Hot 100, which was considered a disappointment. The song was possibly overshadowed by the success of Janet's prior single "Call on Me", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in September and October 2006 during the same time "So Excited" was released. The song later peaked at number one in Japan, number two in Italy and also achieved success in other countries. Nevertheless, on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, "So Excited" became Jackson's twenty-second consecutive top ten single and her seventeenth number-one hit.
The accompanying music video for "So Excited" was filmed in Los Angeles on August 21–22, 2006. Joseph Kahn directed the video, with choreography by Gil Duldulao, and was premiered on September 13, 2006 on BET's Access Granted. VFX house X1FX handled visual effects for the video. In the video she dances with her female dancers, with flashes of Jackson and her dancers naked, covering their breasts. Also, occasional skeleton people appear in a X-ray effect, and on the 2 minute mark, Jackson is seen inside a yellow sports car eating a strawberry. The video received positive reviews, from critics, who considered it a departure from the video for her previous single, but some scenes were criticized. An anecdote commented that "She sure loves to be different. She still stays true to her classic dancing moves". They were also surprised with Jackson naked in the video, after her Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy in 2004.
After Khia was given a diminished role in the music video, she went to her MySpace account, criticizing Jackson: "Stop it!!!!! Ull neva [sic] be Mariah!!!!! She dont have to be intimidated by me. Puttin me on dat damn TV!!! She at hata. Divas can be hatas[sic] too!!!... Nowwwwwww!!!!!Myt [sic] advice to Janet. Ms. Jackson if u nasti [sic]!!! Stop tryna [sic] to compete with these little girls." Jermaine Dupri claimed that Khia was "ungrateful" for the attention she received on the single. Despite that, Khia said the situation was calmed down, and wrote a song with Jackson in mind. However, she did not regret the feedback she gave the singer, stating,
"I don't say anything that I don't mean. I meant every word that I said. People mix the truth with hate, but no I didn't appreciate her putting me on the television. A lot of people blew that out of proportion like, 'Oh my god, Khia's hating on Janet,' but she called me and we were okay. It's just me voicing the situation to my fans and then people getting it and running with it and that's fine. The song is hot and she's gonna always be Janet and I’m gonna always be Khia."
In September 2006, to promote her album 20 Y.O., the singer went to Today to sing songs from the album, including, "So Excited", which had "explosive" choreography as the "crowd goes even wilder as they chant the lyrics from the song". On December 4, 2006, Jackson opened the 2006 Billboard Music Awards with a medley of past hits "Control", "The Pleasure Principle" and new single "So Excited", accompanied by black and red-clad dancers. The song was included on the setlist for the Rock Witchu Tour in 2008.
UK CD 1 (B000K4X37S)
UK CD 2 (B000JU7K7W)
U.S. and European promo CD single
U.S. 12" promo single (0946 3 74824 1 4 8)
U.S. promo CD single
U.S. 12" single (0946 3 81149 1 8)
- Album Version – 3:15
- Radio Edit – 3:15
- Album Instrumental – 3:15
- Album A Cappella – 3:12
- Remix featuring Fabolous and Fatman Scoop – 3:44
- Junior Vasquez Radio Edit – 3:18
- Junior Vasquez World Mixshow
- Junior Vasquez Mixshow Edit – 5:11
- Junior Vasquez Club Mix – 7:22
- Junior Vasquez Dub Mix / Junior Vasquez Instrumental Dub – 7:14
- Bimbo Jones Radio Edit – 3:10
- Bimbo Jones Club Remix – 6:45
- Bimbo Jones Dub Edit / Bimbo Jones Remix Instrumental – 6:48
- Eddie Baez Mix – 8:58
- Khia's Hood Remix – 4:14 (not commissioned by Virgin Records)
|Finnish Singles Chart||9|
|Italian Singles Chart||2|
|Japanese Singles Chart||1|
|Spanish Singles Chart||13|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||90|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||34|
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||93|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||1|
Chart procession and succession
"I Believe" by Georgie Porgie
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
January 13, 2007
"Hurt" by Christina Aguilera
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