Stickwitu

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"Stickwitu"
Single by The Pussycat Dolls
from the album PCD
Released September 26, 2005 (2005-09-26)
Format
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 3:28
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
The Pussycat Dolls singles chronology
  • "Stickwitu"
  • (2005)

"Stickwitu" is a song recorded by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls from their debut studio album, PCD (2005). It was written by Franne Golde, Kasia Livingston and Robert Palmer while the production was handled Ron Fair and co-produced by Tal Herzberg. It was sent to contemporary hit radio in the United States, as the second single from the album on September 26, 2005. "Stickwitu" is soul ballad which celebrates forever love. It received mixed reviews from music critics who complimented towards the group's vocals, but criticized its placement on the album. The song earned them a nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.

The song gained worldwide success, reaching top five in the United States and in Belgium, like their previous single it debuted at number one in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom and reached top three in Australia, Ireland and the Netherlands. The song has been performed several times on television including the remix with Avant.

Composition[edit]


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"Stickwitu" was written by Franne Golde, Kasia Livingston and Robert Palmer while the production was handled by Ron Fair and co-produced by Tal Herzberg who also engineered the song. Mike Hogue assisted in the mix engineering. The group's vocals were recorded by Mike "Angry" Eleopoulos. Fair also arranged and conducted the strings played by the PCD orchestra which were recorded by Allen Sides. The original drum programming was done by Palmer. The song was finally mixed by Peter Mokran at The Record Plant. Fair also played harmonica, piano, organ and Rhodes while Herzberg and Cori Jacobs handled the bass and Rhodes respectively.[1] In July 2005 MTV News reported that "Beep" featuring will.i.am was a "potential second single;"[2] however that later changed and "Stickwitu" was sent to contemporary hit radio in the United States on September 26, 2005 as the second single.[3]

"Stickwitu" is a soul ballad[4] written in the key of D major with a time signature in common time and a tempo of 72 beats per minute. The melody was produced uses a simple chord progression of A(9)/C♯ – Bm7 – A7 – Bm7 and A/C♯, with a vocal range of F♯3 – E5.[5] Chuck Taylor Billboard magazine noted that "Stickwitu" is reminiscent to the works of girl groups Cover Girls and Sweet Sensation.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

"Stickwitu" received mixed reviews from critics. Chuck Taylor from Billboard magazine was surprised of the song and praised it for being "beautifully sung, craftily produced and refreshingly gimmick-free." He went on to praise the "catchy" chorus and noted that the "track is unlike anything else on the air."[6] John Murphy of musicOMH wrote that although "it’s nicely sung, it doesn't particularly stick in the mind very much." He continued the "Dolls’ voices do well at harmonies" but noted that "none have a particular strong vocal."[4] Spence D. shared the same sentiment with Murphy adding that Scherzinger "never really presents anything that could come close to being called a signature sound."[7] Writing for Sputnikmusic Nick Butler described "Stickwitu" as a "limp, lifeless ode." However he did noted that "it's nowhere near as sickly or disgustingly submissive and sexist as something like Destiny's Child's 'Cater 2 U'.[8] Stephen Thomas Erlewine was not impressed with the song, saying that "PCD seems like it will be that rare thing: a mainstream club/dance album devoted to nothing but dance songs. Then, reality comes crashing in with the fourth song, 'Stickwitu', the inevitable romantic slow jam whose sappiness undercuts the joyous carnal celebration of the first three songs.[9] Sal Cinquenmani from Slant Magazine found the song difficult to take seriously. He said "the album's ballads ('Stickwitu' and 'How Many Times, How Many Lies'), though sufficiently un-icky, are still difficult to take seriously when followed by a song that begs a man to 'loosen up my buttons'."[10]

At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007, "Stickwitu" earned the Pussycat Dolls their first nomination, for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.[11] At the 21st Annual Soul Train Awards, the remix featuring Avant was nominated for Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo.[12] In May 15, 2007, the song was listed as one of the recipients of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Pop Awards.[13] Fuse ranked the clip at number 95 on their list of the "Top 100 Number Ones" in 2011.[14]

Chart performance[edit]

"Stickwitu" entered the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 22, 2005, at number 85.[15] By its fourth week, "Stickwitu" had already become the group's second top 40 single and by its ninth week had peaked at number five where it spent three non-consecutive weeks. "Stickwitu" also peaked at number-one for two weeks on the Pop 100 Airplay, and number-two on the Billboard Pop 100 charts respectively. "Stickwitu" also charted on the Billboard Hot R&B/hip-hop songs, and has peaked at number sixty-three.

In the United Kingdom, "Stickwitu" debuted and peaked at number-one on the UK Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks, becoming the group's second consecutive number one single in Britain. "Stickwitu" spent 6 weeks within the top ten, and remained on the chart for a total of 17 weeks.[16] In Canada, "Stickwitu" peaked at number fifteen on the Canadian BDS airplay chart and at number-nine on the Canadian Singles Chart, and is to date the group's second top ten single, and also their second most successful song on this chart.

"Stickwitu" was also a major success in Oceania. In Australia, "Stickwitu" debuted at number-three on the Australian ARIA Singles Charts and eventually peaked at number-two for two consecutive weeks, and was certified Platinum by ARIA for sales in excess of 70,000.[17] "Stickwitu" appeared on the ARIA Year-End Singles Chart the following year and was ranked at number twenty-nine. It was one of four releases by the group to have made this chart, with the others being its successors; "Beep", "Buttons" and "I Don't Need A Man". In New Zealand, "Stickwitu" peaked at number one for two non-consecutive weeks on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart, one week more than its predecessor, "Don't Cha" had spent at number one, and becoming the group's second consecutive number one hit. "Stickwitu" was ranked at number-fifteen on the Year-End RIANZ Singles Chart for 2006.[18]

"Stickwitu" was also a success in Europe. "Stickwitu" was most successful in the Netherlands where it peaked at number-two for two consecutive weeks, becoming the group's second consecutive single to peak at number-two.[19] "Stickwitu" was also successful elsewhere in Europe reaching the top ten in Switzerland, Belgium, Norway and Italy. It also peaked within the top twenty in Germany, Austria and France, as well as the top 40 in Sweden. "Stickwitu" peaked at number-four on the European Hot 100 following its success across Europe.

Music video[edit]

Screenshot of the video with the Pussycat Dolls during a photoshoot.

The music video for "Stickwitu" was shot over two days filmed in different places of Los Angeles including the Orpheum Theatre.[20] Nigel Dick was chosen to direct the video as the group wanted to maintain its momentum garnered from "Don't Cha".[21] Dick admitted that he felt pressure to deliver. "This video establishes the way they want to be seen from now on. But that’s the way it’s always been for me. I’ve been very lucky in my career to do videos for people that are very crucial in artist’s careers."[20] Speaking of the video's concept, Nicole Scherzinger said: This video shows much more vulnerability. The video was just a day in the life of the Pussycat Dolls on the road. Part of it is [showing] the strength to do what we do [as performers]; the other is to show that we have our vulnerabilities in life with trying to hold up relationships while we’re on the road. Scherzinger says the video also serves another purpose. We wanted to make sure that each of us was identifiable in this video, that you got to know each girl a little bit more, and get to see what we’re like on and off tour." The music video premiered on MTV.com, on October 13, 2005.[21]

The music video begins with the group at a hotel being awoken by someone knocking on the door. The Pussycat Dolls begin to pack their belongings, then walk to their tour bus, stopping to sign autographs for fans on the way. The video continues to show footage of the girls on the bus, in dance rehearsals and practicing the song "Stickwitu". The video ends with group coming out of a back entrance of a building posing for some pictures. Throughout the video, the Pussycat Dolls are seen talking on Nokia mobile phones, presumably to their partners.

Live performances[edit]

On December 2005 the group performed for the annual KIIS-FM Jingle Ball wearing "festive candy-cane-striped belly shirts and red-and-green capri pants." The set list included "Don't Cha", "Stickwitu" and "Wait a Minute".[22] On June 30, 2006 the group performed "Don't Cha", "Buttons" and "Stickwitu" on Good Morning America as part of its Summer Concert Series.[23] On July 7, 2007 the Pussycat Dolls together with other artists performed at the Live Earth Concerts, which were held to raise awareness of global warming. They performed "Don't Cha", "Stickwitu", and "Buttons".[24] "Stickwitu" was included on the group's first live album Live from London (2006).[25] The Pussycat Dolls also performed "Stickwitu" throughout their second tour, Doll Domination Tour (2009). Alex Macpherson of The Guardian praised Scherzinger's "inventive and versatile" vocals which are "gently crooning the sweet ballad."[26]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[27]

  1. "Stickwitu" - 3:28
  2. "Santa Baby" - 3:00
  3. "Stickwitu" (R&B Remix) [featuring Avant] - 3:38

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of PCD.[1]

Mixing
Personnel
  • Mike "Angry" Eleopoulos – recording
  • Ron Fair – producer, arrangement, conductor, harmonica, organ, piano, rhodes
  • Franne Golde – songwriter
  • Tal Herzberg – co-producer, engineering, Pro Tools, bass
  • Mike Hogue – assistant mix engineer
  • Cori Jacobs – rhodes
  • Kasia Livingston – songwriter
  • Peter Mokran – mixing
  • Robert Palmer – songwriter, original drum programming
  • Allen Sides – string recording
  • The PCD orchestra – strings

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[64] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[65] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[66] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[67] Platinum 1,000,000*
Ringtone
United States (RIAA)[68] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref
United States September 26, 2005 Contemporary hit radio
[3]
United Kingdom October 28, 2005 Polydor
[69]
Germany November 25, 2005 CD single Universal Music
[70]
Canada December 20, 2005 Digital download
[71]
United States
  • A&M
  • Interscope
[72]
January 9, 2006 Urban contemporary radio
[73]

See also[edit]

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