The Way You Move

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This article is about the song by Outkast. For the song by Ne-Yo, see The Way You Move (Ne-Yo song). For the song by Bodyrockers, see I Like the Way (You Move).
"The Way You Move"
Single by OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown
from the album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Released October 2, 2003
Format CD single
Recorded Stankonia Studios, Atlanta, GA, 2002
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 3:55
Label LaFace/RCA
55883
Writer(s) Big Boi, Carl-Mo, Sleepy Brown
Producer(s) Big Boi, Carl-Mo
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
OutKast singles chronology
"Hey Ya!"
(2003)
"The Way You Move"
(2003)
"Roses"
(2004)

"The Way You Move" is a song recorded by Big Boi of the American hip hop duo OutKast, released by LaFace Records. The song features OutKast mentor Sleepy Brown on guest vocals. Along with "Hey Ya!", recorded by OutKast's other member André 3000, "The Way You Move" is one of the two lead singles from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast's double album project which includes a solo album from each member. Released from Big Boi's Speakerboxxx half of the double album, "The Way You Move" peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming OutKast's third number-one pop single and the 900th for "Billboard." In 2009 it was named the 22nd most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[1]

Song information[edit]

"The Way You Move" is credited to Big Boi, Sleepy Brown, and the song's producer, Carlton Mahone; Big Boi also does some co-production. Combining elements of bass music, Atlanta-style southern hip hop, and 1970s soul music, "The Way You Move" is Big Boi's light-hearted dedication to women. The song's instrumental track is punctuated with the prominent live horn section "Hornz Unlimited" of Atlanta reminiscent of Earth Wind and Fire, and the chorus and bridge feature Sleepy Brown singing in style inspired by the work of Motown star Marvin Gaye.

Music video[edit]

The song's music video, directed by Bryan Barber, features Big Boi as the proprietor of a rim shop. The video's performance shots eventually gravitate to other locations during the video's running time, featuring several young women who Big Boi, dressed in a pimp's suit, attempts to pick up. The video features an appearance from Fonzworth Bentley and another from actress Ki Toy Johnson. "The Way You Move" music video was designed to be shown in tandem with the video for André 3000's "Hey Ya!". A long-form "The Way You Move/Hey Ya!" video combines both clips with a bridging sequence.

The music video opens with Big Boi and Sleepy Brown pulling into a garage that specializes in automotive audio systems.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"The Way You Move" spent eight weeks at the number-two position on the Billboard Hot 100 behind "Hey Ya!", one of the longest runs at that position in the chart's history. It finally replaced "Hey Ya!" at number one on February 7, 2004, where it stayed for one week. That was the sixth time a recording act has replaced itself on the Billboard pop chart. "The Way You Move" was ranked number five on the 2004 Billboard Year-End Chart. On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, "The Way You Move" peaked at number two (seven positions higher than "Hey Ya!"), and reached the top of the Hot Rap Tracks chart.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "The Way You Move" (clean album version) – 3:55
  2. "The Way You Move" (Johnny Toobad Radio Mix) – 3:15
UK CD2
  1. "The Way You Move" (club mix) – 6:04
  2. "The Way You Move" (Johnny Toobad Full Length Vocal) – 9:16
  3. "The Way You Move" (Full Phat Radio Mix) – 4:17
  4. "The Way You Move" (video) – 3:55
UK card sleeve single
  1. "The Way You Move" (radio edit) – 3:35
  2. "Last Call" – 3:16
12" vinyl single
  1. "The Way You Move" (radio edit) – 3:35
  2. "The Way You Move" (club mix) – 6:04
  3. "The Way You Move" (instrumental) – 3:35
  4. "Hey Ya!" (radio edit) – 3:35
  5. "Hey Ya!" (instrumental) – 3:35

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003–04) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 49
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 44
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[6] 4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[7] 9
Europe (Official Top 100 Singles) 18
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 19
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 31
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 18
Italy (FIMI)[11] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 76
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[14] 16
South Korea International Singles (Gaon)[15] 20
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 33
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 7
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 1
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40[18] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[18] 2
US Billboard Hot Rap Songs[18] 1
US Billboard Adult Top 40[18] 34

Decade-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2009) Rank
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 22

Trivia[edit]

  • The song was featured and poked fun at in an episode of Chappelle's Show in a skit entitled "Making the Band" in which P. Diddy (played by Chappelle) is joined by his assistant, Fonzworth Bentley (played by Charlie Murphy), who comes flying in using his umbrella as a parachute, just as Fonzworth does in "The Way You Move" music video.
  • A heavily edited version of the song is featured in the console versions of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005.
  • A "House Mix" is featured on Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2.

Earth, Wind & Fire/Kenny G cover[edit]

"The Way You Move"
Single by Kenny G feat. Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album At Last... The Duets Album
Released 2004
Format CD single
Genre Smooth Jazz
Length 4:09
Label Arista Records
Writer(s) Patrick Brown, Carlton "Carl Mo" Mahone, Antwan Patton
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff

In 2004, saxophonist Kenny G and Earth, Wind & Fire released a cover of the song with bandmembers Philip Bailey and Maurice White on vocals. Their version was spawned from Kenny G's At Last... The Duets Album and it also appeared on Earth, Wind & Fire's 2005 album Illumination. The song went to number 12 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.[20]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[20] 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hot 100 Decade Songs
  2. ^ Kaufman, Gil. "Outkast's 'Hey Ya!' Clip Ran Andre 3000 Into The Ground: VMA Lens Recap"MTV News. September 19, 2003. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE" (in French). Ultratip.
  7. ^ "Danishcharts.com – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE". Tracklisten.
  8. ^ "OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN: THE WAY YOU MOVE" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  9. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  10. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  11. ^ http://acharts.us/song/280
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE". VG-lista.
  15. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: January 01, 2012 to January 07, 2012)". Gaon Chart. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE". Singles Top 60.
  17. ^ "OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ a b c d e http://www.billboard.com/artist/321442/outkast/chart
  19. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 Singles & Tracks - Decade Year End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  20. ^ a b Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary

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