Beep (The Pussycat Dolls song)

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"Beep"
The Pussycat Dolls-Beep.png
Single by The Pussycat Dolls featuring will.i.am
from the album PCD
Released February 9, 2006 (2006-02-09)
Format
Genre
Length 3:49
Label A&M
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Pussycat Dolls singles chronology
"Stickwitu"
(2005)
"Beep"
(2006)
"Buttons"
(2006)

"Stickwitu"
(2005)
"Beep"
(2006)
"Buttons"
(2006)
will.i.am singles chronology
"La Paga"
(2004) La Paga2004
"Beep"
(2006) Beep2006
"I Love My Chick"
(2006) I Love My Chick2006

"Beep" is a song by American girl group the Pussycat Dolls from their debut studio album, PCD (2005). It features will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas who composed the song with additional writing from Kara DioGuardi and Jeff Lynne and additional production from Ron Fair. The song contains a sample of "Evil Woman" by Electric Light Orchestra.

Background[edit]

The Pussycat Dolls were originally a burlesque cabaret act formed in 1995 by choreographer Robin Antin.[1] In 2004 after Antin negotiated a record deal with Interscope Records, The Pussycat Dolls transformed into a recording act under the supervision of Antin and then-A&M Records president and producer Ron Fair.[1] After recruiting lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, they began to work with Fair who executive produced their 2005 debut album, PCD.[2]

Composition[edit]

"Beep" is a pop song which was written by William Adams, Kara DioGuardi, Jeff Lynne in the key of G minor. The instrumental string hook is a sample of ELO's "Evil Woman" (1975).[3] Critics noted that the song was similar to Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" (2005); both were produced and written by will.i.am. The staccato Destiny's Child-like verse may be interpreted as naughty lyrics, clipped by a bleep censor.

IGN's Spence D. noted that "the song is a mixed bag, tossing together slick strings for that orchestrated pop vibe, then mixing that up with a loping, though downplayed, funk groove. It's like two songs in one, though one of the songs feels like a throwback to '80s sterile pop."[4] According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the "girl-empowerment song"[5] has a time signature set in common time, with a tempo of 104 beats per minute.[3] The melody is mainly composed with cinematic strings and features a sitar in the middle eighth, and uses stomping, custom-made beat.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

"Beep" received mainly positive reviews from modern critics. When reviewing for PCD, Lisa Haines described "Beep" as a standout tune.[6] Nick Butler from Sputnikmusic wrote that the song may even be better than Don't Cha. "'Beep', [is] pretty much the only thing here that stands up to 'Don't Cha' (it's quite possibly better, actually)."[7] People's Chuck Arnold described the song as "naughty".[8] However, Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine wrote that the song is a "degrading material".[9] musicOMH's John Murphy described the song as "oddly sexless", "bland", "dull" and "just so damn safe."[10] Senior editor of Billboard magazine, Chuck Taylor described the song as "cliched and overwrought." He ended his review writing "We had higher hopes."[11] Miriam Zendle of Digital Spy described awarded the song 1 out 5 stars criticizing will.i.am for "making it sound pretentious and too try-hard" and noted that the "terrible rapping and incredibly short and repetitive sample the song" ruins any "attempt to make the song in any way sexual." She went on to continue that the group miserably fail as they "go in yet another undefined direction."[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Beep" debuted at number ninety-three on the US Billboard Hot 100, and eventually peaked at number-thirteen becoming the Dolls' third consecutive top 20 hit, but failed to match the success of its predecessors, "Don't Cha" and "Stickwitu" which both became Billboard top 10 hits. In Canada "Beep" was not a commercial success, peaking at number forty-eight on the Canadian Singles Chart and number forty-five on the Canadian BDS Airplay Chart. On the UK Singles Chart, "Beep" debuted and peaked at number two with sales of 29,212 copies.[13] "Beep" was also a success in Ireland where it peaked at number-two on the Irish Singles Chart, thanks to the song's success in the United Kingdom. This makes "Beep" the dolls' third consecutive top 3 hit there.

"Beep" was also successful across Oceania. In Australia "Beep" debuted and peaked at number-three for two non-consecutive weeks on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, becoming the group's third consecutive top 3 hit there also, and was certified Gold by ARIA for sales in excess of 35,000 copies.[14] "Beep" was ranked as the 24th best seller in Australia for 2006, and was one of four songs to have made the Australian ARIA Year-End Singles Chart for 2006 along with "Stickwitu", "Buttons" and "I Don't Need A Man". In New Zealand, "Beep" debuted at number twenty-five on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart, and the following week ascended to its peak at number-one where it spent seven consecutive weeks, becoming the group's third consecutive number-one hit there. "Beep" ended as the year's second best seller, and is the group's most successful single there to date.[15]

"Beep" was also a success in Europe and scored a peak position of number-two on the European Hot 100. "Beep" performed the best in Belgium where it topped the singles chart for a week becoming the Dolls' second number one single there after "Don't Cha".[16] "Beep" was also a success in the Netherlands where it peaked at number-two for two consecutive weeks, becoming the Dolls' third consecutive song to have peaked at number-two following its predecessors, "Don't Cha" and "Stickwitu".[17] "Beep" reached the top 5 in Norway, the top 10 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France, and the top 20 in Sweden.

Music video[edit]

The video (directed by Benny Boom) starts with Scherzinger meeting will.i.am in an elevator. Will.i.am explains his attraction to which Scherzinger replies by implying she doesn't care about him looking at her. She then enters the Dolls' apartment, and, concluding the chorus, they begin a dance routine throughout the second verse. Will.i.am then enters the room, but quickly exits as Bachar throws a bottle of water at him. The Dolls are then seen at a nightclub and a dance break ensues. They are then seen in solo dance spots in front of a large set of speakers. Scherzinger, Bachar and Thornton are seen with will.i.am, as the video comes to a close. It is also the only song where the chorus is sung by more than one Doll, but at separate time. The first chorus features Scherzinger, the second Bachar and the third Thornton.

Track listing[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of PCD.[18]

Sample
Personnel
  • JD Andrews – vocal recording
  • Charlie Bisharat – electric violin
  • Ariel Chobaz – assistant mix engineer
  • Kara DioGuardi – songwriting
  • Mike "Angry" Eleopoulos – additional engineering
  • Ron Fair – additional production, vocal production, arrangement, string arrangement and conduct, wurlitzer,
  • Tal Herzberg – engineering, Pro Tools, additional programming, bass
  • The PCD Orchestra – strings
  • Dave "Hard Drive" Pensado – mixing
  • Bill Schnee – string recording
  • will.i.am – songwriting, production

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[56] Gold 35,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[57] Gold 4,000^
Sweden (GLF)[58] Gold 15,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[59] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[60] Silver 200,000^

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

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[61][62] February 6, 2006 Contemporary hit radio
Rhythmic radio

See also[edit]

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