Beware of the Dog (song)

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"Beware of the Dog"
Jamelia - Beware Of The Dog (CD).jpg
Single by Jamelia
from the album Walk with Me
B-side "Tripping Over You"
"Real Love"
Released 4 December 2006 (2006-12-04)
(see release history)
Format CD, DVD, vinyl, digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop rock, dance
Length 3:11 (album version)
4:48 (extended version)
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Martin Gore, Jamelia, Stuart Crichton, Tommy Lee James, Karen Poole
Producer(s) Stuart Crichton
Jamelia singles chronology
"Something About You"
"Beware of the Dog"
"No More"

"Beware of the Dog" is a song written by Jamelia, Stuart Crichton, Tommy Lee James, Karen Poole and Martin Gore, produced by Crichton for Jamelia's third album Walk with Me (2006).[1] The single is notable for its sample of Depeche Mode's song "Personal Jesus" and was the second single released from the album, except for New Zealand where it was released as the only single.


"Beware of the Dog" was the second single from Jamelia to enter the UK top forty on downloads alone. It was also the highest download only entry of the week and the only song to reach the top forty. The single has also been an airplay hit, reaching BBC Radio 1's A-list and peaking inside the top twenty of both the TV airplay and radio airplay charts. Upon its physical release, "Beware of the Dog" peaked at number ten in its second week on the charts, Jamelia's second top ten hit from Walk with Me and her seventh UK top ten hit in total. The single made its debut in Australia on 21 May 2007 at number fifty-one due to low digital downloads but on its second week it moved up to its peak position of fifty.

Jamelia has performed the track with UK rock band Feeder, at their 9 November 2006 gig at the London Coronet. "Beware Of The Dog" has also been used in the advertisement for UK television network's Channel 4 show, Goldplated. The song was also used as one of the catwalk tracks for the 2006 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

In July 2007, the track was shortlisted for the Popjustice £20 Music Prize, a prize which recognizes the best British pop single over the past year. Popjustice praised the single by proclaiming that it "sounds like a Number One single to this very day." It peaked at #10 on the UK charts.

Track listings[edit]

UK & Dutch CD[2]
  1. "Beware of the Dog"
  2. "Thank You (Radio Edit)"
  1. "Beware of the Dog" (extended version)
  2. "Tripping Over You"
  3. "Real Love"
  4. "Beware of the Dog" (video)
UK 12" vinyl[4]
  1. "Beware of the Dog" (Alavi ReroX remix)
  2. "Beware of the Dog" (Radio Slave instrumental)
Australian CD single[5]
  1. "Beware of the Dog"
  2. "Something About You" (single edit)
  3. "Beware of the Dog" (Steve Lawler's Sesso Oscurita mix
  4. "Beware of the Dog" (Radio Slave instrumental)
  5. "Beware of the Dog" (Alavi ReroX remix)

Music video[edit]

The video for the single was premiered in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2006. Shot in a black-and-white format, the video was filmed by Norwegian director Ray Kay, who had previously worked with Destiny's Child ("Soldier"), Stacie Orrico ("So Simple"), Melanie C ("Yeh Yeh Yeh", "Next Best Superstar") and Monica ("Everytime tha Beat Drop").

The video is set in central London and features Jamelia being driven at high speed through Soho before arriving at a nightclub and performing to a crowd.

Big Brother UK Series 8 housemate Nabeel "Billi" Bhatti starred in the video.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 48
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)[8] 10
Chart (2007) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 50
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 68
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 52
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[12] 55
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 11
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 63
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 29
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 46

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United Kingdom 2006-12-04 Parlophone Records CD 162453
Australia 2007-05-12 Capitol Records CD 3845122


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