|Single by Jeremih|
|from the album Jeremih|
|Released||April 7, 2009|
|Writer(s)||Jeremy Felton, Keith James, Mick Schultz|
|Jeremih singles chronology|
"Birthday Sex" is the debut single by American recording artist Jeremih. It is the lead single from his debut album, Jeremih. The song was written by Jeremih and Keith James and produced by Mick Schultz. "Birthday Sex" peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The single has been certified 2x Platinum.
Jeremih wrote and recorded "Birthday Sex" in September 2008, initially calling it "Birthday Text" but later revising the name. Initially, a song entitled "My Ride" was scheduled to be released as the first single. Jeremih credited deejay Bam of Chicago's Power 92 for selecting "Birthday Sex" for radio play. The song is based on his own birthday experience. He thought that "someone would've written a song like that already—one that caters to females on their day". Meanwhile, during his first international press interview, Jeremih told noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of 'Blues & Soul': "I do think the lyrical concept really did help the song out! To where I feel it's gonna be a timeless record that'll still be played YEARS from now - simply because it's become a new birthday anthem!"
The official remix, "Birthday Sex (iSouth Remix)", features Pitbull, Trey Songz, Teairra Mari, Stat Quo, and Ludacris. The track was arranged by the record production duo iSouth Entertainment consisting of DJ Winston Park and Drunk D.
The music video for "Birthday Sex" was filmed in Los Angeles, California, and was directed by Paul Hunter. In the video, Jeremih is shown with his love interest, Brazilian model Alessandra Cardoso with a Handycam to capture their intimate moments. He proceeds to feed her fruit and desserts while she is blindfolded.
The music video managed to appear at #3 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.
"Birthday Sex" has received generally favorable reviews from critics. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called it a "fantastic single", while comparing it to songs by R. Kelly, as it "clips his lines short like a rapper and writes bedroom songs that verge on parody". Amos Barshad of New York magazine dubbed the song a "summer jam". According to Sean Ross of Edison Media Research, the title of the song generated its success.
"Birthday Sex" debuted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number 93 on the week of March 21, 2009. In May 2009, the song topped the Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart after ascending from number five to one, the greatest rise for a new artist since Tweet's "Oops (Oh My)" in 2002. "Birthday Sex" displaced Jamie Foxx's "Blame It" from its 12-week streak atop the chart. "Birthday Sex" also displaced "Blame It" from its 14-week reign atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On the issue date May 14, 2009, "Birthday Sex" became the first song in several years outside of the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 to simultaneously have the greatest airplay gain and digital download gain. The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.
Chart procession and succession
"Blame It" by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain
|Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
May 23, 2009 – June 6, 2009
"Knock You Down" by Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo
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|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000|
|United States (RIAA) (Mastertone)||Platinum||1,000,000|