Body on Me

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"Body on Me"
Body On Me (Nelly single - cover art).png
Single by Nelly featuring Akon and Ashanti
from the album Brass Knuckles and The Declaration
Released June 10, 2008
Recorded 2008
  • 3:31 (Brass Knuckles version)
  • 3:20 (The Declaration version)
  • 3:57 (alternative version)
  • 2:57 (UK radio edit)
  • Akon
  • Giorgio Tuinfort
Nelly singles chronology
"Here I Am"
"Body on Me"
"Stepped on My J'z"
Ashanti singles chronology
"The Way That I Love You"
"Body on Me"
"Good Good"
Akon singles chronology
"I'm So Paid"
"Body on Me"
"What's Love"
Alternative cover
Promotional cover

"Body on Me" is a song by American rapper Nelly, featuring American rapper Akon and American singer Ashanti. It was recorded for Ashanti's fourth album The Declaration and Nelly's fifth studio album Brass Knuckles. The track is produced by Akon and Giorgio Tuinfort. It was released as Ashanti's third single from The Declaration, and Nelly's second single from Brass Knuckles.

Song information[edit]

The track was originally intended to be Ashanti's second single, from her album The Declaration, but instead it became the second single from Nelly's album Brass Knuckles. The track appears on both albums, and it went for adds at rhythm crossover and urban radio stations October 28, 2008.[1][2] The song was released as a digital download June 10, 2008[3] The song was originally made for former B2K member Lil Fizz, a version leaked in late 2006. However, Akon decided to take the song back once Lil Fizz was told he would not be releasing an album. It was then given to Nelly to use. There are four different versions of "Body on Me". Nelly has three versions, and Ashanti has one. In Nelly's first version of the song, only Ashanti's first verse is used, and Nelly does the second and third verses. That version is 3:57. On the second version of the song, Nelly's first two verses are used, and a different third verse by Ashanti is used. This is the album version. There is also one version which doesn't feature Ashanti.

On Ashanti's version, it's the opposite. She has two verses and only Nelly's first verse is used, and she adds ad-libs. Her version is shorter, at 3:20. Akon sings the chorus on both versions. The version that is being released is the Nelly version. The radio edit cuts the song by about 25 seconds, making the song 3:33.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in Las Vegas at the Red Rock Casino, Resort, & Spa. The video was directed by Benny Boom.[4] The music video premiered on FNMTV on July 18, 2008 alongside the video for "Good Good".

The video begins with the opening credits "20 Miles West Of Vegas" and moving over to a casino while cutting back to slot machines. It then cuts to Ashanti in a beige dress walking into the casino with a group of female friends with "Body On Me" written on the screen. As they are walking in they walk past 3 Lamborghini's with Nelly and Akon and their male friends in. They then get out and follow Ashanti inside. They all enter the V.I.P entrance. The video continues with Ashanti in different outfits around the pool and Nelly admiring her. The video comes to an end in a casino where the TV screens say "Starring tonight: Ashanti" and she goes on stage to sing her verse in the song. It finished with Ashanti and Nelly laughing and joking by a bar and then running off.


"Body on Me" charted at number 57 on the Canadian Hot 100 and number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, but dropped off both charts the following week. Shortly after the release of the song's music video, it re-entered the Hot 100, and eventually peaked at number 42. The song sold 300,000 downloads. In the United Kingdom it was released as a download on July 28, 2008. "Body on Me" also peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number 17.

Chart (2008) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 32
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 57
Ireland (IRMA) 12
New Zealand 19
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[7] 75
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 17
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 42
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[9] 69
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks[10] 10
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[11] 58


  1. ^ R&R :: Going For Adds :: Rhythmic
  2. ^ R&R :: Going For Adds :: Urban
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Body On Me (feat. Akon & Ashanti) - Single by Nelly". 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  4. ^ On the set of "Body on Me" video shoot. Accessed July 11, 2008.
  5. ^ Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Recording Industry Association
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200841 into search.
  8. ^ Billboard.BIZ Archived May 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Billboard.BIZ Archived October 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Billboard.BIZ Archived October 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Billboard.BIZ Archived October 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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