Boo'd Up

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"Boo'd Up"
Ella Mai Boo'd Up.png
Single by Ella Mai
from the album Ready and Ella Mai
Released20 February 2018 (2018-02-20)
Format
GenreR&B[1]
Length
  • 4:16 (EP version)
  • 3:59 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Ella Mai singles chronology
"Naked"
(2017)
"Boo'd Up"
(2018)
"Trip"
(2018)
Music video
"Boo'd Up" on YouTube

"Boo'd Up" is the debut commercial single by English singer Ella Mai from her third extended play, Ready. Serving as the lead single for the EP, the song peaked number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.[2] The song was written by Mai, Joelle James, Dijon "Mustard" McFarlane and Larrance Dopson of 1500 or Nothin', and produced by the latter two. It became the recipient of two Grammy Award nominations, winning for Best R&B Song and nominated for Song of the Year at the 61st Grammy Awards.[3]

Background and release[edit]

American songwriter Joelle James first wrote "Boo'd Up" in 2014 originally for herself. She later looked for an artist to give the song to, eventually giving it to Ella Mai after feeling that "synergy of it would be perfect for her."[4]

Mai originally released the song in February 2017 as part of the Ready EP. "Boo'd Up" rose in popularity on social media as well as in nightclubs over the next few months[5], notably in the Bay Area and later in Dallas, Texas. After Mai served as the opening act on Kehlani's tour, her music reached a bigger audience and the song grew on radio airplay in the spring of 2018.[6] The song became her first top 10 song in the US in the following month, deeming it her "breakthrough hit".[7] Rolling Stone wrote that the single is "one of the biggest singles by a breakout female R&B singer in the past 10 years."[8]

In support of the song and its commercial success, Mai announced a concert tour titled the Boo'd Up Tour in the US during the month of August.[9]

In December 2018, Billboard magazine ranked "Boo'd Up" as the third best song of the year.[10]

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Nick Walker, premiered via Mai's Vevo channel on 26 April 2018.[11] It features cameo appearances from singer Khalid, rapper Kamaiyah, and YouTube personality Alissa Ashley.[12][13] Model Donnell Blaylock Jr. plays Mai's love interest in the video.[14]

Remixes[edit]

Rappers Fetty Wap, Plies, Fabolous, Dave East, Vado and Young Dro also released remixes to the song.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

Live performances[edit]

On 17 November 2018, Mai performed the song on Saturday Night Live, with Jezebel describing Mai as "Pure '90s R&B Heartthrob".[23]It comes on the heels of Ella Mai’s critically acclaimed performance at the BET Awards 2018.[24][25]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Boo'd Up"4:16

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[38] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[40] 4× Platinum 4,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 22 February 2017 Digital download (along with Ready EP)
[41]
United States 20 February 2018 Rhythmic contemporary [42]
Urban contemporary [citation needed]
10 July 2018 Contemporary hit radio [43]

Nicki Minaj and Quavo remix[edit]

"Boo'd Up (Remix)"
Single by Ella Mai, Nicki Minaj and Quavo
Released4 July 2018 (2018-07-04)
FormatDigital download
Length3:37
Label
Songwriter(s)
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"Bed"
(2018)
"Boo'd Up (Remix)"
(2018)
"Fefe"
(2018)
Quavo singles chronology
"Ghostbusters"
(2018)
"Boo'd Up (Remix)"
(2018)
"No Brainer"
(2018)

A remix of "Boo'd Up" with rapper Nicki Minaj and Quavo was released 4 July 2018.[44]

The remix version of the song features newly added verses and lyrics by both Quavo and Minaj and marks the second collaboration between the two. Its music was also slightly modified with several parts being reorganized and changed.[45] Some of the lyrics in Minaj's verse of the song are: Still a Playboy bunny on Hef, though/So we gotta get the dollar like Creflo/He said that he want respect/I said, "That's dope"/But that goes both ways like DeJ Loaf, uh.[44]

Composition[edit]

The music of "Boo'd Up" is mostly kept the same as the original, with the sound being slightly altered and several parts reorganized. The remix also contains a reference to Minaj's 2011 hit, "Super Bass".[46] Migos member Quavo drops an ad-libbed verse of his own. The remix comes to a close with a faux recorded phone conversation between Quavo and Minaj. She asks him to be picked up from somewhere but he's actually already outside.[47]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download – Official Remix[48]
No.TitleLength
1."Boo'd Up (Remix)" (with Nicki Minaj and Quavo)3:37

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[49] 12
Belgium Urban (Ultratop Flanders)[50] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[51] 8

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[52] Gold 15,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 4 July 2018 Digital download [48]

References[edit]

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