Dirty Work (Austin Mahone song)

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"Dirty Work"
Austin Mahone - Dirty Work (Official Single Cover).png
Single by Austin Mahone
from the album Dirty Work
ReleasedJuly 1, 2015
FormatDigital download
Producer(s)The Monsters and the Strangerz
Austin Mahone singles chronology
"Mmm Yeah"
"Dirty Work"
""Send It"[1]"
Music video
"Dirty Work" on YouTube

"Dirty Work" is a song by American pop singer Austin Mahone. The song was released in the United States as a digital download on July 1, 2015. It was written and produced by The Monsters and the Strangerz,[2] with additional songwriting from Mahone, Sean Douglas and Talay Riley. From 2017, Japanese comedian Blouson Chiemi started to use the song as the background music in a popular comedy routine, which led to the song peaking on the Japan Hot 100 Chart at number 4. On July 23, 2017, the song was certified gold in Japan.

Background and release[edit]

In late June, Austin revealed the "Dirty Work" single artwork on Twitter, and announced that it would be released to iTunes on July 10, 2015.[3] It was premiered on radio the next day, and given an early iTunes release on July 1, 2015.[4]

On November 17, 2015, Mahone released a "Dirty Work" remix featuring T-Pain for free on his official SoundCloud page.[5] In 2017, "Dirty Work" became a sleeper hit in Japan after comedienne Blouson Chiemi began using it in her "Career Woman" comedy routine.[6] After seeing her comedy routine, Mahone offered to collaborate with her, and a "Dirty Work" remix featuring Blouson Chiemi was released on iTunes on June 8, 2017.[7]


"Dirty Work" is a "bouncy, funky jam"[8] that Mahone describes as having "a Bruno Mars / "Uptown Funk" type of vibe."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews. Jason Lipshutz of Billboard called it Mahone's "best and most ambitious single to date".[9] Mike Wass of Idolator called it a 'retro-leaning banger' and likened it to hits by Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake,[10] while Fuse's Jeff Benjamin wrote "At times the guitars sound a bit like the ones in Michael Jackson's "Black or White."[11]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Dirty Work" was filmed in April, 2015.[12] Mahone stated in an interview with WiLD 94.9 that the video would be in black and white.[2] However, Mahone later re-shot the video with an entirely new concept, and this original version of the video was never released.

In early July, Mahone filmed a second video for the song, inspired by the TV series The Office.[13] This version of the video was released on July 27, 2015.[14] In it, Mahone plays the office heart-throb, who is pursuing the sexy new girl. It includes a cast of fellow workers, who goof around and dance with Mahone throughout the video, with The Office style interviews to camera inter-cut throughout.


Chart (2015–2017) Peak
Japan (Billboard Japan Hot 100)[15] 4
Japan Hot Overseas (Billboard)[16] 1
US Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[17] 5
US Pop Digital Songs (Billboard)[18] 28

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[4] July 1, 2015 Digital download
Worldwide[19][20][21][22] July 2, 2015
United States[23] July 14, 2015 Mainstream radio
United Kingdom[24] July 24, 2015 Digital download


  1. ^ "Send It (feat. Rich Homie Quan)". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Austin Mahone talks about dating Becky G, getting creative in the bedroom and his new album". WiLD 94.9. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  3. ^ Austin Mahone [@AustinMahone] (1 July 2015). "DIRTY WORK COMES OUT ON JULY 10!!!!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved 1 July 2015 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ a b Mahone, Austin. "Everyone was asking me to put out #DirtyWork earlier". Twitter. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Dirty Work (Remix) [feat. T - Pain]". SoundCloud. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  6. ^ Mike Wass (27 June 2017). "Who Knew? Austin Mahone's "Dirty Work" Is Huge In Japan". Idolator. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Dirty Work Blouson Chiemi Remix - Single]". iTunes. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  8. ^ Lindner, Emilee. "Austin Mahone's 'Dirty Work' Is The Funky Jam You Never Knew You Needed". MTV. MTV. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  9. ^ Austin Mahone: New Album Coming 'Before The End of the Year' | Billboard
  10. ^ Austin Mahone Jumps On The Funk Bandwagon With Surprisingly Great New Single “Dirty Work”:Listen | Idolator
  11. ^ Austin Mahone Goes Funky on New Single "Dirty Work" | Fuse
  12. ^ Garibaldi, Christina. "BIG News: Austin Mahone And Becky G Are Dating– He Told Us So". MTV. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  13. ^ Lindner, Emilee. "Is Austin Mahone Spoofing 'The Office' For His 'Dirty Work' Video?". MTV.com. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Austin Mahone - Dirty Work (Official)". YouTube. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Austin Mahone - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  16. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Overseas" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Billboard Mexico Ingles Airplay - July 18, 2015". Billboard. 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  18. ^ "Billboard Pop Digital Songs - July 18, 2015". Billboard. 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  19. ^ "Dirty Work - Single". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  20. ^ "Dirty Work". Amazon.com. France. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  21. ^ "Dirty Work". Amazon.com. Italy. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  22. ^ "Dirty Work". Amazon.com. Spain. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-08-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^ "Dirty Work - Single". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved 6 July 2015.