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"Get Your Number"
Get Your Number Mariah Carey.png
Single by Mariah Carey featuring Jermaine Dupri
from the album The Emancipation of Mimi
A-side "Shake It Off"
Released October 3, 2005
Format CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre
Length 3:15
Label Island
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Mariah Carey
  • Jermaine Dupri
  • LRoc
Mariah Carey singles chronology
"Shake It Off"
(2005) Shake It Off2005
"Get Your Number"
(2005) Get Your Number2005
"Don't Forget About Us"
(2005) Don't Forget About Us2005
Jermaine Dupri singles chronology
"I Think They Like Me"
(2005) I Think They Like Me2005
"Get Your Number"
(2005) Get Your Number2005
"Fresh Azimiz"
(2005) Fresh Azimiz2005

"Get Your Number" is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. It was written by Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Johntá Austin and Bryan-Michael Cox, and produced by the former two and LRoc. It was released as the third international single from Carey's tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). The song is built around a sample of "Just an Illusion" (1982) by British band Imagination. Due to the inclusion of the sample, several other writers are credited as songwriters. Lyrically, the song features the protagonist persistently asking for the phone number of an individual at a club.

The song received generally mixed reviews from music critics at the time of its release, with many both praising and criticizing the inclusion of the sample, as well as the song's production and lyrical content. "Get Your Number" was released as the third single throughout Europe, where it peaked within the top-ten in Finland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, where it was sold as a double A-side along with "Shake It Off". Similarly, the song found release in Australasia in early 2006, as the fifth single from the album, and peaked in the top-twenty in Australia, and at number thirty-four in New Zealand.

The single's music video was directed by Jake Nava, who also directed Carey's video for "Shake It Off". It was filmed in Los Angeles on September 1 and 2, 2005 and features Jermaine Dupri as the video's secondary artist, while Michael Ealy, plays Carey's love interest at the club. The main setting is a nightclub where Carey slips her phone number to a man, one digit at a time. Carey is shown in a variety of locations wearing, amongst other outfits, a yellow latex dress. Dupri makes a guest appearance as a man receiving the numbers of three girls in the club.

Composition[edit]

"Get Your Number" is a mid-tempo song lasting three minutes and fifteen seconds, while drawing influence from pop and R&B music genres.[1] Written by Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Johntá Austin, and produced by the former two and LRoc, the song samples the hook from British band Imagination's "Just an Illusion" (1982),[2] and derives its production from "‘80s-esque synthesizers" and several computerized musical instruments.[3][4] Due to its sampling, additional writers such as John Phillips, Steve Jolley, Tony Swain, Ashley Ingram and Leee John are credited as songwriters. On "Get Your Number", Dupri performs several ad-libs and sings part of the chorus, earning him a place as a featured artist on the track. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Alfred Music Publishing, the song is set in common time with a moderate tempo of 126 beats per minute.[5] The song is composed in the key of F minor, with Carey's vocal range spanning from the low-note of B3 to the high-note of A5.[5] Aside from Dupri's verses, Carey's longtime background singer Trey Lorenz makes a notable impression on the song, and earned credits for providing background vocals. Lyrically, the song is written in a female perspective, where they ask the man for their number at a club.[6] In an interview with MTV News, Carey jokingly addressed the lyrics, claiming Dupri "really wanted it to be coming from the girl, like 'can I get your number' to the guy. But in all honesty that would never be me!"[6] Aside from her signature vocals, Carey adopts a breathy rap for parts of the song, which read "I got a pimp penthouse / With a sick hot tub / We can watch a flat screen / While the bubbles filling up."[3] According to Jozen Cummings from PopMatters, the lyrics and Carey's vocal switch make the song "fun and comedic".[3]

Critical reaction[edit]

"Get Your Number" received generally mixed reviews from music critics, with many complimenting the song's inclusion of the "Just an Illusion" hook, however, drawing criticism at some of its lyrics, and Dupri's verses. The Guardian editor Caroline Sullivan outed "Stay the Night" and "Get Your Number" as "the first Mariah Carey tunes in years I wouldn't have to be paid to listen to again."[7] Barry Walters from Rolling Stone complimented her vocal performance, writing "Carey's belabored voice finds a pleasurable medium", however criticizing the song's production.[2] Jozen Cummings from PopMatters called Dupri's verses "annoying gangster twang", and described the song's production as "annoying".[3] Stylus Magazine's Todd Burns called the duet "ill-advised" and wrote "Carey does all in her power to save from Jermaine Dupri’s machinations. It barely comes off, despite every attempt from Dupri to sound like Lil Jon and Pharrell along the way."[4] Editor Sal Cinquemani writing for Slant Magazine branded "Get Your Number" a "Summer-anthem-in-the-make",[8] while Michael Paoletta from Billboard described it as "bouncy and silly".[9] Jim Abbott from the Orlando Sentinel described the track as a "sexy, slinky dance number", while a writer from Newsweek claimed it to be a song that "worked".[10][11]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Get Your Number" was released throughout Europe and Asia as the third single from The Emancipation of Mimi in late 2005, and as the fifth single in Australasia in early 2006.[12] In the United Kingdom, it was released as a double A-side along with "Shake It Off", the third single serviced to the United States at the same time.[13] In Australia, "Get Your Number" entered the singles chart at number nineteen during the week dated March 12, 2006. Spending ten weeks fluctuating in the chart, it exited on May 14, 2006. On the Ö3 Austria Top 40, it peaked at number forty-one, although spending eleven weeks within the Austrian charts.[14] In both the Flemish and Wallonian territories in Belgium, "Get Your Number" peaked at number twenty-five and eighteen, while spending fourteen and thirteen weeks in the charts, respectively.[15] The song debuted at number five on Finland's Official List on October 12, 2005. The following week, it moved up two spots to its peak of number three, before exiting the chart two weeks later.[16] On the Dutch Top 40, it made its debut at number ten on November 15, 2005, and spent a total of twelve weeks within the top 40 chart.[17] In both New Zealand and Sweden, "Get Your Number" saw relatively low peaks, placing at numbers thirty-four and forty-nine, for only two and three weeks.[18][19] In Switzerland, the song entered the Swiss Singles Chart at its peak of number fourteen, while spending twenty-one weeks in the chart until exiting on April 9, 2005.[20] On the UK Singles Chart, the song debuted at number nine during the week of October 15, 2005.[13] Dropping to number ten the following week, the song lasted a total of eight weeks in the singles chart before making its descent.[21]

Music video[edit]

The single's music video was directed by Jake Nava, who also directed Carey's video for "Shake It Off".[22] It was filmed in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday, September 1 and 2, 2005 and features Jermaine Dupri as the video's secondary artist, while Michael Ealy, plays Carey's love interest at the club.[22] The main setting is a nightclub where Carey slips her phone number to a man, one digit at a time. Carey is shown in a variety of locations wearing, amongst other outfits, a yellow latex dress. Dupri makes a guest appearance as a man receiving the numbers of three girls in the club. The video begins with shots of Carey as the star of a club, wearing a yellow latex mini and gold necklace. As the music plays, Carey is seen on a variety of large props, the first of which is a large red phone. As Dupri scouts the club for females, Carey in a different ensemble passes the number '5' to Ealy on a card, while making eye contact with him.

As other scenes of Carey in the latex mini and by the large red hone prop are interspersed, the club scene alters to a poker table, where Ealy reveals three of his card, '556', completing four of the seven digits of Carey phone number. The next scene finds Carey sitting on a large pink sofa in an empty room in the club, sporting only a white man's suit jacket and stilettos. As the song reaches the bridge, Carey is shown back in the club's main room dancing, as she leaves a number '4' on a nearby table for the man to find. As Carey once again is shown in the yellow latex dress, she walks down a small aisle, placing another card with the number '4' into Ealy's jacket pocket, before storming through the club by several followers. As the video ends, the number '555-6464' are shown lying on a small table, while Carey sits on the large pink sofa, and Ealy is seen on the other side gazing at her. The video concludes with Ealy slowly approaching Carey on the large sofa, as she winks and smiles to the camera.

Formats and track listings[edit]

European CD single[23]

  1. "Get Your Number"
  2. "Shake It Off" (Remix featuring Jay Z and Young Jeezy)

European CD maxi-single[24]

  1. "Get Your Number"
  2. "We Belong Together" (Atlantic Soul Radio Edit)

UK CD single[25]

  1. "Get Your Number"
  2. "Shake It Off"

Australian/European CD maxi-single[26]

  1. "Get Your Number"
  2. "We Belong Together" (Atlantic Soul Radio Edit)
  3. "Secret Love"
  4. "Get Your Number" (Video)

UK CD maxi-single[27]

  1. "Get Your Number"
  2. "Shake It Off"
  3. "Secret Love"

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits for The Emancipation of Mimi adapted from the album's liner notes.[28]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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