Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)

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"Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)"
Jazmine Sullivan Holding You Down.jpg
Single by Jazmine Sullivan
from the album Love Me Back
Released July 10, 2010 (2010-07-10)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 3:37
Label J Records
Writer(s) Jazmine Sullivan, Sean Combs, Jean Claude Oliver, Arlene Delvalle, Cory McKay, Gilbert Askey, Dave Atkinson, Cainon Lamb, Inga Marchand, Ricky Walters, Curtis Mayfield, Samuel Barnes, Douglas Davis, Anthony Cruz, Missy Elliott, Nasir Jones, Mary J. Blige
Producer(s) Missy Elliott, Lamb
Jazmine Sullivan singles chronology
"Dream Big"
"Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)"
"10 Seconds"

"Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)" is a song by American singer Jazmine Sullivan. It is the lead single[1] from her second album, Love Me Back. It reached #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.


"Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)" features samples of several songs, including "La Di Da Di" by Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, "Be Happy (Remix)" by Mary J. Blige featuring Keith Murray, "Top Billin' " by Audio Two, "I Can" and "Affirmative Action" by Nas featuring AZ, Nature, and Foxy Brown, "Let Me Clear My Throat" and "20 Minute Workout" by DJ Kool, and "Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz" by Biz Markie.[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was shot in early August. Missy Elliott talked about the theme and background of the video via Twitter, saying "...she did a 90's house jump off so it was fun. Some hip hop legends was in the building that I look up too!" On August 30, 2010 the video premiered on the YouTube channel, Vevo, and later premiered on BET's music video countdown show, 106 & Park.[3]


A week prior to the song's official digital release, remixes featuring Lloyd Banks and Fat Joe were released. Two weeks following the song's digital release, other remixes featuring Wale and Uncle Murda were released to the public as well. On August 27, 2010, the official remix featuring Mary J. Blige with additional production and vocals by Swizz Beatz appeared.[4] On September 7, a remix featuring Rick Ross was released, they later appeared on a 12" record.[5]


Charts (2010) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 60
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[7] 3

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
United States July 10, 2010 J Records Digital download[8]
United Kingdom August 2, 2010 J Records CD single, digital download


  1. ^ "New Music: Jazmine Sullivan – 'Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)'". Rap-Up. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Track listing and credits as per liner notes for Love Me Back album
  3. ^ "Holding You Down" Music Video
  4. ^ "New Music: Jazmine Sullivan f/ Mary J. Blige & Swizz Beatz – 'Holding You Down (Remix)'". Rap-Up. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Jazmine Sullivan - Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Hot 100 - November 6, 2010". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  7. ^ "HOT R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS October 23, 2010". Billboard. 
  8. ^ "Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 28 July 2010.