Locked Up (song)

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"Locked Up"
Akon - Locked Up - CD cover.jpg
Single by Akon
from the album Trouble
ReleasedApril 13, 2004
Format
RecordedOctober 2003
Genre
Length3:56
Label
Songwriter(s)Akon
Producer(s)Akon
Akon singles chronology
"Operations of Nature"
(1996)
"Locked Up"
(2004)
"Find Us"
(2004)
Music video
"Locked Up ft. Styles P" on YouTube

"Locked Up" is a song by American singer Akon, taken as the lead single from his album, Trouble. The single was released in 2004, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside of the United States, "Locked Up" peaked within the top ten of the charts in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom and the top twenty of the charts in France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.

Background[edit]

Although it was widely regarded that "Lonely" offered the album's best option in terms of commercial breakthrough and lead single as well as first single, SRC A&R and producer Knobody chose "Locked Up" as the first and lead single because he wanted to break Akon in the streets first, and then cross-over. In an interview for HitQuarters, he claimed: "Locked Up" is a street record. I thought that was the place for us to start to get a fan-base, knowing that weight. We thought really carefully about the record, what touches people and will get people's attention – so we added references of his kin and kith sending him magazines, money-orders, to visit him, ask where his lawyer is, accept his phone calls and ask "where're my niggaz on lockdown." The song was designed a breakout hit for Akon, something that could shape the future of his personal life and widely successful musical career. I worked on what I call "drops" – points in the record where it feels different, to break the monotony and make it a little more interesting."[1]

Remixes and other versions[edit]

Knobody produced an alternate of the song, featuring Styles P, which appears as both a B-side on the single and as a bonus track on the UK version of the album. In 2004, T-Pain sampled the song in a parody recording "I'm Fucked Up", which became a main factor in him getting signed to Konvict Kartel. In 2005, the song was sampled in the track "Won't Let Me Out" by C-Murder. A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by FlyyKai, and was edited to both the album version and the remix featuring Styles P. The French CD single also has a remix featuring French rapper Booba, which is also Akon's favorite "Locked Up" remix.[2] Another remix featuring Styles and British rapper Taz was included on the UK version of Trouble.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Locked Up" – 3:56
  2. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) – 3:50
  3. "Locked Up" (featuring Taz and Styles P) – 3:54
  4. "Locked Up" (Video) (featuring Taz and Styles P) – 3:54
UK 12" vinyl
  1. "Locked Up" – 3:56
  2. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) – 3:50
  3. "Locked Up" (featuring Taz and Styles P) – 3:54
  4. "Locked Up" (Instrumental) – 3:56
German CD single
  1. "Locked Up" (featuring Azad) – 3:50
  2. "Locked Up" (Without Rap) – 3:33
  3. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) – 3:50
  4. "Gunshot" – 2:56
UK promo single – The Global Remixes[3]
  1. "Locked Up" – 3:56
  2. "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P) – 3:50
  3. "Locked Up" (featuring Taz and Styles P) – 3:56
  4. "Locked Up" (featuring Azad) – 3:50
  5. "Locked Up" (featuring Savage) – 3:50
  6. "Locked Up" (featuring Booba) – 3:50
  7. "Locked Up" (featuring Mayhem) – 4:22
  8. "Locked Up" (featuring Julio Voltio) – 3:50

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification Sales
Brazil ABPD Gold[26] 50,000+
United States RIAA Gold[27] 500,000+

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview With Knobody". HitQuarters. Sep 27, 2005. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. Retrieved Jul 1, 2010.
  2. ^ DH.be. "«Je représente le Sénégal aux Etats-Unis»". DH.be (in French). Retrieved 2017-10-19. Ma version préférée est celle avec Booba. (My favorite version is the one with Booba)
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Akon-Locked-Up-Global-Remixes/release/555209
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Akon – Locked Up" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Akon – Locked Up" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Hits of the World – Eurocharts" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 117 no. 12. March 19, 2005. p. 41. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Akon – Locked Up" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Akon – Locked Up". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Locked Up". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Akon – Locked Up" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  12. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Akon – Locked Up" Canciones Top 50.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Akon – Locked Up". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Akon: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  15. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  16. ^ "Akon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Akon Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Akon Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Akon Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  20. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2004". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  21. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2004". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  22. ^ "Rapports Annuels 2005". Ultratop. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  23. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  24. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2005 – hitparade.ch". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  25. ^ "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 – 2005". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Akon". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on February 25, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2012.

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