Ride It (Jay Sean song)

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"Ride It"
Jay Sean - Ride It (CD 1).jpg
Single by Jay Sean
from the album My Own Way
B-side ""Just a Friend""
Released 21 January 2008 (UK)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2007
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 3:11
Label Jayded, 2Point9
Songwriter(s) Jay Sean, Alan Sampson
Producer(s) Alan Sampson
Jay Sean singles chronology
"Ride It"

"Ride It" is the first single from Jay Sean's second album My Own Way. It was written by Jay Sean himself and Alan Sampson. It was released on 21 January 2008. The song reached the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #11. The single was also successful in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia, Bulgaria and Romania, where it became one of the top three best-selling singles of the year. A Hindi version of the song was also included in the Indian release of the album My Own Way.


"Ride It" was originally planned to be released in the United Kingdom on 5 November 2007 followed by the album My Own Way on 3 December 2007. However, music channels were unwilling to play it at the time and eventually reached an agreement to play it extensively from December onwards, consequently Jay pushed back the single's release date as well as the album's release date.[citation needed]

The song produced by Alan Sampson[1] became Song of the Week on London's Kiss 100 on 10 December 2007 and was also playlisted on Capital 95.8FM, Choice FM, Galaxy, BBC 1Xtra, and being featured on BBC Radio 1's B-list. It reached the number 1 spot on MTV's The Base Chart Show. Later, a Hindi version of the song was added to YouTube.

Sean said of this song: "It started off with me in the studio with a rap, jumping around like a joker. It's all about the games people play across the dancefloor on a night out - how you can catch someone's eye and accept a challenge that lasts the rest of the evening."[citation needed]

The intro and the epic melody background was based on the Hero[2] soundtrack by Tan Dun.[3] Some of the scenes in the video were shot in Manhattan.

The song appears to have a second version with shorter play time and changed lyrics in its third verse.

Music video[edit]

The video for the single was shot on 12 August 2007 in the central London nightclub Mo*Vida. On 28 September 2007, the video was exclusively available to watch on 3G mobile handsets and on 9 October 2007 was officially released to the internet by 2Point9 Records. The new video featured Jay Sean with a new style after being out of the limelight for nearly three and a half years. On 28 September 2007, the video was exclusively available to watch on 3G mobile handsets. A clip of the video was added to the 2Point9 YouTube Channel on 29 September 2007.

By 9 October 2007, the full video was added onto the 2Point9 YouTube Channel. The video premiered on The Box and other music channels in December. It starts off with Jay Sean arriving outside a club, the video is interspersed with a scene of Jay in a dark hallway. He flirts with a woman and then a dance ensues, the video ends with the girl arriving by his side.

Formats and track listings[edit]

# Title Time
CD1: Island / 1748515 (UK)
1. "Ride It" [Radio Edit] 3:09
2. "Just a Friend" 3:03
CD2: Island / 1748657 (UK)
1. "Ride It" [radio edit] 3:32
2. "Ride It" [Desi remix] 4:48
3. "Ride It" [Sunship remix] 5:51
4. "Ride It" [Ishi remix] 3:26
5. "Ride It" [Video plus extras] 3:26



Chart (2008) Peak
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[4] 41
Romanian Top 100 1
Russian Music Charts (Tophit)[5] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 11


Chart (2008) Peak
Romanian End-Year Chart 2008[7] 3


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Preceded by
"4 Minutes" by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake
Romanian Top 100 number-one single
7 August 2008 – 20 August 2008
Succeeded by
"Sexy Thing" by David Deejay featuring Dony