Say So (Doja Cat song)

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"Say So"
Say So - Doja Cat.png
Single by Doja Cat
from the album Hot Pink
ReleasedJanuary 28, 2020
Format
Recorded2019
Genre
Length3:58
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Tyson Trax
Doja Cat singles chronology
"Boss Bitch"
(2020)
"Say So"
(2020)
"Like That"
(2020)
Music video
"Say So" on YouTube

"Say So" is a song by American rapper and singer Doja Cat, featured on her second studio album Hot Pink (2019). It was sent to American radio on January 28, 2020 as the album's fifth single. The song was written by Doja Cat, Lydia Asrat, Yeti Beats and Lukasz Gottwald. The song was produced by Dr. Luke, under the pseudonym Tyson Trax. It gained popularity after a dance created by TikTok user Haley Sharpe went viral on the platform.[4][5] The song has so far peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Doja Cat's first top 10 single.[6]

Background[edit]

"Say So" was originally released as the fifth track on Doja Cat's second studio album Hot Pink.[7][8] During late 2019 and early 2020, the song gained popularity on the social media app TikTok due to several dance challenge videos that featured the song.[4] Following this, the song was sent to United States contemporary hit radio as an official single from the album.[9]

Composition[edit]

"Say So" has been described as a "steamy, groovy"[4] pop,[1] pop-rap,[2] and disco[2][10] song. According to the sheet music of the song published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, "Say So" is composed in the key of D Major and follows a Tempo of 116 beats per minute.[11] The song additionally draws inspiration from 1970s funk.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

In her review for Hot Pink, Lucy Shanker of Consequence of Sound deemed the song a "traditional pop hit".[13] Nerisha Penrose of Elle wrote that the song "offers a healthy dose of nostalgia as Doja's hushed, airy voice floats over a bed of iridescent synths and a funky bassline".[8] Clash wrote that the song is "tied together with Doja's always perfect vocal performance".[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

Following several viral dance challenge videos that featured the song, "Say So" became a sleeper hit on the record charts in a number of countries prior to being serviced as a single in late January.

In the United States, "Say So" initially entered the Bubbling Under Hot 100 at number 19 on the chart issue dated January 4, 2020, where it moved up to number six the following week.[14][15] After two weeks, "Say So" earned Doja Cat her third Billboard Hot 100 entry, and second from the parent album Hot Pink, debuting at number 95 on the chart dated January 18, 2020. It jumped to number 77 in its second week on the chart and gradually climbed up the chart. It subsequently started at number 33 on the Mainstream Top 40, becoming her second single to chart on pop airplay following "Juicy"; it has since risen to a peak of number 11 on the chart.[16] Following the release of its music video, "Say So" ascended 18 positions to number 33 on the Hot 100 in its eighth week charting, while placing number 26 on Streaming Songs. It further reached number 9 on the Hot 100, becoming her highest charting single so far.[17][18] Consequently, it marked Doja Cat's first top 40 single in the country, surpassing the number 41 peak of "Juicy". It charted at number nine on the Rolling Stone Top 100.

Outside of the United States, "Say So" peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. It has also peaked within the top forty in countries including Greece and Slovakia.

In the United Kingdom, "Say So" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 83 on January 3, 2020 – for the week ending date January 9, 2020. It gradually ascended through the chart, cracking the top 40 at number 35 on February 7, 2020 – for the week ending date February 13, 2020. It entered the top 20 at number nineteen on February 22, 2020 – for the week ending February 28, 2020. The following week, it entered the top ten.

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed by Doja on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, on February 26, 2020. The performance features Doja Cat dressed in a baby pink bodysuit, along with two backup singers/dancers who execute disco-influenced choreography, which incorporated some of the dance moves from the viral TikTok routine.[19]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Say So" was released on February 27, 2020. It is "disco-era" themed set in late 1970s Los Angeles, and filmed at the Sheats–Goldstein Residence.[20] In the video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, Doja appears in several different "shimmery" outfits and walks a tiger with a leash.[21] The video features Josué de La Vega as Doja's love interest and features cameo appearances from TikTok stars Dontè Colley and Haley Sharpe, the latter of whom created the viral dance for the song.[22] The dance itself, which made the song popular, was featured in the music video.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Jax Jones Midnight Snack Remix[23]

  1. "Say So" (Jax Jones Midnight Snack Remix) – 3:30

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019–2020) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[24] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[25] 49
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[26] 30
Belgium Urban (Ultratop Flanders)[27] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[28] 11
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[29] 4
Croatia (HRT)[30] 99
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[31] 19
Denmark (Tracklisten)[32] 13
Estonia (Eesti Ekspress)[33] 5
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[34] 13
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[35] 13
France (SNEP)[36] 29
Germany (Official German Charts)[37] 38
Greece (IFPI)[38] 18
Hong Kong (Metro Radio)[39] 3
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[40] 22
Iceland (Tonlist)[41] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[42] 4
Israel (Media Forest)[43] 1
Italy (FIMI)[44] 85
Lithuania (AGATA)[45] 5
Malaysia (RIM)[46] 2
Mexico Airplay (Billboard)[47] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[48] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[49] 16
New Zealand (RMNZ)[50] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[51] 25
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[52] 32
Portugal (AFP)[53] 17
Romania (Airplay 100)[54] 32
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[55] 11
Singapore (RIAS)[56] 4
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[57] 26
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[58] 88
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[59] 31
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[60] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[61] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[62][17] 9
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[63] 34
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[64] 6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[65] 6
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[16] 10
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[66] 5
US Rolling Stone Top 100[67] 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[68] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[69] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[70] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various November 7, 2019 [71]
United Kingdom January 24, 2020 Contemporary hit radio [72]
United States January 28, 2020 [9]
Italy January 31, 2020 Sony [73]
United States February 4, 2020 Rhythmic contemporary
  • Kemosabe
  • RCA
[74]

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