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"Shake It"
Shake It Metro Station.jpg
Single by Metro Station
from the album Metro Station
B-side"Comin' Around"
ReleasedApril 1, 2008
Recorded2007
GenreNeon pop-punk[1]
Length2:59
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)S*A*M and Sluggo
Metro Station singles chronology
"Control"
(2008)
"Shake It"
(2008)
"Seventeen Forever"
(2008)
Music video
"Shake It" on YouTube

"Shake It" is a song by the American pop band Metro Station, released as the third single (and debut single in the United Kingdom) from the group's 2007 self-titled debut studio album. The song debuted on the radio on April 1, 2008.[2]

It is the band's first charting single, peaking at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside of the United States, "Shake It" peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA on June 13, 2008 and later Platinum that year,[3] until finally reaching 2× Platinum status at the end of January 2009.[4]

Composition[edit]

"Shake It" was written in the key of E major,[5] but Metro Station played the song in D major for live performances.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song "Shake It" was inspired by fans who created their own versions of the video, 63 of which the band posted as a playlist on the band's YouTube account. The band has commented that the final product was based on the cult film The Warriors, with rival dance crews in place of gangs. The video features the four band members as they enter the Los Angeles Theatre. Once inside the theatre, the band performs the song while various dancers compete against each other around the band members. Cameos are made by online celebrity Jeffree Star and vocalist/guitarist Trace Cyrus' ex-girlfriend Hanna Beth as audience members watching the dancers perform. The video ends with the band and everyone else being forced to exit the theatre by the police.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Shake It" (Radio Mix) - 3:04
  2. "Shake It (Lenny B Remix - Extended Version)" - 7:15
  3. "Comin' Around" - 2:40
U.S. Digital Remix single
  1. "Shake It" [The Lindbergh Palace Remix] - 6:25
  2. "Shake It" [Lenny B Remix] - 3:22

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[41] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[42] 3× Platinum 120,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[43] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[45] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Use in media[edit]

  • In the soundtrack of The House Bunny and on So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
  • On the evening of April 7, 2008, Disney Channel had a bump that said: Shake It [Metro Station].
  • It appeared on the season eight premiere of American Idol.
  • It is also featured as a downloadable song for the Xbox 360 karaoke game, Lips.
  • It was covered by a Portuguese boy band to be used in Sweet Strawberries (original title: Morangos Com Açúcar) season 7 soundtrack.
  • The song was featured in 90210 when Annie and Ty were on a date in San Francisco.[46]
  • The song was featured in the episode "All About Appearances" from the series Privileged.[47]
  • The song can be heard on a 2010 viral video of a young man's elaborately choreographed proposal to his girlfriend.[48]
  • The song was played during the opening of the episode "When Cougars Attack" of the show The Whole Truth, which first aired on October 27, 2010.[49]
  • The song was featured on a television commercial for Schwarzkopf's Live Colour XXL Shake It Up Foam product in the United Kingdom. The commercial first aired on British commercial television networks in December 2011.
  • The song accompanied the Fastrack commercials for watches in India. The commercial first aired on Indian commercial television networks in October 2013.
  • The song is frequently used by social media star Lenarr Young as the music for one of his characters named Zac.
  • The song can be heard in the Grey's Anatomy spin-off show Private Practice in season 4, episode 12 as the first song Bizzy and Susan dance to after getting married.[50][51]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United Kingdom (digital download) September 17, 2007 Sony BMG
Ireland (digital download) September 18, 2007 Sony
Worldwide (physical) March 10, 2008 Sony BMG
United Kingdom (physical) March 23, 2008 Sony BMG
Canada (digital download) April 22, 2008 Sony BMG
New Zealand (digital download) June 30, 2008 Sony BMG
North America (physical) August 5, 2008 Sony BMG
Australia (digital download) August 9, 2008 Sony BMG

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