Shut Up (The Black Eyed Peas song)

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"Shut Up"
Single by The Black Eyed Peas
from the album Elephunk
Released November 4, 2003
Format CD single
Recorded December 30, 2001 — February 12, 2002
Genre Hip hop, pop
Length 4:57 (Album Version)
3:46 (Radio Edit)
Label A&M,, Interscope
Writer(s), Taboo, J. Curtis, George Pajon, Jr.
Producer(s), Ron Fair
The Black Eyed Peas singles chronology
"Where Is the Love?"
"Shut Up"
"Hey Mama"

"Shut Up" is a song by the American hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas. The song was released as the second single from their studio album, Elephunk (2003). It is about a disastrous courtship with the chorus consisting of the lines "Shut up, just shut up, shut up".

Background and release[edit] needed a female singer for the song, so he brought in Fergie. She helped out in most of the songs in Elephunk and eventually became the fourth member of The Black Eyed Peas in 2003. While,, and Taboo were making the song, their girlfriends' phone calls would interrupt the session. Will said "The vibe was blown" and Taboo said "So we turned the negative into positive", by adding the problems they were having into the song they were making.

The song contains an uncredited sample of Kurtis Blow's "Tough".

"Shut Up" was not released in the U.S. but became an instant success internationally. "Shut Up" was released as the album's second single in late 2003, after "Where Is the Love?".

The official remix of the song is titled "Shut Up (Knee Deep Remix)". This version includes a rerecorded version of's verse and the bridge. It also includes a new verse with An edited version of this remix appears on the deluxe version of the group's fifth studio album, The E.N.D, titled "Shut the Phunk Up".

The Knee Deep/E.N.D. Remix samples the song "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by Funkadelic. In December 2010, Funkadelic leader George Clinton filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against, Fergie and Universal Music. Clinton claimed that he did not give his permission for the sample and that his signature was forged on the release form.[1]

Chart performances[edit]

The single has become an international success, reaching #1 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland. The single also reached #2 in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and also peaked at #3 in Finland. "Shut Up" has become one of The Black Eyed Peas' most successful singles to date and was only slightly weaker than the preceding single. As of August 2014, it was the 47th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 400,000 units sold.[2]

"Shut Up" was The Black Eyed Peas' first song to chart on the Latin America Top 40 (tied with "Hey Mama" which debuted the same week at #35.); it debuted in the week that the chart was created at #28,[3] peaking two weeks later at number #24 in its first run,[4] the single fell off the chart three weeks later, and returned five weeks later at #37 and this time the single peaked at #18.[5]

In Germany, it is the best-selling single of the band behind "I Gotta Feeling", selling 300,000 copies, reaching Platinum.[6] It peaked at #1 and stayed there for 5 weeks, the band's longest time on the pole position.[7]

However, the song never charted in the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States despite being well-charted in other countries. Even though the song didn't chart in the U.S., the radio edit of the song was included on the U.S. Now That's What I Call Music! 15 album.

Music video[edit]

The music video features an opera themed around a battle of the sexes. In it, and Taboo play Fergie's suitors, and is the conductor.

The music video has several Andre the Giant Has a Posse-style posters near the stage man. Two posters from the song "Where Is the Love?" are also shown. Kimberly Wyatt from the Pussycat Dolls was featured in the video. Carmit Bachar, also of the Pussycat Dolls was featured as a backup dancer. Travis Barker from Blink 182 and Shifty Shellshock from Crazy Town have a cameo in it as well.

Track listings[edit]


Charts and sales[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Associated Press (2010-12-14). "George Clinton sues Black Eyed Peas for copyright infringement". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, épisode 6 (50-41)". Chartsinfrance. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  3. ^ Shut Up's Debut Position
  4. ^ Shut Up's Peak Position (First Run)
  5. ^ Shut Up's Peak (2nd Time)
  6. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Shut+Up')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved March 24, 2009. 
  7. ^
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  9. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ Illegal name entered Black Eyed Peas/Black+Eyed+Peas/chart?f=793 "Black Eyed Peas – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Black Eyed Peas.
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  14. ^ Illegal name entered Black Eyed Peas/Black+Eyed+Peas/chart?f=349 "Black Eyed Peas – Chart history" European Hot 100 for Black Eyed Peas.
  15. ^ "The Black Eyed Peas: Shut Up" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  16. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up" (in French). Les classement single.
  17. ^ " – Black Eyed Peas Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  18. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  19. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  20. ^ "Chart Track: Week 50, 2003". Irish Singles Chart.
  21. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up". Top Digital Download.
  22. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 6, 2004" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  23. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up". Top 40 Singles.
  24. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up". VG-lista.
  25. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2008-05-08. 
  26. ^ Romanian Top 100: Editia 7, saptamina 16.02 - 22.02, 2004
  27. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up". Singles Top 60.
  28. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up". Swiss Singles Chart.
  29. ^ "Black Eyed Peas: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  30. ^
  31. ^ 2003 Irish Singles Chart (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  32. ^ 2004 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  33. ^ 2004 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  34. ^ 2004 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  35. ^ 2004 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  36. ^ "Single top 100 over 2004" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  37. ^ 2004 French Singles Chart (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  38. ^ "Single Jahrescharts 2004" (in German). MTV. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  39. ^ 2004 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  40. ^ Australian certifications (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  41. ^ Austrian certifications (Retrieved Merch 24, 2009)
  42. ^ Belgian certifications (Retrieved Merch 24, 2009)
  43. ^ French certifications (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  44. ^ New Zealand certifications See: Chart #1399 - Sunday 21 March 2004 (Retrieved Merch 24, 2009)
  45. ^ Norwegian certifications (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  46. ^ Swiss certifications (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  47. ^ UK certifications (Retrieved March 24, 2009)
  48. ^ US certifications [1] (Retrieved August 5, 2009)

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