Stuttering (Fefe Dobson song)

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Stuttering - Fefe Dobson.jpg
Single by Fefe Dobson
from the album Joy
ReleasedSeptember 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)
FormatDigital download
Germano Studios,
(New York City, United States)
Label21 Music, Island Def Jam Motown
Songwriter(s)Fefe Dobson, Claude Kelly,
J. R. Rotem
Producer(s)J. R. Rotem
Fefe Dobson singles chronology
"Can't Breathe"
Music video
"Stuttering" VEVO (FefeDobson Channel) on YouTube

"Stuttering" is a song by Canadian singer–songwriter Fefe Dobson from her second (released) studio album, Joy. It was produced by J. R. Rotem, and co-written by Fefe Dobson, J. R. Rotem, and Claude Kelly. The song was released as a single on September 7, 2010 by 21 Music and The Island Def Jam Motown Music Group and officially impacted mainstream radio on October 12, 2010. The song has achieved success in Canada obtaining the position of number 10 in its tenth week on the Canadian Hot 100. The single has received airplay on Radio Disney.

The song has been remixed to feature rapper Pusha T.


"Stuttering" has garnered generally positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic's Matthew Chisling wrote that "Stuttering" "proves [Dobson is] on top of the pop market, with some immaculate writing and production".[1] Complimenting Dobson's vocal performance, Sputnikmusic wrote, "she belts out impressively high and quick notes during the chorus with no real effort at all, because the girl can sing."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Stuttering" has charted on the Canadian Hot 100, debuting at number 78 on the issue dated November 6, 2010.[3] It ultimately peaked at number 10 on the chart,[4] making it her first top ten on the new chart format and first top ten since 2004. It also is her highest charting single from the album, outpeaking the prior single "Ghost", which peaked at number 14.[5] It was also her second single to crack the Canadian AC charts of Mediabase and Nielsen BDS.
In the United States, the song peaked at number 65 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart[6] and at number 39 on the Pop Songs chart.[7]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Alan Ferguson.[8] It premiered October 29, 2010.[9] The video begins with Dobson questioning a hotel manager (a French cowboy) about her boyfriend and she thinks he is covering for him, she then sees a man she believes is him. As she walks to his hotel room she sings. Once she gets there she puts on a leather jacket (owned by the man's girlfriend), then the girlfriend comes into the room and the music stops while she says, "Who the hell are you!" and Dobson retorts, "Who the hell are you?" Just then the man gets out of the shower and Dobson realizes that she does not know him. She then proceeds to run out of the hotel room and takes off the jacket, when the French cowboy grabs her and yells at her for 'bringing a lot of business but not paying' and she starts to remember a party that she went to and cheated on her boyfriend. The video than flashes back to Dobson being in a car that crashed causing her to have amnesia. As she gets out of the overheated car and walks away, she talks about amnesia leading "to a really bad stomachache" and admits that she is the one "that needed to be held accountable".

Credits and personnel[edit]



Radio date and release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Canada[17] September 7, 2010 Digital download
United States[18]
Canada[citation needed] October 12, 2010 Radio
United States[19]


  1. ^ Chisling, Matthew. "FeFe Dobson – Joy". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Fefe Dobson – Joy". Sputnikmusic. January 1, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Canadian Hot 100 Week of November 06, 2010
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  5. ^ Canadian Hot 100 Week of December 4, 2010
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  8. ^ "Stuttering Video Credits". Video Static. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
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  10. ^ "Fefe Dobson: Fefe's Notes - The Complete Lyrics for Joy". BestFan. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
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  12. ^ "BDSRadio Charts (Canada AC National Airplay)". Nielsen BDS. Nielsen Corporation. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  13. ^ "BDSRadio Charts (Canada CHR/Top 40 National Airplay)". Nielsen BDS. Nielsen Corporation. Archived from the original on 4 January 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  14. ^ "BDSRadio Charts (Canada Hot AC National Airplay)". Nielsen BDS. Nielsen Corporation. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
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  16. ^ "Best of 2011: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
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  18. ^ Island Records (September 7, 2010). "Fefe Dobson Stuttering mp3". Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  19. ^ "Top 40 Mainstream and Future Releases - Impacting songs". All Access Music Group.(Archived by WebCite at link on 2010-10-12)

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