Swagger Jagger

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"Swagger Jagger"
Cher Lloyd - Swagger Jagger.jpg
Single by Cher Lloyd
from the album Sticks and Stones
Released 29 July 2011
Recorded Beat Studio, Miami, Florida, United States
Length 3:12
Cher Lloyd singles chronology
"Swagger Jagger"
"With Ur Love"

"Swagger Jagger"
"With Ur Love"
Music video
"Swagger Jagger" on YouTube

"Swagger Jagger" is the debut single by English singer Cher Lloyd, taken from her debut studio album Sticks and Stones (2011). It was released as the album's lead single on 31 July 2011. The song was written by the two production teams The Runners and The Monarch with Lloyd, Petr Brdičko, Autumn Rowe, Marcus Lomax and Clarence Coffee Jr.. The music video was released on 26 June 2011. It was also used in the movie Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy.

Despite receiving negative reviews from music critics, the song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and at number two in Ireland, becoming her biggest point to date in these countries. The Guardian chose the song as the best number one single of 2011.[1]


"Swagger Jagger" received its first airplay on 20 June 2011.[2] The single was leaked onto the internet on June 15, but this version was later confirmed as only the demo of the track on Lloyd's Twitter account.[3] Lloyd performed the song on T4 on the Beach and also performed at the Leeds Aire FM Party in the Park and Key 103 Live Manchester, both on the day of release of "Swagger Jagger".

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mainly negative reviews from critics. Initial reviews compared the song to the Christmas carol "Little Donkey".[4] However, in a positive review, Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song four out of five stars. He noted similarities between the song's chorus and the American western folk ballad "Oh My Darling, Clementine",[5]an opinion shared by users at "whosampled.com".[6] In a negative review, Sabotage Times said of the "abominable" track: "Coming across like a sink estate answer to the Black Eyed Peas, the track combines a shouty, tuneless verse with a chorus that riffs on 'Oh My Darling Clementine'".[7] Even harsher was Daily Mail writer Jan Moir, who described the track as "dire" and "the worst song in the history of pop".[8]

Chart performance[edit]

"Swagger Jagger" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 7 August 2011 ― for the week ending dated 13 August 2011. As of 16 December 2011, the single's sales have exceeded 200,000 copies in Britain.[9] In Ireland, the single charted at number two on the Irish Singles Chart. The single debuted at number seventy nine on the Mega Top 100 in the Netherlands. After a performance during the finals of So You Think You Can Dance, the song re-entered the chart at number sixty.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Swagger Jagger" – 3:14
  2. "Swagger Jagger" (HyGrade Club Mix) – 3:32
  3. "Swagger Jagger" (Wideboys Radio Edit) – 3:03
  4. "Swagger Jagger" (Dillon Francis Remix) – 5:06
  5. "Swagger Jagger" (Eyes Remix) – 4:27
  1. "Swagger Jagger" – 3:12
  2. "Swagger Jagger" (HyGrade Radio Mix) – 3:35
  • US digital download[13]
  1. "Swagger Jagger" – 3:12

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Cher Lloyd – songwriter, vocals
  • Autumn Rowe – songwriter
  • Petr Brdičko - songwriter
  • The Runners (Andrew Harr and Jermaine Jackson) – songwriter, producer
  • The Monarch (Andre Davidson and Sean Davidson) – songwriter, co-producer
  • The Monsters and The Strangerz (Marcus Lomax and Clarence Coffee Jr.) – songwriter
  • Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva – engineer
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Alex Delicata – guitar
  • Tom Coyne – mastering



Chart (2011) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[15] 43
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 60
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 2
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[17] 5
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 200,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
Ireland 29 July 2011 Digital download
United Kingdom 31 July 2011
United Kingdom[11][12]
1 August 2011 CD single
United States[13] Digital download
Australia[20] 2 August 2011


  1. ^ "The best No 1 records: Cher Lloyd – Swagger Jagger". The Guardian. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cher Lloyd Confirms 'Swagger Jagger' Release | Cher Lloyd". MTV. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Celebrity - Yahoo News UK". New.uk.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  4. ^ Lee, Ann (15 June 2011). "Cher Lloyd's Swagger Jagger accused on Twitter of ripping off Little Donkey". Metro. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Copsey, Robert (6 July 2011). "Cher Lloyd: 'Swagger Jagger' - Music Singles Review". Digital Spy. 
  6. ^ "Cher Lloyd's Swagger Jagger sample of Percy Montrose's Oh My Darling Clementine". whosampled.com. Retrieved 8 Aug 2011. 
  7. ^ "Can Cher Lloyd's New Single Be As Bad As The Abominable Swagger Jagger?". Sabotagetimes.com. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  8. ^ Moir, Jan (12 August 2011). "Arnie, Irons and why you can't teach dirty old dogs new tricks". Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – Cher Lloyd – Swagger Jagger" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Swagger Jagger - EP by Cher Lloyd - Download Swagger Jagger - EP on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Swagger Jagger: Cher Lloyd: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Swagger Jagger - Single by Cher Lloyd - Download Swagger Jagger - Single on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Swagger Jagger (liner notes). Cher Lloyd. Syco Music, Sony Music Entertainment. 2011. 88697939962. 
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Cher Lloyd – Swagger Jagger" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 31, 2011". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Cher Lloyd Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Cher Lloyd – Swagger Jagger". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 19 September 2016.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Swagger Jagger in the search field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "Swagger Jagger - Single by Cher Lloyd - Download Swagger Jagger - Single on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 

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