Wait a Minute (The Pussycat Dolls song)

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"Wait a Minute"
PCD - Wait A Minute single cover.jpg
Single by the Pussycat Dolls featuring Timbaland
from the album PCD
ReleasedOctober 17, 2006 (2006-10-17)
Songwriter(s)Timbaland, Keri Hilson
The Pussycat Dolls singles chronology
"I Don't Need a Man"
"Wait a Minute"
"When I Grow Up"
"I Don't Need a Man"
"Wait a Minute"
"When I Grow Up"
Timbaland singles chronology
"Wait a Minute"
"Ice Box"

"Wait a Minute" is a song by American girl group the Pussycat Dolls from their debut studio album, PCD (2005). It features vocals from Timbaland, who co-produced and co-wrote the song with Keri Hilson. It was intentionally set to be released as a single at the same time as "I Don't Need a Man", which was released as such throughout Europe and Oceania. However, due to scheduling and the heavy radio airplay of "Buttons", the release date was pushed back. In addition, the single was set to be released only in North America, but with the success of "I Don't Need a Man", the single was released internationally.

Promotional singles were officially sent out to American and Canadian radio DJs on October 17, 2006; however, some promos were sent out before this. Toward the end of 2006, "Wait a Minute" began to be aired on British music channels. On December 4, 2006, it was released as a digital download single in the UK. The single was released on February 24, 2007 in Australia. This is the final Pussycat Dolls video and single to feature Carmit Bachar.

Composition and critical reception[edit]

While reviewing PCD in 2006, Marcus Yoars and Bob Smithouser of Plugged In wrote that the song is about "lustful desires and the suggestion of oral sex."[1] Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine likened the style of "Wait A Minute" to the Dolls' previous single, "Beep".[2] Nick Butler of Sputnikmusic described it as "another highlight track." Lisa Haines of BBC Music wrote that the song "is a great dance tune perfect for singing along to with a handy hairbrush."[3] Andrew Mueller of The Guardian described the song as a "tiresome, painfully contrived irritant" that as it progresses it becomes more depressing "than any war or famine." He went on to allude the lyrics to a "daytime talk show dialogue."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Following the disappointing chart position of their previous single "I Don't Need a Man", "Wait a Minute" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 77 on the issue dated November 25, 2005.[5] Promotional singles were released and the song was featured in Best Buy advertisements in the US but a full CD was never released, which may have led to its low peak position of number twenty-eight. However the single achieved a slightly higher peak position on the Billboard Pop 100, peaking at number twenty-three. Shortly after its release in the U.S., it was released on February 24, 2007, in Australia and in March in Germany, where a commercial CD single was made available for purchase. In Australia, the song achieved a peak position of number sixteen, becoming The Pussycat Dolls' sixth consecutive top twenty hit, but also their lowest charting single to date, after the five previous singles all charted within the top ten.

In New Zealand, "Wait a Minute" peaked at twenty-four, spending seven weeks on the charts. "Wait a Minute" became The Pussycat Dolls' only song to date not to become a top ten hit.[6] The single fared better in the Netherlands where it reached the top ten peaking at number seven. "Wait a Minute" reached the top thirty in Germany and Poland, and the top fifty in Austria and Switzerland. In the United Kingdom, the music video for "Wait a Minute" was aired on television music channels, but no physical release was given for the single. It later reached a peak of number sixty on the UK Download Chart. Due to "Wait a Minute" only being released as a download only promo single, the song was not able to chart in 2006 due to chart rules stating that only songs with a physical release were eligible to chart. However, due to new rules coming into play in 2007, "Wait a Minute" was able to chart in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #108.[7] If download-only singles had been integrated into the chart at the time, "Wait a Minute" might have been able to gain a higher peak.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot on October 8 and October 9, 2006, in the Metro Red Line in Los Angeles, California and were directed by Marc Webb. It starts with the members passing around a Samsung YP-K5 audio player while watching for Timbaland. When Scherzinger bumps into Timbaland, they playfully argue with each other. The dolls then walk onto a subway with him and start to dance in front of him. A young boy who is given sunglasses by Bachar seems amazed by their burlesque performance only for his mother to shield his eyes, but he pushed her hand away so he can enjoy. The dolls then leave the subway and start to block traffic by walking right into the middle of an intersection. Timbaland then gets out of his car and the dolls and him continue to argue. The girls then start to dance on top of his car. The video ends with Scherzinger telling off Timbaland and saying that she does not need what he gives her but would like it back. Scherzinger sings full lead along with Melody Thornton who also adds the minor adlibs.

Live performances[edit]

On December 2005, the group performed for the annual KIIS-FM Jingle Ball wearing "festive candy-cane-striped belly shirts and red-and-green capri pants." The set list included "Don't Cha", "Stickwitu" and "Wait a Minute".[8] The song is included on their 2006 Live from London DVD as the seventh track of the DVD.[9]


Chart (2007) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[10] 16
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 49
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 18
Denmark (Tracklisten)[13] 28
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[14] 69
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 27
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[17] 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20] 24
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[21]
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[22] 30
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 25
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 28
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[26] 23

Track listing[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of PCD.[27]

  • Marcella Araica – recording
  • Demacio "Demo" Castellon – recording
  • Ariel Chobaz – assistant mix engineer
  • Ron Fair – incidental producer, mixing
  • Gary Grant – horns
  • Tal Herzberg – Pro Tools, engineering
  • Jerry Hey – horn arrangement, horns
  • Dan Higgins – horns
  • Keri Hilson – songwriter, vocal producer, backing vocals
  • Bill Reichenbach – horns
  • Timbaland – songwriter, producer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yoars, Marcus; Smithouser, Bob (2006). "The Pussycat Dolls - PCD - Album Review". Plugged In. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (January 17, 2007). "PCD - The Pussycat Dolls". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Haines, Lisa (2005). "Music - Review of Pussycat Dolls - PCD". BBC Music. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  4. ^ Mueller, Andrew (December 2, 2006). "New releases: Dec 2". The Guardian. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Hope, Clover (November 16, 2005). "Timberlake, T.I. Still No. 1 On Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "The Pussycat Dolls feat. Timbaland - Wait A Minute". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  7. ^ Source for UK chart position for "Wait a Minute" Zobbel. Retrieved 1 February 2009
  8. ^ Tecson, Brandee J (December 7, 2005). "Shakira, Sean Paul, Pussycat Dolls Warm Up December Night At Jingle Ball". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Pussycat Dolls - Live in London; Amazon.com: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Amazon Inc. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Timbaland – Wait a Minute". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  11. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Timbaland – Wait a Minute" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Timbaland – Wait a Minute" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ "Hitlisten.NU – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Timbaland – Wait a Minute" (in Danish). Tracklisten.
  14. ^ "The Pussycat Dolls – Chart history" European Hot 100 for The Pussycat Dolls.
  15. ^ "The Pussycat Dolls feat. Timbaland: Wait a Minute" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Timbaland – Wait a Minute". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  17. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 08, 2007" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Timbaland – Wait a Minute" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  20. ^ "Charts.nz – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Timbaland – Wait a Minute". Top 40 Singles.
  21. ^ "Romanian Top 100 – Top 10" (in Romanian). Romanian Top 100. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  22. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200704 into search.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Timbaland – Wait a Minute". Singles Top 100.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Timbaland – Wait a Minute". Swiss Singles Chart.
  25. ^ "The Pussycat Dolls Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  26. ^ "The Pussycat Dolls Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  27. ^ PCD (Media notes). The Pussycat Dolls. A&M Records. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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