What Would You Do? (City High song)

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"What Would You Do?"
What Would You Do.jpg
Single by City High
from the album City High and Life soundtrack
Released

February 27, 2001 (2001-02-27)

24 September, 2001 (UK)
Format CD5, 12"
Recorded 1999—2000
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 3:32 (Life)
2:54 (City High)
Label Interscope
Rockland (1999 Life album)
Songwriter(s) Robby Pardlo, Ryan Toby, Calvin Broadus, Andre Young, Brian Bailey, Melvin Bradford, David Axelrod
Producer(s) Wyclef Jean
City High singles chronology
"What Would You Do?"
(2001)
"Caramel"
(2001)

"What Would You Do?"
(2001)
"Caramel"
(2001)
Music video
"What Would You Do?" on YouTube

"What Would You Do?" is a song recorded by American R&B/hip hop trio City High. It was released in February 2001 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album. The track was originally included on the 1999 soundtrack of the film Life, starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.[1] It peaked at number 8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,[2] number one on Billboard Hot Rap Singles,[2] number 13 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[2] and number three in the United Kingdom.[3] The version of the song on their debut album differs from that included on the Life soundtrack as it features a sample of Dr. Dre's hit song, "The Next Episode".

Content[edit]

The song, along with the accompanying music video, is a motivational anthem for single parents dealing with poverty and especially acknowledging all the single mothers who feel forced into prostitution due to the need to support their children.[4] It encourages them to keep strong, and keep going on for the sake of their loved ones, and passes no judgement on their profession.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 58
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 14
Brazil (ABPD)[8] 87
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[9] 19
Denmark (Tracklisten)[10] 14
France (SNEP)[11] 77
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 24
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 20
Norway (VG-lista)[17] 5
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 5
South Africa (RISA)[19] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 3
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[23] 5
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[24] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 8
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks (Billboard)[2] 13
US Hot Rap Singles (Billboard)[2] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[2] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
Australia (ARIA)[25] 29
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[26] 94
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 80
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 67
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[29] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[30] 22

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[31] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Gold 400,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Life Soundtrack". Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Billboard Chart". Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 107. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "City High-What would you do? Lyrics". Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – City High – What Would You Do?". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – City High – What Would You Do?" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – City High – What Would You Do?" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  9. ^ "City High Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Danishcharts.com – City High – What Would You Do?". Tracklisten.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – City High – What Would You Do?" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – City High – What Would You Do?". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – What Would You Do?". Irish Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 44, 2001" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – City High – What Would You Do?" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  16. ^ "Charts.nz – City High – What Would You Do?". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – City High – What Would You Do?". VG-lista.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ "Music Divas & Rock Bands Top South African Certifications". RISA. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – City High – What Would You Do?". Singles Top 100.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – City High – What Would You Do?". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  23. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  24. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2001". ARIA. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  26. ^ "JAAROVERZICHTEN - Single 2001" (in Dutch). Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Årslista Singlar - År 2001" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  28. ^ "SWISS YEAR-END CHARTS 2001" (in German). Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  29. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2001" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  30. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 2001 - Billboard Year End Charts". Bobborst. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  31. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  32. ^ "British single certifications – City High – What Would You Do". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 May 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type What Would You Do in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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