Work Out" is a song by American hip hop recording artist and record producer J. Cole, and released as the lead single from his debut studio album (2011).The song was officially released on June 27, 2011 through Cole World: The Sideline Story Roc Nation and Columbia. Nas voiced his displeasure with the song and inspired Cole to create the song " Let Nas Down" on his . It samples the chorus from " Born Sinner Straight Up" by Paula Abdul, Abdul would later sample "Work Out" for her song "Dream Medley."
Background [ edit ]
J. Cole released "Work Out" on June 15, 2011, in honor of the second anniversary of his highly acclaimed mixtape
. The Warm Up The song, produced by Cole himself,  samples " The New Workout Plan" by Kanye West and interpolates " Straight Up" by Paula Abdul.  The song is featured as a  bonus track on . Cole World: The Sideline Story 
Music video [ edit ]
music video, shot in Brooklyn, New York, was directed by Clifton Bell. The video depicts J. Cole playing basketball, when a girl (Bernice Burgos) catches his eye and he begins to try to win her over. At the end, it went reversed.
Chart performance [ edit ]
"Work Out" charted on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100 on the week of July 23, 2011 at number eighty-five. "Work Out" re-entered the  Billboard Hot 100 on week of September 24, 2011 at number ninety-eight. The song has since peaked at number thirteen. As of September 2013, the song has sold 1,853,000 downloads in the United States.  
Charts and certifications [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Release Information [ edit ]
Purchaseable release [ edit ]
Official remix release [ edit ]
Work Out (
J Farell Remix) October 17, 2011
References [ edit ]
^ J. Cole Debuts His First Single “Work Out”, Off His Upcoming Debut Album MissInfo.tv
^ J. Cole's Work Out sample of Kanye West's The New Workout Plan WhoSampled
^ J. Cole's Work Out sample of Paula Abdul's Straight Up WhoSampled
^ Cole World: The Sideline Story
^ J. Cole - Work Out Music Charts αCharts.us
^ Top 100 Songs Billboard.com
^ a b Grein, Paul (September 11, 2013). "Week Ending Sept. 8, 2013. Songs: Race & The R&B Chart". Chart Watch. Yahoo . Retrieved . September 11, 2013
^ "J. Cole – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for J. Cole.
^ "J. Cole – Chart history" for J. Cole. Billboard Hot 100
^ "J. Cole – Chart history" for J. Cole. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
^ "J. Cole – Chart history" for J. Cole. Billboard Hot Rap Songs
^ "J. Cole – Chart history" for J. Cole. Billboard Pop Songs
^ "J. Cole – Chart history" for J. Cole. Billboard Rhythmic Songs
^ "Canadian single certifications – J. Cole – Work Out". Music Canada.
^ "American single certifications – J. Cole – Work Out". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Single , then click SEARCH
^ "Best of 2012 - Hot 100 Songs". Billboard.com . Retrieved . 2012-12-14
^ . iTunes.com. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
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