You Already Know (song)

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"You Already Know"
You Already Know - Fergie.jpeg
Single by Fergie featuring Nicki Minaj
from the album Double Dutchess
ReleasedAugust 25, 2017
GenreHip house
Length4:08 (single version)
6:28 (album version)
3:42 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • will.i.am
  • Fergie Duhamel
  • Venus Brown
  • Aubrey "Big Juice" Delaine
  • Joel Metzler
Fergie singles chronology
"Life Goes On"
(2016)
"You Already Know"
(2017)
"Save It Til Morning"
(2017)
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"You da Baddest"
(2017)
"You Already Know"
(2017)
"MotorSport"
(2017)

"You Already Know" is a song recorded by American singer and rapper Fergie, featuring guest vocals from Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj. It was released on August 25, 2017, alongside promotional single "Hungry"[1] as the fourth single from Fergie's second studio album, Double Dutchess (2017),[2][3] the same day the album was made available for pre-order.[4] "You Already Know" impacted mainstream and rhythmic radio on September 12, 2017.[5] As of September 2017, "You Already Know" moved almost 56,600 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[6]

Background[edit]

"You Already Know" has been described as a song with 1990s house influences.[7] It samples "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, which in turn samples the Lyn Collins 1972 song "Think (About It)".[8] Prior to the song's release, a lyric about Minaj's ex-boyfriend Meek Mill, was changed following their breakup in January 2017.[9][10][11] The single was written by Fergie and Minaj, with will.i.am handling the song's production.[12] Fergie first teased the collaboration in a radio interview in late 2014 while promoting "L.A. Love (La La)". The song was performed live for the first time on Rock in Rio Lisboa on May 20, 2016.

Fergie spoke about the song, saying:

This is about us standing together as #Girlbosses. We have both worked very hard for what we have, and still continue to do so. I'm a fighter! And so is she! We have the same goal. I'm all about women not being pitted against each other. I'm about, 'Let's stand strong'.

Critical reception[edit]

Jordan Miller of Breathe Heavy reacted positively towards the song, calling it "fresh to death". In particular he praised Minaj's verse.[7] Stereogum placed the song as the third best track of the week, with the senior editor Tom Breihan calling it a monster: "It’s a big, shameless endorphin-rush pop megablast, a riot of synth-bloop hooks and James Brown drum-breaks and house pianos and ecstatic diva-wails.". Breihan also shows surprise with Fergie's rap skills.[13] It was considered the fortieth best song of 2017 by Rolling Stone.[14]

Music video[edit]

Fergie previewed the music video on August 25, featuring her playing a number of competitive games.[1] The video premiered on September 12, 2017, and was directed by Bruno Ilogti.

Personnel[edit]

Taken from Tidal.[12]

  • Fergie – vocals, performer, songwriter
  • Nicki Minaj – vocals, featured artist, performer, songwriter
  • will.i.am – producer
  • Joel Metzler – vocal producer
  • Aubrey Delaine – vocal producer
  • Johannes Raasina – mixing engineer
  • Padraic Kerin – engineer
  • Joe Peluso – engineer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[15] 95
Canada Digital Songs (Billboard)[16] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 96
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[18] 19
US Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[19] 27

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various August 25, 2017 Digital download Dutchess Music [2]
United States September 12, 2017 Contemporary hit radio BMG [20] [5]
Rhythmic contemporary [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fergie Drops Fiery Collabs With Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj: 'I'm Coming Out With Two Bosses'". EW.com. August 25, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "You Already Know (feat. Nicki Minaj) – Single by Fergie on Apple Music". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Listen to Fergie and Nicki Minaj's New Song 'You Already Know'". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "Fergie Officially Announces Sophomore Album 'Double Dutchess,' Unveils First Two Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Mainstream & Rhythmic Radio Announcement". All Access. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "Nielsen SoundScan charts – Digital Songs – Week Ending: 09/28/2017" (PDF). Nielsen SoundScan. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Fergie Officially Releases 'You Already Know' Featuring Nicki Minaj And 'Hungry' Featuring Rick Ross". BreatheHeavy. August 25, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "Fergie – You Already Know Feat. Nicki Minaj". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "Nicki Minaj's Original Verse on Fergie's New Song 'You Already Know' Included a Meek Mill Reference". XXL. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "Nicki Minaj Changes Lyric About Ex Meek Mill in New Song". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "Nicki Minaj Cuts Meek Mill Line From "You Already Know"". HipHopDX. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  12. ^ a b https://listen.tidal.com/album/77624284
  13. ^ "The 5 Best Songs Of The Week". Stereogum. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "50 Best Songs Of 2017". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  15. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #436". auspOp. September 2, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "Chart search – Fergie". Billboard. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  17. ^ "you-already-know | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  18. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Fergie chart history". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  20. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access. Archived from the original on September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  21. ^ "Top 40/R Future Releases". All Access. All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017.