Saturday, January 5, 2008

Flo Rida’s “Low” spent first of 10 weeks at #1


Flo Rida featuring T-Pain

Writer(s): Tramar Dillard, Faheem Najm (see lyrics here)

Released: October 9, 2007

First Charted: October 6, 2007

Peak: 110 US, 14 BA, 110 DG, 16 RR, 9 RB, 2 UK, 18 CN, 13 AU, 12 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 10.0 US, 0.6 UK, 17.5 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 142.5 video, 573.25 streaming


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About the Song:

“Low” was the debut single for American rapper Flo Rida, who at one point was nearly homeless. BB The song was featured on the soundtrack for Step Up 2: The Streets and on Mail on Sunday, Flo Rida’s debut album. The song was co-written by American rapper T-Pain, who is also featured on the song.

Flo Rida said he “knew it was gonna be big, [especially] ‘cause T-Pain was doing a lot of huge records at the time.” He credited T-Pain with “a good melody on the hook” and himself for “having some great melodies on the verses” and noted that “the record just has so much ear candy.” SF

It was definitely big. In addition to hitting #1 in the U.S., “Low” reached the pinnacle of the charts in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, and New Zealand. SF It also became the best-selling song of 2008, the second most-listened-to song of 2008 on American radio, and, at the time, the biggest-selling digital single of all time.

For the week ending January 12, 2008, “Low” sold a record 470,000. A couple of months later, he broke his own record when “Right Round” sold 636,000 in its debut week. SF The song also tied a record (with five other songs) for shortest-titled #1 on the U.S. Hot 100. SF

The reference to “getting low” comes from Lil’ Jon’s 2002 hit “Get Low.” Flo Rida also promotes rap singer Nelly’s clothing line for women in a lyrical reference to Apple Bottom jeans. SF


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