Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” hit #1

Updated 11/30/2018.

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Give Me Everything

Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer

Writer(s): Armando Pérez, Nick van de Wall, Shaffer Smith (see lyrics here)

Released: 3/18/2011

First Charted: 4/10/2011

Peak: 11 US, 79 RB, 13 UK, 15 CN, 2 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 4.87 US, 1.2 UK, 11.2 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: --

Video Airplay *: 689.24

Streaming *: 200.00

* in millions


“Give Me Everything” was the second single from Pitbull’s fifth album Planet Pit. For the song, the Cuban-American rapper tapped dance music producer DJ Afrojack and R&B singer Ne-Yo. He also wanted Shakira, but she wasn’t available so he turned to model/actress Nayer, with whom he’d worked before. It was the first trip to the top of the U.S. pop charts for Pitbull, Afrojack, and Nayer, but Ne-Yo had been there before with “So Sick” in 2006. SF The song also peaked at #1 in more than a dozen other countries. WK

Afrojack came up with the song while in the shower and headed straight to the studio without even getting dressed. SF He told Billboard, “I think I was in the studio for like fie hours with the towel around me, and I made like the whole instrument on the track.” SF

One line in the song says, “I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan.” The actress wasn’t happy about the song, even though Pitbull tried to claim the line wasn’t about her stint in jail, but that “if you got it locked up, it means you run the show.” SF Lohan wasn’t buying it and slapped a lawsuit on Pitbull. The lawsuit was dismissed on the basis that it didn’t violate Lohan’s right to privacy or exploit her name to sell records. SF

Rolling Stone referred to the song as a “club-pop cut” WK and Yahoo! Music’s Paul Grein said it combines hip hop, pop, and “Broadway-style theatricality.” WK NME magazine criticized the song for too many random components, saying, “So, how many types of wrong is this? Well, you’ve got your earnest vocal gibbering about living in the moment. You’ve got the cheap rave wibble, a high frequency irritation that buzzes through like a fly trapped in jism.” WK

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