Saturday, January 7, 2012

LMFAO hit #1 again with “Sexy and I Know It”

Sexy and I Know It


Writer(s): Stefan Kendal, Gordy David, Jamahl Listenbee, Erin Beck, George M. Robertson, Kenneth Oliver (see lyrics here)

Released: September 16, 2011

First Charted: July 30, 2011

Peak: 12 US, 2 RR, 15 DG, 27 A40, 5 UK, 14 CN, 19 AU, 6 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 8.0 US, 1.2 UK, 10.77 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 983.90 video, 423.92 streaming


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About the Song:

LMFAO was an electronic dance duo comprised of Redfoo (Motown founder Berry Gordy’s youngest son) and Sky Bluu (Gordy’s grandson). They released their first album, Party Rock, in 2009. It generated three minor Billboard Hot 100 entries, none of which got past #51. However, their second album, 2011’s Sorry for Party Rockin’, went all the way to #5 on the Billboard album chart and reached sales of 1.7 million worldwide, thanks to a pair of #1 songs.

“Party Rock Anthem” was their big breakthrough hit, reaching #1 in July 2011. After “Champagne Showers” failed to dent the Billboard Hot 100, it looked like LMFAO might have already come and gone. Then, however, “Sexy and I Know It” was released as the third single. It reached the top 10 within a month and by November was at #2. It looked like it might peak there, getting stuck behind Rihanna’s “We Found Love” for seven weeks, but finally in January 2012 “Sexy and I Know It” reached the pole position.

The duo rap “in a comically boastful manner” SF “about how girls can’t resist their unorthodox style.” SF It is reminiscent of the 1992 #1 hit “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred. SF The video features Redfoo and some of the LMFAO crew dancing in Speedos.

Redfoo said the song was inspired by “people who obviously think they are [attractive] but by normal standards are not, like the hairy old men in a Speedo on the beach with huge bellies, sunglasses, and a cigar.” SF No Ripcord offered a brutal review of the song, calling it “a repetitive, dull, bone-headed track, devoid of imagination, wit and charm.” NR Entertainment Weekly offered a somewhat nicer take, saying “as blithely brainless disco squiggles go, it does make the booties bounce.” EW


First posted 6/24/2023; last updated 4/1/2024.

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