"[173] Later, Joe Jonas of the pop rock band Jonas Brothers posted a video on their YouTube account where he imitated the dance in a black leotard and heels. [112], The music video for "Single Ladies" was shot immediately after that of "If I Were a Boy",[40] but it received less attention during production than the "higher-gloss, higher-profile video" for "If I Were a Boy". Beyoncé’s unofficial theme song for Sex & The City, produced by North Carolinian crooner The-Dream.. Beyoncé and Jay Z got married in 2008—but didn’t tell anybody. The glove consists of several pieces, including a ring and a separate component that covers Beyoncé's upper arm. When Beyoncé won the Video of the Year award later that night, she reminisced about when she won her first MTV award with her former group, Destiny's Child, and called the experience "one of the most exciting moments in [her] life". [91] It reached number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it remained for twelve consecutive weeks. His subsequent meeting with Beyoncé became a media event. “Moments where I remind myself of my grandmothers, of talent shows with my cousins, marching band, everything I’ve done wrapped into one.”, Beyoncé’s Daughter Blue Ivy Was ‘Jamming’ to J Balvin’s Song ‘Mi Gente’ Before They Made the Remix. Nick Levine of Digital Spy particularly praised its beats, which according to him, "just don't quit". [176] Beyoncé has acknowledged the popularity of the videos on YouTube; during her concert tour, excerpts from many of the YouTube videos were played in the background while Beyoncé was performing the song. [80] It was also nominated for Record of the Year at the 2009 Soul Train Music Awards,[76] Viewer's Choice Award at the 2009 BET Awards,[81] Best R&B/Urban Dance Track at the 2009 International Dance Music Awards,[82] and World's Best Single at the 2010 World Music Awards. [49] Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times was also impressed with the overall production of the song, specifically the chorus, adding "More than most female singers, Beyoncé understands the funky art of singing rhythmically, and this is a prime example. [208] During the finale of the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011, the lady contestants joined together onstage to perform "Single Ladies" and attempted the dance moves from the song's video. Choreography has been an integral part of pop music for decades, dating back to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video and beyond. [59] On The Village Voice's year-end Pazz & Jop singles list, "Single Ladies" was ranked at numbers three and forty one in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Beyoncé's vocals range from the note of F♯3 to D5. She even featured in Beyoncé's music video for her single, Spirit.. [34][37] Critics have compared the song to Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive", prompted by their lyrics, which all promote female empowerment. "[66], "Single Ladies" has received a number of awards and nominations, including the Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 52nd Grammy Awards. [40] The videos were released to other media outlets on the same date and subsequently included on Beyoncé's remix album with videography, Above and Beyoncé,[115] and the platinum edition of I Am... Sasha Fierce.[116]. [200] According to Simon Vozick-Levinson of Entertainment Weekly, Tweedy sang only a few bars; he gave "Single Ladies" an acoustic feel and recited the rest of the song's lyrics. ", "Is one of the ladies in Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' video actually a man? [31][122], In the video for "Single Ladies", emphasis is laid on Beyoncé's more aggressive and sensual side, her alter ego Sasha Fierce. [47], In the second verse, Beyoncé tells her ex-lover that, as he did not attempt to make things more permanent when he had the chance, he has no reason to complain now that she has found someone else. [36], "Single Ladies" appeared at number six on the Eye Weekly's critics' list of the Best Singles of 2008,[58] and at number six on About.com's Mark Edward Nero's list of the Best R&B Songs of 2008. [157] "Single Ladies" was later performed by Beyoncé in a pink fringe dress at a concert at Palais Nikaia in Nice, France, on June 20, 2011,[158] and at the Glastonbury Festival on June 26, 2011. Wait a second, those royalties are going to whom? [174] In London, one hundred dancers wearing leotards similar to the one worn by Beyoncé performed the choreography on April 20, 2009, to promote Trident Unwrapped gum. [22] Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly magazine wrote that "Single Ladies" is a "giddy, high-stepping hybrid of lyrical kiss-off and fizzy jump-rope jam". [19] Echoing Levine's sentiments, Liss wrote that Beyoncé sounds "gleefully sassy". Bonus Tracks and Music Videos)", "TV.com: The Ed Sullivan Show, June 1, 1969", "The 30 All-Time Best Music Videos – Beyoncé, 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), "Whose Idea Was Beyoncé's Shiny Robot Glove? "[140] The music video was certified platinum by CRIA for shipment of sales 10,000 units. However, the main intention is to attract the viewers' attention toward their hands and ring fingers as they do the hand-twirl move. Globally, it was 2009's seventh best-selling digital single with 6.1 million copies sold[1] thus becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. [96] It passed the 5 million sales mark in October 2012. [78] The song was nominated in the Best Song category at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards[79] and in the English-language "Record of the Year" category at the 2009 Premios Oye! [26] It makes use of staccato bounce-based hand claps,[27][28] Morse code beeps,[25] an ascending whistle in the background,[29] and a punchy organic beat. [28] The instrumentation includes a bass drum,[30] a keyboard[31] and spaced out synthesizers that occasionally zoom in and out; one commentator, Sarah Liss of CBC News, noted that their arrangement surprisingly comes as light, instead of dense. [152] At the MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, 2009, Beyoncé performed "Single Ladies" backed by "an army of single ladies" on stage. See … [113] Nava deliberately used lengthy shots so that viewers "would connect with the human endeavor of Beyoncé's awe-inspiring dance",[113] with all the changes in looks, angles, and lighting executed live on-camera because he wanted to keep the feel "very organic and un-gimmicky". The song and particularly its music video have been widely parodied and imitated. [89], The song was at the top of the chart for four non-consecutive weeks,[90] during the last of which digital downloads of "Single Ladies" increased by 157 percent to 382,000 units—its best week of digital sales. [119] Beyoncé wanted to attempt a similar dance and eventually, the choreography of "Single Ladies" was liberally adapted from "Mexican Breakfast": I saw a video on YouTube. "Single Ladies" has been used in various media including television shows, commercials and books. It's all about the fierceness. The song is actually Beyoncé's last solo No. [2], *sales figures based on certification alone^shipments figures based on certification alonesales+streaming figures based on certification alone, A sample of "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", a dance-pop and R&B number that uses hand claps, minor chords, spaced out synthesizers, robotic effects and an ascending whistling in the background, Awards for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", Recording Industry Association of America, one of the best-selling singles of all time, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Australian Recording Industry Association, Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, one of the best-selling singles of all-time, 2009 MTV Video Music Awards § Kanye West controversy and debated incidents, I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, List of best-selling singles in the United States, List of number-one R&B singles of 2008 (U.S.), List of number-one R&B singles of 2009 (U.S.), List of singles which have spent the most weeks on the UK Singles Chart, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, "Inside Story: The Making of Beyoncé's 'Single Ladies, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z File Signed Marriage License", "Britney? A critic wrote in the magazine: "The world gave a collective 'whoa' when Beyonce unleashed her 'Single Ladies' video, but to see those dance moves come to life at the 2009 VMAs was beyond eye-popping. [3][4] Stewart commented that the song was "the only public statement that [Beyoncé and Jay-Z had] ever made about marriage",[3] and that while in the studio recording the song Beyoncé had remained tightlipped, even to the point of removing her wedding band. [28] She further commented that it was pleasant hear a voice which "changes timbre naturally, a voice with actual cracks and fissures (however slight)" in contrast to the "Auto-Tune epidemic that seems to be plaguing so many of her mainstream pop peers". ", "Beyonce And Lady Gaga Lead 2009 MTV VMA Nominees", "Living on in video – Music clip installation series looks behind the camera", "Beyonce wows in racy red costume at MTV Europe Music Awards", "Nickelback, Danny Fernandes Lead 2009 MMVA Nominations", "List of nominees for the 2009 MTV Awards", "BET Unveils the Best 100 Music Videos of 2009 – Notarized", "Beyonce Knowles video 'best of the decade, "The 10 Best '00s Music Videos: Poll Results", "2013 Super Bowl Countdown: Beyoncé's Top 10 Music Videos Ever! [3] Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times saw the song's theme of female empowerment as an extension of that of "Irreplaceable" (2006),[34] and Daniel Brockman of The Phoenix noted that its usage of "blurry pronouns" such as "it" resembles Beyoncé's 2005 single "Check on It". [92] "Single Ladies" topped the Pop Songs[93] and the Hot Dance Club Play charts,[94] and reached number two on the Pop 100 chart. Beyoncé's infectious "Single Ladies" song and music video have inspired tons of people to mimic the sassy dance moves. [117][118] "Mexican Breakfast" had become an Internet viral sensation the previous summer after Unk's "Walk It Out" was dubbed over the original mix. [34] However, her former boyfriend is watching her, and she directs the song to him. [137] The video was voted Best Music Video of the Decade by MUZU.TV[138] It was voted fifth-best music video of the 2000s by readers of Billboard magazine. [192] In July 2010, the line "Put a Ring on It" was used by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS as the tagline for a female condom public awareness campaign in the US. "[53] "Single Ladies" ranked as the second-best song of the 2000s decade in the magazine's 2009 readers' poll,[54] and Rolling Stone critics placed it at number 50 on the list of the 100 Best Songs of the Decade. [40], Beyoncé wanted a simple music video; it was filmed with minimal alternative camera shots and cuts, and no changes to hairstyles, costumes and sets. [113] Both videos were shot in black-and-white in New York City and were directed by Jake Nava,[113] with whom Beyoncé had worked on previous music videos including "Crazy in Love" and "Beautiful Liar". [209] The film Sex and the City 2 features a performance of the song by American singer and actress Liza Minnelli. [37] The music video achieved fame for its intricate choreography[169] and its deployment of jazz hands with a wrist twist. [3][169] One of the most viewed viral videos is that of Shane Mercado, who appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show in bikini bottoms to perform the choreography. [40] The two music videos premiered on MTV's Total Request Live show on October 13, 2008[7] to reinforce the concept of conflicting personalities. [30] It has been credited with starting the "first major dance craze of both the new millennium and the Internet",[37] triggering a number of parodies of the dance choreography. Songs: Chris Brown's Comeback", "Canadian single certifications – Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Official Charts Flashback 2008: Beyoncé – If I Were A Boy", "Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles", https://twitter.com/chartdata/status/1259847477861085184?s=19, "Beyoncé's VMA-Nominated 'Single Ladies' Video Began As An Afterthought", "My 5 Favorite Moments In Britney's New 'If U Seek Amy' Video", "Beyoncé to Release Above and Beyoncé – Video Collection & Dance Mixes! Beyoncé's first solo recording was a feature on Jay-Z's song "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" that was released in October 2002, peaking at number four on the U.S. He’s advocated for choreographers to be more protective of their work and ensure that no one can profit off their intellectual property. ", "Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' Used by Church Choir for Recruitment Drive", "Psy dances to Beyoncé's 'Single Ladies' during concert – video", "Khloé, Kim, & Kourtney Kardashian as Beyoncé's Single Ladies", "Ow, My Brain! [40], In a radio interview on NPR's All Things Considered, Knight shared his excitement that the popular video made people want to learn to dance. [19] On February 16, 2009, it was released as a CD single, and the dance remixes became available as a digital download.