|Single by Sisqó|
|from the album Unleash the Dragon|
|Released||February 15, 2000|
|Producer(s)||Tim & Bob|
|Sisqó singles chronology|
"Thong Song" is a song recorded by American R&B singer Sisqó. It was released on February 15, 2000 as the second single from Sisqó's 1999 solo debut studio album Unleash the Dragon . "Thong Song" garnered four Grammy nominations and numerous other awards. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Rhythmic top 40 chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100, Sisqó's second highest-peaking hit behind "Incomplete".It was a major success worldwide as well, reaching the top ten throughout European charts and reaching number three in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Denmark. The song also topped the charts in New Zealand.
Contemporary R&B is a music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, funk, hip hop and electronic music.
Mark Althavan Andrews, better known by his stage name Sisqó, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor. He is the lead singer of R&B group Dru Hill, and has also released solo material. Sisqo's successful debut solo album, Unleash the Dragon (1999), included the hit singles "Thong Song" and "Incomplete".
Unleash the Dragon is the debut solo studio album by American R&B singer Sisqó of Dru Hill, released on November 30, 1999 on Def Soul. Sisqó recorded the album during Dru Hill's hiatus. It includes the hit songs "Got to Get It", "Incomplete", and "Thong Song". First, Sisqo had been a lead singer of the group Dru Hill, releasing two multi-platinum albums to date: Dru Hill (1996) and Enter the Dru (1998). In 2003, the album was certified sextuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping six million copies in North America.
The song was written and produced by Sisqó, and Tim & Bob, the duo of Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson. Songwriters Desmond Child and Draco Rosa receive songwriting credit because of the interpolation of part of their composition, "Livin' la Vida Loca" (originally recorded by Ricky Martin), in the song's lyrics. The strings heard throughout the song, performed for the record by violinist Bruce Dukov,are inspired by Wes Montgomery's cover of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" which Tim originally sampled in its origin.
A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics and composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated writing and composing the original musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.
Tim & Bob, also known as Funktwons, were a songwriting and production duo. Tim & Bob have discovered and or worked on some of the biggest artists in the music industry and has helped develop the Atlanta music scene as it is widely known for today. They have won three Grammy Awards amongst twelve nominations and have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide making them one of the most successful producer duos in music history. They are among the most consistent urban producers in the last 18 years, earning a spot on Billboard's top ten list of producers almost every year since 1998.
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Rapper Lil' Kim was originally supposed to be included on the album version but declined.However, Kim and Sisqó collaborated on her second album The Notorious K.I.M. a year later.
Kimberly Denise Jones, known professionally as Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, model, and actress. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she lived much of her adolescent life on the streets after being expelled from home. In her teens, Jones would freestyle rap, heavily influenced by fellow female hip-hop artists like MC Lyte and The Lady of Rage. In 1994, she was discovered by fellow rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who invited her to join his group Junior M.A.F.I.A.; their debut album, Conspiracy, generated two top 20 singles in the United States and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
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The alternate version, the official remix to the original version, "Thong Song Uncensored", features a guest rap from Foxy Brown in the spot where Sisqó whispers the main verse for the third time, and is included on the soundtrack for Nutty Professor II: The Klumps . A second, more urban-themed[ clarification needed ] video was shot for the remix by Little X.
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|1.||"Thong Song (Radio Edit)"||3:30|
|2.||"Thong Song (Artful Dodger Remix)"||5:40|
|3.||"Thong Song (Instrumental)"||4:11|
|4.||"Thong Song (Video)"||--|
|1.||"Thong Song (LP Version)"||--|
|2.||"Thong Song (Instrumental)"||--|
|3.||"Thong Song (Artful Dodger Remix)"||--|
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Unleash the Dragon.
The video was released in 2000. Set in Miami, it shows Sisqó going to the beach from his home to participate in a Spring Break party with a large number of young women who are generally wearing bikinis and thongs, with the exception of one woman who wears a G-string. There are also scenes with Sisqo and his backup dancers driving a Bentley Azure down the Florida Keys, and cameos from the other three members of Sisqó's group, Dru Hill, Method Man & Redman, Ja Rule, as well as LL Cool J. Sisqó performs acrobatic feats atop the crowd that contradict the laws of physics, culminating in a stage performance lit with blacklights and with an orchestra in the background.
Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the seat of Miami-Dade County, and the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida in the United States. The city covers an area of about 56 square miles (150 km2) between the Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay to the east. Miami is the sixth most densely populated major city in the United States with an estimated 2018 population of 470,914. The Miami metropolitan area is home to 6.1 million people, the second-most populous in the southeastern United States and the seventh-largest in the nation. The city has the third tallest skyline in the U.S. with over 300 high-rises, 55 of which exceed 490 ft (149 m).
A G-string is a type of thong, a narrow piece of fabric, leather, or satin that covers or holds the genitals, passes between the buttocks, and is attached to a waistband around the hips. A G-string can be worn both by men and by women. It may also be worn in swimwear, where it may serve as a bikini bottom, but may be worn alone as a monokini or topless swimsuit. G-strings may also be worn by exotic or go-go dancers. As underwear, a G-string may be worn in preference to panties to avoid creation of a visible panty line, or to briefs in order to enhance sex-appeal.
The Bentley Azure is a large, four seater convertible grand tourer manufactured by British automobile manufacturer Bentley Motors. The model debuted in 1995 on the Bentley Continental R platform and was produced until 2003. After a three-year break a completely new version powered by a significantly updated engine and based on the newer Arnage platform debuted in 2006.
The whole video, consisting of cuts between Sisqó and barely clad women, drew criticism as it was accused of exploiting women as sex objects, and was credited for starting a new wave of "booty" videos. The director of the video, Joseph Kahn, was quoted as saying, "I listen to 'Thong Song', and I say, 'Well, this song is about asses.' So you can either accept it and do something like I did, or you can go and try and turn the 'Thong Song' into some kind of Chemical Brothers video and make it all pretentious; about some fucking communist upheaval or something. Let's just relax and make a booty video, and let's make a really good one, and make it fun."
In the alternative version of the video, after giving a radio interview with Nokio and Jazz of Dru Hill in his home town of Baltimore, Sisqó escapes from a group of fans with the help of Foxy Brown to a fashion show. Here, models strut in sexy costumes, which (again) all consist of bikinis just as in the original video, this time with the exception of two women in thongs. The video also features a cameo by professional wrestler Big Show. The song was done for the soundtrack of Nutty Professor II: The Klumps . The video was directed by Little X.
In 2017, Sisqó remade the song and music video with JCY, which was released on July 18, 2017. The video can be seen on YouTube and WorldStarHipHop with the video in its first week hitting over one million views.
End of year charts
In 2000, Chicago female rapper Strings released a single entitled "Tongue Song", which was a female response to "Thong Song".It peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart and number 13 on Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart.
Reggaeton artists Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam sampled "Thong Song" for their 2001 song "Tu Cuerpo En La Cama" on Yankee's album El Cartel II .
British girl group Little Mix interpolated various elements of the song for their song "Love a Girl Right" from their album LM5 .
"Right Thurr" is a song by American rapper Chingy. It was co-written and produced by St. Louis production team The Trak Starz. It was released on May 10, 2003 by Capitol and Disturbing tha Peace as the debut single off his debut album Jackpot (2003). The song received positive reviews from critics who praised the production and Chingy's addictive delivery.
"Independent Women" is a song by American girl group Destiny's Child. The song first appeared as the soundtrack to the 2000 film adaption of Charlie's Angels, and was later included on the group's third studio album, Survivor (2001). It is also the first single with Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams on vocals, though Franklin was no longer in the group's lineup when the video was filmed. Originally, Part 2 of the song was the actual song and Part 1 was known as the Pasadena remix, but it was chosen over the original.
"Wild Wild West" is a song by American actor and rapper Will Smith from the 1999 film of the same name, in which he also starred. It was released on May 4, 1999 as a single for the film's soundtrack and as the lead single from his second studio album Willennium (1999). The song plays during the film's closing credits.
"Over and Over" is a song recorded by American rapper Nelly. It was released on September 12, 2004 as the second single from his fourth album Suit. It was released two days before Sweat and Suit hit stores. It features American country music singer Tim McGraw. The song, which was written by Nelly, Jayson "KoKo" Bridges, James D. Hargrove, and Tim McGraw, peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. Musicians contributing to the recording include Jeremy von Nida, Guitar, Bryan Loss, Drums, and Matthew Brauss, Bass Guitar.
"Angel" is a song by Jamaican reggae artist Shaggy featuring Rayvon. It was the follow-up to Shaggy's international number-one hit "It Wasn't Me", released in late 2000. "Angel" proved to be almost as successful, reaching number one in many countries, including Australia, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
"Incomplete" is a song recorded by American R&B singer Sisqó. It was released in July 2000 as the third and final single from his first solo album, Unleash the Dragon. Written by Def Soul artist Montell Jordan and Anthony "Shep" Crawford, and produced by Crawford, the song was Sisqó's biggest solo single, and his only number-one hit. The song was a number-one hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. "Incomplete" is also Sisqó's third and most recent Hot 100 top 40 hit; within two years of its release, Sisqó would return to his role as Dru Hill's lead singer.
"Butterfly" is a song by American rap rock band Crazy Town. It gained mainstream popularity after being released in November 2000 as the third single from their debut album The Gift of Game. The song reached number one in 15 countries, including the band's native United States. The song is based on a sample of "Pretty Little Ditty" from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1989 album Mother's Milk.
"Try Again" is a song by American singer Aaliyah. It was written by Static Major and Timothy Mosley, and produced by Timbaland. The song was released on February 22, 2000, as the lead single for the soundtrack to the film Romeo Must Die, and was later included on international pressings of the singer's self-titled album. "Try Again" features an intro in which Timbaland pays homage to Eric B. & Rakim by rapping the duo's opening verse from "I Know You Got Soul".
"Shape of My Heart" is a song by American boy band, Backstreet Boys, it was written and produced by Max Martin and Rami, and co-written by Lisa Miskovsky. It was released on October 3, 2000 as the lead single from the band's fourth studio album, Black & Blue (2000). It debuted at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, while reaching number 8 on the US Mainstream Top 40 chart. It also topped the charts in Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland as well as the top 10 in several other countries.
"You're Not Alone" is a song written by Tim Kellett and Robin Taylor-Firth and performed by Olive on the 1996 album Extra Virgin. First released as a single in 1996, it found greater success in 1997 in a remixed single version, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart. The song has been covered by a number of artists, most notably by German trance DJ and producer ATB in 2002 and in 2017 by Scotty Boy and Lizzie Curious.
"How Deep Is Your Love" is an R&B single by group Dru Hill and features rapper Redman. It is the first single from the group's second album, Enter the Dru. The song was released on September 22, 1998. It spent three weeks at number-one on the US R&B chart, and peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was also used in the end credits and is featured on the soundtrack to the 1998 film Rush Hour. The music video is directed by Brett Ratner and was shot on top of Hopewell Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong and features clips from Rush Hour. Redman's verse is cut from both the group's album and the video version as he does not appear in the video.
"Dance for Me" is a 2001 single recorded by Sisqó for Def Soul. The song charted at #6 in the UK Singles chart.
"Got to Get It" is the debut solo single by Sisqó of Dru Hill featuring Make It Hot. It is the first single from Sisqó's debut solo album, Unleash the Dragon. The single was fairly successful on the charts. It peaked at #40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The music video for the song was directed by Hype Williams and features Sisqó singing the song on top of a building then goes straight to Make It Hot’s performance with clips of Sisqó playing a guitar. The video ends with Sisqó dancing with women.
"Without Me" is a song by American rapper Eminem from his fourth studio album The Eminem Show (2002). "Without Me" was released on May 14, 2002 as the lead single from the album, and re-released on his greatest hits compilation album Curtain Call: The Hits (2005). "Without Me" is one of Eminem's most successful singles, reaching number two in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and number one in fifteen countries. It is one of his most well-known and most recognizable songs. The song is included in the soundtrack for the 2016 film Suicide Squad.
"Sucker for Pain" is a song by the American rappers Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa and American band Imagine Dragons, with American rappers Logic and Ty Dolla Sign featuring American band X Ambassadors. The song was released as a single for the motion picture soundtrack for Suicide Squad (2016) on June 24, 2016, by Atlantic Records. On June 24, 2016, the official music video was uploaded to the Atlantic YouTube channel.
This is the discography documenting albums and singles released by American R&B singer Sisqó.
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