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WOMANIZER – 2008

SONG & HIT DETAILS

Artist Name: BRITNEY SPEARS

Top Position (Australia): 5

Song Author: Nikesha Briscoe and Rafael Akinyemi

Year Recorded: 2008
Record Label: Jive
Label Number: N/A

SONG PROFILE

“Womanizer”

Single by Britney Spears from the album Circus
Released September 26, 2008
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Electropop, dance-pop
Length 3:44
Label Jive
Writer(s) Nikesha Briscoe, Rafael Akinyemi
Producer K. Briscoe/The Outsyders

“Womanizer” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears from her sixth studio album, Circus.

It was released on September 26, 2008 by Jive Records as the lead single of the album. Produced and co-written by Nikesha Briscoe and Rafael Akinyemi of The Outsyders, the song had to be re-recorded after a snippet was leaked onto the web.

“Womanizer” is an uptempo electropop song with characteristic sirens and a repetitive hook. Described by Spears as a girl anthem, the song’s lyrics recall a womanizing man, while the protagonist of the song makes clear she knows who he really is.

“Womanizer” was well received by contemporary critics, with reviewers praising its hook, melody and empowering lyrics. Critics also observed it was a stand-out track from its album and also deemed it as a comeback single for Spears.

“Womanizer” was a commercial success, peaking atop of the charts in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and the United States. It also reached the top ten in every country it charted in also receiving several certifications from several countries.

In the United States, “Womanizer” was her first single to reach number-one since “…Baby One More Time” in 1999. The song broke the record for the highest jump to number one at a time which was later broken by Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” in 2009.

It is also her best-selling digital song in the country, having sold over 3.2 million copies, and over 6 million copies around the globe, making it one of the best-selling singles worldwide.

The song was written and co-produced by Nikesha Briscoe and Rafael Akinyemi of the production team, The Outsyders. Spears recorded main vocals with Brendan Dakora at Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank, California and Bojan “Genius” Dugic at Legacy Studios in New York City.

Pro Tools engineering was done by John Hanes, assisted by Tim Roberts.

On September 19, 2008, a low quality 37 second snippet of the song was posted on the official website of 107.5 The River, a radio station in Lebanon, Tennessee. According to Jive Records, a representative of the label played a rough mix of the song for people at the station, who recorded it and leaked it on the Internet.

The snippet was later removed from the website. The song was scheduled to premiere on September 23, 2008, but the release was delayed when Spears went into the studio to re-record some vocals.

The new recordings were done with Jim Beanz and Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica. The song was finally mixed by Serban Ghenea at MixStar Studios in Virginia.

“Womanizer” was officially sent to radio stations on September 26, 2008.

A few days later, Spears talked about it during a live interview with New York’s Z100 on October 18, 2008, stating, “It’s basically saying, ‘We know what you’re up to.’ It’s about guys cheating on girls, it’s a girl anthem. That’s why I like it”.

It received a Grammy Nomination in 2010 in the Best Dance Recording category.

“Womanizer” entered the Australian charts on October 13, 2008 at number sixteen.

Three weeks later, it peaked at number five. It shipped over 70,000 copies, earning a platinum certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

Credits and personnelWriters: Nikesha Briscoe, Rafael Akinyemi
Producers: K.Briscoe/The Outsyders
Mixing: Serban Ghenea
Pro Tools editing: John Hanes
Mastering: Tom Coyne