Hollaback Girl Gwen Stefani
Song Title: Hollaback Girl
Artist: Gwen Stefani
Date of release: March the 15th 2005
Description: ” Hollaback Girl ” is by Gwen Stefani ( Gwen Renée Stefani ), American singer, songwriter and fashion designer. Gwen is the co-founder and lead singer with the band No Doubt. The band had huge success with their 3rd Album Tragic Kingdom in 1995 and produced several charts hits including ” Don’t Speak ” and ” Just a Girl “.
The song was written by Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. Chad Hugo ( Charles Edward “Chad” Hugo ) is an American multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Chad is best known as being part of the duo The Neptunes and as a member of N.E.R.D.
Pharrell Williams ( Pharrell Lanscilo Williams ) is an American singer-songwriter, rapper and also a record producer. He had huge success with his single ” Happy ” and is part of the record production duo The Neptunes. Pharrell Williams is the lead singer with the rock-funk-hip hop band N.E.R.D, he also play the drums for the band.
” Hollaback Girl ” was produced by The Neptunes, the American production duo made up of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.
The song was released on the 15th of March 2005 by record label Interscope Records ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the 3rd single from Gwen’s debut Album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. The Album sold in excess of 7 Million copies Worldwide and was awarded multi-platinum certifications in many countries.
The hip hop and dance song takes influences from hip hop and dance music of the 80s. During the writing, Gwen remarked that she was missing an ” attitude song “, she remembered a comment made about her by Courtney Love, the former frontwoman of Hole, the alternative rock band.
So the song was written in response to Courtney Love who made a statement that Gwen was a ” cheerleader ” during an interview in the American magazine for teenagers, Seventeen. In it she said ” Being famous is just like being in high school. But I’m not interested in being the cheerleader. I’m not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She’s the cheerleader, and I’m out in the smoker shed “.
Gwen responded to the statement in an interview with the British music magazine NME ” Y’know someone one time called me a cheerleader, negatively, and I’ve never been a cheerleader. So I was, like, “OK, **** you. You want me to be a cheerleader? Well, I will be one then. And I’ll rule the whole world, just you watch me “.
The actual meaning of the use of the word ” Hollaback ” has been defined by many people and each time a different meaning is attributed to the term. According to urbandictionary.com the meaning is not someone ” who counters verbal attacks with verbal attacks, or ‘ hollering back.’ Using terminology that is commonplace among today’s youth, this is shortened to ‘ hollaback. ‘ “.
However it is generally accepted that the actual meaning is it responds in a positive way to the “catcalls” or hollers of men, put into the context of this song, it could just mean that Gwen has taken the initiative and countered the remarks made by Courtney Love in her interview with Seventeen magazine.
The accompanying music video was directed by Paul Hunter. Paul has worked on over 100 music videos for a variety of artists including Snoop Dogg, Aaliyah, Jennifer Lopez, Lenny Kravitz, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Ashanti, Marilyn Manson, Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson. Along with music videos he has worked on television advertisements and for his work on Nike’s Freestyle commercial was nominated for an Emmy.
The video was filmed on location in Van Nuys and Reseda neighborhoods of Los Angeles, California. The video has a cheerleader theme ( probably to refer to the spat with Courtney Love ) and features The Harajuku Girls, who are backup dancers made up of Japanese and Japanese American girls.
Also appearing in the video are the cheerleading squad from Orange County known as Orange Crush All Stars, a marching band from Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, the Carson High School Flaggies and a drill team from Stephen M. White Middle School in Carson.
The song was a commercial success for Gwen. In the United States ” Hollaback Girl ” entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number 82 and after 6 weeks on the chart it rose to Number One and spending 4 weeks there, giving Gwen her first Billboard Number One single. The song spent a total of 31 weeks in the chart there.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK chart on the 4th of June 2005 and reached a peak of number 8. It spent 2 weeks in the top ten and a total of 19 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 8
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 5, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 6, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 16, Canada (Canadian Singles Chart) 12, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 36, Denmark (Tracklisten) 5, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 5, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 8, France (SNEP) 17, Germany (Official German Charts) 3, Greece (IFPI Greece) 13, Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 23, Hungary (Dance Top 40) 11, Ireland (IRMA) 4, Italy (FIMI) 6, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 8, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 7, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 3, Norway (VG-lista) 6, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 7, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 6
Official Website: Gwenstefani.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/gwenstefani
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/GwenStefani