"Girlfriend" is a song by American boy band NSYNC. It was released on April 15, 2002 as the third and final single from their third studio album, Celebrity (2001). The song was also the last single the group ever released.

"Girlfriend"
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Single by NSYNC featuring Nelly
from the album Celebrity
B-side"The Two of Us", "Gone" (Spanish version)
ReleasedApril 15, 2002
FormatCD single
Recorded2001
GenreR&B, hip hop, pop
Length4:14 (Album Version)
4:45 (The Neptunes Remix)
LabelJive
Songwriter(s)Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, Cornell Haynes Jr. (Remix)
Producer(s)The Neptunes
NSYNC singles chronology
"Gone"
(2001)
"Girlfriend"
(2002)
Nelly singles chronology
"#1"
(2001)
"Girlfriend"
(2002)
"Hot in Herre"
(2002)
Music video
"Girlfriend" on YouTube

The Neptunes' remix of this song was featured on their first compilation album Greatest Hits and their third compilation album The Essential *NSYNC.

It was the group's last song that entered the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, as well as their last song to chart since the band's hiatus.

BackgroundEdit

When originally announced as a single, the intention was for the album version of the track to be released along with a video and released to television. However, just weeks before the release, the group announced that the song would be re-recorded for its single release, with remix production by The Neptunes, and would feature two all-new verses with rapper Nelly. Unlike previous NSYNC releases, the single version, which was named "The Neptunes Remix" for classification purposes, possessed a heavy hip hop influence. The video for the album version of the track was subsequently edited for "The Neptunes Remix", and to feature Nelly; however, it kept essentially the same format. The Neptunes Remix peaked at number 5 in the US and #2 in the UK.

In August 2002, the remix won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Hook Up. In several countries, the single was released as a double A-side with a remixed version of "Gone", entitled the "Gone Clubbin': I'll Be Back Late" mix.

Critical receptionEdit

In 2015, Billboard's Jason Lipshutz ranked it tenth on the list "Top 20 Essential Boy Band Songs," writing, "straddling the lines of pop, R&B and hip-hop, the song could have been the precursor to the boy band's stylistic shift, but instead proved to be the starting point for Justin Timberlake's solo career."[1]

Music videoEdit

 
Justin Timberlake competing in a high-speed drag race

Two music videos exist for the single. The first was created for the album version, and features only the band. The original album version of the video was released in December 2001. The music video featured the band dancing on cars, singing to girls and a drag race, which was won by Justin Timberlake.

The Neptunes Remix featured scenes of Nelly spliced between shots of the pre-existing video. He is shown rapping next to Timberlake during both of his rap verses, as well as interacting with female models in the backseat of the car throughout this version of the video. Scenes of Timberlake initiating the drag race in the interlude, which is shown in the original video, are heavily omitted in the Neptunes Remix to accommodate for Nelly's rap verse, which his second rap verse replaces.

Both video versions were directed by Marc Klasfeld. The album version video debuted on TRL on January 3, 2002, while the Neptunes Remix debuted on March 12, 2002.

Track listingEdit

  • UK
  1. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix) – 4:45
  2. "The Two of Us" – 3:51
  3. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' I'll Be Back Late Radio Edit) – 3:57
  4. "Gone" (Video) – 5:10
  • Europe
CD1
  1. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix) – 4:45
  2. "Girlfriend" (Album Version) – 4:14
CD2
  1. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix) – 4:45
  2. "Girlfriend" (Album Version) – 4:14
  3. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' I'll Be Back Late Mix) – 5:57
  4. "Gone" (Video)
  • America
  1. "Girlfriend" (Album Version) – 4:14
  2. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix) – 4:45
  3. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' I'll Be Back Late Mix) – 5:57
  4. "Gone" (Spanish Version) – 4:57
  5. "Girlfriend" (Video) – 4:20
  6. PopOdyssey Live Trailer (Video) – 1:20
  • Canada
  1. "Girlfriend" (Album Version) – 4:14
  2. "Girlfriend" (The Neptunes Remix) – 4:45
  3. "Gone" (Gone Clubbin' – I'll Be Back Late Mix) – 5:57
  4. "Gone" (Spanish version) – 4:57
  5. "Gone" (Video) – 5:10

Credits and personnelEdit

Recording[2]
  • Recorded at Right Track, NYC; Battery Studios, NYC; and WIRE Studios, Orlando, FL
Personnel[2]
  • Justin Timberlake – songwriter
  • Chad Hugo – songwriter, producer, remix producer
  • Pharrell Williams – songwriter, producer, remix producer
  • The Neptunes – producer, remix producer
  • Brian Garten – recording, additional vocal recording
  • Paul Gregory – assistant recording engineer
  • Rowie Nameri – assistant recording engineer
  • Matina Scarpino – assistant recording engineer
  • Jean-Marie Horvat – mixing
  • Josean Possey – assistant mixing engineer
  • Chaz Harper – mastering

Charts and certificationsEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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