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"7 Things" is a song by Miley Cyrus and is the first single from her second studio album, Breakout. The song was released on June 17, 2008 in the United States and was released in the United Kingdom on November 3, 2008. The song will be featured in the upcoming release of Karaoke Revolution and Disney Sing It: Pop Hits.


"7 Things" was written by Cyrus, Antonina Armato, and Tim James, all of whom co-wrote Cyrus's hit single "See You Again" and a number of songs from Meet Miley Cyrus. Cyrus described the song as "therapy" for her, saying "[it goes] through all the different stages of what's been going on the past couple years." She said the song's lyrics are "Miley going through, like, 900 emotions while I'm trying to write a song." In the song, Cyrus "describes the pain of a recent breakup" by listing seven things that she hates about her ex-boyfriend. She accuses the subject of having feelings for another girl, shown in the line "You love me, you like her". At the end, she alternatively lists seven things she likes about him. Cyrus, in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, said of the song's subject: "I want them to be upset. That was my point." She also said that the song was "about who [...] they want it to be to." Of the Nick Jonas rumors, Cyrus said: "I think a lot of people do think it’s about Nick Jonas, and if they think it is, that’s fine, Nick is someone that was really important in my life, but I don’t hate him. It’s a good song and it’s fun and that's it." Nick Jonas said, "I think it’s funny. Honestly, I’m not insecure, my friends aren't jerks—so it can't be about me."


Billboard magazine called "7 Things" "a worthy chart contender" and described it as "an odd composite, sounding decidedly country between its youth-driven headbanger choruses". The song "combines Avril Lavigne-style angst with dad Billy Ray Cyrus' country twang", according to The Village Voice also made note of the Avril comparisons. The review states that Cyrus "guns for full-on vintage-Avril territory", but felt that the song was "boring". According to one review, "7 Things" "mix[es] jangly pop verses with a raucous rock chorus, resulting in a weird but entertaining hybrid of Natalie Imbruglia's 'Torn' and No Doubt's 'Just a Girl'". Headline Planet described the song as a youthful "breath of fresh air". The reviewer added, "It is not strong enough to distance her from the female pop pack, but it is good enough to prove that she belongs." The Los Angeles Times said that Cyrus "tries maybe a bit too hard to please all constituents, going from cheesy acoustic strummer to full-on mall punk" but called it a "catchy-enough song".

Paste magazine's Henry Freedland compared the song to a similar list featured in the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You and suggested the song may have been a "rip-off", but that he "choose to believe there's room for both in this list-laden era" and gave the song a favorable review.

Music video

The music video was shot in Los Angelesmarker beginning May 30, 2008 with director Brett Ratner. The video features Maiara Walsh (Cory in the House), Liana Liberato, Haley King, Parker McKenna Posey and Nicola Peltz. Promotional pictures for the video were leaked on June 2, 2008. The music video premiered on ABC on June 28, 2008, and appeared on Disney Channel the same day. The video shows Miley Cyrus singing against a white background with a band, and girls crying and showing their emotions. It appears that the girls, and Miley, are referring to their ex-boyfriends as many of them are also holding presents supposedly from ex-boyfriends. The girls lip-sync to Miley's singing when she is "confronting" the boyfriend. Cyrus is shown holding a picture of her and her "ex boyfriend" with his head scribbled out. The male in the picture seems to look much like Cyrus' real on and off boyfriend Nick Jonas, and has caused many rumours of the song being about him. The video was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards but Cyrus lost to Tokio Hotel. A year later, after the video was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2008 MTV VMA's, the video received a nomination for Editing at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. On YouTube, the video has gotten over 100 million views and is the 4th most viewed and 5th most commented video.

Track listings

1 Track CD
  1. "7 Things" (Radio Edit)

Promo CD
  1. "7 Things" (Radio Edit)
  2. "7 Things" (Instrumental)

CD Single
  1. "7 Things"
  2. "See You Again" (Wideboys Radio Edit)

Bimbo Jones Remixes
  1. "7 Things" (Bimbo Jones Club Mix)
  2. "7 Things" (Bimbo Jones Dub Mix)
  3. "7 Things" (Bimbo Jones Remix Edit)
  4. "7 Things" (Radio Edit)

Chart performance

"7 Things" first entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #84. Two weeks later, "7 Things" rose 60 spots from #70 to round out the Top 10. Despite falling six places the following week, "7 Things" rebounded and matched its peak of #10. The following week, it became Cyrus's highest-charting single, at the time, on the Hot 100, when it achieved a new peak of #9, but was surpassed by "The Climb" in 2009. In its first week of wide digital release, "7 Things" moved over 40 places to #4 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs, selling 160,000 copies. The song was the greatest sales gainer in the charts issued July 12, 2008, with additional sales of 148,000. The song sold over 1,400,000 downloads.

As for Australian chart and sales success, along with a Top 10 chart position "7 Things" hit Gold accreditation within only a few weeks after its release. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at #83 on downloads alone and has so far peaked at #25. The single entered the UK charts again after her performance on The X Factor.


Chart (2008) Peak

Australian Singles Chart 10
Austrian Singles Chart 14
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 22
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 22
Canadian Hot 100 5
Dutch Mega Single Top 100 80
German Singles Chart 17
Irish Singles Chart 26
Japan Hot 100 8
New Zealand Singles Chart 24
Norwegian Singles Chart 8
Swiss Singles Chart 35
UK Singles Chart 25
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 4

Country Provider Certification
Australia ARIA Gold

Release history

Region Date Label Format
United States June 17, 2008 Hollywood Records Digital download
Australia August 15, 2008 Hollywood Records Compact disc
Hong Kong August 25, 2008 Hollywood Records/EMI Compact disc
Italy September 5, 2008 Hollywood Records Compact disc
Germany September 12, 2008 Hollywood Records Compact disc
United Kingdom November 3, 2008 Polydor Records Compact disc



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