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"Candy Shop" is the second single by rapper 50 Cent featuring R&B singer Olivia. The song was written by 50 Cent and Scott Storch for 50 Cent's second commercial album The Massacre (2005). Scott Storch, who also produced the track, took influence from Middle Eastern music.

The song was released as the album's second U.S. single, and first international single. It was one of the year's most popular songs, peaking inside the top ten on the majority of the charts it entered. "Candy Shop" received mixed reviews from critics, with some calling it a retread of 50 Cent's previous collaboration with Lil' Kim on "Magic Stick".


In an interview with XXL magazine, rapper Fat Joe claimed that he helped produce the track while working with Scott Storch. He stated: "I'm pretty sure the world don't know we actually produced Candy Shop together. I produced it with him (Storch)... Scott called me like 50 times, 100 times: 'Yo, you sure you don't want to use it? 50 Cent called me. 50 Cent want it.' I never had a problem with this dude. I was like, 'Go ahead.'" When writing the song, 50 Cent stated: "I attempted to be as sexual as possible, from a male perspective, without being vulgar or obscene".


"Candy Shop" is a mid-tempo dancefloor track. The song, which was officially produced by Scott Storch, samples The Salsoul Orchestra's "Love Break". The production was described by IGN as having a "Middle Eastern tinge" with synthesized strings that "unleash a darkly atonal whirl that sounds too much like something either Timbaland or The Neptunes or Mannie Fresh have concocted". The Guardian also wrote that the production contains "wan-sounding imitations of the Neptunes' sparse, breathy funk". PopMatters described the chorus as being "relaxed yet faintly ominous" with 50 Cent and Olivia crooning: "Girl what we do (what we do) / And where we do (and where we do) / The things we do (things we do) / Are just between me and you (oh yeah)." Rolling Stone also noted the chorus for 50 Cent's "amateur-sounding tenor croon".


The song received mixed reviews from critics. PopMatters described it as a track "dripping with sexual energy and cool" and is "sexy as hell, but contains a pretty unmistakable edge of hostility, macho swagger, and thunderous chest thumping." Entertainment Weekly wrote that the song was an "appealing throwaway single" and lyrics such as "after you work up a sweat, you can play with the stick" are not seductions; "they're orders". MusicOMH's Azeem Ahmad wrote that the chemistry between 50 Cent and Olivia "is almost as explicit as the lyrics... the bass line is made for grinding to". Author Ethan Brown, in a review of The Massacre, called the song "uninspiring" and "nearly identical" to his previous collaboration with Lil' Kim on "Magic Stick". He further stated that 50 Cent seemed too content with his "hypersexual image" among other things and "not inspired enough to work beyond the same old attention-getting schemes." Pitchfork Media also listed "Candy Shop" as a reprise of "Magic Stick" both "in beats and in timbre" and Stylus magazine said it was "more of the same" as his previous collaboration. Similarly, Billboard wrote that 50 Cent "shows little growth lyrically" with the song being "typical playa-friendly fodder".

Fat Joe responded to the song after 50 Cent targeted him in "Piggy Bank", a "diss" track aimed towards several rappers. Fat Joe released a song, "My Fo, Fo", in which he raps "Is it me or does 'Candy Shop' sound like 'Magic Stick'?/ In the video, this nigga 50 'bout to strip/ Shaking his ass. What the fuck is wrong with this nigger/50 don't make me shiver."

Sales and chart performance

"Candy Shop" performed well in the United States, becoming 50 Cent's third number one single. The song debuted at number eighty-two on the Billboard Hot 100, peaked at number one for nine weeks, and remained on the chart for twenty-three weeks. The track reached number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Tracks, and Rhythmic Top 40 charts. The song also did well on pop-oriented charts, reaching number two on the Pop 100 and number five on the Top 40 Mainstream. "Candy Shop" was helped on the Hot 100 and Pop 100 by its strong digital downloads, peaking at number one on the Hot Digital Songs. The track was certified Gold by the RIAA and was nominated at the 2006 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song, but lost to Kanye West's "Diamonds from Sierra Leone".

Across Europe, the song reached number one in Austriamarker, Belgiummarker, Germany, and Switzerlandmarker and the top five in Ireland, Norwaymarker, the Netherlandsmarker, and the UK. In Australia, the song peaked at number three, was certified Platinum by the ARIA, and on the 2005 year-end chart, it was listed at number twenty-four. It also reached number two in New Zealand.

Music video

The music video was directed by Jessy Terrero on January 11 – January 12, 2005 and filmed in Hollywood, Californiamarker. Due to rapper Trick Daddy's music video for "Sugar (Gimme Some)" already having candy references, 50 Cent said "we tried to do something a little different" and not follow the same route. The video features Olivia as the lead dancer and several models including Chessika Cartwright (as a dominatrix), "Lyric" (as a nurse), and Erica Mena (as the girl in bed). It also features cameo appearances from Lil Scrappy and G-Unit member Lloyd Banks and former member Young Buck. The video was nominated for Best Male Video at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to Kanye West's "Jesus Walks".

On February 2, 2005, the video debuted on MTV's Total Request Live at number nine and stayed on the chart for forty-six days. It also reached number one on the MuchMusicmarker video charts.


There is a remix featuring Marques Houston.

Formats and track listing

  • CD single
  1. "Candy Shop" (album version)
  2. "Disco Inferno" (album version)

  • UK single
  1. "Candy Shop" (album version)
  2. "Disco Inferno" (album version)
  3. "Candy Shop" (instrumental)

  • Maxi single
  1. "Candy Shop" (album version)
  2. "Candy Shop" (album version)
  3. "Candy Shop" (instrumental)
  4. "Candy Shop (video)


Chart (2005) Peak

Australian Singles Chart 3
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Belgian Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 7
Dutch Singles Chart 4
Finnish Singles Chart 11
French Singles Chart 8
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 2
New Zealand Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
Swedish Singles Chart 18
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 2
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 5


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