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"Fergalicious" is the second single from pop singer Fergie's debut solo album, The Dutchess. It features Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am, who also produced the track. "Fergalicious" was not officially released as the second single in the UK, (although the video did receive airplay at the time) where "Glamorous" was officially made the second single instead. However, "Fergalicious" still managed to chart at number 26 on the UK Official Download Chart and was released as the fourth single there, over a year after the song's initial release, as a double A-side with "Clumsy". This is possibly due to the huge success of "Big Girls Don't Cry" in the UK which reached #2, saved the album, and even made it reach a new peak position at #18. As of August 2008, the single has sold over 2,700,000 copies. Also, The Dutchess had a re-release in Japan & Australia. The cover of the new CD was Fergie in a cake scene from this video. Fergie released a shoe line based on the song which is Fergalicious by Fergie.

Song information

The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 several months after its release. However, "Fergalicious" managed to top the Pop 100 chart and spent fourteen weeks in the top ten of the Hot 100. "Fergalicious" was extremely successful as a digital song. In fact, it's one of the very few tracks which have been certified 2x platinum in the U.S., thanks to the heavy downloads. This achievement was very easy as, in January 2007, it sold 295,000 downloads in a single week, being immediately certified platinum and holding the record for the most downloaded song in a single week (which has since been broken by Flo Rida's "Low"). As of August 2008, "Fergalicious" has been downloaded for over 2,740,000 times in the U.S. only, being in the Top 10 of the most downloaded songs in the U.S. history. "Fergalicious" was not released in the U.K. or Ireland in 2006 but was later released as a double A side with "Clumsy" in October 2007.

The song heavily samples "Give It All You Got" by Afro-Rican and "Supersonic" by J.J. Fad. It also features elements from "Night Train" by James Brown and "It's More Fun to Compute" by Kraftwerk (both sampled in "Give It All You Got"). The riff at the opening of the song and featured throughout is from Dominic Frontiere's theme music for the 60's TV show The Rat Patrol. will.i.am's opening line is an interpolation of the opening line of 2 Live Crew's "Throw The D." The word "Fergalicious" is a portmanteau of the words 'Fergie' and 'delicious'. Spelling is a large part of the song's lyrics, with vocalists spelling Fergie's name, the word 'delicious', and the word 'tasty', albeit 'tastey'. Besides in the song Fergie uses three foreign words, such as "tres" (Spanish number translated as "three"), "uno" (Italian & Spanish number translated as "one") and "loco" (Spanish adjective translated as "crazy").

On December 4, 2006, Fergie and will.i.am performed the song live at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards and Big In '06 Awards. In 2007, this song was nominated by rock station WNEWmarker as for "most annoying song" of 2006, but, apart from this, it was nominated for various other awards: in fact, it won the "Sexiest Video of the Year" at MTV Australia Video Music Awards and, always with this song, Fergie was given the award for "Best International Video - Artist" at Much Musicmarker Video Awards. "Fergalicious", for unknown reasons, was not released in the UK or Ireland. The song was used on the videogame Boogie.

Controversy

The song caused controversy between Fergie and Nelly Furtado (both of which are signed to labels in the Interscope-Geffen-A&M division of Universal Music Group). In the lyrics, Fergie wrote: "But I ain't promiscuous", which Furtado thought had referred to her successful single. Later, in the song "Give It to Me", Furtado wrote a verse, which she confirmed, was directed at Fergie. In a possible response to Furtado, Fergie sings that if "You got a problem, come say in to my face", in the music video for the remix song "Impacto" (by Daddy Yankee).

In March 2009, former N.W.A member the Arabian Prince sued Fergie's record label over unpaid royalties for including a sample of his song Supersonic for Fergalicious. The lawsuit was filed in the New York Supreme Court, claiming that Tamika Wright, Jerry Heller and Ruthless Records owed him 20% of the royalties from the song. He also claims that the label refused him payment on numerous occasions.

Music video

Fergie in a snapshot of the music video.
The video premiered on MTV on October 24, 2006 and premiered on Yahoo! Music on October 31, 2006. The music video was filmed in Hollywoodmarker, and directed by Fatima Robinson, who also directed the "My Humps" music video. will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas also appears in the video, which features Fergie as Willy Wonka in a candy factory called "Fergieland" (the factory was nameless in the original book and both film versions). The video starts with the Oompa Loompas packaging pink and purple boxes of "Fergalicious" candy. In the beginning of the video, Fergie sings in a field of candy canes with the Oompa Loompas. Throughout the video, she wears a tan and khaki girl scout outfit, sports a black one-piece swimsuit while lying in a pile of candy, (often in a kaleidoscope view) works out in a colorful gym flexing her biceps, sings in a room filled with lollipops and other candies while dressed like Shirley Temple, and pops out of a cake while wearing a tiny blue swimsuit with gems encrusted on the exterior. She then starts watching two women wrestle in cake before joining them at the end of the video.

Towards the end of the video, Fergie opens and then plays a few notes on a Samsung K5 MP3 Player, giving it center focus in the screen; there then follow, interspersed in the remaining frames of the videos, shots of other characters in the video either listening to the player, presenting it to the camera with a big smile, or carefully handing the player to another extra.

As of June 14, 2009 the music video for "Fergalicious" has been viewed over 27,861,089 times on popular video-sharing website, YouTube.

Parodies

The song was the basis for many parodies on YouTube. "Mathmaticious", an extremely popular YouTube video which has 1,970,724 views as of November 7, 2009. The song is performed by Drew D'Amelia. The video can be seen at [345610]. "Chongalicious" is another popular parody with 4,216,092 views as of November 6, 2009 [345611].

2006 Billboard Music Awards

At the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, Fergie reported that there would be a surprise at her performance. It was revealed that the surprise was her outfit, the only outfit produced for but never used in the music video. When Fergie was asked to pick her own outfit, she decided to wear her "blue dress" very similar to her red Shirley Temple outfit seen in the beginning of the video.

Other Covers

  • ChalkZone renaimed that song to "Bushel Full of Yum" in 2002 from their first soundtrack "In the Zone".


Track listings

European Maxi-CD
  1. "Fergalicious" (Album version) — 4:52
  2. "Paradise" — 4:08
  3. "London Bridge" (Live version) — 2:43
  4. "Fergalicious" (Music video) — 3:52
Australian CD single
  1. "Fergalicious" (album version) — 4:54
  2. "Paradise" — 4:07
UK 2006 Promo CD Single
  1. "Fergalicious" (Radio Edit) — 3:47
UK 2007 Promo CD single
  1. "Fergalicious" (Radio Edit) — 3:47
  2. "Clumsy" (Radio Edit) — 3:17
UK Download Single
  1. "Clumsy" (Album Version) — 4:00
  2. "Fergalicious" (Album Version) — 4:52


Charts

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Finnish Singles Chart 3
German Singles Chart 23
Slovak IFPI Airplay Chart 14
Swedish Singles Chart 22
Swiss Singles Chart 29
Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 4
Ö3 Austria Top 40 34
Belgian Ultratop 50 Singles (Flanders) 11
Belgian Ultratop 40 Singles (Wallonia) 17
Czech IFPI Airplay Chart 29
European Hot 100 Singles 52
French SNEP Singles Chart 15


Chart (2007) Peak
position
Global Dance Tracks 10
Hungarian Mahasz Dance Chart 40
Mexican Top 100 7
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 5
Norwegian Singles Chart 10
Romanian Top 100 23
Russian Airplay Chart 34
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 71
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 33
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Turkey Top 20 Chart 4


References

  1. http://www.fergieofficial.co.uk Fergie's official UK website.
  2. Q&A: Fergie And Will.I.Am On "The Dutchess"
  3. Nelly's lines directed at Fergie
  4. http://www.digitalspy.com/music/a149517/nwa-star-sues-label-over-fergie-song.html Retrieved on 2009-03-18.
  5. http://www.fergiez.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/Fergie-Billboard-Music-Awards-01.jpg



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