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"Get Sexy" is the name of a 2009 single performed by Englishmarker girl group Sugababes , written by Phillip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars and produced by Americanmarker production outfit the Smeezingtons (comprised of Lawrence and Mars) for the band's seventh studio album, Sweet 7 (see 2009 in music). It features an interpolation of Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy", composed by Christopher Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, and Robert Manzoli.

The song was the album's opening track, and was released as its lead single at the end of August 2009. It is also the last single from the group to feature Keisha Buchanan after it was announced in September 2009 that she was no longer part of the group.

Release and reception

The single premiered on BBC Radio 1's Scott Mills Show on 7 July 2009. During the show's interview, the Sugababes revealed that the song was produced by The Smeezingtons who have also worked with The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke on her upcoming debut album.

"Get Sexy" was released digitally on 30 August 2009 and physically the following day in the UKmarker. The song entered the A List on BBC Radio 1's coveted playlist almost a month before its release. BBC Radio 1 Playlist, BBC Radio 1, Retrieved: 8 August 2009

The single has had a generally positive critical reception. Music website Popjustice, after having featured it as their "Song of the Day" on 8 July, described it as a "punchy, explosive pop single which, while not being quite as adventurous as it thinks it is, could never be described as pedestrian". NME were equally positive about the Sugababes' comeback by claiming that it "knocks memories of the woeful "Girls" out of the way with its ridiculous, banging aggression". Digital Spy agreed in their review of thesingle by stating that it "is probably their most danceable single since 'Red Dress'" and that the Sugababes are "successfully repositioning themselves at the hip, urban end of modern pop. For a group now in its tenth year as a chart act, that's no mean feat". However, it also expressed criticism for the verses as "the rest of the track doesn't quite live up to that chorus". The Guardian called the track a "grinding, fiercely catchy R&B number".

Formats and track listings

UK CD Single
  • Includes a two-sided poster.
  1. "Get Sexy" - 3:14
  2. "Get Sexy" (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Mix) - 7:13
  3. "Get Sexy" (Bitrocka Remix) - 6:03
  4. "Get Sexy" (Superbass Vocal Mix) - 5:23

UK iTunes download bundle
  1. "Get Sexy" (Radio Edit) - 3:14
  2. "Get Sexy" (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Mix) - 7:13
  3. "Get Sexy" (Bitrocka Remix) - 6:03
  4. "Get Sexy" (Superbass Vocal Mix) - 5:23
  5. "Get Sexy" (Hadouken! Remix) iTunes Exclusive

German 2-Track
  1. "Get Sexy" - 3:14
  2. "Get Sexy" (Superbass Vocal Mix) - 5:23

Music video

The 'Babes dancing in the official video for "Get Sexy"
The video was directed by Emil Nava, brother of Jake Nava.

The video features Amelle in a bird cage, Heidi in a house of mirrors shot at by intense light beams and Keisha posing on a couch. During the chorus, the girls can be seen in and through the walls of a triangular box with different coloured lights and standing together with chains around their wrists tying them together. The video ends with the Sugababes in a room covered in graffiti. Popjustice praised the video claiming that it "seems to feature Sugababes 3.0 as 'the full package', and makes sense of this lineup, for the first time. This is a good thing."


There are slight differences to the album version verse the radio edit. The radio edit contains vocals from Amelle on the chorus only, while Heidi and Keisha's vocals are absent. On the cd-single and the album sampler, Heidi and Keisha's vocals have been added to the chorus. This was the version used for the music video and that was supposed to be featured on the original "Sweet 7" album. Following the departure of Keisha from the group, and the addition of Jade Ewen, the track was re-recorded alongside all other "Sweet 7" album tracks; the new version has been officially released on the Now That's What I Call Music! 74 compilation album on November 20, 2009. Heidi and Jade's vocals are present within the chorus of the song . On the same day, the girls performed the single for the first time with Jade, on the 2009 BBC Children In Need show. Although, during live performances the backing track features alternate vocals not featuring any of Keisha's vocals. It is unknown why this version has not been used.

Chart performance

During the first week of its release, according to the UK midweek chart, "Get Sexy" was ahead of its nearest competitor, "Run This Town", by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West, at number one. Keisha Buchanan commented that "it's nice that we can roll with the big dogs. I think Jay-Z would be happy for us".

Eventually, "Get Sexy" debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart on 6 September 2009. However, "Get Sexy" marks their third lead single not to peak at the top since their debut "Overload", back in 2000, and "Girls", released in 2008. On its second week of release, "Get Sexy" fell to #8 and again to #10 the following week.

In Ireland on 4 September 2009, "Get Sexy" debuted and peaked at number three on the Irish Singles Chart, becoming Sugababes' highest charting single in Irelandmarker since "About You Now", and the group's highest debut on the chart since Mutya Buena left the band in 2005. The single was the highest new entry on the chart that week.

In Australia, Sugababes score their fourteenth ARIA singles chart by debuting at #76. It’s almost been two years since the trio last appeared on these charts, back in mid-October 2007 they reached #57 with "About You Now".

Chart (2009) Peak

Australian Singles Chart 52
Austrian Singles Chart 72
Belgium Singles Chart (Flanders) 21
Belgium Singles Chart (Wallonia) 37
Czech Airplay Chart 48
Dutch Top 40 47
Euro Hot 100 Chart 9
German Singles Chart 41
Irish Singles Chart 3
Swedish Singles Chart 42
UK Singles Chart 2

Release history

Region Date Format
Ireland 28 August 2009 CD single
United Kingdom 30 August 2009 Digital download
31 August 2009 CD single
The Netherlands 31 August 2009
Australia 25 September 2009
Germany 6 November 2009


  3. Levine, Nick, " Chart Update: Sugababes, Jay-Z, Lady GaGa", Digital Spy, 2 September 2009
  4. " Sugababes 'roll with the big dogs'", The Press Association, 3 September 2009
  5. Kilkelly, Daniel, " Sugababes celebrate 'Get Sexy' success", Digital Spy, 2 September 2009
  6. Kilkelly, Daniel, " Black Eyed Peas Back On Top in Ireland", Digital Spy, 4 September 2009
  13. Sugababes on swedish charts

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