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"We Made You" is a song by American hip hop musician Eminem. The song also features additional vocals by Charmagne Tripp who sings the chorus. It was released as the first single from his most recent album Relapse on April 7, 2009. Produced by Dr. Dre and co-produced by Doc Ish and Eminem himself, the song samples "Hot Summer Nights" by Walter Egan. Eminem performed this song along with "Crack a Bottle" at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. The official cover for the single is a picture of the music video, with Eminem, Lisa Ann and Bobby Lee.

Reception

"We Made You" has received mixed reviews. Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone magazine gave it a positive review stating, "It's nice to see Eminem goofing around again after a few years out of the spotlight during which he grappled with serious issues like the death of his friend Proof, and 'We Made You' with its damnation of current celebrities will likely prove to be a solid pop cultural time capsule of this weird 2009 moment we're experiencing now." Billboard said, "Atop Dr. Dre's marching beat is primarily piano instrumentation, which amid drums and tubas give the track a carnival feel... And in case his word play was too fast and strange accent too difficult to decipher, "Charmagne Tripp sings the chorus. Tim Jonze of The Guardian however, reported, "'We Made You' is not Eminem doing what he does best."

Music video

The music video for "We Made You" premiered on April 7, 2009 at 6:00 AM on several MTV networks, as well as MTV.com. The video also premiered on Channel 4 in the UKmarker on the next day.

The single's music video was directed by Joseph Kahn, who also shot "Without Me" from The Eminem Show.The video was filmed in Las Vegasmarker and features star appearances by Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Cynthia Nixon, Kon Artis, Bobby Lee, The Palmsmarker hotel owner George Maloof, Melissa Peterman, actress Trisha Paytas (playing Jessica Simpson) , Derrick Barry (of America's Got Talent fame) (playing Britney Spears) and pornographic actress Lisa Ann (as Sarah Palin).

The music video is a parody of the TV shows Rock of Love and Star Trek (with the Starfleet insignia replaced with an inverted 2nd Infantry Division , as well as Eminem singing in a background of an imitation version of the notes of Guitar Hero while the casino-based sequence in the video is an homage to the film Rain Man, a film Eminem has previously referenced in his lyrics. The casino scene was shot in The Palmsmarker hotel and casino. References to Nanook of the North are also made, especially seen in the scenes with Sarah Palin. On April 3, 2009, Eminem talked about the music video in an MTV News interview, stating that there is some "Celebrity bashing in it," which is often a feature of his album's lead singles.In addition to Sarah Palin, notable celebrities mocked using look-a-like actresses/actors include Jessica Simpson, Bret Michaels, Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Alba, Elvis Presley, Tony Romo, John Mayer, Jennifer Aniston and Kim Kardashian. Bill O'Reilly of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor deemed the video "crude" for its depiction of Sarah Palin and anti-feminist lyrics, calling Eminem "the lowest form of entertainment." Eminem even spoofed himself, wearing an Alf t-shirt.

The music video won the award at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Video and was nominated for Best Male Video, as well as Video of the Year.

Sales and charts

"We Made You" sold 167,000 downloads in its first week to enter the Hot Digital Songs chart in Billboard Magazine at number three. The song also debuted at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, to become Eminem's second top ten in a row on the chart, ranked "Crack a Bottle", a collaboration with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. This marks the first time that Eminem has had back-to-back top-ten hits on the Hot 100 (as a lead artist) since 2002, when he scored with "Without Me", "Cleanin' Out My Closet" and "Lose Yourself".

"We Made You" has reached the top ten in twelve countries, including number one in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.

Track listing

Digital Single


Charts

Chart (2009) Peak

position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 6
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 13
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 12
Canadian Hot 100 6
Danish Singles Chart 8
Dutch Singles Chart 14
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 4
French Singles Chart 11
German Singles Chart 8
Irish Singles Chart 1
Japan Hot 100 Singles 13
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 5
Swedish Singles Chart 11
Swiss Singles Chart 4
Turkey Top 20 Chart 3
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 19
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 14


Chart procession and succession

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References

  1. http://www.discogs.com/Eminem-Relapse/release/1808979
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  3. http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2009/04/03/mtv_scores_exclusive_premiere_of_the_new
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  5. Paul Grein, Chart Watch, Week Ending April 19, 2009: She's The Youngest To Ever Do It, Yahoo.com
  6. http://www.ariacharts.com.au/pages/charts_display_singles.asp?chart=1U50
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  9. http://www.mtv.de/charts/germany
  10. Billboard Japan Hot 100
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  13. Turkey Top 20 Chart Retrieved on 2009-05-25



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