Body (Megan Thee Stallion song)

"Body" is a song by American rapper Megan Thee Stallion. It was released on November 20, 2020 by 1501 Certified Entertainment and 300 Entertainment as the third single[1][2][3] from her debut studio album Good News (2020). It coincided with the release of the album and was supported by a music video featuring cameo appearances from Taraji P. Henson, Blac Chyna, and Jordyn Woods, among others. Megan wrote the song during the COVID-19 quarantine and was inspired by her own figure during the creative process, with additional concentration on sizes of waist and breasts. A remix by British DJ Joel Corry was released on January 29, 2021.

"Body"
Megan Thee Stallion - Body (Joel Corry Remix).png
Joel Corry remix cover
Single by Megan Thee Stallion
from the album Good News
ReleasedNovember 20, 2020
Recorded2020
Genre
Length2:51
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)LilJuMadeDaBeat
Megan Thee Stallion singles chronology
"Thick (Remix)"
(2020)
"Body"
(2020)
"34+35 Remix"
(2021)
Music video
"Body" on YouTube

Composition and lyricsEdit

"Body" is an up-tempo "erotic" song, containing an "NSFW-like"[4] sample of a woman sexually moaning as well as "huge drums"[5] and "thick synth bass lines".[6] Lyrically, Megan brags about her desirability, being the envy of other women and the fantasy of their men. The chorus primarily features the rapper consistently repeating "body-ody-ody-ody".[7][8][9] The verses incorporate Megan Thee Stallion's signature "raunchy" lyrics containing sex appeal.[10] She stated that she was inspired to write "Body" while she was appreciating her body during the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of the song's release, stating, "I'm like walking around the living room, freestyling, and appreciating my quarantine body 'cause I feel like I got a little fluffy and thick, and I was like, 'Baby, I still look good'".[11] She revealed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that the song was aimed at celebrating body positivity in "all bodies".[12]

Critical receptionEdit

Earmilk's Kalen Murphy called "Body" a "bawdy track where Megan reclaims full control of her sex appeal and sells temptation like none other".[4] Critics from Nylon described the track as "a crisp three minutes of bouncy beats and self-confident lyrics" which "embodies Meg's no-f*cks-given attitude in the best way".[13] Carl Lamarre of Billboard wrote that Megan Thee Stallion "salutes curvy women on this body-positive record", while describing it as a "Twerk-worthy bop".[14] Brooklyn White of Essence also agreed that the rapper "continues her mission of empowering women of all different kinds to be confident in their own skin".[15]

Reviewing the song's parent album, Alexis Petridis of The Guardian praised Megan for her "lyrics teeming with sharp and funny lines" throughout the album while referring to a line from "Body": "all them bitches scary cats, I call 'em Carole Baskin".[16] In this line in particular, the rapper refers to Baskin, an animal rights activist famous for her appearance on the Netflix show Tiger King, who had previously criticised the use of big cats as props in her and rapper Cardi B's music video for "WAP".[17]

Live performancesEdit

Megan Thee Stallion performed "Body" for the first time at the 2020 American Music Awards.[18][19] She performed a medley of "Body" and "Savage (Remix)" on the 848th episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden in December 2020.[20][21]

TikTok challengesEdit

Similar to her song "Savage" which gained popularity through a viral dance challenge on the video-sharing platform TikTok, Megan Thee Stallion chose to promote "Body" in the same way. Unlike the dance for "Savage" which was choreographed by TikTok user Keara Wilson,[22] Megan Thee Stallion and choreographer JaQuel Knight self-originated the #BodyChallenge dance, which is also performed in the song's music video.[23][24][12][25] In a separate trend, TikTok users would also the "Body" audio to exhibit their own bodies and promote body confidence.[26]

Music videoEdit

Taraji P. Henson (left) and Blac Chyna (right) both make cameo appearances in the music video.

The music video for "Body" was directed by Colin Tilley and features choreography from both Megan Thee Stallion and choreographer JaQuel Knight.[27] It was released alongside both the song and album on November 20, 2020.[2] Megan Thee Stallion engaged in a livestream premiere for the song's music video as part of the YouTube Originals' Released series.[15] At the premiere, she told fans, "You're going to see all body shapes, a lot of strong women doing the damn thing. Just being confident and owning their bodies and their sexuality".[7] Celebrities who make cameo appearances in the music video for "Body" include Taraji P. Henson, Blac Chyna, Jordyn Woods, Maliibu Miitch, Asian Da Brat, and Tabria Majors.[11][28] Throughout the video, the women "confidently groove on a futuristic set and on a spotlit stage".[1] Various fashion publications praised the outfits worn in the video.[11][15][29] Megan Thee Stallion initially wears a black, mesh body suit which emphasizes her curves, as well as "an oversized coat with a bedazzled bodice with nothing underneath".[15][29]

ChartsEdit

Chart performance for "Body"
Chart (2020–2021) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[30] 57
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[31] 43
Global 200 (Billboard)[32] 27
France (SNEP) 8
Greece (IFPI)[33] 41
Ireland (IRMA)[34] 37
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[35] 5
UK Singles (OCC)[36] 44
UK R&B (OCC)[37] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[38] 12
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[39] 4
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[40] 20
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[41] 1

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[42] Gold 500,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Legaspi, Althea (November 20, 2020). "Megan Thee Stallion Celebrates 'Body' Positivity in New Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 21, 2020. The single appears on her debut studio album, Good News; CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Gallagher, Alex (November 20, 2020). "Watch Megan Thee Stallion's striking new video for 'Body'". NME. Retrieved November 21, 2020. shared the video for new single 'Body', taken from debut album 'Good News'
  3. ^ Murphy, Chris (November 20, 2020). "Good News, Megan Thee Stallion's Debut Album Is Finally Here". Vulture. Retrieved November 21, 2020. Megan also dropped a music video for her single "Body"
  4. ^ a b Murphy, Kalen (November 20, 2020). "Album Review: Megan Thee Stallion — Good News". Earmilk. Archived from the original on November 20, 2020. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Thomas, Fred (November 21, 2020). "Megan Thee Stallion - Good News". AllMusic. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  6. ^ Hoffman, Tim (November 20, 2020). "Album Review: Megan Thee Stallion comes bearing 'Good News'". Riff Magazine. Retrieved November 21, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b Valentine, Claire (November 20, 2020). "Megan Thee Stallion And Taraji P. Henson Celebrate Their Curves In "Body" Video". Nylon. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  8. ^ Chang, Alisa (November 20, 2020). "Rapper Megan Thee Stallion's Year In Music". NPR. Retrieved November 21, 2020. Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody (ph), ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody...
  9. ^ Cubit, Brea (November 20, 2020). "Everybody-ody-ody Needs to Watch Megan Thee Stallion's "Body" Music Video". PopSugar. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  10. ^ Thomas, Mona (November 20, 2020). "Megan Thee Stallion Recruits Taraji P. Henson, Blac Chyna and More For Steamy "Body" Music Video". E!. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  11. ^ a b c Gonzales, Erica (November 20, 2020). "See the Stars in Megan Thee Stallion's "Body" Video". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Shaffer, Claire (December 10, 2020). "Megan Thee Stallion Talks 'Body' Challenge on 'Late Show With Colbert'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  13. ^ Wang, Steffanee; Valentine, Claire; Bobila, Maria. "The 5 Must-Listen Tracks Off Megan Thee Stallion's 'Good News'". Nylon. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
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  16. ^ Petridis, Alexis (November 20, 2020). "Megan Thee Stallion: Good News review – galloping into greatness". Retrieved November 20, 2020 – via The Guardian.
  17. ^ Iasimone, Ashley (August 8, 2020). "Carole Baskin Bashes Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion's 'Lurid' Music Video for 'WAP' & 'Big Cat Pimps'". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  18. ^ Daly, Rhian (November 23, 2020). "Watch Megan Thee Stallion give debut live performance of 'Body' at AMAs 2020". NME. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  19. ^ Kiefer, Halle (November 22, 2020). "Your Knees Will Explode Just Watching Megan Thee Stallion's AMAs 'Body' Set". Vulture. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  20. ^ Yoo, Noah (December 11, 2020). "Megan Thee Stallion Talks Musical Origins, Performs 'Savage Remix' and 'Body' on Corden". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  21. ^ Price, Joe (December 11, 2020). "Megan Thee Stallion Performs 'Body' and 'Savage' Medley on 'Late Late Show'". Complex. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  22. ^ Fu, Eddie (March 20, 2020). "Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage" Looks Poised To Be Her Next Hit Thanks To This Viral TikTok Challenge". Genius. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  23. ^ Moore, Andria (November 23, 2020). "Megan Thee Stallion Already Knew Her "Body" Music Video Would Start A TikTok Trend". BuzzFeed. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
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  27. ^ JaQuel Knight [@JaQuelKnight] (November 20, 2020). "Y'all Seen The Choreo in #Body Yet?! @theestallion x #JaQuelKnight #GoodNewsMegan" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  35. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. November 30, 2020. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
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  42. ^ "American single certifications – Megan Thee Stallion – Body". Recording Industry Association of America. March 3, 2021. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.