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"Do Something" is a song by American singer Macy Gray from her debut studio album, On How Life Is (1999). It was released on June 24, 1999, as the album's lead single.

"Do Something"
Macy Gray - Do Something (CD 1).jpg
Single by Macy Gray
from the album On How Life Is
B-side"Rather Hazy"
ReleasedJune 24, 1999 (1999-06-24)
Producer(s)Andrew Slater
Macy Gray singles chronology
"Do Something"
"I Try"



The song samples OutKast's 1994 song "Git Up, Git Out" and Nice & Smooth's 1989 song "Funky for You".[1]


"Do Something" was released as a CD single in the UK. The CD single contained remixes of "Do Something", including collaborators such as Cee-Lo of Goodie Mob along with a non-album track, "Rather Hazy".[2] In the United Kingdom, "Do Something" became Gray's first charting hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 51, though it remains her lowest-charting single there to date. "Do Something" failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 but managed to peak at number 43 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart; it also entered the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at number 63.[3]

Media usageEdit

"Do Something" was used in an MTV Europe commercial advertising summer festivals throughout Europe in 1999. The song was also used in the 1999 film "Music of the Heart", and in an episode of music game show "Idol".[4]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Do Something" was directed by Mark Romanek,[5] who had previously directed music videos for Fiona Apple and Michael Jackson.[6] Released in 1999, the video depicts Gray in an all-white home, and surreal footage of people in the wilderness.[7]


The music video was nominated for two awards at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. It was nominated for "Best Art Direction in a Video," losing to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication". It won the award for "Best Cinematography in a Video".[8]

Track listingsEdit

UK CD Single[2]
  1. "Do Something" (Radio Edit) – 4:10
  2. "Rather Hazy" – 3:10
  3. "Do Something" (Organized Noize Mix featuring Cee-Lo) – 3:53


Chart (1999) Peak
Dutch Top 40[9] 35
New Zealand Singles Chart[10] 32
UK Singles Chart[11] 51
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[3] 63
Chart (2000) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales[3] 43


  1. ^ "On How Life Is" album booklet
  2. ^ a b ""Do Something" track listing". Discogs. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "On How Life Is - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
  4. ^ "Macy Gray". IMDb. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Do Something (1999) by Macy Gray". IMVDb. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Mark Romanek overview". IMVDb. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Official Music Video". YouTube. Epic Records. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  8. ^ 2000 MTV Video Music Awards Award Ceremony
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 32 – 1999". Top 40 (in Dutch). Retrieved 2008-03-18.
  10. ^ " – Macy Gray – Do Something". Retrieved 2008-03-18.
  11. ^ "Chart Stats – Macy Gray – Do Something". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2008-03-18.

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