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Girlfriend (Alicia Keys song)

"Girlfriend" is a song by American singer–songwriter Alicia Keys. It was written by Keys, Jermaine Dupri, and Joshua Thompson and produced by Dupri for her debut album, Songs in A Minor (2001).

Alicia Keys - Girlfriend.jpg
Single by Alicia Keys
from the album Songs in A Minor
Released November 25, 2002 (UK)
Format Digital download, CD single, 12" maxi single
Recorded 2000
Southside Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 3:34 (album version)
3:27 (KrucialKeys Sista Girl Mix)
3:52 (KrucialKeys Sista Girl Uk Video EDit)
Label J
Songwriter(s) Jermaine Dupri, Alicia Keys,
Joshua Thompson, Robert Diggs, Russell Jones
Producer(s) Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri
Alicia Keys singles chronology
"Gangsta Lovin'"
"You Don't Know My Name"

"Gangsta Lovin'"
"You Don't Know My Name"

The track released as the album's fourth and final single outside the United States, where it charted at number eighty-two on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart due to moderate airplay. Although "Girlfriend" managed to outpeak previous single "How Come You Don't Call Me" in the United Kingdom and Australia, it failed to make impact elsewhere.

The song's KrucialKeys Sista Girl Mix, which appears on the re-release Songs in A Minor: Remixed & Unplugged, is used in the video, directed by Patrick Hoelck, and was serviced to radio instead of its album version.


Song informationEdit

In "Girlfriend", Keys cannot help but think that her boyfriend is having a relationship with his close female friend. She says she knows that the woman is only a friend of him, but she cannot stop thinking that her boyfriend may leave her. Keys then proceeds to say that she thinks she jealous of his "girlfriend".

The song contains an interpolation from Ol' Dirty Bastard's 1995 song "Brooklyn Zoo".[1]

Music videoEdit

The video for "Girlfriend" was directed by Patrick Hoelck and shot on location in East London, United Kingdom, the video uses the Krucialkeys Sista Girl Mix. The video starts in Keys' bedroom where her boyfriend is talking to the his close female friend on the phone. She gets frustrated so she leaves the house to take a long walk through the city. While walking, she sees her boyfriend also on a walk with his female friend across the street. Keys then walks into a clothing store, performing in the fitting room. Strolling through clothing aisles, she spots a pair of red leather pants—at the same time the female friend had seen them. Keys yanks the hanger into her own hands. After the second verse is performed, the video shifts to a large, empty basement where she plays a musical piece on the piano. The video then goes back to the store, where Keys leaves out of to perform choreography with three other dancers at the corner of a street. Shortly after, she returns home to discover that her boyfriend and his female friend had been planning a surprise party for her all along.

Track listingEdit


Chart (2001) Peak
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[6] 82
Chart (2002) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 12
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 100
UK (UK Singles Chart)[10] 24
Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 18



  1. ^ Neal, Mark Anthony. "Alicia Keys: Songs in A Minor". PopMatters. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Alicia Keys – Girlfriend (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alicia Keys – Girlfriend (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Alicia Keys – Girlfriend (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Alicia Keys – Girlfriend (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Songs in A Minor > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  7. ^ " – Alicia Keys – Girlfriend". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ " – Alicia Keys – Girlfriend" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ " – Alicia Keys – Girlfriend". (in German). Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  10. ^ "Chart Stats – Alicia Keys – Girlfriend". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  11. ^ " – Alicia Keys – Girlfriend". Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  12. ^ " – Alicia Keys – Girlfriend" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 

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