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"Lose Control" is a hit song by American rapper Missy Elliott featuring singer Ciara and rapper Fatman Scoop. It was released as the lead single from Elliott's sixth studio album, The Cookbook. It contains samples from Hot Streak's "Body Work" and Cybotron's "Clear". The song peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, number-two in New Zealand, and in the top thirty in various countries. "Lose Control" received generally favorable reviews and was certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

"Lose Control"
Lose Control.jpg
Single by Missy Elliott featuring Ciara and Fatman Scoop
from the album The Cookbook
ReleasedMay 27, 2005 (2005-05-27)
StudioThe Hit Factory
(New York City, New York)
Producer(s)Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott singles chronology
"Where Could He Be?"
"Lose Control"
"Free Yourself"
Ciara singles chronology
"Lose Control"
"Like You"
Fatman Scoop singles chronology
"In the Club"
"Lose Control"
"Take the Lead (Wanna Ride)"



The song was written by Melissa Elliott, Ciara Harris, Isaac Freeman, Richard Davis and Curtis Hudson and produced by Elliott. The song is an uptempo electronic dance track and contains samples of "Clear" by Cybotron and "Body Work" by Hot Streak, of which Curtis Hudson was a member.[1][2][3]

In March 2005, Ciara confirmed she would appear on The Cookbook, singing and rapping on the potential first untitled single at the time. She explained the song's meaning, saying, "It's about music, how music makes you feel and makes you lose control."[1][4] While recording the song, Elliott stated, "The only person who can pull something off with me [on this track] is Ciara, because it's a record with speed." She went on to say that the toughest part of making the song was convincing Ciara to rap. In the process, Ciara asked Elliott, "Is this gonna sound messed up? My fans are gonna be mad."[5] Along with "On & On", "Lose Control" was released in advance of The Cookbook to determine which song would serve as the lead single.[4][5]

Critical receptionEdit

"Lose Control" received favorable reviews from critics. Virgin Media gave the song four out of five stars, calling the song "irresistibly danceable", saying that the sample was "a great spin on the original Cybotron material".[6] In the album review, John Bush of Allmusic said the song was a "nod to the type of old-school party jam that Elliott does better than ever".[7] Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone called the song one of the "best tracks" on the album.[8] The song was certified Gold by the RIAA.[9]

The video for "Lose Control" was nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards, including Breakthrough Video, Best Direction in a Video, Best Choreography in a Video and Best Special Effects in a Video.[10] It went on to win two, Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Dance Video.[11] It also won a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video, while the song itself received a nomination for Best Rap Song.[12] The video won Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards[13] and was nominated for The Michael Jackson Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video and Best R&B/Soul or Rap Dance Cut at the Soul Train Music Awards.[14] It was also nominated for Video of the Year at the 2006 BET Awards.[15] "Lose Control" was ranked in the top songs of 2005 by Pitchfork Media, where it ranked at number 23,[16] numbers 14 and 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, respectively[17][18] and number 12 on[19]

Music videoEdit

Directed by Dave Meyers,[20] the music video starts off in a solid black room with dancers. Later, Elliott is seen buried in sand and slowly emerges in front of three other dancers. Elliott's head is added digitally to a different body. The next scene is in an old wooden house and in rows of dancers as they continue to dance. After that there are rows of people dancing outside of a building with the people dressed in vintage clothes and the footage filtered to look very old and grainy with some colors flattened and others oversaturated. They then end up on a desert road near a truck, where a single line of dancers finish dancing. The video then switches over to the song "On & On", where three dancers dance in sand as Elliott dances and levitates over a wooden plank, later accompanied by Tommy Lee. Lee described the act as "cool wire work to fly around".[21] In 2005, the music video for "Lose Control" was the most played video on BET and MTV2 and second most played video in the United States.[20]

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download and CD Single
  1. "Lose Control" – 3:35
  2. "Lose Control" (Extended Version) – 4:53
  • CD Single
  1. "Lose Control" – 3:35
  2. "Lose Control" (Extended Version) – 4:53
  3. "Lose Control" (Instrumental Version) – 3:32
  • US CD Single
  1. "Lose Control" (Radio Version) – 3:15
  2. "Lose Control" (Instrumental Version) – 3:23
  3. "Lose Control" (Explicit Album Version) – 3:34
  • Remixes CD Single
  1. "Lose Control" (Jacques Lu Cont Mix) – 7:50
  2. "Lose Control" (Jacques Lu Cont Dub) – 7:29
  3. "Lose Control" (Stonebridge Club Mix) – 7:27
  4. "Lose Control" (Stonebridge Acapella) – 3:43
  5. "Lose Control" (Scumfrog Mix) – 7:48
  • 12" Vinyl

Side A

  1. "Lose Control" (Stonebridge Club Mix) – 7:27
  2. "Lose Control" (Stonebridge Acapella) – 3:43

Side B

  1. "Lose Control" (Scumfrog Mix) – 7:48


  • Marcella Araica – assistant engineer
  • Chris Brown – assistant engineer
  • Vadim Chislov – assistant engineer
  • Paul J. Falcone – mixing
  • Eric Jensen – assistant engineer
  • Rayshawn Woolard – assistant engineer


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2005–06) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[22] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[23] 70
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[24] 24
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[25] 29
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[26] 12
Denmark (Tracklisten)[27] 6
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles[28] 18
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[29] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[30] 25
Ireland (IRMA)[31] 16
Italy (FIMI)[32] 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[33] 39
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[34] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 43
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[37] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[38] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[39] 6
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[40] 3
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[41] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[42] 6
Chart (2015) Peak
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[43] 17

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2005) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[44] 14


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Silver 200,000 
United States (RIAA)[46] 2× Platinum 2,000,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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