Wait a Minute (The Pussycat Dolls song)

"Wait a Minute" is a song recorded by American girl group the Pussycat Dolls for their debut studio album, PCD (2005). The song features a guest appearance from American rapper Timbaland who produced and co-wrote it with Keri Hilson and Craig Longmiles. It was released on October 16, 2006 to contemporary hit radio stations and was released as a single in several European countries on January 26, 2007 as the sixth and final single of the album.

"Wait a Minute"
PCD - Wait A Minute single cover.jpg
Single by the Pussycat Dolls featuring Timbaland
from the album PCD
ReleasedOctober 16, 2006 (2006-10-16)
StudioThe Hit Factory Criteria (Miami, Florida)
Length3:42
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Timbaland
The Pussycat Dolls singles chronology
"I Don't Need a Man"
(2006)
"Wait a Minute"
(2006)
"When I Grow Up"
(2008)
Timbaland singles chronology
"Promiscuous"
(2006)
"Wait a Minute"
(2006)
"Ice Box"
(2006)
Official Music Video
"Wait a Minute" on YouTube

The song received positive reviews from music critics who highlighted it as one of the album's standout tracks. The song entered the top 20 on record charts in Australia, Belgium (Flanders), and the Netherlands, and top 40 in New Zealand, Germany, and Sweden, consequently becoming the worst performing single of the album. In the United States, the song peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in the United Kingdom failed to attain a position within the top 100 on the UK Singles Chart. Promotion includes a music video directed by Marc Webb and various live performances.

BackgroundEdit

In April 2005, the Pussycat Dolls released their debut single, "Don't Cha", which became an international hit and currently stands as group's most successful single.[1] The success of "Don't Cha" prompted PCD executive producer Ron Fair to rush-record the album,[2] enlisting various producers including, Timbaland.[3] Through her connections with Timbaland, singer-songwriter Keri Hilson was also enlisted to write songs for the Pussycat Dolls.[4] Their collaboration resulted in "Physical" and "Wait a Minute"; both were slated to be included in PCD, however only the latter was included in the album.[5] "Physical" was later intended to be included in Her Name is Nicole, the shelved solo album by lead singer, Nicole Scherzinger.[6] "Wait a Minute" was written and produced by Timbaland with additional writing by Hilson and Craig Longmiles.[7][8] Longmiles contribution was not included in the physical copies of PCD,[7] but was credited in digital versions of the album.[8] Hilson handled the vocal production as well while Fair provided incidental production. The artist's vocals were recorded at The Hit Factory Criteria in Miami, Florida by Marcella Araica and Demacio "Demo" Castellon. The song was mixed by Dave Pensado and Fair.[7] The song was released as sixth and final single of PCD on October 16, 2006 to contemporary hit radio stations in the United States.[9][10]

ReceptionEdit

In his consumer guide for MSN Music, Robert Christgau selected "Wait a Minute" as one of the album's highlights.[11] Writing for the Tampa Bay Times, Sean Daly acknowledged "Wait a Minute" as PCD's best song, feeling it was "perfect for the dance floor".[12] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic indicated the song as one of the standout tracks of the album.[13] Similarly, Nick Butler from Sputnikmusic deemed the song as "another highlight track".[14] Lisa Haines of the BBC felt the song is great and "perfect for singing along to with a handy hairbrush".[15] A writer for Popjustice found "Wait a Minute" to be better than the previous single releases of the album.[9] On the contrary, Andrew Mueller of The Guardian opined "Wait a Minute" as a "tiresome, painfully contrived irritant" that "becomes more oppressively depressing than any war or famine presently in progress". He went on to allude its lyrics to a "daytime talk show dialogue".[16]

In their native country, "Wait a Minute" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 77 on the issue dated November 25, 2006.[17] The song went on to peak at number 28 on January 13, 2007 and spent a total of 17 weeks on the chart.[18] Additionally, "Wait a Minute" appeared on mainstream radio charts of North America, peaking at number 19 and 23 on Canada CHR/Top 40 and Mainstream Top 40 respectively.[19][20] In Oceania, the song entered and peaked at number 16 on the ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart in Australia and 24 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, becoming the first single from PCD not to enter the top ten;[21][22] in New Zealand it became their lowest charting song.[22] Across Europe, "Wait a Minute" performed better in few countries. In Romania, the song became the Pussycat Dolls' first number one on the country's national chart.[23] In Finland, it achieved the group's highest peak (number three), until "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" peaked at the summit in 2009.[24] The song achieved top 20 positions in Belgium (Flanders) and the Netherlands,[25][26] and top 50 in Austria,[27] Denmark,[28] Germany,[29] Switzerland,[30] and Sweden,[31] becoming the group's lowest charting single in certain national charts. In the United Kingdom, the song failed to enter the top 100 of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 108.[32]

PromotionEdit

On December 7, 2005 the Pussycat Dolls performed at the annual KIIS-FM Jingle Ball at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California with some members wearing "festive candy-cane-striped belly shirts and red-and-green capri pants". They performed fours songs including "Don't Cha", "Stickwitu" and "Wait a Minute".[33] Directed by Marc Webb, its accompanying music video was filmed in the week of October 13, 2006.[34] Timbaland joined the group at MTV New Year's Eve special, MTV Goes Gold - New Year's Eve 2007, to perform "Wait a Minute".[35]

Track listingEdit

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of PCD and Tidal.[7][8]

Recording
Personnel

ChartsEdit

Release historyEdit

Release dates and formats for "Wait a Minute"
Country Date Format Label Ref
United States October 16, 2006 Contemporary hit radio
Italy January 26, 2007 Digital download Universal Music
Netherlands
Spain
Germany March 16, 2007 CD maxi single

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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