Hollaback Girl

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"Hollaback Girl"
Single by Gwen Stefani
from the album Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
ReleasedMarch 15, 2005
Recorded2004
Genre
Length3:19
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)The Neptunes
Gwen Stefani singles chronology
"Rich Girl"
(2004)
"Hollaback Girl"
(2005)
"Cool"
(2005)
"Rich Girl"
(2004)
Hollaback Girl"
(2005)
"Cool"
(2005)

"Hollaback Girl" is the third single off American singer Gwen Stefani's first solo studio album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. The song was released in March 15, 2005.

Background and writing[change | change source]

While writing the song, Stefani and Pharrell Williams discussed about writing a song on her intentions for pursuing a solo career. Stefani then said that the album was missing an "attitude song", and she remembered a negative comment that musician Courtney Love had said about her in an interview with magazine Seventeen.[1]

"Being famous is just like being in high school. But I'm not interested in being the cheerleader. I'm not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She's the cheerleader, and I'm out in the smoker shed."[2]

Stefani then responded to Love's comment in the March 2005 issue of the NME:

"Y'know someone one time called me a cheerleader, negatively, and I've never been a cheerleader. So I was, like, "OK, fuck you. You want me to be a cheerleader? Well, I will be one then. And I'll rule the whole world, just you watch me."

On the Billboard charts, "Hollaback Girl" was able to peak at #1 on Hot 100,[3] #1 on the Pop 100,[4] #8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs,[5] #15 on the Hot Dance Club Play,[6] and #18 on the Adult Pop Songs charts.[7] In 2006, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the categories of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Courtney Love's on again feud with Gwen Stefani links to Gavin Rossdale". Examiner.com. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  2. Rubenstein, Atoosa (August 2004). "Courtney Love speaks about Gwen Stefani". Seventeen (Hearst Corporation): 19. 
  3. "Gwen Stefani Album & Song Chart History (The Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  4. "Gwen Stefani Album & Song Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  5. "Gwen Stefani Album & Song Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  6. "Gwen Stefani Album & Song Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  7. "Gwen Stefani Album & Song Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  8. "48th Grammy Awards - 2006". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2015-5-9. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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