Touch My Body

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"Touch My Body"
Single by Mariah Carey
from the album E=MC²
ReleasedUnited States February 19, 2008 (U.S. Radio)
Germany March 28, 2008(Germany)[1]
United Kingdom March 31, 2008 (UK)[2]
Japan April 2, 2008 (Japan)[source?],
March 25, 2008 (iTunes)[3] March 24, 2008 (U.S digital download)
Formatpromo single, digital download[4]
Recorded2007
GenrePop, R&B
Length3:27 [radio edit] [5][6]
LabelIsland Records
Songwriter(s)Mariah Carey, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Crystal "Cri$tyle" Johnson[7]
Producer(s)Mariah Carey, Tricky Stewart
Mariah Carey singles chronology
"Lil' L.O.V.E."
(2007)
"Touch My Body"
(2008)
"Lil' L.O.V.E."
(2007)
"Touch My Body"
(2008)

"Touch My Body" is a song co-written by American singer Mariah Carey, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Crystal "Cri$tyle" Johnson[7] and Terius "The-Dream" Nash for Carey's 11th studio album, E=MC². It is the first single off E=MC². The single was produced by Carey and Stewart.

Background[change | change source]

Mariah talking about why she chose "Touch My Body" as the first single of the album:

It was really difficult choosing a first single. This time, it's just like okay, I have 20-something songs, and I'm like there's a lot of potential singles, so we all kind of struggled with it. We ended up with "Touch My Body" because up-tempo is one specific way, and a ballad is really specific, so we decided to just go with the mid-tempo and everybody kinda liked the song 'cause it's just fun and cute and sexy and sweet.[8]

-Mariah Carey

Release and reception[change | change source]

The song was chosen as the lead single of the album during a vote with producer L.A. Reid and staff in Island Records.[9] Carey stated that the group "decided to just go with the mid-tempo and everybody kinda liked the song 'cause it's just fun and cute and sexy and sweet".[8]

The song was transmitted digitally to radio stations on February 12 at 6:30pm ET for immediate airplay via All Access.[10] The single went for adds on radio station playlists on February 19.[10][11]"Touch My Body" premiered on Chicago's hit rhythmic radio station, B96, ahead of schedule at 4:00pm.[12][13]

Reviews[change | change source]

Reviews of the song by critics were mostly good. Blender said that it was a "pop genius making genius pop".[14] Bill Lamb from About.com gave "Touch My Body" 4 out of 5 stars.[15] Newsday named it as the "Song of the Week", saying that it was her best first single on an album since "Heartbreaker".[16]

Rolling Stone gave it 3.5 stars in its March 6, 2008 issue.[17]

Music video[change | change source]

Brett Ratner is the director of the video. Ratner also directed Carey's videos for "I Still Believe", "Heartbreaker", "Thank God I Found You", "It's like That", and "We Belong Together".[18] In an interview with AllHipHop.com, Ratner said, "Mariah is musically at the top of her game and has never looked better... This will be our 6th music video we have collaborated on and definitely the best one yet visually, as well as musically. The video for "Touch My Body" is the perfect combination of fantasy and comedy with Mariah looking more beautiful than she has ever looked, ever.".[18] The video also stars Jack McBrayer from 30 Rock, a show that Carey is a fan of.[19]

Carey appeared on MTV's TRL[20] and BET's 106 & Park on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, to premiere the video for "Touch My Body"; BET also played the video all day, every hour on the hour, until 106 & Park. VH1 posted a 45-second sneak peek on their blog on February 26, and subsequently posted the video in its entirety at midnight on February 27, 2008; the video was also posted on the Island Records website.[21][22][23]

On March 5 the "Touch My Body" music video debuted at #1 on MTV's TRL countdown.[24]

Chart performance[change | change source]

Following the song's February 12 digital transmission, after only a day's worth of airplay, "Touch My Body" entered the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart at #78 the chart week of February 23, 2008.[25] It is currently at #15 in its fourth chart week.[26] It also debuted on airplay alone at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the "Hot Shot" debut of the week,[27] and is currently #24.[28] It also debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at #97[29] and has since risen to #59.[30]

Charts[change | change source]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Brazil Hot 100 Singles [31] 36
Canadian Hot 100[30] 59
Japan Hot 100 Singles [32] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[28] 24
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[33] 27
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[26] 15

References[change | change source]

  1. "musicbeat.de". www.musicbeat.de.
  2. "Mariah Carey reveals new album details". DigitalSpy.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  3. http://www.mariahdaily.com/news.shtml#newsitemEkpVEAypylMQnlKvLH
  4. http://www.mariahdaily.com/news.shtml#newsitemEkpVElVukAXTrIwVuY
  5. http://www.mariahdaily.com/news.shtml#newsitemEkpVEVpuFueNWEYuWp Make Sure you look at the pictures of the CD single
  6. http://www.mariahdaily.com/news.shtml#newsitemEkpVElyZyZrwqdzbww Make Sure you look at the pictures of the CD single
  7. 7.0 7.1 ""Meet Songwriter Cri$tyle" MariahDaily.com".
  8. 8.0 8.1 "YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  9. Adam Sherwin. ‘Days of demanding divas are numbered’. The Times Online. February 2, 2008. Retrieved February 8, 2008.
  10. 10.0 10.1 All Access. All Access (main page). Retrieved February 7, 2008.
  11. http://fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=16691
  12. B96. Mariah Carey’s New Single to Hit the B96 Airwaves Today!. February 12, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  13. Straight Outta NYC. Mimi Introduces "Touch My Body". February 12, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  14. Blender. Listen: Mariah's New Sex Tape-Themed Smash. Retrieved February 13, 2008.
  15. Bill Lamb. About.com Reviews "Touch My Body". About.com. Retrieved February 19, 2008.
  16. Glenn Gamboa. Reviews: Bell X1's 'Flock,' Moorer's 'Mockingbird'. February 19, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2008.
  17. Evan Serpick. Reviews: Touch My Body. Rolling Stone. March 6, 2008.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Mariah Carey Enlists DJ Toomp, Brett Ratner For E=MC2". Retrieved February 12, 2008.
  19. People. 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer: Mariah Carey 'A Comedy Nerd'. February 29, 2008. Retrieved March 3, 2008.
  20. MTV. Spankin' New Ladies Week. Retrieved February 26, 2008.
  21. VH1. Exclusive Mariah Carey Video Sneak Peek. February 25, 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2008.
  22. http://www6.islandrecords.com/site/av.php?bcpid=1315753316&bclid=1295326835&bctid=1433966199
  23. http://www.vh1.com/video/play.jhtml?artist=976&vid=212381
  24. MariahCarey.com. Touch My Body Debuts At #1 On TRL'. March 5, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2008.
  25. Fred Bronson. Chart Beat. February 14, 2008. Retrieved February 14, 2008.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Billboard. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: Touch My Body. March 15, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2008
  27. Jonathan Cohen. Flo Rida Makes It Nine Straight Atop Hot 100. Billboard. February 21, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Billboard. The Billboard Hot 100: Touch My Body. March 15, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2008
  29. Billboard. Canadian Hot 100: Touch My Body. March 1, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Billboard. Canadian Hot 100: Touch My Body. March 15, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2008
  31. Hot100Br@sil Accessed February 29 2008
  32. "J-WAVE WEBSITE : TOKIO HOT100". www.j-wave.co.jp.
  33. Billboard. Pop 100: Touch My Body. March 15, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2008