“On the Floor" is a song by American recording artist Jennifer Lopez, taken from her seventh studio album, Love? (2011). Written by Bilal Hajji, Kinda Hamid, Gonzalo G. Hermosa, Gonzalo U. Hermosa, Achraf Janussi, Armando C. Perez, Geraldo Sandell and co-written & produced by RedOne, the up-tempo dance-pop song features vocals from American rapper Pitbull and samples of Kaoma’s 1989 single “Lambada”. “On the Floor” serves as Lopez’s debut release with The Island Def Jam Music Group, after the singer ended her ten-year partnership with Epic Records. It is also the first single from Love? to be released by Island Records, and the second time that Lopez and Pitbull collaborated on a song; the first being Love?’s 2009 promotional single, “Fresh Out the Oven”.
"On the Floor" premiered on January 18, 2011 On Air with Ryan Seacrest, where it was met with positive reception. The song was sent to both mainstream and rhythmic radio stations on February 8, 2011, and released as a digital download from February 1, 2011. Although critics criticized RedOne for being unimaginative with the song, they applauded the song for updating Lopez’s traditional dance-pop sound with the right mix of latin beats, as well as having a vintage Lopez sound. It has also been applauded as Lopez’s best work in recent years, with a global appeal. “On the Floor” is Lopez’s first single to receive airplay in Canada and the United States, since “Do It Well” (2007). Following its release, “On the Floor” has become the singer’s most successful single in eight years, topping the singles chart in Finland as well as becomming a top-ten hit in Australia, Canada, Spain, Slovakia and the United States.
An accompanying music video, directed by TAJ Stansberry and choreographed by Frank Gatson, was released on March 3, 2011. The scenes depict an underground club culture and tie-in with the lyrics of the song. However, both the song and video garnered some critisms for allegedly copying elements of the lyrics from fellow Latina singer Kat DeLuna’s 2009 single “Party O’Clock”, also produced by RedOne. The final ending will be decided by fans who can vote from a choice of three alternate endings. The release of the single coincides with Lopez’s appointment as a judge on season ten of American Idol, while the music video was simultaneously premiered on American Idol and through Vevo.
Lopez first teased the media about her new single when she tweeted “I see u @RedOne_Official! We’re making BIG things happen ‘On the Floor’ this new year!!!”. Subsequently on January 16, 2011, an unfinished snippet of “On the Floor” leaked online via Rap-Up.com. It was produced by RedOne and features a rap from Pitbull. It is the second time that Lopez and Pitbull have collaborated on, the first being “Fresh Out the Oven”, the leaked 2009 club single which reached number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. According to the Los Angeles Times’s Gerrick D. Kennedy, a full length unfinished version leaked online over the same weekend, just in time for Lopez’s new L’Oreal commericial which premiered during the telecast of the 68th Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The timing of the leak also coincides with Lopez’s debut as a full-time member of the judging panel on season ten of American Idol. Lopez confirmed the single’s title as “On the Floor” during the red carpet ceremony at The Golden Globes, before appearing On Air with Ryan Seacrest radio show the following day for the song’s live world premiere.
Following its airing live on Seacreast’s radio show, the official version of “On the Floor”, along with the single cover, were uploaded to Ryanseacrest.com. The site’s editor Sadao Turner, revealed that the final master of the song was different to the previously leaked and unfinished version. When asked my MTV News, “What was it like working with Lopez?”, RedOne replied “Let’s face it: With J.Lo, you have to go big or go home”. He said that to make a song that sounded right for Lopez he would need “dance, parties and her Latina heritage”. Consequently the duo came up with “On the Floor” which also features a rap from Pitbull. Commenting on the studio process, RedOne said, “She’s a dancer. She can sing. I was really amazed, and I had so much fun working with her, ger energy and everything about her is a star, and it was natural for me to do what we did.” “On the Floor” made its debut in the United Kingdom, on January 28, 2010 when it was played by DJ Scott Mills on his radio show, Ready for the Weekend. Benji Eisen from AOL Music stated that Lopez had used “genius marketing and branding” by synchronising the digital release of “On the Floor” with the premier of its music video on American Idol.
"On the Floor" is an up-tempo dance and electropop song with strong elements of electrohouse, produced by Moroccan producer RedOne. It features a lengthy one-minute rap introduction from Pitbull and samples Kaoma’s 1989 song “Lambada”. It was written by Bilal Hajji, Kinda Hamid, Gonzalo G. Hermosa, Ulises G. Hermosa, Achraf Janussi, Nadir Khayat, Armando C. Perez and Geraldo Sandell. Lopez said she wanted to her evolve her sound and that what “On the Floor” achieves. “It feels like me today, which I like. It’s not something that you hear and you’re like, ‘That’s not her,’ but you also go, ‘Is that her? I like that. It’s new,’ and that’s what I wanted. I wanted it to be very me, but I wanted it to be me not from my first album or my second album, but for today.”According to Idolator and Gerrick Kennedy from the Los Angeles Times, “On the Floor” is reminicent of Lopez’s hit millinium single, “Waiting for Tonight”. About.com’s Bill Lamb also compared the song to Lopez’s debut single “If You Had My Love” (1999). Idolator noted that the song mixes “latin sounds with a heavy club beat”, while Melinda Newman from Hitfix.com said it has a “retro spirit” and was less heavy than some of Lopez’s previous efforts.
Kennedy agreed stating that “listeners haven’t heard this dance-electro-pop side of Lopez since 1999… much of her back catalog flirts with more gritty urban-pop sounds.” Idolator’s Robbie Daw commented that the final mastered version of the single trimmed one minute off the original leaked song as was more “radio-ready”. However comparisons were made between “On the Floor” and a 2010 Kat DeLuna single “Party O’Clock”, which was also produced by RedOne. In “Party O’Clock” DeLuna sings “Party in Ibiza, Party in New York/All the way to Africa/Love in the Caribbean/On my way to Vegas” whereas Lopez sings the nearly identical line “Cuz London to Ibiza/Straight to L.A. New York/Vegas to Africa” in “On the Floor”. Meanwhile, Lopez said she had to record “On the Floor” because it captured both sides of her career, singing and dancing. “The minute RedOne played it for me, I made him play it 20 times in a row, and I just sat there at the board and I kept listening to it and listening to it … Because I really feel like, emotionally, I connected to it, but also because of how much I love to dance and how much that’s always been such a big part of who I am since I started. Since I was a little girl, I just totally connected with the idea of getting out there.” About.com’s Bill Lamb likened the song to having the same exotic touch that “Stereo Love” by Edward Maya had.
Reviews by critics were generally positive. Bill Lamb from About.com positively reviewed the track, rating it 4 stars (out of possibly 5), enjoying “Jennifer Lopez’ authoritative party leading vocals”, the “irresistible dance-pop groove” and the “small touch of the exotic”. He further went to say that: “Jennifer Lopez sings with an authority in her voice that makes her completely convincing as the party leader. This is a record and party ready to take off, and if you miss it, then it is your loss.Staff from Idolator were impressed with the song saying, “Our verdict: we’re pretty happy with the latest from Lopez.” However the site noted that some people might be put off by the lack of originality. “Apart from Pitbull’s introduction, there may not be enough hip hop flavor here to make a splash at the clubs — the track may be too much of a throwback to older dance hits, without bringing anything new or innovative to the party.” Melinda Newman from Hitfix.com said that “On the Floor” demonstrated RedOne’s “ability to bring out the best in his artists”. Of the song, Newman said “‘On the Floor’ is so much better than than the ham-fisted, truly awful ‘Louboutins’ that we can only be thankful she came to her senses.” In his article for the Los Angeles Times, Gerrick Kennedy said the song was a “sweat-inducing, sticky dance floor track” which was catchier than either of her previous releases, “Louboutins” or “Fresh Out the Oven”. Although praising RedOne’s production skills, he noted that it was not as “inventive as the pop gems he crafts with muse Lady Gaga” and criticised Pitbull’s “throwaway verse” but added that the single was “vintage J.Lo.” Nadine Cheung from AOL Radio Blog concurred with comments by her fellow critics, saying that “Jennifer Lopez reinforces her renaissance woman status with the release of her new single”. Nick Levine from Digital Spy called “On the Floor” a song that the Black Eyed Peas would have been “proud to have released”. Levine agreed with other reviewers, that it was a “welcome comeback for Lopez”. He praised the “no so-subtle” sample and “latin-tinged electro-housy” production for making the song “the antithesis of classy,” and although not original, “there’s no denying that this gets the job done.” R Reitz, program director at WHFN (Fun 107) in New Bedford, said of “We thought the song was a hit the first time we listened. It’s the perfect Jennifer Lopez song, her voice sounds great, and Pitbull makes it very contemporary and relevant. The song is already a hit in our market and I think she can easily have more.”
Fans of fellow Latino singer Kat DeLuna claimed that “On the Floor” plagiarised DeLuna’s 2010 single “Party O’Clock”. In a statement issued to the New York Daily News, DeLuna said “It’s cool that artists like J.Lo are inspired by my musical sound and style. … Jennifer helped pave the way for Latinas like myself. I love her”, and insisted that there wasn’t an issue.DeLuna said she was inspired by Lopez, and saw her as someone who opened the doors for people like her to sing. Lopez was interviewed about the issue on Latin-American entertainment programme Despierta America. Lopez replied “What? Really? I’m not aware of that…,” and when pressed by the presenter a second time, insisted she had not heard rumors of the comparisons. It was alleged that “J.Lo’s camp specifically requested that nothing about the Deluna debacle be brought up during the interview.”
“Hold It Against Me" is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears. It was released as the first single from her upcoming seventh studio album, Femme Fatale. “Hold It Against Me” was written by Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Bonnie McKee and Billboard, while being produced by Luke, Martin and Billboard. After a demo version of the song performed by McKee was leaked, the finished version premiered on January 10, 2011. Musically, “Hold It Against Me” features industrial beats, a dubstep-influenced breakdown and a final chorus with elements of rave. The lyrics portray the singer seducing someone on the dancefloor, while the chorus revolves around pick-up lines.
Most reviewers praised the song, although some criticized its lyrical content. “Hold It Against Me” has become a commercial success, debuting at number one in Belgium Wallonia, Canada, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, as well as on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it became her fourth chart topper. In the United States, “Hold It Against Me” made Spears the second artist in Billboard’s history to debut at number one more than once, behind Mariah Carey. The feat also made her the third female artist to ever score number one singles in three consecutive decades, and the seventh artist overall. Additionally, the single has charted in the top ten in countries such as Australia, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom.
An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. It premiered on February 17, 2011, following a two-week promotional campaign of teasers. The video features Spears as a pop star who fell from space to find fame on Earth. There, she becomes overwhelmed by the pressures of being a celebrity and breaks down. The video received mixed to positive reviews, with critics complimenting its artistic concept and visuals, but dismissing the use of product placement.
"Hold It Against Me" was written by Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Bonnie McKee and Billboard, while being produced by Luke, Martin and Billboard. After it was written, Luke and Martin wanted to give the track to Katy Perry, but they decided that “it definitely wasn’t a Katy Perry record.” They continued to work on the song with Billboard, and Luke commented, “I wanted to make sure it didn’t sound like everything else I’ve done. […] It can be hard in the verse, and the bridge is super, super hard, but the chorus is super-pop.” After rumored lyrics for the song surfaced on the web, Luke commented in his Twitter account on December 9, 2010, “I / we never wrote a song called ‘don’t hold it against me’…. BewaRe of InaccuraTe info kids ;-) We did write ‘hold it against me’ but those lyrics are NOT the lyrics ….” It was widely reported by several news outlets that “Hold It Against Me” would premiere on January 7, 2011. However, this was denied by Spears’s manager Adam Leber. An early demo of the track performed by McKee was leaked on January 6, 2011. The same day, Spears released the cover art and commented via Twitter, “Heard an early demo of my new single leaked. If u think that’s good, wait til you hear the real one Tuesday.”
On January 10, 2011, the single became available for streaming on Ryan Seacrest’s website, who premiered it on his radio show shortly after. Spears tweeted, “Don’t #HOLDITAGAINSTME for coming out early. I couldn’t wait any longer. Hope you don’t mind…..” The radio premiere caused several sites to crash from too much traffic. “Hold It Against Me” was released digitally in the United States and Canada on iTunes at 00:00 EST (05:00 UTC), where it was available exclusively until January 18, 2011. Initially, the single was going to be released in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2011, but the date was moved up to January 17, 2011, due to overwhelming demand.
"Hold It Against Me" is three minutes and forty-nine seconds long. It is a dance-pop song that blends pulsating industrial and trance beats with elements of grime. Spears’s vocals has been described as “a bit treated” but not heavily Autotuned.[ The poppy, Max Martin-styled chorus contains lilting synths, that lift her vocals and contrast them with the hard beats. After the second chorus, the beats drop and Spears speaks the lines in the hook. This is followed by a dubstep-influenced breakdown, which lasts about thirty seconds and features Spears moaning, blowing kisses and singing the lines “Gimme something good, don’t wanna wait I want it now / Pop it like a hood and show me how you work it out.” “Hold It Against Me” continues with a second breakdown, which is more similar to the sound of the track. The final chorus contains a smattering of rave chords and the song has a sudden end.
Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone commented the song “recalls the synth-gloom ambience of Britney’s 2007 gem, Blackout.” He also compared the riff to AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (1976). The hook was noted by Ann Powers of Los Angeles Times to be reminiscent of “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” (1986) by Cutting Crew. Nick Levine of Digital Spy felt the song had a “clubby and au courant” feel, comparable to Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)” (2010).According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Kobalt Music Publishing Inc., “Hold It Against Me” is set in the compound meter time signature, with a moderate dance beat infused metronome of 133 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of C minor with Spears’ vocals ranging from the low-key of G3 to the high-note of G5. The song has a basic sequence of Cm–Fm–Cm–Fm as its chord progression.
Lyrically, “Hold It Against Me” talks about seducing someone on the dancefloor. The chorus revolves around pick-up lines, with Spears singing, “If I said I want your body now, would you hold it against me?” and “‘Cause you feel like paradise, and I need a vacation tonight.” James Montgomery of MTV compared the feeling of the lyrics to “If U Seek Amy” (2009). The first pick-up line was compared by Slate to “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me” (1979) by The Bellamy Brothers. Although The Bellamy Brothers later said they felt “ripped off due to the lack of originality with Spears’ song”, they told TMZ.com that they would not be pursuing any legal action regarding the matter.
"Hold It Against Me" has received positive reviews from most critics. Rick Florino of Artistdirect gave the song four and half stars, calling it “one of Britney’s catchiest club bangers yet” and saying “[it] proudly stands alongside Britney classics like ‘Womanizer,’ ‘Gimme More,’ and ‘Toxic,’ but there’s a refined ethereal elegance to it that sees Britney stepping into new territory and pushing the boundaries of dance pop once more.”).” Nick Levine of Digital Spy said that although “Hold It Against Me” was produced by Luke and Martin, the finished product was not similar to songs by regular collaborators Kesha and Katy Perry, but actually “sounds like a bang-up-to-date Britney tune for 2011 Brad Wete of Entertainment Weekly said “‘Against Me’ [sic] is classic Britney — that is to say the vocal performance is far from stellar, but it serves as a nice accessory to [Luke and Martin]’s thumping Euro techno groove.” He also added that Spears did not enter any new territory lyrically, and that there was not much growth when compared to singles such as “…Baby One More Time” (1998) or “I’m a Slave 4 U” (2001).
Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune commented, “It’s one of the tougher-sounding Spears singles yet and should do the job as a dancefloor-filler for listeners who are starting to wear out on the latest singles from Katy Perry and Black Eyed Peas”. However, he also dismissed the lyrical content and said that Spears sounds “bored […] as is the case with most of her recent work.” Michael Cragg of The Guardian called it “decent enough. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone referred to the song as “prime Britney” and stated it “promises great things for her album.” Jim Cantiello of MTV felt the use of pick-up lines was silly, but praised the beat and the vocals, while calling the breakdown “awesome.” Jim Farber of the Daily News called it “a dance-ready club song” and added, “With all that behind her, the ‘Oops’ girl may yet do it again.”
Edna Gundersen of USA Today criticized the use of pick-up lines, but said the single “delivers enough dizzying dance-pop ecstasy to ensure another chart-topping ride.” Bill Lamb of About.com called it one of the most mature dance pop songs of Spears’s career, praising the chorus structure and the electropop bridge. Lamb stated, “The pop music of 2011 has an early shot in the arm here. [‘Hold It Against Me’] will quickly take its place among Britney Spears’ best singles.” Popjustice positively compared the song to the leaked demo, saying that while the lyrics and melody were not different, Spears’s finished version “is approximately 1000 times better than the demo. It’s a harder, more urgent, extremely epic statement track that sounds like the work of a superstar.” Glenn Gamboa of Newsday stated that “Hold It Against Me” was “a bit safer […] like her current low-key, non-tabloid persona.”The Globe and Mail’s J.D. Considine called the reworking of The Bellamy Brothers’ song “lame”, but concluded that the track was “perfect ear candy”, calling it “lust made audible”.
After its first day of release in the United States, “Hold It Against Me” set the record for most radio plays during a first day, registering 619 plays on Mediabase and 595 plays on Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS). Additionally the song broke Mediabase’s record for the largest spin-increase in a single week, registering 3,866 more spins.Billboard reported that “Hold It Against Me” was likely to debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, due to the strong airplay and sales, which were expected to exceed 400,000 copies. On the issue dated January 29, 2011, “Hold It Against Me” debuted at number one on the Hot 100, making Spears the second artist in history to debut multiple songs at the top of the chart, only behind Mariah Carey. The single is also the eighteenth song to debut at number one, and Spears’s fourth chart-topper. “Hold It Against Me” made Spears the third female artist, behind Madonna and Janet Jackson, to score a number one hit in three decades, as well as the seventh artist overall. “Hold It Against Me” also debuted atop of the Hot Digital Songs chart, with 411,000 copies sold. The sum marks the highest debut sales by a female artist, surpassing the record previously held by Taylor Swift’s “Today Was a Fairytale” (2010). One month later, her record was broken by Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”, which had first-week sales of 448,000. It is also Spears’s biggest one-week digital sales total, as well as the fifth biggest first-week sales tally in digital history.In six weeks, “Hold It Against Me” has sold 963,000 downloads. “Hold It Against Me” debuted at number sixteen on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart with 4,071 plays, the highest detections total by a new entry in the chart’s history. It was also tied with Madonna’s “Frozen” (1998) for the second highest debut, behind Carey’s “Dreamlover” (1993). The following week, it climbed to number ten, becoming the seventh song in history to reach the top ten in only two weeks, as well as the first to do so in six years. On Radio Songs, “Hold It Against Me” debuted at number twenty-three with 45 million first-week audience impressions, which according to Nielsen BDS, is the highest debut on the chart since Carey’s “Touch My Body” (2008).
The song debuted on the ARIA Charts of Australia at number ten, and at number one on the New Zealand RIANZ charts. The next week, “Hold It Against Me” moved to number four in the ARIA charts. It has since been certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for sales of 35,000 units.On January 13, 2011, the song debuted at number six on the Irish Singles Chart, and moved up to number five the following week. The single also debuted at the summit of the Canadian Hot 100, becoming Spears’s fourth Canadian number one single as well as the fourth song in the chart’s history to debut at number one. Additionally, with digital sales of 37,000 copies, “Hold It Against Me” also debuted at number one on Canada’s Digital Songs chart, the highest debut sales total, and the second highest one week sales behind The Black Eyed Peas’s “The Time (Dirty Bit)” (2010). It debuted at number eleven on the country’s Hot 100 Airplay chart, the best debut since Michael Bublé’s “Haven’t Met You Yet” (2009) as well as entering the Top 40/CHR airplay chart at number twelve, the second best debut in the last five years, only behind Madonna’s “4 Minutes” (2008). After its release in the United Kingdom, “Hold It Against Me” debuted at number six on the UK Singles Chart, becoming her 21st top ten hit. Across Europe, the song has charted on the main charts of Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands.