Hey Baby (After the Club)

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"Hey Baby (After the Club)"
File:Ashanti - Hey Baby (After The Club).jpg
Promotional single by Ashanti
from the album The Declaration
ReleasedOctober 16, 2007
GenreR&B, pop
Length4:30
LabelThe Inc., Universal
Songwriter(s)Ashanti Douglas, Jack Knight, Quiana Space, Marcus Vest, Mario Winans
Producer(s)Mario Winans

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"Hey Baby (After the Club)" is a song by Ashanti initially intended as the lead single from her fourth studio album, The Declaration (2008),[1] it is not included on US editions of the album. It was written by Ashanti, Jack Knight, Olliette Quiana Space, Marcus Vest and Mendell Mario Winans and produced by Aurelius and Winans.

The song was released to the iTunes Store on October 16, 2007, and was made available for airplay on rhythmic crossover radio stations the same day. It peaked at number eighty-seven on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, remaining on it for nine weeks.[2]

Background and critical reception[edit]

Initially "Switch" was intended to be the first single. "Switch" featuring her then-boyfriend rapper Nelly was produced by Shy Carter and released digitally in the United States on July 24, 2007.[3] It was later reported that "Switch" will not be included on the album's track listing, and that the first single would be "Hey Baby (After the Club)".

"Hey Baby (After the Club)" was released to radio and digital outlets on October 16, 2007. It did not receive positive reviews. It was criticized for being too similar to the song "Last Night" of rapper P. Diddy featuring Keyshia Cole.[4] Both songs sampled the song "Erotic City" by Prince. The website That Grape Juice wrote that "though the track is good, it’s still a long way off what she should be putting out if she’s hoping for a successful ‘comeback’".[5] Rap-Up magazine stated: "We’re hoping it will grow on us, but until then, we wish Ashanti would have gone with 'Switch' with Nelly as her first single".[6]

What happened with "Switch" also ended up happening to "Hey Baby (After the Club)", when a new song "The Way That I Love You", which was released in February 2008, was later referred to as the real "first single" in press releases and media reports.[7][8] "Hey Baby (After the Club)" does not appear on the US editions of the album. It only appears as a bonus track in select countries internationally, such as the UK.

Track listing[edit]

U.S. promo CD single and vinyl[9][10]

  1. "Hey Baby (After the Club)" Radio version – 3:33
  2. "Hey Baby (After the Club)" Extended radio version – 4:30
  3. "Hey Baby (After the Club)" Extended radio version instrumental – 4:30
  4. "Hey Baby (After the Club)" Extended radio version a cappella – 3:34

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[2] 87
US Rhythmic Songs (Billboard)[11] 40

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia[12] October 16, 2007 Digital download The Inc Records, Universal Records
Austria[13]
Brazil[14]
Canada[15]
Hungary[16]
Japan[17]
Mexico[18]
New Zealand[19]
United Kingdom[20]
United States[21][22] Rhythmic crossover
Digital download

References[edit]

  1. "Ashanti "Hey Baby (After The Club)" : premier single issu de "The Declaration"" (in French). Musique Radio. 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2008-06-04.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ashanti - Chart History - Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  3. "Ashanti, Nelly Get Their Beyonce-And-Jay-Z On For New Single 'Switch'". MTV News. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  4. "Ashanti - Hey Baby (After The Club) Ft. Mario Winans". DJ Booth. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  5. "New Song: Ashanti – 'Hey Baby (After The Club)'". That Grape Juice. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  6. "New Music: Ashanti f/ Mario Winans – 'Hey Baby (After The Club)'". Rap-Up. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  7. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_2008_March_10/ai_n24381562/
  8. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1582080/ashanti-finds-inspiration-snapped-women.jhtml
  9. "Ashanti - Hey Baby (After The Club)". Eil.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  10. "Hey Baby (After the Club) (Vinyl) (Single)". Amazon. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  11. "Ashanti - Chart History - Rhythmic Songs". Billboard. 2007-12-08.
  12. "Hey Baby (After the Club) – Single". iTunes (AU). Apple. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  13. "Hey Baby (After the CLub) – Single" (in German). iTunes (AT). Apple. Retrieved December 16, 2011.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  14. "Hey Baby (After the CLub) – Single" (in Spanish). iTunes (AU). Apple. Retrieved December 16, 2011.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  15. "Hey Baby (After the CLub) – Single". iTunes (CA). Apple. Retrieved December 16, 2011.[dead link]
  16. "Hey Baby (After the CLub) – Single" (in Hungarian). iTunes (HU). Apple. Archived from the original on June 19, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2011. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  17. "Hey Baby (After the Club) – Single" (in Japanese). iTunes (JP). Apple. Retrieved December 16, 2011.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  18. "Hey Baby (After the CLub) – Single" (in Spanish). iTunes (MX). Apple. Retrieved December 16, 2011.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  19. "Hey Baby (After the CLub) – Single". iTunes (NZ). Apple. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  20. "Hey Baby (After the CLub) – Single". iTunes (GB). Apple. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved December 16, 2011. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  21. "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Archived from the original on 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2012-02-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  22. "Hey Baby (After the Club) (Extended Radio Version) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 2012-02-19.


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