Justine Bieber - Baby featuring Ludacris Reviews and Behind the Scene Video

February 15, 2010
Justine Bieber - Baby featuring Ludacris

"Baby" is a song by Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber. It was released as the lead single from the latter half of Bieber's debut album, My World 2.0. The track was written by Bieber with Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Terius "The-Dream" Nash" who worked with Bieber on "One Time" and also by R&B singer Christina Milian and rapper Ludacris. The song was available for digital download on January 18, 2010. The song received airplay directly after release, the song officially impacted mainstream and rhythmic radio on January 26, 2010.

The "Baby" composition is predominatly upbeat, featuring Bieber’s R&B vocals over a dance beat, full of keyboard and synths. Lyrically, Bieber’s lines explain his distress over his lost love, and promise to get it back, featured in lines like, “And I wanna play it cool/ But I'm losin' you…/I'm in pieces/ So come and fix me…” The chorus features the distinct and repetitive “Baby, Baby, Baby, Ohhhh (Nooooo)” hook. After the second verse, Ludacris comes in with the verse-rap, an anecdote of young love when he was thirteen, as it runs “When I was 13/ I had my first love/...She had me going crazy/ Oh, I was star-struck/ She woke me up daily/ Don't need no Starbucks…." Due to the rap verse, the song does not have a distinct and slower middle eight, which all of Bieber’s previous singles included. However, the acoustic rendition by Bieber himself did originally have a middle eight. The outro is reminiscent of the hook, with a repetitive “Yeah”, however with Bieber providing additional vocals with it.

Bieber premiered an acoustic verison of "Baby" on December 28, 2009 on MuchMusic, and it remains to be his only major performance of the song performed acoustically. During most live performances of the song, Bieber jerks during the end of the chorus. He sung the song on VH1's Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam, along with other performers Rihanna and Timbaland, and on CBS' The Early Show as a part of their Super Bowl programming. He performed the song the first time with Ludacris BET's SOS: Saving Ourselves - Help for Haiti Telethon, on February 6, 2009, which also aired on VH1, and MTV. During the chorus, he changed the lyrics to "Baby, baby, Haiti", to show support for the cause, and the reason everyone came together for the show.

In charts "Baby" debuted at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and number three on the Canadian Hot 100, becoming Bieber’s biggest hit to date. His previous peak was reaching sixteen and ten on the respective charts with “One Less Lonely Girl”. The song was also Ludacris’s biggest song to date, solo or featuring, since 2007’s "Runaway Love". Taylor Swift’s "Today Was a Fairytale" also debuted in the Hot 100 top five at number two. The debut of the pair of songs was just the third time in history that the Hot 100 had two new top five debuts. The instance had last happened in 2003 when American Idol’s Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken’s debut singles charted at number one and two. During its first week of radio impact, the song had over 1400 spins, and was the top gainer for mainstream and rhythmic radio formats. The song debuted at thirty-three on the Pop Songs chart on the week labeled February 13, 2009. The song missed out becoming the greatest gainer by one spot, which was Kesha's Blah Blah Blah. On the issue dated February 8, 2010, the song debuted in Australia on the official ARIA Singles Chart at number thirty-seven.

Filming for the music video began during the week of January 25, 2010, in Los Angeles during the week of the 52nd Grammy Awards, at which Bieber presented with Kesha. Bieber's friend, Canadian rapper Drake was also on set for the shoot, however did not make a cameo in the video. However Bieber did not rule out an appearance for him on the upcoming album. Ludacris said that the video "is like a 2010 version of Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel". Bieber said that the video "will capture the song's message of trying to woo back a girl." In explaining the concept of the video, Bieber said, "It starts off, I really like this girl, but we didn't [get] along; we couldn't be together. Basically I want her back and [I'm] kind of going through the whole thing. I'm chasing her around, trying to get her, and she's kind of playing hard to get, but I'm persistent. I keep going." You can watch the behind the scene shoots below in making the music video.

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