STORY OF SONG

Story of Song

‘Scream and Shout’ was originally written by British singer Tulisa Contostavlos, who is a judge on the X Factor and member of N Dubz. Tulisa wrote it with Jean Baptiste for her debut album The Female Boss under the title ‘I Don’t Give A F–k.’ But Baptiste didn’t want Contostavlos to have the beat, so he gave it to will.i.am, who re-wrote for him and Britney. When asked about the story of the song, will.i.am told MTV News: “I think when I decided on the style, I knew it was going to be sleek, minimalist. I knew it was going to have a white environment, a black environment, and I knew that I was going to a fashion kind of world, so it’s almost like a moving fashion spread. Making them multiple matched the beat and visually popped. It’s just a stylistic choice. It didn’t take too much brains to figure out it looked fresh. What’s better than 10 Britneys, you know?”

Release date

Released on November 20, 2012

Songwriter/s

Will.i.am – Jef Martens – Jean Baptiste

Label

Interscope

Chart Rankings

US – 3

UK – 1

GERMANY  – 1

In the UK, ‘Scream & Shout’ peaked at number 1 in the UK Singles chart, selling over 513,000 copies. It became Britney Spears’ second top five single in the UK and will.i.am’s second consecutive number 1.  The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Platinum. In the US, the song reached number 3 in the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified Triple Platinum by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), for sales over 3 million copies. The single peaked at number 1 in 25 other countries including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey. It also reached the top 5 in Australia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, and Sweden. The song was certified 6 times Platinum in Australia, Quadruple Platinum in Italy, Triple Platinum in Sweden and Venezuela, Double Platinum in Belgium, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand and Switzerland, and Platinum in Austria and France. The song was streamed 5.4 million times in Denmark and was certified Triple Platinum.

Artist’s age on release date

Will.i.am was 37 and Britney Spears was 31 years old.

Cover Versions

MattyBRaps – Gareth Bush – COOP3DRUMM3R (Drum cover) – UMC (Metal cover) – DCCM (Metal cover) – Us The Duo and Ryan Mitchell – other amateur artists covered this song on YouTube.

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