STORY OF SONG
The length of the song is 4 minutes so they decided to call it ‘4 minutes’. In an interview with ‘Interview’ Magazine, Madonna talked about the writing of this track and working with Timberlake: “I really enjoy writing with Justin. We had psychoanalytic sessions whenever we wrote songs first. We’d sit down and we’d start talking about situations and then we’d start talking about issues or problems or relationships with people. That was the only way, because you know, writing together with somebody is very intimate. That was fun, because he’s open and he’s got talent. He’s a songwriter, I haven’t worked with a lot of songwriters where I’m instantly connected and start riffing and playing with the rhythm of the words. He’s as interested in the rhythm of the words as the meaning of the words.”
Release Date: March 17, 2008
Songwriter/s: Madonna – Tim Mosley – Justin Timberlake – Nate Hills
Label: Warner Bros
UK – 1
US – 3
Germany – 1
In the UK, the song sold over 540.000 copies and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). It was number 1 on the UK Singles Charts. In the US, it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped the US Dance Club Songs and peaked at number 5 on the Mainstream Top 40. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Double Platinum for sales over 3 million copies. ‘4 minute’ topped the charts in several charts around the world including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain and Switzerland. In other countries it reached the top 10 charts such as Austria, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden. ‘4 minutes’ was certified Triple Platinum in Norway and Double Platinum in Denmark and Spain. In Australia, Brazil, Finland, Germany and Sweden it was certified Platinum. In Belgium, Japan and New Zealand it was Gold and in Mexico it was certified Double Gold.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Madonna Louise Ciccone was 60 years old, Justin Randall Timberlake was 27 years old and Timothy Zachery “Tim” Mosley aka Timbaland was 36 years old when this song was released.
Cover Versions: Boyceavenue – Siren Gene (acoustic) – Glee – Maria Z (acapella) – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.