I Gotta Feeling is the second single from The Black Eyed Peas fifth album The E.N.D., produced by the French DJ David Guetta. The song was released on May 21, 2009 and debuted at number two on the Canadian and Billboard Hot 100 on the week of June 27, 2009, behind the groups Boom Boom Pow, making the group one of 11 artists who have occupied the top two positions of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. The song later reached number one on the US charts and 20 charts worldwide. The song was nominated for Record of the Year at the 52nd Grammy Awards and won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. I Gotta Feeling was 5th on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. The song was also nominated as Song of the Year at the 2009 World Music Awards. In March 2011, it became the first song in digital history to sell over 7 million digital copies in the United States. As of June 2013, it has sold over 8.3 million downloads in this country. This also makes it the highest selling digital as well as non-charity single in the US ever.
I Gotta Feeling spent fourteen consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, the longest-running number-one single of 2009. The song was the third most successful song of the decade in Australia, as announced on January 7, 2010. As of February 2010, I Gotta Feeling holds the record as the most downloaded song on iTunes of all time. Worldwide it has sold over 14 million units, becoming one of the most successful songs in the history of popular music.
I Gotta Feeling was written and composed by all the members of The Black Eyed Peas (credited as William Adams, Allan Pineda, Jaime Gomez, Stacy Ferguson) together with French producers David Guetta, Frederick Riesterer, both of who produced the song. will.i.am provided additional synthesizer work to the song. The song was recorded at Square Prod in Paris, France and Metropolis Studios in London, England, United Kingdom. I Gotta Feeling is the second single released from The E.N.D. (2009). Interscope Records serviced the song to contemporary hit and rhythmic crossover radios on June 15, 2009 in the United States. In an interview with Annie Reuter of Marie Claire, will.i.am stated that Its dedicated to all the party people out there in the world that want to go out and party. Mostly every song on the Black Eyed Peas record is painting a picture of our party life. It was a conscious decision to make this type of record. Times are really hard for a lot of people and you want to give them escape and you want to make them feel good about life, especially at these low points.
I Gotta Feeling is an uptempo dance pop song that runs a length of 4:49 (4 minutes and 49 seconds). The song follows in the inspirational dance-pop theme of The E.N.D., being built upon the heavy use of Auto-Tune and futuristic synthesizers while running through a tick-tock rhythm. The song begins with in a restrained fashion then moves in to a throbbing dance beat that changes patterns so that at least one reviewer thought it shifted tempos, although in fact the tempo does not change at all, suggesting the use of a click track in recording. Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times noted the songs similarities to Five Stairsteps song Ooh Child, writing that it emulates the songs use of a repetitive, warm vocal line to signify a good mood coming on. According to Jimmy Iovine of the Interscope Geffen A&M label group, the melody was inspired by the U2 song Ill Go Crazy If I Dont Go Crazy Tonight: I sent will.i.am over to the studio to do some remixes on Ill Go Crazy. He works on them for two weeks, comes back and writes I Gotta Feeling. The chords are U2 chords, 100 per cent. Will even told them.
The official final version was released on June 2 on Dipdive and on June 15 on iTunes. There is both a censored version and an explicit version of the music video and a live performance of the explicit video. The video starts with scenes in Hollywood Blvd. and then showing will.i.am combing his hair and Fergie putting on make-up while wearing lingerie. It also shows Taboo checking his messages on Dipdive and apl.de.ap checking his text messages. Then it cuts to the party as the first verse starts. In the uncensored version, there are some scenes featuring gay and lesbian content Fergie dances suggestively and makes out with another woman, whilst two female partygoers are seen kissing at the two minute mark. Before these scenes, one of two men making out is shown. The video ends with a large sign with human-sized letters that reads The E.N.D. The video is directed by Mikey Mee of Little Minx and features guest appearances by David Guetta, Kid Cudi, Katy Perry, Chantal Jones, members of the indie rock band Gossip, the designer duo Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 and a few well-known personalities of the LGBT community, including Ongina of RuPauls Drag Race fame. A video was shown on Disneys Re-Micks featuring Minnie, Mickey, and all of their friends.
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