Clumsy (Fergie song)

Clumsy (Fergie song)
Single by Fergie
from the album The Dutchess
A-side "Fergalicious"
B-side "Get Your Hands Up"
Released September 25, 2007 (2007-09-25)
(see release history)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 4:00
Label A&M
Writer(s) Will Adams, Stacy Ferguson, Bobby Troup
Fergie singles chronology
"Impacto" (Remix)

"Clumsy" is a song by American recording artist Fergie from her debut album, The Dutchess. The song was released as the album's fifth and final single on September 25, 2007. It was written by Fergie, Bobby Troup and, who also produced the track. It was partially recorded in Los Angeles and in the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The song's lyrics about being clumsy and in love flow alongside its computerized and bleeping beat and sample of "The Girl Can't Help It", originally performed by Little Richard.

The song received generally mixed to positive reviews. Critics praised the Little Richard sample and the goofy lyrics on feelings of love. Some critics deemed it to be the album's highlight and pop at its finest, while others considered it flat. "Clumsy" peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Fergie's fifth straight top five hit in the US. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold over two million downloads in the country. Internationally, the song peaked in the top five in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The song's music video, directed by Marc Webb and Rich Lee, is stylized like a pop-up book and features Swedish model Alex Lundqvist as Fergie's love interest.



"Clumsy" was written by Fergie, Bobby Troup and, who produced the song. It was partially recorded at Stewcha Studios in Los Feliz, California and in the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.[1] said, "'Clumsy' was recorded in the John Lennon bus [a traveling music education lab], like in a parking lot in Pittsburgh right next to Shakey's. ... To be able to record on the road, that's a task and a half."[2] In an interview with The Associated Press, Fergie stated, "I'm not a promiscuous girl - like I talk about in ”Clumsy”, I'm always the girl with the boyfriend in serious relationships."[3] The song was mixed by Tony Maserati at Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California.[1] "Clumsy" was announced as the fifth single from The Dutchess in the United States. In the United Kingdom, the song was released as a double A-side alongside "Fergalicious".[4] A remix featuring Soulja Boy Tell 'Em was released to digital stores on December 18, 2007.[5]

Composition and critical reception

The song samples "The Girl Can't Help It" by Little Richard.[6] The song's computerized beeps flow alongside Fergie singing about being clumsy and in love,[6] with the bridge consisting of the lines "You got me trippin', stumblin', flippin', fumblin' / Clumsy cuz I'm fallin in love".[7] According to the sheet music published at by Alfred Publishing, "Clumsy" is set in the time signature of common time with a metronome of 92 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of C major with Fergie's vocal range spanning from the note of G3 to the note of F5.[8] Daniel Wolfe of commented, "The songstress is “slippin’ and stumblin’” all over a laid-back beat and Casio keyboard lines."[6] According to Alex Fletcher from Digital Spy, it is based around a "Gameboy-style, Tetris-esque, bleeping beat". The reviewer also commented on its resemblance to Tweet's 2002 single "Oops (Oh My)". He went on to say that he was not impressed with the song, writing that it is "a proper stinker" and "[f]latter than a pancake that's been sat on by the cast of Celebrity Fit Club."[9]

Daniel Wolfe of rated "Clumsy" three out of five stars, and wrote that it is "another tasty bubblegum treat from one of pop music's biggest rising stars." He called the song "a good bit of breezy pop fun", but wrote that it "may not be as immediately engaging as her previous hits" and that "there is nothing striking or even slightly epic about the tune." However, he praised the sample of "The Girl Can't Help It", Fergie's "melodious, breathy vocal runs", and the song's goofy lyrics on love.[6] Sal Cinquemani of Slant called the song "crafty, candy-coated pop at its finest".[10] Norman Mayers of Prefix cited "London Bridge" and "Clumsy" as the album's highlights.[11] While reviewing the double A-side featuring "Fergalicious", Azeem Ahmad of MusicOMH wrote that "Clumsy" is "the antidote to the haphazard Fergalicious."[4]

Chart performance

"Clumsy" debuted at number ninety-one on the October 27, 2007 chart of the Billboard Hot 100.[12][13] In its fifth week on the chart, the song was the "greatest digital gainer", and rose from number twenty to number twelve.[14] In its ninth week, the song reached its peak of number five, and stayed there for six non-consecutive weeks.[15][16] The song became the fifth single from Fergie's debut album The Dutchess to reach the top five on the chart, making The Dutchess the first debut album since Milli Vanilli's debut album Girl You Know It's True (1989) to spawn five top five singles.[17] "Clumsy" spent twenty-five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and twelve weeks inside the top ten.[16] The song also reached number two on Pop Songs,[18] and number eighty-nine on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[19] "Clumsy" was certified platinum on February 22, 2008 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[20] It has sold 2,138,000 paid digital downloads in the United States, becoming Fergie's fifth single to sell two million downloads.[21] "Clumsy" is Fergie's fourth most downloaded song, behind "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Fergalicious" and "Glamorous", and ahead of her first single, "London Bridge".[21]

On the Canadian Hot 100, "Clumsy" debuted at number seventy-nine on the issue dated October 27, 2007.[22] On January 5, 2008, the song reached number four.[23] In Australia, the song debuted at number twelve on the issue dated November 25, 2007. The next week, it peaked to number three, where it stayed for three weeks.[24] The song has been certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for sales of 35,000 units.[25] On the issue dated September 24, 2007, "Clumsy" entered the chart in New Zealand at position thirty-one. On its sixth week on the chart, it reached its peak of number four.[26] The song has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) for sales of 7,500 copies.[27]

Music video

The music video for "Clumsy" was directed by Marc Webb and Rich Lee in Los Angeles.[28] MTV spoke of the clip, saying, "The surreal, humorous clip features Fergie falling head over heels — get it? — for love in various scenarios."[28] Most scenes in the video were shot using a green screen.[29] Swedish model Alex Lundqvist portrays Fergie's love interest in the video. Lundqvist spoke of the experience with the Swedish magazine Aftonbladet, saying that "it was really fun" and that "Fergie is so sympathetic and cool".[29] The video premiered on October 12, 2007 on AOL Music.[30]

On a space shuttle, Fergie accidentally presses the airblock button (top), causing her love interest to get swapped out in space (bottom).

The video is done in the style of a pop-up book. It begins with the book opening, displaying the directors' names, the artist and the title. Fergie begins to sing and the page flips to reveal a pop-up concert, featuring Fergie with a beehive hairstyle, a pink dress, and black Opera gloves, followed by a pop-up of a Dsquared fashion show where Fergie is attracted to a man (Alex Lundqvist) in the audience. Another page flip reveals Fergie in a car, and she sees the man again. She then shows off with the car, but it breaks down and the man leaves. During the song's middle eight, she is singing in a pop-up space shuttle and at the same time at the concert, she knocks down a dancer and the stage begins to collapse. While in the shuttle, she accidentally presses the airlock button, which swaps the man out in space. After this, Fergie is shown in a plane, flying around a pop-up world. To conclude the video, Fergie is getting ready on a rooftop photo shoot and she sits down on a ledge to read a text message, and she falls off the building and the man catches her. They walk off toward a sunset and the book closes.

Rap-Up deemed the video to have a "cool concept".[31] Tamar Anitai of MTV Buzzworthy wrote that the video "is basically an amalgam of many things we find hard to resist: Amy Winehouse-style retro-nuevo beehives, free falling, fake planes, cheesy acting, En Vogue-era little black dresses, old-school video games and um, hot dudes, including one who, unsurprisingly, looks like Josh Duhamel." The writer noted that the video's pop-up style was similar to HP's "The Computer is Personal Again" commercials. She concluded saying, " the video is fairly saturated with product placements. As much as we love MAC and DSquared, it's hard to miss those blatant shout outs, as well as the fairly gratuitous Motorola plug."[32]

Live performances

Fergie performed "Clumsy" alongside her previous single "Big Girls Don't Cry" on the 2007 American Music Awards on November 18, 2007.[33] She also performed the song on NBC's The Today Show alongside "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Barracuda" on May 20, 2008.[34] She performed the song on the Verizon VIP Tour,[35] in which the song's use of "The Girl Can't Help It" sample was reduced.[36]

Track listing

  • Digital download[37]
  1. "Clumsy" (Radio edit) – 3:21
  2. "Clumsy" (Revisited) – 3:30
  1. "Clumsy" – 4:01
  2. "Clumsy" (Instrumental) – 4:00
  3. "Clumsy" (Revisited) – 3:31
  • UK Fergalicious / Clumsy[39]
  1. "Clumsy" – 4:00
  2. "Fergalicious" – 4:52
  • US Digital EP[5]
  1. "Clumsy" (Collipark Remix) feat. Soulja Boy Tell 'Em – 3:51
  2. "Clumsy" (Pajon Rock Remix) – 3:31
  3. "Get Your Hands Up" – 3:34

Credits and personnel

  • Songwriting – William Adams, Stacy Ferguson, Bobby Troup
  • Production –
  • Drum programming –
  • Engineering –, Padraic Kerin
  • Mixing – Tony Maserati


Charts and certifications


Chart (2007–2008) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[24] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[40] 53
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[41] 2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[42] 16
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[23] 4
Czech Republic (IFPI)[43] 12
Denmark (Tracklisten)[44] 34
Germany (Media Control AG)[45] 50
Ireland (IRMA)[46] 17
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[47] 84
New Zealand (RIANZ)[26] 4
Slovakia (IFPI)[48] 14
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[49] 15
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[50] 62
US Billboard Hot 100[51] 5
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[18] 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[19] 89


Country Certification
Australia Gold[25]
New Zealand Gold[27]
United States Platinum[20]

Year-end charts

Chart (2007) Position
Australian Singles Chart[52] 52
Chart (2008) Position
Australian Singles Chart[53] 99

Release history

Radio add dates

Region Date Format
United States[54] September 25, 2007 Rhythmic

Purchasable releases

Region Date Format
Australia[55] November 10, 2007 Digital download
New Zealand[56]
United Kingdom[39] November 12, 2007
Sweden[37] November 19, 2007


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