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Burnin' Up


Burnin' Up

This article is about the Jonas Brothers song. For the Faith Evans song, see Burnin' Up (Faith Evans song). For the Imagination song, see Burnin' Up (Imagination song). For the Madonna song, see Burning Up. For the Judas Priest song, see Killing Machine.
"Burnin' Up"
A-side "When You Look Me in the Eyes" (UK)
B-side "Burnin' Up (No-Rap)"
Released June 19, 2008 (2008-06-19)
Format CD, Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:54 (Album Version)
2:37 (No Rap Version)
Label Hollywood
Writer(s) Nicholas Jonas, Joseph Jonas, Kevin Jonas II
Producer John Fields[1]
Jonas Brothers singles chronology

"When You Look Me in the Eyes"
"Burnin' Up"

Music video
Hollywood Records)

"Burnin' Up" is the lead single from American pop rock band the Jonas Brothers' third studio album, A Little Bit Longer, and was officially released via Radio Disney on June 19, 2008 as well as other radio stations, and on iTunes on June 20, 2008. In the United Kingdom, it was released as an AA side with "When You Look Me in the Eyes". The single was a hit via digital downloads, and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, the group's first top five single in the US and highest charting song to date.

Song information

The band first performed this song on their When You Look Me in the Eyes Tour as well as at the 2008 Disney Channel Games. Their summer tour, titled the Burnin' Up Tour, is named after this song. The song also features a rap from their bodyguard, Robert "Big Rob" Feggans.

Entertainment Weekly stated that the song "was inspired by Jonas Brothers' unlikely appreciation for the work of babe magnet Prince."[2] Nick Jonas also stated that the song is "about this girl — maybe she's at a party — and you feel that immediate connection [and] both know it's there."[2] The song was also included on Grammy Nominees 2009.

Music video

The music video for "Burnin' Up" premiered after the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock on Disney Channel as well as ABC on June 21, 2008. In the video, the brothers read over a potential video treatment and imagine how the video would play out, in which they are portrayed as action stars. Nick as James Bond, Joe as a Sonny Crockett parody, and Kevin as a Kung Fu master. Cameos in the video include Selena Gomez, David Carradine, Robert Davi, and Danny Trejo. The video was directed by The Malloys. The video was nominated for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, but both lost to Britney Spears and the video for her song "Piece of Me". The video also took notes from Spike Jonze's iconic video for "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys. This can be most obviously seen in the scenes with Joe Jonas portraying an 80's TV-style cop with an obviously fake mustache.


With strong digital sales, "Burnin' Up" debuted at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it the band's most successful single, with more than 183,000 downloads and sold the single for the first week it went on sale.[3] It has sold 1,791,000 copies in the US,[4] and over 2,000,000 copies worldwide and became their second multi-platinum song behind SOS.

Critical reception

Time critic Josh Tyrangiel named this the fourth best song of 2008.[5] The song, however, has been criticized for the chorus line's similarity to the song Makes Me Wonder by Maroon 5.[6]

Track listing

US Promo CD

  1. Burnin' Up 2:54
  2. Burnin' Up (No Rap) 2:37

Europe CD

  1. Burnin' Up 2:54
Chart (2008)[7] Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 31
Ö3 Austria Top 40 39
Canadian Hot 100 14
European Hot 100 Singles[8] 49
German Singles Chart 39
Irish Singles Chart 21
Italian FIMI Singles Chart[9] 16
Norwegian Singles Chart 12
UK Singles Chart 30
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 12
U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs 30
Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)[10] 1


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