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“4 Minutes” is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her eleventh studio album Hard Candy. It was released as the lead single from the album on March 17, 2008, by Warner Bros. Records. The song’s development was motivated by a sense of urgency to save the planet from destruction, and how people can enjoy themselves in the process. The writing was completed through discussions between Madonna and Justin Timberlake about different situations, issues and relationships. According to Madonna, the song inspired her to produce the documentary I Am Because We Are.

The song features vocals by American musicians Timberlake and Timbaland. It was recorded at Sarm West Studios in London, while the mixing of the track was finished at The Hit Factory studio in Miami. Sound engineer Demacio “Demo” Castellon first worked on the vocals of the track, by honing them according to his instincts, and then worked on the beats and the synths composed by Timbaland and Danja. An uptempo dance song with an urban, hip hop style, “4 Minutes” also incorporates Timbaland’s characteristic bhangra beats and the instrumentation used in the song includes brass, foghorns and cow bells. The song’s lyrics carry a message of social awareness, inspired by Madonna’s visit to Africa and the human suffering she witnessed there.

“4 Minutes” has been praised by many contemporary critics who called it a busy, dance track and complimented its music, which was compared to that of a marching band.

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  • omatheusmota

    It's the best lead single choise for Hard Candy. But for MDNA, "Girl Gone Wild" would be a better lead single. [2]

    22 Aug 7:18am Reply
  • BrunoFernandoq

    It's the best lead single choise for Hard Candy. But for MDNA, "Girl Gone Wild" would be a better lead single.

    8 Aug 8:30pm Reply
  • RosieMegaPSBFan

    This and "Give Me All Your Luvin'" are her worst comebacks... [2] I agree. I liked both of these songs, but they weren't wise choices for lead singles. :-/

    20 Jun 12:59pm Reply
  • RosieMegaPSBFan

    Suggest a correction to "4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)" [9]

    20 Jun 12:58pm Reply
  • DedecaMonteiro

    Suggest a correction to "4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)" [8]

    31 May 1:34am Reply
  • Frank_War

    This and "Give Me All Your Luvin'" are her worst comebacks...

    18 Apr 11:27pm Reply
  • horeamuresan

    Suggest a correction to "4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)" [7]

    25 Mar 2:37pm Reply
  • Zegathe

    Suggest a correction to "4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)" [3]

    25 Mar 11:33am Reply
  • HallanaOliveira

    Épica!

    9 Feb 9:07pm Reply
  • Aleksandra_fm

    No,Madonna the best ! My Queen.

    6 Feb 7:59pm Reply
  • Pyschoformusic

    Suggest a correction to "4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)" [5]

    2 Jan 10:01pm Reply
  • lhenriquel

    Suggest a correction to "4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)" [4]

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gabrielems

    Suggest a correction to "4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)" [3]

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • maniiaticka

    Suggest a correction to 4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake)

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • chrsijonabraham

    ♥ Tick Tock ♥ Justin?

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • y-asmin

    Suggest a correction to "4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)" [2]

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Sunshine_209

    Tick tock~~~ tick tock~~~

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Frank_War

    One of ther worst songs.

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Hansori

    amazing production [6]

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • black_volume

    amazing production [5]

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
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