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Features Nicki Minaj
Released May 20, 2013

(Officially May 21, 2013)

Recorded 2013
Format Digital download
Genre R&B, soul, hip hop
Length 4:09
Label RCA Records
Writer Mario Barrett, Onika Maraj
Producer Polow da Don
Single information
Single release May 28, 2013
Video release July 9, 2013
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"Somebody Else" is a song by Mario from his canceled fifth studio album, which features guest vocals by Nicki Minaj. The song serves as the lead single from the album. It was written by Mario and Minaj, and was produced by Polow da Don. It was released online on May 20, 2013, and was officially released on May 21, as a digital download, impacted Urban radio on May 28, and Rhythmic radio on July 9. A music video was shot on May 25, and premiered on VEVO on July 8.


On May 16, 2013, Minaj and Mario had a very flirtatious conversation on Twitter. The next day they revealed that they were tweeting lyrics from their new song together called "Somebody Else." They said the song will be released on May 20 on iTunes and the next day will be its official release. [1] As planned, "Somebody Else" was released on May 21 as a digital download through iTunes.[2] The song was released to Urban radio on May 28,[3] and it was the third most added song of the week. It was later released to Rhythmic crossover radio on July 9.[4]


"Somebody Else" was written by Mario Barrett, and Onika Maraj, and it was produced by Polow da Don.[5] The song is an upbeat tempo track featuring thumbing percussion, with hip-hop influences and sampled vocals in the hook.[6]

Critical reception

"Somebody Else" was praised by R&B music critics, many of them adored Minaj's verse. Critics also commented that people may love or hate this song, because of the meaning of it: "getting dumped and watching the man or woman you love run straight into the arms of 'Somebody Else'."[6][7] RnB Magazine called it "hot music" and a summer hit.[7] acclaimed Minaj's verse and Polow Da Don's production, calling those "impressive" and "infectious", respectively.[8]

Music Video

Music Video Information
Mario_-_Somebody_Else_ft._Nicki_Minaj Premiere July 9, 2013
Filmed May 25, 2013
Director Alexandre Moors
Producer Jonathan Lia
Production co Good Company
Exec. producer Jonathan Lia & Brian Welsh
Source VideoStatic

On March 17, 2013, a fan asked Nicki were they planning a music video for the song. She replied with, "Yup".[9] The video will be shot by Alexandre Moors at New York City. On May 25, 2013, Mario confirmed he was shooting the video for the song.[10] The video premiered on VEVO July 9, 2013.


Behind the Scenes

A behind the scenes video was released on June 17, 2013. Another behind the scenes video by Mario with Nicki was released on June 28, 2013.


Chart (2013) Peak
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 4
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 39
US R&B Songs 12

Release history

Country Date Format
United States May 21, 2013 Digital download[2]
May 28, 2013 Urban radio[3]
July 9, 2013 Rhythmic radio[4]