“Burnin’ Up” by Jonas Brothers

“Burnin’ Up” talks about the immediate connection you feel when you meet a pretty girl. Both of you know the connection is there but the girl is out of touch with her deeper feelings and is reluctant in looking your way.

Here, the narrator’s obsession with this person is like a magnet constantly pulling him. She becomes the only person he keeps eyes on even in a crowded room. Her beauty coupled with the red dress and high heels captures the complete attention that he almost loses his breath in seeing her. As much as he tries to control his emotions he fails and falls so fast for the girl. The obsession causes his temperature to rise until he melts into the world of love.

“I’m… burnin’ up for you, baby”

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Nick Jonas stated that the song was about meeting a girl at a party and immediately feeling a connection. 

What year did “Burnin’ Up” come out?

Hollywood Records released it in June 2008. It is one of the hit tracks on the Brothers’ third studio album which they titled “A Little Bit Longer”. “Burnin’ Up” preceded the album as its first single. It was subsequently followed by two other singles.

A hit!

Upon its release, “Burnin’ Up” took no time in becoming one of the most successful singles of the year 2008. It reached number 1 in the South American country of Venezuela. It was also a top 20 hit in Brazil, Canada, Italy and Norway. In the United States, it performed very well, reaching position 5 (peak and debut position) on the Hot 100. Prior to the release of this song, the Jonas Brothers had never accomplished such a feat in the United States. And for years, they were unable to match or break this record until the release of their 2019 hit single “Sucker” (which made a debut in the top 5 of the Hot 100).

By the year 2020, RIAA had given this song a multi platinum status. This is purely because of the over 2 million units it sold in America.

Big Rob

This song features rap from a rapper and bodyguard known as Big Rob. Rob (whose real name is Robert Feggans) is actually best known for working as a bodyguard for Britney Spears and the Jonas Brothers. At the time Rob was featured on this track, he was the band’s official bodyguard.

Writing Credits for “Burnin’ Up”

Despite not being officially credited as a feature on the song, Big Rob receives writing credit on “Burnin’ Up”. So the official writing credits for this hit single are as follows: Big Rob, Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas.

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