Can't Leave 'em Alone

"Can't Leave 'em Alone" is a R&B song recorded by American singer Ciara and rapper 50 Cent for Ciara's second album, Ciara: The Evolution (2006). Written by Ciara, LaShawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, and 50 Cent, it is the fourth release and official third single from the album (see 2007 in music). It was solicited to Mainstream Urban radio stations on June 12, 2007 and Rhythmic stations on July 10, 2007.

"Can't Leave 'em Alone"
Ciara - Can't Leave 'Em Alone.jpg
Single by Ciara featuring 50 Cent
from the album Ciara: The Evolution
B-side"Love You Better"
ReleasedJune 12, 2007 (2007-06-12)
Ciara singles chronology
"Promise Ring"
"Can't Leave 'em Alone"
"Stepped on My J'z"
50 Cent singles chronology
"Amusement Park"
"Can't Leave 'em Alone"
"I Get Money"

The song is a 1980s-inspired mid-tempo ballad, featuring the 808 drums. Ciara described it as a "big record", and said that she invited 50 Cent for "some kind of flavor". It was originally titled "Dope Boys".[1]


"Can't Leave 'em Alone", along with "That's Right", was originally a contender to be the second US and first worldwide single from the album, and a poll was posted on Ciara's MySpace page to have fans help her decide, but the other contender "Like a Boy" was chosen over both songs. Later, "So Hard" was confirmed to be the third US single,[2] while "That's Right" would serve as the third internationally, but "Can't Leave 'em Alone", unexpectedly, replaced both songs.


"Can't Leave 'em Alone" is an ode to the hood boys anchored by a pair of verses from 50 Cent, featuring an "easy groove".[3]

Critical receptionEdit

"Can't Leave 'em Alone" received mixed reviews from music critics. published "Can't Leave 'em Alone" is a "mouth-watering smouldering smoothed groove", with the reviewer going on to say that it should have been the first single, and that It has "cross over potential that we see from Nelly & Kelly Rowland ["Dilemma"]" and is "simply another Darkchild classic".[4] Ken Barnes of USA TODAY called the song "pop-soul confection".[5] Other reviewers were more critical of the song. Cibula of PopMatters published that it is "a very bad pop-lite song" and criticized the use of 50 Cent as a sexy bad boy.[6] Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone published "Ciara's still prone to diva blandness and silly little pop songs, which drags down the 50 Cent feature 'Can't Leave 'em Alone' ".[7] Makkadah Selah of The Village Voice called the song "lifeless".[8]

Chart performanceEdit

"Can't Leave 'em Alone" was a moderate success in the US. Six weeks after its official release, The single debuted at 90 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song climbed the charts slowly with moderate airplay and digital sales. It eventually reached its peak at number 40. It also peaked at number 24 on the Hot 100 Airplay. It became Ciara's tenth top ten single on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked in the top twenty of the Rhythmic Top 40. The single was never sent to mainstream radio formats and failed to chart on the Pop 100. Despite its lackluster performance at radio, the single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 digital copies in the United States.[9]

In international markets, "Can't Leave 'em Alone" debuted at number 40 and peaked at number four, becoming Ciara's fifth top ten single in New Zealand. The song failed to chart in the United Kingdom, reaching a disappointing number 115. The single peaked at low positions in China, Germany, and Poland.

Music videoEdit

The Fat Cats directed video was shot on June 9, 2007 and June 10, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.[10] Three screen shots from the music video were released on June 14, 2007,[2] while a fourth screen shot featuring her and 50 Cent was released on June 27, 2007.[11] The video was scheduled to premiere on Yahoo! Music on June 25, but it was changed to July 2, 2007.

The video reached number one on 106 & Park.

Live performancesEdit

Ciara performed "Can't Leave 'em Alone" with 50 Cent at the 2007 World Music Awards on November 24, 2007.[12]

Formats and track listingsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Can't Leave 'Em Alone".




Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 500,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

Country Format Date Label
Germany CD single August 10, 2007[23] Zomba Label Group
United States Rhythm/Crossover radio[24] June 10, 2007 LaFace Records, RCA Records
Rhythmic radio[25] July 10, 2007
Germany Maxi Single,[13] Digital download[14] August 10, 2007 LaFace Records
Switzerland[26] Digital download
Sweden[27] August 13, 2007
Canada CD single August 20, 2007[28] Sony BMG
Ireland[29] Extended play September 7, 2007 Zomba Label Group
United Kingdom[32]
Germany[15] September 10, 2007


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