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How to Touch a Girl

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"How to Touch a Girl"
Single by JoJo
from the album The High Road
ReleasedNovember 14, 2006 (2006-11-14)
RecordedCryptic Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Length4:29 (Album Version)
  • Billy Steinberg
  • Josh Alexander
JoJo singles chronology
"Too Little Too Late"
"How to Touch a Girl"
Audio sample

"How to Touch a Girl" is a song by American singer JoJo from her second studio album, The High Road (2006). It was released in the United States only as the album's second single on November 14, 2006. Written by JoJo, Billy Steinberg, and Josh Alexander and produced by Steinberg and Alexander, it was the first single of JoJo's career on which she is credited as a writer.[1] The song makes a lyrical reference to Whitney Houston's 1985 classic hit "Saving All My Love for You" in its bridge.

Critical reception

The song was well received by critics. Chuck Taylor of Billboard said that "'How to Touch a Girl' again casts the youngster with a crafty melody, albeit strikingly similar in structure to the previous hit. Despite the bizarre, almost perverse title, this track could propel the burgeoning talent all the way."[2] In a review of The High Road, Bill Lamb called the song "a near perfect piece of teen pop."[3]

Chart performance

"How to Touch a Girl" failed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 due to lack of promotion from her label Blackground Records,[citation needed] becoming JoJo's second single to miss the chart after 2005's "Not That Kinda Girl". The single did, however, peak at number four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and at number 76 on the Billboard Pop 100. It also reached 46 on the Pop 100 Airplay component chart of the latter in early 2007.[4]

Music video

The music video, directed by Syndrome, premiered on MTV's TRL on December 7, 2006, and on BET's 106 & Park on January 16, 2007.[5] The video shows clips of JoJo sitting in a room filled with old vinyl records, sitting on a staircase, and singing on a Los Angeles rooftop at sunset. There are also scenes of her in an apartment in a green dress; special effects allow JoJo to be seen multiple times in the same shot. There is also a storyline involving a young couple on a date. Near the end of the video, a boy played by Cody Longo, seemingly her boyfriend, meets JoJo in her room with the albums, and the two embrace.

Track listing

US promo CD single[6]
  1. "How to Touch a Girl" (Radio Edit) – 4:02
  2. "How to Touch a Girl" (Instrumental) – 4:30
  3. "How to Touch a Girl" (Call Out Hook) – 0:42


Chart (2006–07) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[7] 4
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[4] 76


  1. ^ Moss, Corey (December 5, 2006). "JoJo Tells You 'How To Touch A Girl,' But It's Not What You Think". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  2. ^ Taylor, Chuck (December 16, 2006). Billboard (118 ed.). Nielsen Business Media. p. 43. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Review of JoJo's Second Album, The High Road". Retrieved 2007-01-30.
  4. ^ a b "The High Road - JoJo | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  5. ^ "How to Touch a Girl on iTunes" (Music Video). iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  6. ^ "JoJo (3) - How To Touch A Girl (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles for JoJo. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
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