Answer: Fort Minor, “Where’d You Go”
A little over halfway through the 2000s, the Sony Ericsson K800i, LG Chocolate KG80, and Blackberries were some of the most popular mobile phones on the market. These cutting edge devices allowed users to customize all sorts of features, including ringtones. Everyone was doing it, and big media and entertainment companies like MTV noticed. Not only did they notice, they actually decided to create an award for the best ringtone of the year at their annual music awards show. There was some pretty stiff competition as well. The Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps,” Bubba Sparxxx’s “Ms. New Booty,” Nelly’s “Grillz,” and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” were all in the running to take home the coveted Moonman, but one song in particular took the crown. According to MTV, in 2006, “at the height of the ringtone craze, the MTV Video Music Awards gave out the first — and last — accolade for Ringtone of the Year to Fort Minor for their song, “Where’d You Go”.
In case you have absolutely no idea what this song is or who sang it, “Where’d You Go” is a song by American hip hop ensemble Fort Minor, the side project of rock band Linkin Park’s lead vocalist Mike Shinoda. Lyrically, the song is from the perspective of the person left behind in long-distance relationships, and is about the consequences of putting one’s career before one’s family. Although it was a bit of a one-hit wonder in some respects, the song received generally positive reviews from music critics, peaking within the top ten of several international music charts. “Where’d You Go” also peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, received a Platinum certification by the RIAA in 2009, and was made into a music video. The video features interviews with three different families: a little boy, who has divorced parents and has to undertake numerous chores; the wife of a baseball player Jason Bulger caring for their children; and the parents of a soldier in Iraq. Take a look below.
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