“4 Minutes” is a pop, urban, hip hop song by Madonna from her eleventh studio album Hard Candy, featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. According to Madonna, the song is about saving the environment and having a good time while we are doing it.
She said about the song:
I don’t think it’s important to take it too literally. I think the song, more than anything, is about having a sense of urgency; about how we are you know, living on borrowed time essentially and people are becoming much more aware of the environment and how we’re destroying the planet. We can’t just keep distracting ourselves we do have to educate ourselves and wake up and do something about it. You know at the same time we don’t want to be boring and serious and not have fun so it’s kind of like well if we’re going to save the planet can we have a good time while we are doing it?
Commercially, the single did well. Peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, “4 Minutes” was Madonna’s 37th top-ten single, breaking the record previously held by Elvis Presley. It topped the charts in 21 countries and sold 5 million copies worldwide.