“Gold Digger” is a song recorded by American rapper Kanye West featuring guest vocals by Jamie Foxx. Released as the second single from West’s second album, Late Registration, “Gold Digger” peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on September 6, 2005, becoming West’s and Foxx’s second number one single. Co-produced with Jon Brion, the song contains an interpolation of Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman”.
The single broke a record for the most digital downloads in a week, selling over 80,000 digital downloads, and was also the fastest selling digital download of all time; both records have since been broken. It was 2005’s second-longest running number one on the Billboard Hot 100 at ten weeks, behind Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together”. “Gold Digger” was nominated for Record of the Year at the 2006 Grammy Awards and won the award for Best Rap Solo Performance. The song lists at number 49 on Billboard magazine’s All Time Top 100 and at 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. The song was voted number 20 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. As of January 2011, the song has sold over 3,000,000 copies in the United States. “Gold Digger” has become the 9th most successful U.S. single of the 2000s.