Baby Can I Hold You

"Baby Can I Hold You" is the third single released by the American contemporary folk artist Tracy Chapman, released in October 1988. The song reached the top 50 in the United States, unlike its predecessor, "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", but it failed to become Chapman's second top 40 hit, peaking at number 48. It did, however, give her a second chart entry on the US Adult Contemporary charts, peaking at number 19 in early 1989. Given the commercial decline Chapman suffered following the release of her second album Crossroads, "Baby Can I Hold You" also became her last top 50 hit until 1996's "Give Me One Reason". In July 1990, the song reached number one in Portugal. Chapman re-released the song in 2001, in support of her first greatest hits album Collection.

"Baby Can I Hold You"
Chapman - Baby Can I Hold You.jpg
Single by Tracy Chapman
from the album Tracy Chapman
B-side
  • "Across The Lines"
  • "If Not Now..."
  • "Mountains O' Things" (live)
ReleasedOctober 1, 1988
Genre
Length3:14
LabelElektra, Asylum
Songwriter(s)Tracy Chapman
Producer(s)David Kershenbaum
Tracy Chapman singles chronology
"Talkin' 'bout a Revolution"
(1988)
"Baby Can I Hold You"
(1988)
"Crossroads"
(1989)

"Wedding Song"
(2000)

"Baby Can I Hold You"
(2001)

"You're the One"
(2002)

ChartsEdit

Chart (1988–1990) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 68
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 89
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 16
Portugal (AFP)[7] 1
UK Singles (OCC)[8] 94
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 48
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[10] 19

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[11] Gold 45,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[12]
sales since 2000
Silver 200,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Boyzone versionEdit

"Baby Can I Hold You" / "Shooting Star"
 
Single by Boyzone
from the album Where We Belong
ReleasedNovember 24, 1997 (1997-11-24)[13]
Length3:16
LabelPolydor
Songwriter(s)Tracy Chapman
Producer(s)Stephen Lipson
Boyzone singles chronology
"Picture of You"
(1997)
"Baby Can I Hold You" / "Shooting Star"
(1997)
"All That I Need"
(1998)

In 1997, the Irish boy band Boyzone released a cover of "Baby Can I Hold You" as a double A-side with the non-album track "Shooting Star". "Baby Can I Hold You" thus became their second single from their third studio album, Where We Belong. The single, like "Picture of You" before it, peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and stayed in the top 75 for fourteen weeks. The song was the 26th-best-selling single of 1997 in the United Kingdom and has received a platinum sales certification from the British Phonographic Industry for sales and streams of over 600,000 units. The song reappeared on lead singer Ronan Keating's greatest-hits compilation 10 Years of Hits.

Track listingsEdit

UK CD1[14]

  1. "Baby Can I Hold You" (7-inch edit) – 3:16
  2. "Shooting Star" – 4:13
  3. "Mystical Experience" – 4:10
  4. "Mystical Experience" (remix) – 4:36

UK CD2 (in limited-edition digipak)[15]

  1. "Baby Can I Hold You" (7-inch edit) – 3:16
  2. "Shooting Star" (radio edit) – 4:11
  3. "Words" (Spanglish version) – 4:04
  4. "From Here to Eternity" – 3:54

UK cassette single[16]

  1. "Baby Can I Hold You" (7-inch edit) – 3:16
  2. "Shooting Star" – 4:11

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Platinum 600,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Ronan Keating versionEdit

"Baby Can I Hold You"
 
Single by Ronan Keating
from the album 10 Years of Hits
ReleasedJuly 6, 2005
Recorded2004
GenrePop
Length3:14
LabelPolydor Records
Songwriter(s)Tracy Chapman
Producer(s)Steve Mac
Ronan Keating singles chronology
"Father and Son"
(2004)
"Baby Can I Hold You"
(2005)
"All Over Again"
(2006)

In 2005, Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating released his own cover of "Baby Can I Hold You" as the third and final single from his greatest hits compilation, 10 Years of Hits. It became the second song that he originally recorded with Boyzone to be re-released for his own solo career. In the United Kingdom, the single was only released via digital download and thus it failed to chart. In Germany, the single received a full-scale release and peaked at number 42 on the German Singles Chart.

Track listingsEdit

Digital download

  1. "Baby Can I Hold You" – 3:14

German CD single[36]

  1. "Baby Can I Hold You" (German Radio Mix) – 3:10
  2. "Baby Can I Hold You" (Live & Acoustic) – 3:09
  3. "This Is Your Song" (Live At Wembley Arena) – 4:38
  4. "Life Is A Rollercoaster" (Live & Acoustic) – 3:47

ChartsEdit

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Germany (Official German Charts)[37] 42

Nicki Minaj copyright infringement lawsuitEdit

The song created buzz in popular media in 2018, when Nicki Minaj used an interpolation of "Baby Can I Hold You" in her song "Sorry" featuring Nas. Minaj had used the sample believing it was from the song "Sorry" by Shelly Thunder, unaware that song was actually a cover of "Baby Can I Hold You".[38] Minaj left the song off her fourth studio album due to clearance issues, but the song was leaked to Funkmaster Flex shortly after the album's release in August.[39] In October that year, Chapman sued Minaj for copyright infringement, claiming that Minaj leaked the song to Flex after Chapman denied her team's request for clearance of the song multiple times beginning in June.[40][41][42][43][44][45] In September 2020, District Court judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled in favor of Minaj stating that Minaj's experimentation with Chapman's song constitutes fair use rather than copyright infringement.[46] In January 2021, the dispute was settled when Minaj paid Chapman $450,000 to avoid a pending trial.[47]

Cover versionsEdit

In 2000, Chapman re-recorded the song as a duet with Luciano Pavarotti for the CD Pavarotti and Friends for Cambodia and Tibet.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

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