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Family Affair (Mary J. Blige song)

"Family Affair" is a song by American singer Mary J. Blige. It was written by Blige, her brother Bruce Miller, Camara Kambon, Michael Elizondo, and Dr. Dre for her fifth studio album No More Drama (2001), while production was overseen by the latter. "Family Affair" is a song that incorporates elements of hip hop and R&B. The music for the track was originally created in a jam session between Dre and musicians Mel-Man, Camara Kambon, Mike Elizondo and Scott Storch. Later, Blige heard the song that her brother Bruce Miller, Asiah the Continent and Luchi Lodge created the lyrics and melody to and decided on recording her vocals.

"Family Affair"
Family Affair (Mary J. Blige song).jpg
Single by Mary J. Blige
from the album No More Drama
ReleasedJune 12, 2001 (2001-06-12)
Format
Recorded2001[1]
Genre
Length
  • 4:25
  • 4:04 (radio edit)
LabelMCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Dr. Dre
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"911"
(2001)
"Family Affair"
(2001)
"Dance for Me"
(2001)
Audio sample
Music video
"Family Affair" on YouTube

The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks starting from November 3, 2001, ending a ten-week lockup of the top two positions on the chart by Alicia Keys' "Fallin'" and Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real (Murder Remix)", which combined have spent the previous eleven weeks atop the chart. It was Blige's first Hot 100 number-one single, and her first top ten single in nine years. In 2008, for Billboard magazine's 50th Anniversary, "Family Affair" was listed as the 79th-biggest single on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs.[2] while at the end of 2009 was named the 12th most successful song from 2000 to 2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[3] Rolling Stone ranked it number ninety-five on their list of 100 Best Songs of the 2000s decade.[4]

The accompanying music video was directed by Dave Meyers. In 2007, this song was used on a Propel Fitness Water commercial. On September 6, 2012, Blige performed the song at the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A remix featuring rappers Jadakiss and Fabolous was later released promotionally but never commercially.

BackgroundEdit

"Family Affair" was written by Blige, her brother Bruce Miller, Camara Kambon, Mike Elizondo, and Dr. Dre.[5] Production was helmed by the latter.[5] Dre created an initial version of the musical portion of "Family Affair" in studio on September 13, 2000, using a bass player and a keyboard player.[6] His studio engineers entitled this version of the song "Fragile" for record-keeping purposes.[6] Near the end of 2000, he sent Blige the instrumental track.[6] Blige recorded vocals over the music based on lyrics penned by Miller, Kambon and Elizondo.[6] Several weeks later, on January 10, 2001, a near-final but non-lyrical portion of "Fragile" was transferred from digital to analog format and renamed "Family Affair."[6] In late May or early June 2001, at Dr. Dre's suggestion, Blige added a bridge to the song, for she penned the lyrics on the own.[6]

CompositionEdit

Family Affair is written in the key of C-sharp minor with a moderate tempo of 93 beats per minute. The song follows a chord progression Cm−Gm7−Cm−Gm7, and Blige's vocals span from G3 to B4.[7]

Formats and track listingsEdit

European CD single[8]
No.TitleLength
1."Family Affair" (Radio Edit)4:02
2."Family Affair" (Album Version)4:28
3."Your Child" (Chucky Thompson's Late Nite Mix)3:12
4."Your Child" (Music video)3:43
US CD single[9]
No.TitleLength
1."Family Affair" (Album version)4:31
2."Family Affair" (Remix featuring Fabolous & Jadakiss)4:03
3."Family Affair" (Instrumental)4:29
4."Family Affair" (Acapella)4:11
5."Checkin' for Me"3:05

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[55] Gold 35,000^
France (SNEP)[57] Gold 420,000[56]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[58] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[59] Gold 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[60] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[61] Gold 400,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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