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"I'll Be Missing You" is a song recorded by American rapper Puff Daddy and American singer Faith Evans, featuring R&B group 112, in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, who was murdered on March 9, 1997.

"I'll Be Missing You"
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Single by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
from the album No Way Out
B-side
  • "We'll Always Love Big Poppa"
  • "Cry On"
ReleasedMay 27, 1997
Format
Recorded1997
Genre
Length
  • 5:43 (LP version)
  • 5:01 (LP edit)
  • 4:08 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Puff Daddy singles chronology
"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down"
(1997)
"I'll Be Missing You"
(1997)
"It's All About the Benjamins"
(1997)
Faith Evans singles chronology
"You Could Be My Boo"
(1996)
"I'll Be Missing You"
(1997)
"How's It Goin' Down"
(1998)
112 singles chronology
"Cupid"
(1997)
"I'll Be Missing You"
(1997)
"All Cried Out"
(1997)

Released as the second single from Puff Daddy and the Family's No Way Out album, "I'll Be Missing You" samples The Police's 1983 hit song "Every Breath You Take", with an interpolated chorus sung by Evans. The track also features a spoken intro over a choral version of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings". Another interpolation found in the song is the Christian hymn "I'll Fly Away" and "O Come Let Us Adore Him". In 1998, the song won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The single spent 11 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1997. With worldwide sales likely over eight million, including shipments of three million copies in the United States and over one million in both Germany and the United Kingdom, the song has become one of the best-selling singles of all time.

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BackgroundEdit

The song, a rap ballad, had already been completed before permission was granted to use the sample from The Police's "Every Breath You Take". Sting (vocalist from The Police) ultimately participated in a performance of "I'll Be Missing You" at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Sting owns 100% of the publishing royalties.[1] As well as using the melody and arrangement of "Every Breath You Take", the single also borrows the melody from the well-known American spiritual "I'll Fly Away".

There are several different versions of this song, one being an extended version (choir at the beginning), another without the choir and an instrumental version. In the extended version of the song the choir is heard singing in the beginning of "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber.[citation needed]

ReceptionEdit

Entertainment Weekly gave the song a grade of D, and described it as a "maudlin 'tribute' to the Notorious B.I.G., [in which] the late rapper's former mentor (Puff Daddy) and wife (Faith Evans) team up to say their farewells to the big man on a song that 'samples' the Police's "Every Breath You Take". With lyrics like "Know you're in heaven, smiling down/Watching us while we pray for you,' "I'll Be Missing You" gives the lie to those who claim hip-hoppers are above self-serving sentimentality."[2]

Music videoEdit

The music video was shot in Chicago and was directed by Hype Williams. Numerous scenes of Puff Daddy, Faith Evans and 112 were filmed in the artistically illuminated passenger walkway tunnel between O'Hare International Airport Terminal 1 Concourses B and C.[citation needed]

Chart performanceEdit

"I'll Be Missing You" topped many charts across the world. It reached number one in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Denmark and Poland.

The song is one of the few to debut at number one in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, and the only rap song by a male to do so until Eminem's "Not Afraid" debuted at the top spot 13 years later in 2010. The song spent a record-breaking 11 weeks at number one on the Hot 100, making it the longest running number one hip hop song in history until Eminem's "Lose Yourself" spent 12 weeks at number one in 2002.

The song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 32 on July 8, 2007, 10 years after it had its full physical release and 10 years after it was number one.

Formats and track listingsEdit

CD single

  1. Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112 – "I'll Be Missing You"

Maxi-single

  1. Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112 – "I'll Be Missing You"
  2. The Lox – "We'll Always Love Big Poppa"
  3. 112 – "Cry On"
  4. Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112 – "I'll Be Missing You" (Instrumental)
  5. The Lox – "We'll Always Love Big Poppa" (Instrumental)

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[53] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[54] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Belgium (BEA)[55] 4× Platinum 200,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[56] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[58] Gold 492,000[57]
Germany (BVMI)[59] 3× Platinum 1,500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[60] 2× Platinum 150,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[61] Platinum 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[62] 2× Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[63] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[64] 3× Platinum 1,800,000 
United States (RIAA)[66] 3× Platinum 3,100,000[65]

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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