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"I Want You Back" is a song by Melanie B, released as her first solo single. It was released as the lead single from her debut album Hot, the first solo single by a member of the Spice Girls, and also included in the soundtrack to the 1998 film Why Do Fools Fall in Love. The song peaked at number-one in the UK Singles Chart.[4]

"I Want You Back"
I Want You Back (Melanie B single).jpg
Single by Melanie B featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
from the album Hot and Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Released14 September 1998 (UK)[1]
13 October 1998 (US)[2]
Recorded21–24 June 1998[3]
Genre
Length3:26 (radio edit)
3:51 (soundtrack version)
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Missy Elliott
Melanie B singles chronology
"I Want You Back"
(1998)
"Word Up!"
(1999)
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott singles chronology
"Trippin'"
(1998)
"I Want You Back"
(1998)
"Here We Come"
(1998)
Music video
"I Want You Back" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

Melanie B recalled, "This was the first time I'd even considered doing anything by myself. I was on tour with the Spice Girls when Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott called me up and said 'Melanie, I've got a song for you, will you come and record it with me?' I checked it with the girls and within a month I was out there, I recorded it in a day, did the video, then came back. She's a genius!"

Music videoEdit

The video was directed by Hype Williams.[3] The video uses the radio edit version of the song and the cover for the single is a still from the music video. The video starts with Melanie and Missy singing the intro and as the first verse starts, Melanie is seen with her husband as she smacks, hits and teases him. Melanie is pregnant in the video. In the second verse Melanie is seen crawling on a table to meet her husband at the end for more teasing, wearing Gene Simmons-esque make-up. As the bridge comes on, Melanie is seen in a cage with her husband high in the air. Shots of Melanie, Missy and people dancing are seen as the video ends.

Track listings and formatsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "I Want You Back". UK CD

  1. "I Want You Back" (radio edit) – 3:25
  2. "I Want You Back" (soundtrack version) – 3:51
  3. "I Want You Back" (MAW remix) – 8:22

UK 12" Vinyl Side A

  1. "I Want You Back" (MAW remix) – 8:22

Side B

  1. "I Want You Back" (deep dub) – 8:16
  2. "I Want You Back" (soundtrack version) – 3:51

EUR CD

  1. "I Want You Back" (radio edit) – 3:25
  2. "I Want You Back" (instrumental) – 3:55

AUS CD

  1. "I Want You Back" (radio edit) – 3:25
  2. "I Want You Back" (soundtrack version) – 3:51
  3. "I Want You Back" (MAW remix) – 8:22

ChartsEdit

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 12
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 25
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 24
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 10
France (SNEP)[9] 56
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 37
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 6
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "I Want You Back". Amazon. Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 24 April 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  2. ^ "I Want You Back [UK CD]". Amazon. Amazon.com. Retrieved 24 April 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  3. ^ a b [1]
  4. ^ a b "Melanie B: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  5. ^ ""Misdemeanor"+Elliott&titel=I+Want+You+Back&cat=s Australian-charts.com – Melanie B feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott – I Want You Back". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  6. ^ ""Misdemeanor"+Elliott&titel=I+Want+You+Back&cat=s Austriancharts.at – Melanie B feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott – I Want You Back" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  7. ^ ""Misdemeanor"+Elliott&titel=I+Want+You+Back&cat=s Ultratop.be – Melanie B feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott – I Want You Back" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  8. ^ ""Misdemeanor"+Elliott&titel=I+Want+You+Back&cat=s Ultratop.be – Melanie B feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott – I Want You Back" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  9. ^ ""Misdemeanor"+Elliott&titel=I+Want+You+Back&cat=s Lescharts.com – Melanie B feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott – I Want You Back" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Musicline.de – Melanie B feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  11. ^ ""Misdemeanor"+Elliott&titel=I+Want+You+Back&cat=s Dutchcharts.nl – Melanie B feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott – I Want You Back" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  13. ^ ""Misdemeanor"+Elliott&titel=I+Want+You+Back&cat=s Swedishcharts.com – Melanie B feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott – I Want You Back". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 24 November 2018.