I Want You Back (Mel B song)

"I Want You Back" is a song by British singer Melanie Brown (aka Mel 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 on the UK Singles Chart and consequently Missy Elliott became the first female rapper to reach number one in the UK.

"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
Released
  • 14 September 1998 (UK)[1]
  • 13 October 1998 (US)[2]
Recorded21–24 June 1998[3]
Genre
Length
  • 3:26 (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 then-husband, Jimmy Gulzer, 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 Jimmy at the end for more teasing, wearing Gene Simmons-esque make-up. As the bridge comes on, Melanie is seen in a cage with Jimmy 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

ReferencesEdit

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