"Ice Box" is the second single from American singer-songwriter Omarion's second album, 21. The song features uncredited backing vocals and production from Timbaland. The song peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it his most successful solo single to date, and reached the top 20 in Denmark, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The liner notes credit the production to The Royal Court, whose members include King and Sir John of Timbaland's Camp. The song uses a sample from Yasunori Mitsuda's "Memories of Green" from the video game Chrono Trigger.[citation needed]

"Ice Box"
An image of a black man in a white dress shirt and grey vest putting his arm on a mirror wall. The artist's name and song title are superimposed above the image.
Single by Omarion
from the album 21
ReleasedNovember 6, 2006 (2006-11-06)
Producer(s)The Royal Court[1]
Omarion singles chronology
"Ice Box"
"Cut Off Time"

The single was released on November 6, 2006, influenced by the romantic relationship between Omarion and his girlfriend that had come to an end. In an interview discussing the song, Omarion speaks in very little detail about the reasons for the music produced. Omarion explains that he and his girlfriend at the time had two different worlds and the timing was not right. An official remix was later released featuring American R&B singer Usher.[2] There is another version of the remix featuring an additional verse by Fabolous.[citation needed]

Composition Edit

"Ice Box" has a moderate tempo and it is written in the key of E-flat major.[3]

Music video Edit

The video starts off with Omarion sitting at a table alone, with flashes of the video. The camera digitally goes inside of Omarion's body and stops to show his beating heart frigid cold. The icy blue heart represents the loneliness Omarion was feeling and also a sense of his pain. The metaphor illustrates Omarion's heart "trapped in an Ice Box". The camera zooms out of his body and the music begins. Omarion's girlfriend, played by Solange Knowles,[4] appears sitting opposite him at the table. Throughout his video, his girlfriend will appear, disappear, and then reappear. The video is then taken into a forest like setting, where Omarion chases his girlfriend around. Scenes cut to Omarion dancing along with male backup dancers, (Choreography completed by Roland Tabor and Blake Anthony). The video ends with Omarion down on his knees after saying "...I'm tired of fighting", and Timbaland rides up in a Phantom and opens the door to let Omarion in. Omarion then puts on a pair of sunglasses and looks at Timbaland who taps the girl on the shoulder before they drive away.

Charts Edit

"Ice Box" is Omarion's most successful single as a solo artist in the United States, as well as his first solo single to chart within the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been certified gold in the US as of July 2007. In the United Kingdom, "Ice Box" became Omarion's biggest hit, charting at number 14, becoming his first top-20 hit there.

Certifications Edit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Silver 200,000
United States (RIAA)[26] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history Edit

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States November 6, 2006 Rhythmic contemporary radio [27]
November 20, 2006 Contemporary hit radio
United Kingdom February 19, 2007 CD RCA [28]

References Edit

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