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"Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" is the lead single released by Canadian recording artist Deborah Cox from her second studio album One Wish (1998). It is Cox's most successful song, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks,[1] and spending a then-record fourteen weeks at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[2] In 2017, Billboard ranked the song at number five on its "Greatest of All Time Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" chart.[3] It is written and produced by Anthony "Shep" Crawford.

"Nobody's Supposed to Be Here"
Deborah Cox - Nobody's Supposed To Be Here.jpg
Single by Deborah Cox
from the album One Wish
ReleasedSeptember 22, 1998
FormatCD single
Recorded1998
Genre
Length4:22
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)Montell Jordan, Anthony "Shep" Crawford
Producer(s)Anthony "Shep" Crawford
Deborah Cox singles chronology
"Things Just Ain't the Same"
(1997)
"Nobody's Supposed to Be Here"
(1998)
"It's Over Now"
(1999)

Contents

Commercial performanceEdit

The song reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the week of 5 December 1998, and remained there for eight consecutive weeks.[4] It was held from the top spot by R. Kelly and Celine Dion's 'I'm Your Angel' (for six weeks) and Brandy's 'Have You Ever?' (for two weeks), making it one of the longest stays at number two in Billboard history. The song ranked at number nine on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1999.

The song reached number one on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in the week of 7 November 1998, and remained there for a then-record-breaking fourteen weeks.[5] This record was tied by Mariah Carey in 2005 with her song "We Belong Together", and then broken by Mary J. Blige in 2006 with "Be Without You", which spent fifteen weeks at number one. During this period, "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" held four Hot 100 number-one singles out of the top position: "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill (three weeks), "Lately" by Divine (two weeks), the aforementioned "Have You Ever?" (four weeks), and "Angel of Mine" by Monica (one week), as well as the number 7-peaking "Love Like This" by Faith Evans (three weeks). The song ranked at number two on the Billboard Year-End R&B/Hip-Hop Songs of 1999,[6] and at number five on the Greatest of All Time Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[7]

The song was remixed by dance music producer Hex Hector, and peaked at number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in the week of 24 October 1998.[8]

As of 1999, the song has sold 1,900,000 copies in the United States[9][10] and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.[11]

Critical receptionEdit

AwardsEdit

  • 1998: Soul Train Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Female
  • 1999: Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year

Track listingEdit

  1. "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" (Hex Hector's Club Mix) – 10:07
  2. "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" (Dance Radio Mix) – 4:13
  3. "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" (Hex's Dub) – 6:17
  4. "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" (Original Version) – 4:21
  5. "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" (Original Version Instrumental) – 4:21

Other versionsEdit

"Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" (Special Slow-To-Fast Version) – 3:42 (featured on the 2004 compilation album Ultimate Deborah Cox)

In 2015, UK house producer Weiss sampled song for his track "Our Love".

Charts and certificationsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[35] Platinum 1,900,000[33][34]

See alsoEdit

RuPaul's Drag RaceEdit

The Hex Hector Dance Mix version of this song was featured on episode 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 3) during the "Lip Sync for Your Legacy" between BeBe Zahara Benet and BenDeLaCreme.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1998-12-05
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1998-11-07/r-b-hip-hop-songs
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/greatest-r-b-hip-hop-songs
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1998-12-05
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1998-11-07/r-b-hip-hop-songs
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/1998/hot-r-b-hip-hop-songs
  7. ^ Greatest of All Time Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/dance-club-play-songs/1998-10-24
  9. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1999". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 112 (4): 63. January 22, 2000. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  11. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certifications - Deborah Cox "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here"". Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  12. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  13. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6996." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 7002." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 6976." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Deborah Cox – Nobody's Supposed to Be Here". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Deborah Cox – Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Deborah Cox Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Deborah Cox Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Deborah Cox Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Deborah Cox Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Deborah Cox Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  24. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of '98". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  25. ^ "RPM's Top 50 Dance Tracks of '98". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  26. ^ "Billboard Year-End Hot 100 of 1998". Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  27. ^ "Billboard Year-End R&B/Hip-Hop Songs of 1998". Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  28. ^ "RPM 1999 Top 50 Dance Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  29. ^ "Billboard Year-End Hot 100 of 1999". Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  30. ^ "Billboard Year-End R&B/Hip-Hop Songs of 1999". Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  31. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  32. ^ "Billboard Greatest of All Time Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  33. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  34. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1999". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 112 (4): 63. January 22, 2000. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  35. ^ "American single certifications – Cox, Deborah – Nobody%27s Supposed to Be Here". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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