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"Weak" is an R&B ballad recorded by the girl group SWV for their debut album, It's About Time (1992). It was written and produced by Brian Alexander Morgan, who composed the lyrics based upon his feelings towards R&B singer Chanté Moore.[1] Morgan originally wrote the song for Charlie Wilson, but he later decided to give the song to the group. Morgan revealed that Coko didn't like the song and gave him attitude during the recording of the single.[2]

"Weak"
Weak (SWV song).gif
Single by SWV
from the album It's About Time
B-side "SMV (In the House)"
"I'm So into You (Original Mix)"
Released April 10, 1993 (1993-04-10)
Format
Recorded December 1991–early 1992
Genre
Length 4:51
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Brian Alexander Morgan
Producer(s) Brian Alexander Morgan
SWV singles chronology
"I'm So into You"
(1992)
"Weak"
(1993)
"Right Here/Human Nature"
(1993)
"I'm So into You"
(1992)
"Weak"
(1993)
"Right Here/Human Nature"
(1993)

"Weak" was released as the third single from SWV's album, following the top-ten success of "I'm So Into You". It sold over one million copies domestically and was awarded a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[3][4] "Weak" hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in July 1993 where it stayed for two weeĸѕ. It also topped the Hot R&B Singles chart for two weeks.[5] Outside the US, the song also reached number six on the New Zealand Singles Charts; it went on to become their signature song.

Billboard named the song #72 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[6]

Contents

Cover versionEdit

Track listingsEdit

US Maxi-CD

  1. Weak (Radio Edit) – 4:15
  2. Weak (Bam Jam Jeep Mix) – 4:35
  3. Weak (R-N-B Radio Mix) – 4:39
  4. Weak (Bam Jam Extended Jeep Mix) – 4:54
  5. Weak (Down Mix) – 4:34
  6. Weak (Album Version) – 4:51

Germany Maxi-CD

  1. Weak (R-N-B Mix) – 4:44
  2. Weak (Bam Jam Extended Jeep Mix) – 6:00
  3. SMV (In The House) – 2:58
  4. I'm So into You (Original Mix) – 4:38

ChartsEdit

Weekly ChartsEdit

Chart (1993) Peak
position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 33
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[11] 2
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[12] 1

End of decade chartsEdit

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[13] 59

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Frederick, Brendan. "Interview: Brian Alexander Morgan, the '90s Mastermind Behind SWV, on His History & Return to Music". complex.com. Complex Magazine. Retrieved 2015-03-29. 
  2. ^ Greene, Andy. "The WTF Comeback of SWV". rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-03-29. 
  3. ^ "American certifications – S.W.V. – Weak". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  4. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 562. 
  6. ^ "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – SWV – Weak". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "SWV: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "SWV Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  10. ^ "SWV Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  11. ^ "SWV Chart History (Pop Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  12. ^ "SWV Chart History (Rhythmic)" Billboard. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  13. ^ 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. 

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