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"You Don't Know My Name" is a song by American recording artist Alicia Keys from her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys. Written by Keys, Kanye West and Harold Lilly, and produced by Keys and West, the track was released as the album's lead single in November 2003, and contains a sample from the 1975 song "Let Me Prove My Love to You", written by J. R. Bailey, Mel Kent, and Ken Williams and performed by The Main Ingredient.

"You Don't Know My Name"
You Don't Know My Name single cover.jpg
Single by Alicia Keys
from the album The Diary of Alicia Keys
B-side "Diary"
Released November 18, 2003
Format
Recorded 2003; Kampo Studios, Quad Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre
Length
  • 6:06 (album version)
  • 4:28 (radio edit)
Label J
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • West
  • Keys
Alicia Keys singles chronology
"Girlfriend"
(2002)
"You Don't Know My Name"
(2003)
"If I Ain't Got You"
(2004)
"Girlfriend"
(2002)
"You Don't Know My Name"
(2003)
"If I Ain't Got You"
(2004)
Music video
"You Don't Know My Name" on YouTube

The song became Keys' third top ten hit in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for eight consecutive weeks, her first Top 10 single in both charts since 2002's "A Woman's Worth". Additionally, the song won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 2005 and a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Female in 2004. "You Don't Know My Name" was sampled on Lil Wayne's 2008 song "Comfortable" featuring Babyface, also produced by West. Blender magazine placed the song at number thirty-seven on its list of "The 100 Best Songs of 2004".[1]

Contents

Music videoEdit

Directed by Chris Robinson, the music video follows Keys working as a waitress at a café. One day, Keys meets a man (played by Mos Def) in the restaurant, and she falls in love with him. Later on, Keys is at a house party where she runs into that same man (Mos Def) when a fight is about to break out, and the scene resembles the house party scene in the movie Cooley High. Later in the video, Keys imagines getting the courage to call him and to tell him about her feelings. However, at the end of the movie, she remembers his order but there is no other recognition and the scene ends with his card still being in the bowl and Keys staring out the window since she will never be able to reveal her true feelings for the man.

Track listings and formatsEdit

  • European CD single[2]
  1. "You Don't Know My Name" — 5:28
  2. "Diary" (featuring Tony! Toni! Toné!) — 4:45
  • European maxi single[3]
  1. "You Don't Know My Name" — 5:28
  2. "Diary" (featuring Tony! Toni! Toné!) — 4:45
  3. "You Don't Know My Name" (Instrumental) — 4:28
  • Enhanced CD single[4]
  1. "You Don't Know My Name" — 4:20
  2. "Fallin'" (Ali soundtrack version) — 4:30
  3. "Butterflyz" (Roger's Release Mix) — 3:54
  4. "You Don't Know My Name" (video)
  • U.S. 12" single[5]
    • A1 "You Don't Know My Name" (radio mix) — 4:28
    • A2 "You Don't Know My Name" (instrumental) — 4:28
    • B1 "You Don't Know My Name" (album mix) — 6:08
    • B2 "You Don't Know My Name" (a cappella) — 4:26
    U.S. 12" single (Remixes)[6]
    • A1 "You Don't Know My Name" (HeartBeat Remix featuring T-Rex) — 3:54
    • A2 "You Don't Know My Name" (G-Mix featuring Fabolous) — 3:42
    • B1 "You Don't Know My Name" (Roc-A-Fella Remix featuring Freeway) — 4:21
    • B2 "You Don't Know My Name" (Smooth) — 3:13
    • B3 "You Don't Know My Name" (Reggae Mix) — 3:00
    European 12" single[7]
    • A1 "You Don't Know My Name" (radio edit) — 3:07
    • A2 "Fallin'" (Ali soundtrack version) — 6:08
    • B1 "You Don't Know My Name" (instrumental version) — 4:27

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2004". Blender. Alpha Media Group Inc. November 23, 2004. Retrieved May 30, 2009. 
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  3. ^ "Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  5. ^ Alicia Keys- "You Don't Know My Name" single @Discogs.com Retrieved 2-19-2011.
  6. ^ "Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name (Remixes) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
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  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – You Don't Know My Name". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
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  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Alicia Keys – You Don't Know My Name". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Alicia Keys – You Don't Know My Name". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  22. ^ "Alicia Keys – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Alicia Keys. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  23. ^ "Alicia Keys – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Alicia Keys. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  24. ^ "2004 Year End Charts – The Billboard Hot 100 Singles & Tracks". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 25, 2004. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  25. ^ "2004 Year End Charts – Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 25, 2004. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Decade End Charts – R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 

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