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Album: 4Released: 2011Charted:
This track from Beyoncé's fourth solo album, 4, is a piano-driven heartfelt ballad about the power of her love for her man. "I don't know much about algebra but one plus one is two," she croons, revealing she does know something about arithmetic. "He ain't got nothing but love. Darling, you got enough for the both of us. Make love when my days look low, pull me in close." The Texan songstress debuted the tune on the season 10 finale of American Idol on May 25, 2011. She introduced it as her "favorite" song, and sang it in a purple dress with red lights. The single was made available for download via the iTunes Store in the United States on the same day.
The tune was penned by long-time collaborator The-Dream and was a contender for his third album, Love King
. The R&B songwriter and producer's previous contributions to Beyoncé singles include credits for her girl-power anthems "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
" and "Run The World (Girls)
The-Dream penned this song during a time when his own marriage to singer Christina Milian was disintegrating. Speaking with UK newspaper The Guardian, the songwriter acknowledged the paradox that he is able to write so convincingly from a female perspective whilst hopeless in his own relationships with women. "I know how a woman thinks," he said, "that doesn't mean that I agree with it."