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Album: The Emancipation of MimiReleased: 2005Charted:
This song about heartbreak makes reference to some R&B songs that share a similar theme: you can't stop thinking about the person you broke up with. In the song, Mariah is listening to the radio when Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now" comes on. Womack is a very influential Soul singer who recorded that song on his 1981 album The Poet. It gets a little intense, so Mariah changes the station, only to hear Babyface singing "Two Occasions," a song he recorded with The Deele, a group formed by L.A. Reid (Babyface and Reid went on to form LaFace records). This song contains the classic line, "I only think of you on two occasions, that's day and night." Not a good way to get over someone.
This won 2005 Grammys for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Carey performed this on the show in 2006.
The video is a sequel to the video for "It's Like That." Both videos feature Eric Roberts and Wentworth Miller, who went on to fame on the Fox TV series Prison Break.
The wedding dress that Mariah wears in the video is the same one in which she got married to Tommy Mottola in 1993. Mottola and Carey divorced in 1998, but she held onto the wedding dress, and when the video's director needed a dress, she volunteered the use of it.
The song's 14 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, is the equal longest stay at the top position in the 21st century. In 2009. The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling
" also managed 14 weeks at the summit.
Billboard announced in December 2009 that this was the best-selling song of the 2000s in the US.
The song achieved a peak audience of 212 million on the week of July 9, 2005, the highest ever audience total since the Hot 100 radio panel was expanded to include all formats in December 1998.
The songs audience rule was ended eight years later when Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines
" achieved 219.8 million all-format audience impressions on the chart dated August 17, 2013.
Jermaine Durpi, who produced the song, recalled to Hits Daily Double
: "The first two [songs] we did, 'It's Like That
' and 'Get Your Number
' were more uptempo. When we got back together in the studio, my idea was, let's try some ballads this time - let's flip the switch. We put a condenser mic in the studio so we could record every idea we came up with. When we went to play it back, you could hear the song coming to life. I cut the vocal myself at first, and she followed my direction to a T."
The song was done in just one day. Jermaine Dupri recalled to Billboard
"Mariah came to the studio at 10 p.m. and we worked through the morning until she got on another plane at 9 A.M. We stayed in the studio from 10 until 9 in the morning. I was so tired.
There was this one line that they had a space for and she said, "Come up with a line, Jermaine." I came up with the line, but I was so tired that I didn't want to put the line down. But she was like, 'No, I need this song finished right now.' It was so crazy, because her energy about the song was almost felt like she knew it was going to become what it did."