Bittersweet

Album: Back to Me (2010)
Charted: 74
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  • This is the first single from American singer Fantasia's third album, Back to Me. The song was penned by My Life Would Suck Without You writer Claude Kelly and released on May 11, 2010. RCA/Jive Label Group senior VP of A&R Keith Naftaly told Billboard magazine that Kelly has an "amazing way of decoding things in Fantasia's head and turning them into incredible songs."
  • The music video was directed by Lenny Bass and features wide receiver for the Washington Redskins, Devin Thomas, as Fantasia's love interest. "It's all my concept," Fantasia told MTV News. "I was scared when I called the record label, because, of course, they had their own concepts. And I was like, 'No, can I do it this way?' And [Lenny Bass] was totally open to all that stuff."
    Fantasia also helped choose Devin Thomas as her co-star. "We actually sat on the computer for about three days just going through [potential] guys. I wanted somebody tall, you know, a man. Once I saw him, I knew I wanted to have him in the video," she said.
  • It was comedian, actor and radio personality Steve Harvey who came up with the album title after a radio interview with Fantasia. "Steve Harvey suggested the album title and it describes perfectly where I am in my life right now," stated the songstress. "I've willingly let the world into my life through my book, the Lifetime television movie and now the VH1 reality show. Now, it's time to go back to how things used to be when America first laid their eyes on me on American Idol. I want to focus everyone's attention back to me and back to music that everyone can relate to and enjoy."
  • Kelly constructed the song, which finds Fantasia reminiscing about a past love, by tapping into the American Idol winner's private life. "In the case of Fantasia, I put myself in the position of a woman who felt angry, hurt and vulnerable and longing for a man who she could no longer be in a relationship with," he explained to The Boombox. "That's not something I've ever dealt with; really what it takes overall is fearlessness."
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