See No More

Album: Fastlife (2011)
Charted: 53 92
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Songfacts®:

  • Joe Jonas' debut single from his first-ever solo album was released to radio on June 3, 2011 and made available for purchase digitally ten days later. He penned the song with Chris Brown, which surprised some as their backgrounds on the face of it are very different. However, Brown and Jonas both started out as teen stars before graduating to more adult material.
  • Said Joe: "Working on this album has been a rewarding but intense experience. 'See No More' especially carries a lot of personal emotions with it and I am hoping people listening to it will get a sense of where I'm coming from with this new sound."
  • The song came together one day in 2010 when Joe was working in the studio with Chris Brown. Brian Kennedy, who has worked with Breezy on several of his previous hits including "Forever," "Pass Out" and "Should've Have Kissed You" stopped by the studio, and Brown asked him what new beats he'd had stored on his laptop. Kennedy whipped out this track, which he'd built from scratch while working in Nashville. The pair went for it instantly.
  • Lyrically, the song is about the memory of a bad relationship that the narrator can't quite get over. Joe explained to E! News at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards: "The song is about a relationship ending and you're trying to get over it, but at the same time you've got these mixed feelings… you're fighting everything of seeing that person. It sounds like a sad song, but it carries a cool beat to it."
  • The song's music video finds Joe looking upset over the betrayal he faces at the hands of his object of affection. He told MTV News it took a lot of work to get together: "The video kind of came together with a concept I had using a house as a metaphor to show destruction of a heart or of the mind," he explained. "The first director didn't work out. I kept fighting to find the right treatment."
  • Why did Joe pick this as his first solo single? He explained to Digital Spy. "I was actually finishing up my record when I wrote 'See No More'. The album was almost complete, but then I got the opportunity to write with Chris Brown. We wrote the song and then by a majority vote from my team we decided to go with it as the lead single. We felt it had a pretty big chorus and it was a strong way to come out and introduce what I was doing now compared to the sound with the Jonas Brothers."

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