Can't Help But Wait

Album: Trey Day (2007)
Charted: 14

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by songwriter Johnta Austin. Among the other songs Austin has written are the hits "Don't Forget About Us," "It's Like That," "Shake It Off" and "We Belong Together" for Mariah Carey and Mary J Blige's single "Be Without You." He won Grammy Awards for the latter two songs.
  • Trey Songz was asked by allhiphop.com about the current trend for songwriters becoming performers. "It's funny because with rap if you didn't write your own rhymes you didn't get respect. But with singing, it really never mattered because I guess people viewed it differently. With me, I've always looked at it that way. I love to write my own songs and tell my story because I feel like nobody can tell it better than me. It's funny because the biggest record that I've ever had, which is 'Can't Help but Wait' wasn't written by me. That's because a lot of things in the game have changed. A radio record is a certain kind of record; to be able to pop it has to be in a certain format. So as far as songwriters becoming artists, if you're a good artist, I don't have a problem with that. Certain songs are for certain people and certain [songwriters] know how to fit a song with the artist - if you have the ability to pull that off. Certain songwriters shouldn't be artists; some artists shouldn't be songwriters."
  • A remixed version featuring Plies was included on the soundtrack to the 2008 movie Step Up 2 The Streets. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • This was Trey Songz' first US Top 40 solo hit. His previous highest charting single had been "Gotts Go," which peaked at #67 in 2006.

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