Miss You

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"Miss You"
Single by Aaliyah
from the album I Care 4 U
Released November 12, 2002
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded fall of 1999
at Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre R&B, pop
Length 4:04
Label Blackground/Universal
Writer(s) Johnta Austin, Teddy Bishop, Ginuwine
Producer Teddy Bishop
Aaliyah singles chronology
"I Care 4 U"
"Miss You"
"Don't Know What to Tell Ya"

"Miss You" is a song by American singer Aaliyah. It was written in 1998, by Johnta Austin, Ginuwine and Teddy Bishop. The song was recorded for Aaliyah's third album (2001). However, it was decided not to be included on the album. "Miss You" remained an unreleased song. When Aaliyah died in the Bahamas in August 2001, it was released on her greatest hits album I Care 4 U (2002). It was released as the first single from the album in 2003.

The song is a ballad. It was given positive reviews from music critics. It reached the top twenty in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In the US, the song reached number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It then became Aaliyah's highest-charting single after her 2000 number one single "Try Again" featuring Timbaland.

A music video of the song was released. It was directed by Darren Grant. It features Aaliyah's friends and other artists lip synching the song. These artists include Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, Toni Braxton, Queen Latifah, Rosario Dawson and Quincy Jones among others. The music video was nominated for Best R&B Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. American rapper Jay-Z used the instrumental and chorus of "Miss You" for its official remix version.

Background[change | change source]

"Miss You" was written by Johnta Austin and Teddy Bishop. It was produced by Bishop.[1] It was originally written for American R&B singer Ginuwine's second album 100% Ginuwine (1999). During the fall of 1999, when Aayliah was recording songs for her next album in the Manhattan Center Studios, she asked Austin and Bishop if she could hear what they written for other artists. Ginuwine had already recorded "Miss You", which was originally titled as "I Miss You".[2] Bishop told in an interview, "She was like, 'I want to cut this record' [...] She got on the phone, called him and said 'Hey I know you cut this record already, but I would love to cut it'."[2] Ginuwine, who also co-wrote the song, allowed her to record her own version. Aaliyah redone the entire song and recorded that night.[2] Aaliyah wanted the song to be on her next album. However her record company, Blackground Records, did not believe it would be successful. It was left unreleased until her death in August 2001.[2]

Reception[change | change source]

Slant Magazine called the single "Aaliyah-lite".[3] MusicOMH.com gave a positive review of the song and said that it is the best new song from her album.[4] A writer from Allmusic believed "Miss You" was not the best of her productions with Timbaland but said it "stand[s] up well".[5]

"Miss You" debuted at number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[6] It then reached number three. It was the eighth best-song of that year for the Hot 100.[7] It was the third best-song of that year on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In the week of November 22, 2008, "Miss You" debuted at number 38 on the Top Ringtone chart. This marked its fifth year since it was first released.

Music video[change | change source]

A music video for the song was released. It was directed by Darren Grant. It features Aaliyah's friends and other artists lip synching to the song. The video was shot in two locations. These include Long Island City, New York and Los Angeles, California. American artists Tweet, Lil' Kim, Jaheim, and Lil' Jon were among those who came to the Long Island shoot. However, Jamie Foxx, DMX, Quincy Jones, and Ananda Lewis were some of the celebrities who appeared at the Los Angeles shoot.[8]

There are clips of Aaliyah on the music video. These include some footage's of her in her music videos and in others. "Miss You" reached number 23 on BET: Notarized Top 100 videos of 2003.

List of cameos[change | change source]

Track listing[change | change source]

Charts[change | change source]

Weekly charts[change | change source]

Release history[change | change source]

Country Release date
United States November 12, 2002
Germany December 2003
Sweden January 2003
Austria February 2003

References[change | change source]

  1. I Care 4 U liner notes. Blackground Records (2002)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Interview: Radio Constantly Changes But Teddy Bishop's Ability To Diversify Allows The Quality Of His Music To Stay The Same". YouKnowIGotSoul.com. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  3. Cinquemani, Sal (2002). "Aaliyah - I Care 4 U" SlantMagazine.com Retrieved 2007-11-15
  4. Smith, Graham (2003)."Aaliyah - I Care 4 U" MusicOMH.com Retrieved 2007-11-15
  5. Bush, John (2002). "Aaliyah - I Care 4 U" Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-11-15
  6. Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales
  7. Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales
  8. Missy, Tweet In Aaliyah Video - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News|MTV News
  9. "Aaliyah – Miss You Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  10. "Ultratop.be – Aaliyah – Miss You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  11. "Ultratop.be – Aaliyah – Miss You" (in French). Ultratop 40. Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  12. "Aaliyah Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Aaliyah. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  13. "Danishcharts.com – Aaliyah – Miss You". Tracklisten. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  14. "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche - musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  15. "Dutchcharts.nl – Aaliyah – Miss You" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  16. "Swedishcharts.com – Aaliyah – Miss You". Singles Top 60. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  17. "Aaliyah – Miss You swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  18. "Aaliyah Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Aaliyah. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  19. "Aaliyah Album & Song Chart History" Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Aaliyah. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  20. http://longboredsurfer.com/charts/2003.php