Baby I Love U!

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"Baby I Love U!"
Single by Jennifer Lopez
from the album This Is Me... Then
Released August 3, 2003 (2003-08-03)
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre R&B, pop
Length 4:31
Label Epic
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Cory Rooney
  • Dan Shea
Jennifer Lopez singles chronology
"I'm Glad"
(2003)
"Baby I Love U!"
(2003)
"Get Right"
(2005)

"Baby I Love U!" (stylized as "Baby I ♡ U!") is a song recorded by American singer Jennifer Lopez for her third studio album, This Is Me... Then (2002). It was written by Lopez, Cory Rooney, Dan Shea and John Barry and produced by Rooney and Shea. The song contains an interpolation of the theme for the film Midnight Cowboy (1969).

"Baby I Love U" is a soul and R&B ballad about unconditional love, with critics pointing out that it was inspired by her relationship with the actor Ben Affleck. The song was well received by critics who complimented Lopez vocals. Commercially, the song was as successful as the other singles from the album in the UK, where it peaked at number 3. In the United States, the song peaked at number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached the top thirty of the Mainstream Top 40 chart.

Background and release[edit]

While recording her then-upcoming album, Lopez listened to blues and soul, the music she had often turned to while growing up. Using songs by Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross and others as inspiration, she attempted to elicit a similar feeling in her own songwriting, claiming, "Those were just songs that made my heart sing," she said. "They just stay with you. ... I wanted to do something that's true to me and how I grew up, but I also wanted to make beautiful songs. So I'd listen to records from today and I would listen to records from back then, and [eventually] I'd go, 'That's what I want.'"[1]

Among the songs on the album, "Baby I Love U!" was written, with the help of her longtime collaborator and friend Cory Rooney. "He's so talented," she said. "And he's so 'behind the scenes,' especially when it comes to me. He's really, really just dedicated to music for the pure love of music."[1] "Baby I Love U!" was released as the album's fourth and final singleon August 3, 2003 in the U.S..,[2] and on March 8, 2003 in the UK.[3]

Composition and remix[edit]

"Baby I Love U!" was written by Jennifer Lopez, Cory Rooney and Dan Shea, with production being handled by Rooney and Shea. The song contains an interpolation of the "haunting melody" from the theme of Midnight Cowboy,[4] written by John Barry.[5] It is a contemporary R&B and pop/rock song,[6] with a "vintage-sound", where Lopez "gushes for Ben Affleck, according to Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine.[7] A remix version featuring R. Kelly was released on the CD Single of the song. Kelly's part talks about 'rollin' with 'some fine females' against J-Lo's heart-on-the-sleeve declaration of passion.[8] The version with Kelly was also included on her second remix album "The Reel Me".[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Baby I Love U!" performed much lower than Lopez's previous singles from "This Is Me...Then", missing the top-forty on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, debuting and peaking at number 72, on the issue date April 3, 2004.[10] Eventually, the song became Lopez's lowest charting-English single on the Billboard charts, until "Papi" became her lowest charting-single, later in 2011. The song also made its debut on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 75.[11] The song received a Billboard Spin Award on March 25, 2006 for 50,000 spins.[12] Elsewhere, the song proved to be more successful. In the United Kingdom, the song was a huge success, debuting and peaking at number 3, on March 20, 2004, becoming her third top-three single of the same album.[13] In Ireland, the single managed to peak inside the top-twenty, reaching number 16, on March 11, 2004.[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Meiert Avis and premiered on BET, on August 11, 2003.[14] The video was also included on the DVD "The Reel Me".[9] It features scenes of Lopez in the bed, as well as walking around the house, performing the song. Jason Shawhan of About.com called the video "minimalist and stark and much more inspired than the song that forms its spine." Shawhan continued, "Visually, in fact, there's something quite experimental going on with its almost exclusive use of close-up and shifting focal length. This is certainly a promising development in Lopez' continuing evolution as a visual artist, and we can hope she'll work with director Meiert Avis again soon."[15]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[16]
No. Title Length
1. "Baby I Love U!"   4:31
2. "Baby I Love U!" (R. Kelly Remix) 4:13
3. "Baby I Love U!" (Music video)  

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[17] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 72
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[20] 26
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[21] 55
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[22] 15

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing country, format and record label
Country Date Format Label
United States[2] August 3, 2003 Mainstream radio Epic Records
United Kingdom[3] March 8, 2004 CD single RCA Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "J.Lo: The Rock And The Block". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "R&R :: Going Fot Adds :: CHR/Top 40". Radio and Records. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Amazon.co.uk: Baby I Love U - Jennifer Lopez". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ Sinclair, Tom (December 13, 2002). "Music Review: This is Me...Then Review". Entertainment Weekly. 
  5. ^ This Is Me... Then (liner notes). Jennifer Lopez. Epic Records. 2003. 
  6. ^ "Baby I Love You (UK CD) - Jennifer Lopez | Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (November 20, 2002). "Jennifer Lopez: This Is Me... Then". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Amazon.com: Baby I Love You: Music". Amazon.com. July 11, 2003. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "The Reel Me - Jennifer Lopez | Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Jennifer Lopez - Baby I Love You - Music Charts". Music Charts. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Billboard - Google Books". Billboard Magazine. Google Books. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Billboard Magazine - Google Books". Billboard Magazine. Google Books. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Jennifer Lopez" UK Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "J.Lo's new song and video, 'Baby I love U'". Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ Shawhan, Jason. "Jennifer Lopez - The Reel Me". About.com. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Baby I Love U!" (CD single liner notes). Jennifer Lopez. New York City, New York: Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. 2002. 674790 2. 
  17. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for Jennifer Lopez.
  18. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Jennifer Lopez.
  20. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Jennifer Lopez.
  21. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Jennifer Lopez.
  22. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Jennifer Lopez.

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