Can't Help but Wait

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"Can't Help but Wait"
Single by Trey Songz
from the album Trey Day
Released August 6, 2007
Format Digital download, CD single
Genre R&B
Length 3:27
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Johntá Austin, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen
Producer(s) Stargate
Trey Songz singles chronology
"Wonder Woman"
(2007)
"Can't Help but Wait"
(2007)
"Last Time"
(2008)

"Can't Help but Wait" is the second single from the Trey Songz album Trey Day. The song is written by Johntá Austin, Mikkel S. Eriksen, and Tor Erik Hermansen.[1] On the issue date of October 6, 2007, the single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 99. American actor Jackie Long (ATL) appears in the video as the abusive boyfriend. "Can't Help but Wait" peaked within the Top 20 of the Hot 100, at #14. The video was filmed in Jersey City, New Jersey. The song was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards

Background and composition[edit]

A mid-tempo number, the song speaks of an abusive relationship.

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"Can't Help But Wait" was written by Johntá Austin with its producers, Stargate.[2] It was sent for United States rhythmic contemporary airplay on August 7, 2007 by Songbook and Atlantic Records.[3][4] Elsewhere, "Can't Help But Wait" was released as a one-track digital download by WEA International on August 28, 2007.[5] Additionally, Atlantic Records released a CD single on March 17, 2008 in the United Kingdom.[6] According to the sheet music published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, "Can't Help But Wait" is an R&B song set in common time with a moderate R&B tempo of 112 beats per minute. It is written in the key of G minor, and follows the chord progression of E7–C9–Gm9–Gm, and Songz' voice in the song spans from F4 to G5.[7] "Can't Help But Wait" is about Songz wanting a woman who is mistreated by her boyfriend;[8] he attempts to persuade the woman to leave her partner.[2] Throughout the song, Songz gives examples of how women can be treated courteously.[2] A remix of "Can't Help But Wait" features Lil Wayne.[9]

Reception[edit]

"Can't Help But Wait" was selected as one of Trey Day's best tracks in Allmusic's review of the album.[10] A reviewer for Billboard lauded the songwriting and production of the number, and praised the maturity that Songz showed on the tune.[2] Writing for About.com Mark Edward Nero commended Songz' vocal effort on "Can't Help But Wait", and the song's "nice balance of sensitivity and swagger".[8] It was ranked at number twenty-three on MTV News' list of the 27 Essential R&B Songs of 2007.[11][12] "Can't Help But Wait" was nominated in the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance category at the 51st Grammy Awards, but lost to Ne-Yo's "Miss Independent".[13]

"Can't Help But Wait" entered the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number seventy-two on the chart of August 25, 2008.[14] On December 15, 2007 it reached its peak position of number two,[15] where it remained the following week.[16] During both weeks "Can't Help But Wait" was at number two, Alicia Keys' "No One" topped the chart. "Can't Help But Wait" remained on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for thirty-two weeks.[17] The song debuted at number ninety-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated October 6, 2007.[18] "Can't Help But Wait" rose to number fourteen on the Hot 100, achieved during its second week at number two on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[19] The song fell off the Hot 100 in March 2008, having spent twenty-four weeks on the chart.[17] "Can't Help But Wait" appeared on the Pop 100 and Rhythmic Top 40, and reached numbers seventy-four and six, respectively.[20] "Can't Help But Wait" made its debut on the UK Singles Chart at number 163 on March 29, 2008;[21] it peaked at number 115.[22]

Track listing[edit]

CD Single
  1. "Can't Help But Wait"
  2. "Can't Help But Wait" (instrumental)

Charts[edit]

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[3][4] August 7, 2007 Rhythmic contemporary airplay Songbook, Atlantic Records
Australia[5] August 28, 2007 Digital download WEA International
Austria[27]
Belgium[28]
Canada[29]
Denmark[30]
Finland[31]
France[32]
Germany[33]
Ireland[34]
Italy[35]
Japan[36]
Netherlands[37]
New Zealand[38]
Norway[39]
Mexico[40]
Portugal[41]
Spain[42]
Sweden[43]
Switzerland[44]
United Kingdom[45]
United Kingdom[6] March 17, 2008 CD Single Atlantic Records

References[edit]

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  8. ^ a b Nero, Mark Edward. "Album Review: Trey Songz - 'Trey Day'". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ Reid, Shaheem; Rodriguez, Jayson; Dukes, Rahman (January 28, 2008). "Mixtape Monday: Lupe Fiasco Plans His Cool Viral Video; Joe Budden Compares Jay-Z To A 'Bully'". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
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