Can We

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"Can We"
Single by SWV featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
from the album Release Some Tension and Booty Call OST
Released March 31, 1997[1]
Format CD single, CDM, cassette single, 12" single
Recorded 1996
Mastersound Studio
(Virginia Beach, VA)
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 4:51 (album version)
Label RCA/Jive
Writer(s) M. Elliott, T. Mosley
Producer(s) Timbaland, Missy Elliott
SWV singles chronology
"It's All About U"
(1996)
"Can We"
(1997)
"Someone"
(1997)
Missy Elliott singles chronology
"Cold Rock a Party"
(1996)
"Can We"
(1997)
"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
(1997)

"Can We" is a song by American R&B trio SWV. It featured guest vocals by Missy Elliott and production by Timbaland and Elliott. The song was also released as the lead single from SWV's third album, Release Some Tension (1997), and the original soundtrack to the 1997 film, Booty Call.

At the time of its release, Billboard prevented album cuts from entering any Singles charts; however, because of its attachment to the Booty Call soundtrack, "Can We" was able to chart on Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Outside of the United States, the song reached #1 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and peaked at #18 on the UK Singles Chart.[3][4] To date, "Can We" is SWV's first and only international number one hit.

Music video[edit]

A music video for the single was directed by Jesse Vaughan and premiered on music video stations in March 1997.[5] The synopsis of the video primarily focuses on SWV, dressed in cheetah-print attire, dancing in front of matching backgrounds with their love interests. Missy Elliott is also featured in the video, where she is seen dancing in a newspaper-covered background.

Track listings and formats[edit]

UK/European Maxi-CD[6]
  1. Can We (LP Version) — 4:51
  2. Can We (Instrumental) — 4:49
  3. Can We (Acappella) — 4:49
  4. Can We (Radio Edit No.1) — 4:15
  5. Can We (Radio Edit No.2) — 4:15
  6. Can We (No Rap Radio) — 3:56
US 12" vinyl[7]
  1. "Can We" (Radio Edit #1) — 4:15
  2. "Can We" (Radio Edit #2) — 4:15
  3. "Can We" (No Rap Radio) — 3:56
  4. "Can We" (LP Version) — 4:51
  5. "Can We" (Instrumental) — 4:49
  6. "Can We" (Acapella) — 4:49

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (1997) Peak
position
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 1
UK Singles Chart[4] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 75
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[2] 31
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[2] 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[2] 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Can We - SWV > Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Release Some Tension - SWV > Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "SWV - Can We". charts.org.nz. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "SWV > Artist > Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "mvdbase.com - SWV - "Can we?"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "SWV - Can We (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "SWV - Can We (Vinyl)". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 

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