Count on Me

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"Count on Me"
Single by Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans
from the album Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album
Released March 4, 1996
Recorded 1995
Genre R&B, gospel
Length 4:26
Label Arista
Writer(s) Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Whitney Houston, Michael Houston
Producer(s) Babyface
Certification Platinum
Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album track listing
"How Could You Call Her Baby"
(15)
"Count on Me"
(16)
Whitney Houston chronology
"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"
(1995)
"Count on Me"
(1996)
"Why Does It Hurt So Bad"
(1996)
CeCe Winans chronology
"Every Time"
(1995)
"Count on Me"
(1996)
"Well Alright," "What About You," "Slippin'"
(1998)

"Count on Me" is a duet by American recording artists Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans. It is an uplifting song about leaning on a friend for support when needed. Released in early 1996, the song was the fourth single from the soundtrack album of the motion picture Waiting to Exhale, and the second single by Houston released from that album and its soundtrack. became Winans highest position reached on the US Hot 100 as the single reached the top ten, peaking at number eight. It was certified Platinum in the U.S.

Critical reception[edit]

Chicago Tribune editor Greg Kot wrote that the soul is present on this song and it doesn't sound "particularly enraptured".[1] Allmusic editor Craig Lytle praised: "She (Whitney) teams with Cece Winans on the inspirational duet "Count on Me," and both accomplished singers raise all hopes with their comforting vocals."[2] Billboard called this song torchy.[3] The Orlando Sentinel wrote that "with its swelling choruses and shouted pledges of friendship" the song "is infused with We Are the World earnestness and overkill, but the performances save it from being too treacly".[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song features Houston and Winans giving a concert performance, while clips of the Waiting to Exhale feature film are sporadically mixed in. The "Count on Me" music video peaked at number one on music channels BET, MTV, and VH1.

References in pop culture[edit]

On a Valentines Day episode of Sister Sister, the three principal actors: Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry and Marques Houston, sing the song at a karaoke bar. They sing the first two verses and the chorus.

Charts[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 87
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 28
Germany (Media Control Charts)[6] 75
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 34
New Zealand (RIANZ)[8] 26
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 31
UK Singles Chart[10] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 8
US Billboard Adult Top 40[12] 4
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[12] 4
Chart (2012) Peak
position
South Korea International Singles (Gaon)[13] 147

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 48
US R&B Singles[15] 35

Certifications[edit]

Country (Provider) Certification
United States (RIAA)[16] Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1995-12-21/features/9512210210_1_exhale-patti-labelle-toni-braxton
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/waiting-to-exhale-mw0000645165
  3. ^ http://books.google.co.kr/books?id=Pw0EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA1&lr&rview=1&pg=PA91#v=onepage&q&f=false
  4. ^ Darling, Gary (December 8, 1995). "'Waiting To Exhale' Soundtrack". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans - Count On Me". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ "German Charts - 1997". World Charts. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans - Count On Me". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans - Count On Me". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans - Count On Me". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Whitney Houston | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard.com. 1996-05-04. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  12. ^ a b David Lynch Q&A: It's 'Crazy Clown Time' (2011-11-08). "Billboard - News - David Lynch Q&A: It's 'Crazy Clown Time'". M.billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  13. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: February 12, 2012 to February 18, 2012)". Gaon Chart. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  15. ^ "Billboard.BIZ". Billboard.BIZ. 1996-12-31. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  16. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 

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