Family Affair (Mary J. Blige song)

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"Family Affair"
Single by Mary J. Blige
from the album No More Drama
Released June 12, 2001
Format CD maxi single, 12"
Recorded 2000[1]
Length 4:25
Label MCA
Writer(s) Mary J. Blige, Andre Young, Bruce Wallenstein, Louis Pierre, Luchana N. Lodge, Camara Kambon, Michael Elizondo, Melvin Bradford, Asiah "The Continent" Lewis
Producer(s) Dr. Dre
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"911"
(2001)
"Family Affair"
(2001)
"Dance for Me"
(2001)

"Family Affair" is a song from the fifth album of American recording artist Mary J. Blige. Produced by Dr. Dre, the music for the track was originally created in a jam session between Dre and musicians Mel-Man, Camara Kambon and Mike Elizondo. Later, Blige heard the song that her brother Bruce Miller, Asiah The Continent and Luchi Lodge created the lyrics and melody to and decided on recording her vocals.

The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks from November 3, 2001. It was Blige's first Hot 100 number-one single. In 2008, for Billboard magazine's 50th Anniversary, "Family Affair" was listed as the 79th-biggest single on the The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs.[2] while at the end of 2009 was named the 12th most successful song from 2000 to 2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[3] Rolling Stone ranked it number ninety-five on their list of 100 Best Songs of the 2000s decade.[4]

The accompanying music video was directed by Dave Meyers. In 2007, this song was used on a Propel Fitness Water commercial. On September 6, 2012, Blige performed the song at the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Composition[edit]

Family Affair is written in the key of G-sharp minor with a moderate tempo of 93 beats per minute. The song follows a chord progression Cm−Gm7−Cm−Gm7, and Blige's vocals span from G3 to B4.[5]

Track listings and formats[edit]

CD single
  1. "Family Affair" (Radio Edit) 4:02
  2. "Family Affair" (Album Version) 4:28
  3. "Your Child" (Chucky Thompson's Late Nite Mix) 3:12
  4. "Your Child" (Video) 3:43

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell
SNEP (France) number-one single
October 6, 2001
Succeeded by
"You Rock My World" by Michael Jackson
Preceded by
"I'm Real" by Jennifer Lopez
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 3, 2001 – December 8, 2001
Succeeded by
"U Got It Bad" by Usher
Preceded by
"Differences" by Ginuwine
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
November 3, 2001 – November 10, 2001

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  3. ^ Hot 100 Decade Songs
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