Giving You the Benefit

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"Giving You the Benefit"
Single by Pebbles
from the album Always
Released August 1990
Format 7" single, CD maxi single
Recorded 1989
Elumba Recording Studios
(Los Angeles, CA)
Genre R&B, dance-pop, new jack swing
Length 5:41
Label MCA
Writer(s) Babyface, L.A. Reid
Producer(s) Babyface, L.A. Reid
Pebbles singles chronology
"Do Me Right"
"Giving You the Benefit"
"Love Makes Things Happen"

"Giving You the Benefit (Of the Doubt)" is a number-one R&B single by Pebbles from her second album Always. The song reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at number-one on the R&B chart,[1] becoming one of her biggest singles.


The lyrics, written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Pebbles's then-husband Antonio "L. A." Reid, who also jointly composed its music, are from the point of view of a woman who suspects that her boyfriend is not being faithful to her. She notes that she can easily make things difficult for him. But she explains that she has chosen not to do so in the hope that he will realize he has done her wrong and return, and make things up to her.


Chart (1990) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 48
US Billboard Hot 100 4
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 10
End of year chart (1990) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 65

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 454. 
  2. ^ Australian chart position
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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