He Loves U Not

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"He Loves U Not"
Single by Dream
from the album It Was All a Dream
Released September 5, 2000 (U.S.)
Format CD single
Recorded December 1999 Sony Studios, California, U.S.
Genre R&B, Pop
Label Bad Boy Records
Writer(s) Steve Kipner, David Frank, Pamela Sheyne
Producer(s) David Frank, Steve Kipner
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Dream singles chronology
"He Loves U Not"
(2000)
"This Is Me"
(2001)

"He Loves U Not" is American girl group's Dream's debut single, released in September 2000.

Content[edit]

Upon Dream's signing to Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records, the quartet recorded "He Loves U Not" as their breakthrough single, setting aside previously recorded songs "Do U Wanna Dance," "Baby," and "Miss You" that they had done while signed to Clockwork Entertainment with Judith Fontaine as their manager.

Lead vocals are performed by Holly Arnstein with speaking breaks by Melissa Schuman. Diana Ortiz can be heard saying a few Spanish phrases. An early version of the song opened with a young girl's voice saying "He loves me, he loves you not," though this opening was removed on the album and single versions, although the phrase "he loves you not" is heard at the end of the album version.

The song is sung from the point of view of a girl confronting another girl who is trying to steal her boyfriend, to whom she claims, "He loves me, he loves you not."

Music video[edit]

The music video for "He Loves U Not" was shot June 28–30, 2000 and directed by Marcus Raboy. It featured three settings: in the first, the girls, clad in pink outfits, danced in a white room with the Dream logo flashing behind them; in the second, the girls danced on stage in a California desert; in the third, the girls moved around a rotating white room; the same one used previously for the *NSYNC video "Bye Bye Bye" and Sugar Ray video "Fly".[1]

The video debuted at #9 on MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) on December 11, 2000. The video peaked at #2; on March 29, 2001, it was retired after spending 65 days on the countdown. It was the first video by an all-female group to be retired on TRL.

Track listings[edit]

U.S. CD Single

  • 1 He Loves U Not 3:46
  • 2 He Loves U Not [Instrumental] 3:46

U.S. Promo Maxi-CD[2]

  • 1 He Loves U Not [Remix] 3:53
  • 2 He Loves U Not [Remix] 3:49 Featuring - G-Dep
  • 3 He Loves U Not [Main Version] 3:47
  • 4 He Loves U Not [Remix Instrumental] 3:08
  • 5 He Loves U Not [Call Out Research Hook] 0:10

U.S. Vinyl, 12"[3]

  • 1 He Loves U Not [HQ2 Club Mix] 8:24
  • 2 He Loves U Not [HQ2 Instrumental] 8:24
  • 3 He Loves U Not [HQ2 Radio Mix] 3:48
  • 4 He Loves U Not [Meeker & MC Supplier 2 Step Garage Mix] 6:24

U.S. Vinyl, 12", Promo

  • 1 He Loves U Not [Remix Club Mix] 3:07
  • 2 He Loves U Not [Remix Instrumental] 3:07
  • 3 He Loves U Not [Remix Club Mix] 3:49
  • 4 He Loves U Not [Remix Instrumental] (3:07

UK Vinyl, 12"[4]

  • 1 He Loves U Not [Radio Version] 3:47
  • 2 He Loves U Not [Remix] 3:49 Featuring - G-Dep
  • 3 He Loves U Not [Remix Instrumental] 3:08

Europe Single[5]

  • 1 He Loves U Not [Radio Mix] 3:48
  • 2 He Loves U Not [HQ2 Club Mix] 3:52

Australia Maxi-CD[6]

  • 1 He Loves U Not [Radio Mix] 3:48
  • 2 He Loves U Not [Remix] 3:50
  • 3 He Loves U Not [Ingroove Club Mix] 6:36
  • 4 He Loves U Not [HQ2 Club Mix] 8:25
  • 5 He Loves U Not [Meeker & MC Supplier 2 Step Garage Mix] 6:27

Chart performance[edit]

"He Loves U Not" was a United States chart hit, having a peak position of #1 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart, and at #3 on the Hot 100 Airplay. Despite impressive sales, the single couldn't get past the massive airplay "Independent Women" by rival girl group Destiny's Child received, thus as a result, "He Loves U Not" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached #15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. It was ranked #28 on the Top 40 year-end chart of 2001. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 2, 2001.

This single was also released in the United Kingdom, peaking at #17 on the UK Singles Chart on March 17, 2001, and staying on the chart for seven weeks. In Australia, the song entered the ARIA Singles Chart on March 11, 2001, and stayed on for three weeks, peaking at #35.

Chart (2000) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 3
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 15
U.S. Billboard Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay 33
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 35
Canadian Singles Chart 12
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 17
Chart (2002) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Single Sales 15

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