I Decided

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"I Decided"
Single by Solange
from the album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams
Released United States April 22, 2008
United Kingdom August 11, 2008
Format CD single, CD maxi single digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre soul, R&B,
Length 4:16
Label Music World, Geffen
Writer(s) Solange Knowles, Pharrell Williams
Producer(s) The Neptunes
Certification Silver (RIAA)
Solange singles chronology
"Freedom"
(2004)
"I Decided"
(2008)
"Sandcastle Disco"
(2008)

"I Decided" is a song by American recording artist Solange Knowles. It was written and composed by Knowles and producer Pharrell Williams for her second studio album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams (2008). The song samples hand-claps of the 1964 recording "Where Did Our Love Go", as performed by The Supremes, and is also based on the melody of "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas. It was released as the album's leading single as a digital download to both iTunes and Amazon on April 22, 2008[1] (see 2008 in music), and was impacted to rhythmic/crossover radio stations on June 24, 2008.[2]

A remix version of the song, entitled "I Decided (Part 2)", produced by British band Freemasons was released as the first single in Europe, where the song entered the top 30 of the UK Singles Chart.[3] The track reached the number-one spot on the US Billboard Hot Singles Sales, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales, Hot Dance Singles Sales and Hot Dance Club Play charts.[4]

Music video[edit]

Solange (center) and background dancers in the video.

The video was shot in April 2008 and directed by Melina Matsoukas and Solange as it shows pop culture imagery from the 1960s, shows the 1970s, then 1980s to the future. It displays Solange in settings from American Bandstand, to the Civil Rights Movement, to Soul Train, to MTV, and finally a "Cosmic Journey" future. It is set in a pop art form. As of December 25, 2008, on YouTube the original version has been watched more than 1,555,000 times.[5] The shortened video for "I Decided, Pt. 2" has been watched more than 423,000 times.[6]

The video debuted at #4 on MTV's TRL. On BET J it appeared at #17 on the year-end Last Call 2008! Top 50 Countdown.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 44 in the Billboard issue dated July 5, 2008.[7] The song also debuted at number one on the Hot Dance Singles Sales and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales charts and debuted at number two on the Hot Singles Sales chart. On August 17, 2008, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at #27 and the UK R&B Singles Chart at #6 the song sold 20,000 in UK.

Track listing and formats[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[8] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 49
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[9] 79
Turkey (Turkey Top 20 Chart)[10] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 27
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[12] 6
US Hot Adult R&B (Billboard)[13] 28
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[14] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[15] 44
US Hot Singles Sales (Billboard)[4] 1

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Preceded by
"Give Peace a Chance" by Ono
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
August 23, 2008
Succeeded by
"Into the Nightlife" by Cyndi Lauper