I Wanna Have Your Babies

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"I Wanna Have Your Babies"
Single by Natasha Bedingfield
from the album N.B.
Released 12 March 2007
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:43
Label Phonogenic
Writer(s) Natasha Bedingfield, Steve Kipner, Andrew Frampton, Wayne Wilkins
Producer(s) Bedingfield, Kipner, Frampton, Wilkins
Natasha Bedingfield singles chronology
"I Bruise Easily"
(2005)
"I Wanna Have Your Babies"
(2007)
"Soulmate"
(2007)

"I Wanna Have Your Babies" is a song by British recording artist Natasha Bedingfield. It was written by Steve Kipner, Andrew Frampton, Wayne Wilkins and Bedingfield for her second album, N.B. (2007). The song's musical-style and production was inspired by hip hop music, and its lyrics discuss a woman's battle to stop herself from rushing into relationships in an effort to find the right man to be the father of her children.[1]

The song was released as the album's first single in the second quarter of 2007. The track received mixed reviews from pop music critics, who generally found it to be less impressive than past singles. It entered the top forty in Germany, Ireland and The Netherlands, and became Bedingfield's fourth United Kingdom top ten single release. Calvin Harris covered it in 2009.

Background and writing[edit]

In 2006, Bedingfield began writing and recording material with previous collaborators Steve Kipner, Andrew Frampton and Wayne Wilkins in Los Angeles, California.[2] During one of their sessions, they penned "I Wanna Have Your Babies", which was inspired by a year-and-a-half of touring across the United States. Bedingfield had never been away from her family and friends for an extended period of time and "realised how important relationships are".[3] She wanted to write songs that matched who she was, commenting that her "first album was about independence and opportunism. I’m in a different place now. I've been dating, searching for a partner, looking for Mr Right."[4]

In the song, Bedingfield discusses a woman's fight to stop herself from rushing into relationships in an effort to find the right man to father her children. Bedingfield stated that she does not want to have children at this point in time, but that she is thinking about it. According to her, "the song is about pacing yourself and taking everything slowly."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

"I Wanna Have Your Babies" had a polarizing effect on music critics. Britain's Channel 4 described it as a "well thought out pop record",[6] and Paul Taylor of the Manchester Evening News said it had a "sing-song melody" and "ragged hip-hop beats".[7] Tony Cummings called the song's "R&B pop confection hugely catchy".[8] Online magazine Drowned in Sound ridiculed the track, writing that it is "polluting the airwaves with its beyond-banal lyrics." The song's music video was also described in the review as "unforgivable".[9] The BBC was equally unimpressed with the song, claiming it stole the melody of The Jackson 5 song "I Want You Back".[10]

Chart performance[edit]

"I Wanna Have Your Babies" was officially solicited to radio in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2007. The song was released as a download on 2 April 2007, two weeks before its physical release. It debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number twenty-five on 8 April 2007, on download sales only.[11] A week after its physical release the song reached the top ten, rising from number fifteen to number seven.[12] In Ireland the song debuted at number thirty-six on the singles chart and peaked at number eight.[13] "I Wanna Have Your Babies" proved popular on Irish radio, charting at number fourteen.[14] The single had moderate success in Europe. After three weeks on the European Hot 100 Singles chart, the track peaked at number twenty-three.[15] The single reached the top fifty in Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden. In Australia, the song debuted on the singles chart at number fifty on 21 May 2007.[16] The track was more successful on the Physical Singles chart, debuting at number thirty-seven.[17]

Music video[edit]

Bedingfield working out in a gym during the first scene of the music video.

The music video was directed by Dave Meyers and filmed in Los Angeles, California in January 2007.[18] The video opens with a scene of Bedingfield working out in a gym with a male instructor. Bedingfield and the instructor are then shown running through a park, when a baby stroller suddenly appears. Frightened, the instructor runs away from Bedingfield and the baby. She is next shown playing tennis and flirting with another man. The two are then shown riding on a boat with a toddler, in a race with another couple. The third scene features Bedingfield at a nightclub flirting with yet another man, before they are shown together at his home. In the final scene, she meets a man working at a coffee shop. They are shown in a play room with multiple babies. The video ends with Bedingfield hugging the coffee shop worker, who appears not to be deterred by her thoughts about having babies.

Nadine Coyle, member of the pop group Girls Aloud, makes a cameo appearance in the nightclub scene. The complete version of "I Wanna Have Your Babies" featured in the music video has been released commercially through CD singles and digital downloads, and some include remixes by Snowflakers. The video debuted on Bedingfield's official Bebo website on 6 March 2007. On 21 May 2007, the video debuted in North America on Bedingfield's official U.S. website under the title "Babies". The music video for "I Wanna Have Your Babies" was mocked in an article written by Anna Pickard and published in The Guardian. Pickard made fun of Bedingfield's "clean-cut, straight-toothed, good Christian girl" image, writing that the video was an effort by Bedingfield and her management to be provocative to sell more records.[19]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[21] 50
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[22] 50
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[23] 4
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[24] 12
Germany (Media Control Charts)[25] 39
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[27] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 48
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 100
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)[30] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Natasha Bedingfield: Hottest Baby-Craving Stalker Ever. Blender. Retrieved 5 April 2007.
  2. ^ Hattie Collins. Natasha Bedingfield: The Secret of Her Success. RWD Magazine. 18 December 2006. Retrieved 8 March 2007.
  3. ^ Mark Savage. "Talking Shop: Natasha Bedingfield". BBC. 27 April 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2007.
  4. ^ Artist Profile. EMI Music Publishing. Retrieved 5 May 2007.
  5. ^ "These Words". My Kinda Place. Retrieved 5 May 2007.
  6. ^ Single Reviews Channel 4. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  7. ^ Paul Taylor. Album Reviews. Manchester Evening News. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  8. ^ Tony Cummings. Single Reviews. Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  9. ^ "An Open Letter to Natasha Bedingfield". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  10. ^ Lizzie Ennever. "Review of N.B. by Natasha Bedingfield". BBC. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  11. ^ Paul Sexton. "Proclaimers, Kings Of Leon Rule U.K. Charts".Billboard. 9 April 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007.
  12. ^ Paul Sexton. "Beyonce, Shakira And Avril Overtake U.K. Charts".Billboard. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007.
  13. ^ "I Wanna Have Your Babies" Charts. Music Square. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  14. ^ Ireland Top 20 Airplay Chart (week of 15 - 21 April 2007). Radio & Records, Inc. Retrieved 26 April 2007.
  15. ^ European Hot 100 Singles Chart. Billboard. Retrieved 29 April 2007.
  16. ^ Top 50 Singles Chart (Week of 21 May 2007). ARIA. Retrieved 20 May 2007.
  17. ^ Top 50 Physical Singles Chart (Week of 21 May 2007). ARIA. Retrieved 20 May 2007.
  18. ^ News: Nadine in Tash Bedingfield Vid. MTV UK. 30 January 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2007.
  19. ^ Anna Pickard. "This week Anna Pickard watches and picks apart... "I Want to Have Your Babies" by Natasha Bedingfield". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  20. ^ "I Wanna Have Your Babies" Official 2007 Japanese BMG 4-track CD-R acetate. eil.com. Retrieved 14 August 2007.
  21. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Natasha Bedingfield – I Wanna Have Your Babies". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  22. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Natasha Bedingfield – I Wanna Have Your Babies" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  23. ^ "Ultratop.be – Natasha Bedingfield – I Wanna Have Your Babies" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  24. ^ "Ultratop.be – Natasha Bedingfield – I Wanna Have Your Babies" (in French). Ultratip.
  25. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Bedingfield,Natasha > I Wanna Have Your Babi/premium – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  26. ^ ACharts.us Natasha Bedingfield - I Wanna Have Your Babies
  27. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Natasha Bedingfield search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  28. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Natasha Bedingfield – I Wanna Have Your Babies". Singles Top 60.
  29. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Natasha Bedingfield – I Wanna Have Your Babies". Swiss Singles Chart.
  30. ^ UK Singles Chart Archive

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