It's Not Right but It's Okay

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"It's Not Right But It's Okay"
Single by Whitney Houston
from the album My Love Is Your Love
Released January 25, 1999 (US)
April 19, 1999 (UK)
February 15, 2006 (Dance Vault)
Format CD single, 12" single, Digital Download
Recorded 1998
Genre R&B, dance, soul
Length 4:52
4:22 (radio edit)
Label Arista
Writer(s) LaShawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, Isaac Phillips, Toni Estes
Producer(s) Darkchild
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Whitney Houston singles chronology
"Heartbreak Hotel"
(1998)
"It's Not Right but It's Okay"
(1999)
"My Love Is Your Love"
(1999)
Music video
"It's Not Right but It's Okay" on YouTube
My Love Is Your Love track listing
"It's Not Right But It's Okay"
(1)
"Heartbreak Hotel"
(2)

"It's Not Right but It's Okay" is a song by American singer Whitney Houston, from her fourth studio album My Love Is Your Love. Initially featured as the B-Side of "Heartbreak Hotel", it became the album's third single and peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on July 3, 1999.[1] The single also peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, No. 7 on the top 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The music video was directed by Kevin Bray. Houston won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for this song. The song reached No. 3 in the United Kingdom in March 1999 and stayed in the chart for 15 weeks, while also being a hugely popular radio hit there. The song examines a woman confronting her lover about his infidelity.

Release[edit]

The original Rodney Jerkins production was released, but mainstream radio airplay and sales were given for the Thunderpuss Remix. The remixed version was released on Houston's 2000 Whitney: The Greatest Hits collection, and the original album version appears on 2007's The Ultimate Collection.

The Johnny Vicious remixes were included on the domestic CD maxi-single of "Heartbreak Hotel" as well as the on the import single and are currently available as iTunes downloads. The KCC remix was included on the U.S. version of the "My Love Is Your Love" maxi-single and is also available as an iTunes download. Rodney Jerkins' remixes are the closest to the album version; Club 69 (Peter Rauhofer) also remixed the track for play in the UK. In the US, when it was released as a stand-alone single, the versions that appear are the Rodney Jerkins, Thunderpuss and Club 69 remixes. There is also a ballad version, entitled "Smooth Mix".

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard highlighted this song on Houston's album.[2] The Baltimore Sun's J. D. Consodine wrote about the song: "So when we hear her telling her abusive, less-than-faithful lover off in "It's Not Right But It's Okay," we're not to imagine the lyrics have anything to do with the rumored infidelity of her real-life husband, Bobby Brown."[3]

Versions[edit]

  1. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Rodney Jerkins Smooth Mix) – 4:30
  2. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Rodney Jerkins Smooth Instrumental) – 4:30
  3. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Thunderpuss Radio Mix) – 4:18
  4. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Thunderpuss Club Mix) – 9:12
  5. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Thunderpuss Dub) – 8:22
  6. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Thunderpuss Beats) – 4:40
  7. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Club 69 Radio Mix) – 4:21
  8. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Club 69 Future Club Mix) – 8:05
  9. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Club 69 Future Dub) – 7:52
  10. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Johnny Vicious Radio Mix) – 4:25
  11. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Johnny Vicious Momentous Mix) – 13:07
  12. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Johnny Vicious Dub) – 8:33
  13. "It's Not Right But It's Okay" (54th Street Extended Mix) – 8:56

Special bonus cut:

"I Will Always Love You" (Hex Hector Club Mix) – 9:50

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Promises" by The Cranberries
Spanish Singles Chart number-one single
April 10, 1999
Succeeded by
"Maria" by Blondie
Preceded by
"Up and Down" by Vengaboys
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
January 23, 1999 – February 6, 1999
Succeeded by
"I'm Beautiful" by Bette Midler

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Darren Criss on the hit Fox TV show Glee. Criss' character, Blaine, was confronting his own 'cheating' lover in the Whitney Houston tribute special, "Dance with Somebody". It was also covered on the "Lies" single and The Mother We Share EP by CHVRCHES. The song was heavily sampled in Mak & Pasteman's "It Ain't Right".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/431329/whitney+houston/chart
  2. ^ http://books.google.co.kr/books?id=MAoEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=RA1-PA74&dq=USA%20Today%201998%20whitney%20houston&lr&as_brr=0&as_pt=MAGAZINES&pg=PA19#v=onepage&q&f=false
  3. ^ http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1998-11-18/features/1998322040_1_whitney-houston-houston-new-album-sing-about-love
  4. ^ "Whitney Houston – It's Not Right But It's Okay – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Whitney Houston – It's Not Right But It's Okay" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ Hits of the World: Canadian SoundScan Singles Chart for "It's Not Right But It's Okay". Billboard. August 7, 1999. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Whitney Houston – It's Not Right But It's Okay" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Whitney Houston search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  10. ^ http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement?page=2
  11. ^ "It's Not Right But It's Okay - Chart positions". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  12. ^ Hits of the World: Spanish AFYVE Singles Chart for "It's Not Right But It's Okay". Billboard. April 24, 1999. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Whitney Houston – It's Not Right But It's Okay". Singles Top 60.
  14. ^ "Whitney Houston – It's Not Right But It's Okay – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  16. ^ "Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Whitney Houston.
  17. ^ "Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Whitney Houston.
  18. ^ "Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Whitney Houston.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl - Jaaroverzichten - Single 1999" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Sök alla listor > Årslistor > Välj år 1999 > Visa!" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  21. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/assets/files/yearly%20best%20selling%20singles.pdf%7C British Phonographic Industry Yearly Best Selling Singles 1999. Retrieved Feb 25, 2012
  22. ^ "1999 Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 31, 1999. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
  23. ^ "199 Billboard Hot Dance-Club Play Singles". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 31, 1999. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
  24. ^ "1999 Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 31, 1999. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
  25. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx
  26. ^ "RIAA Certification". RIAA.com. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 

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