It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be

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"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be"
Single by Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
from the album Through The Storm
Released 1989
Genre R&B, new jack swing, dance-pop
Length 5:37
4:49 (Single Edit)
Writer(s) Albert Hammond, Diane Warren
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden (album version)
Gene Griffin, Teddy Riley (remix version)
Aretha Franklin chronology
"Through the Storm"
(1989)
"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Ever Gonna Be"
(1989)
"Someone Else's Eyes"
(1991)
Whitney Houston chronology
"One Moment in Time"
(1988)
"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Ever Gonna Be"
(1989)
"I'm Your Baby Tonight"
(1990)
Music video
"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be " on YouTube

"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" is a duet recorded between R&B singers Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, and appeared on Franklin's 1989 album Through the Storm.

The original album version was produced by Narada Michael Walden and the "re-mix" version was produced by Teddy Riley. It was released as a single in June of that year. It peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it reached the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It also peaked at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic editor William Ruhlmann panned "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be," calling it "an embarrassing failure for both Franklin and the previously pop-perfect Whitney Houston."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  • Album version 5:37
  • Single Edit 4:49
  • Single Remix/Teddy Riley Mix 4:02
  • Extended Remix 6:12
  • Hip Hop Remix 4:57
  • House Radio Mix 5:05
  • New Jack Swing Dub Mix 6:20
  • After Hours Club Mix 7:35
  • 1989 Vogue Dub Mix

Charts[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Canada (RPM 100 Singles)[2] 43
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 40
U.K (UK Singles Chart)[5] 29
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 41
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
U.S Black Singles[6] 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ Through the Storm at All Music.
  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Aretha & Whitney – It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  5. ^ "Whitney Houston | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Billboard.BIZ". Billboard.BIZ. 1989-12-31. Retrieved 2012-07-12.