Just Fine

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"Just Fine"
Single by Mary J. Blige
from the album Growing Pains
Released October 16, 2007
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre R&B, disco, funk
Length 4:02
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Mary J. Blige, Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash, Phalon Alexander
Producer(s) Jazze Pha, Tricky Stewart, Kuk Harrell
Certification Gold
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"We Ride (I See the Future)"
(2006)
"Just Fine"
(2007)
"Wake Up Call (Remix)"
(2007)

"Just Fine" is a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige. It was written by Blige along with producers Jazze Pha and Tricky Stewart for her eighth studio album, Growing Pains (2007), and released as the album's lead single in October 2007. A Moderate commercial success, it peaked at number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 16 on the UK Singles Chart, while also topping the Hot Dance Club Play chart. The track sold over 500,000 units in the United States alone and over 700,000 worldwide, making it eligible for gold status in the United States.

Critically acclaimed, "Just Fine" was nominated in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, held February 2008, as well as the Grammy for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical at the 51st Grammy Awards in February 2009. In addition, the song was ranked 41st on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[1]

Background[edit]

Mary J. Blige said:

That song was written based on me having a good day. You know, I can have 20 bad days. I can have as many bad days as anyone. But I choose to say, 'I'm just fine.' Right now. So it's OK to have those days. So instead of coming with something ungrateful to the universe, how about I come with something first that's says, 'You know what? It's OK. Enjoy this day if you're having a great day.[2]

Remixes[edit]

The official remix was produced by Swizz Beatz called, "Just Fine (Treat 'Em Right Remix)", which sampled "Treat 'Em Right" by Chubb Rock and features Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz on background vocals. There are four versions of this remix: The main remix version has Lil Wayne's verse on the beginning after the intro, the second remix version features a verse by Precise, along with Lil Wayne, the third remix version has Lil Wayne's verse on the near end of the song, and the fourth remix version is a no rap version, omitting Lil Wayne's verse.

The second official remix of "Just Fine" features Lil' Mama, which was a pre-order only track on iTunes when the album was released. An alternate music video for this remix was produced.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Just Fine" was directed by Chris Applebaum and released on October 8, 2007. It premiered on BET and MTV's TRL on October 25, 2007. On September 7, 2008, the video was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. On December 20, 2008, VH1 ranked it 39th on its list for the "Top 40 of 2008".

Formats and track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[3] 84
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 22
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 3
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Love like This" by Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
February 16, 2008
Succeeded by
"GIve It All You Got" by Ultra Naté featuring Chris Willis