Lie About Us

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"Lie About Us"
Single by Avant featuring Nicole Scherzinger
from the album Director
Released July 31, 2006 (2006-07-31)
Format
Genre Neo soul
Length 4:09
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Avant singles chronology
  • "Lie About Us"
  • (2006)
Nicole Scherzinger singles chronology
  • "Lie About Us"
  • (2006)

"Lie About Us" is a song recorded by American recording artist Avant from his fourth studio album Director (2006). The song features former lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls Nicole Scherzinger. Inspired by Beau Dozier's relationship with soul singer Joss Stone he wrote it along with Bruce Boniface while production was handled by Ron Fair, Dozier and Tal Herzberg. "Lie About Us" is a neo soul ballad which lyrically discusses a man promising to his mistress to come clean to the world about their affair.

Background[edit]

Originally the song was meant to appear on Scherzinger's debut album, Her Name is Nicole but Avant's team insisted that it should go on his record.[1] The song was serviced to urban contemporary radio stations in the United States on July 31, serving as the third single from Director.[2] It marks their second collaboration as Avant previously appeared on the remix of The Pussycat Dolls song "Stickwitu" released on December 2005.[3]

Composition[edit]

The song was written by Beau Dozier alongside Bruce Boniface while production was handled by Ron Fair, Dozier and Tal Herzberg. Dozier was inspired by his relationship with soul singer Joss Stone. He fell in love with Stone while he dating a girl but eventually finished things in favor for Stone. They spent two years together before splitting in November 2005.[1] A neo soul ballad which runs for four minutes and nine seconds,[4][5] chronicles a secret relationship while the man promises his mistress to leave his woman and come clean to the world about their affair, as mentioned in the lines "Please don’t say you wanna give up / How do I tell her that I'm fallin' in love / And I know you're waiting patiently for that day that we no longer have to lie about us."[6][7] According to Quentin B. Huff of PopMatters noted that the mistress has doubts and isn’t going into this blindly.[6]

Reception[edit]

Quentin B. Huff of PopMatters described the song as "other possible standout" track, and praised Scherzinger's "fine vocals". Huff concluded, "Another good fact: it does make for a nice duet."[6] Johnny Dee of The Guardian described the song as "greasy".[4] Commercially the song performed moderately. In the United States, the song peaked at number one on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, a component chart that represents the 25 songs that failed to make an impact on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[8] In the United Kingdom the song peaked at number 76.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[10]
  1. "Lie About Us"  – 4:09
  2. "Lie About Us" (Dave Audé Club Mix) – 8:49

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of "Lie About Us".

Personnel
  • Beau Dozier – producer, songwriter
  • Bruce Boniface – songwriter
  • Mike Eleopoulos – engineering
  • Ron Fair – production, conductor, string arrangement
  • Tal Herzberg – co-producer, Pro Tools
  • Peter Mokran – mixing

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 76
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[8] 1

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States July 31, 2006 Urban contemporary
[11]
August 7, 2006 Rhythmic contemporary
[12]
Germany September 7, 2006 Vinyl Universal Music
[13]
United Kingdom October 23, 2006 Digital download Universal Island
[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (July 25, 2006). "Pussycat Doll sings about Joss Stone". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Avant’s New Video with Nicole Scherzinger". Rap-Up. July 24, 2006. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Music - Stickwitu (Avant Mix) - Single by The Pussycat Dolls featuring Avant". iTunes Store (United States). Apple Inc. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Dee, Johnny (October 7, 2006). "New releases: Oct 7". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Avant, Lie About Us, Video Stream". Contactmusic.com. October 2, 2006. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Huff, Quentin B. (May 19, 2006). "Avant: Director". PopMatters. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ Nero, Mark Edward. "CD Review: Avant's "Director"". About.com. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Avant - Chart History: Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Chart Log UK – Chart Coverage and Record Sales 2006". Zobbel. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Lie About Us: Avant: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Going for Adds – Rhythmic". Radio & Records. VNU Media. July 31, 2006. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Going for Adds – Urban". Radio & Records. VNU Media. August 7, 2006. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Avant Feat. Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) / Lie About Us: Musik". Amazon.com (Germany). Retrieved August 1, 2014. 

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