Like This (Kelly Rowland song)

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"Like This"
Single by Kelly Rowland featuring Eve
from the album Ms. Kelly
Released March 13, 2007
Format Download, vinyl single, CD single
Recorded 2006
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 3:38
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Sean Garrett, Eve Jeffers, Jamal Jones, Kelly Rowland, Elvis Williams, Jason Perry
Producer(s) Polow da Don; Sean Garrett, Jason Perry, S-Dot, Elvis Williams (co-producers)
Kelly Rowland chronology
"Here We Go"
(2005)
"Like This"
(2007)
"Ghetto"
(2007)
Eve chronology
"Rich Girl"
(2004)
"Like This"
(2007)
"Tambourine"
(2007)

"Like This" is a song by American recording artist Kelly Rowland. It features guest vocals by rapper Eve and was written by Sean Garrett, Rowland, Eve, Jamal Jones, Elvis "BlacElvis" Williams, and Jason Perry and co-produced by Polow da Don, S-Dot, Garrett, Perry, and Williams for Rowland's second studio album Ms. Kelly (2007).

Recorded late into the production of the album, the track was released as the album's leading single in the United States in March 2007 and by June 2007 worldwide. Upon its release, it became Rowland's highest-charting solo success since her 2002 single "Stole", reaching the top ten in Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as the top 20 in Australia and New Zealand and number 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1][2] In addition, it became Rowland's first single to peak at the top position on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.[2] An accompanying music video was directed by Mike Ruiz and filmed in the Hollywood Hills in mid-March 2007.[3]

Writing and recording[edit]

"Like This" was one of the last songs on the album Rowland and co-producer Sean Garrett started working on in mid-September 2006 after the cancellation of My Story, the album's actual version.[4][5] The singer has described the "very sassy" song as a perfect example of what attitude she exactly had on her mind when creating the revamped version of the album, entitled Ms. Kelly: "Polow already had this hot track", she said in an interview with her official website. "I loved the sound of the cowbell; it was so different! Sean and I started writing and he said 'Kelly this is your first single'."[5][6]

Happy about finally running "into that song that definitely sticks out" after many months recording, Rowland eventually took a break from recording tentatively titled "Wooo!" or "Bump like This" — not without returning with a flash of inspiration.[5] "I just heard Eve on this song", she recalled. "I knew her energy belonged on the song and, just like that, it all came together. Then I knew: This was the single [...] and it turned out he [Sean] was right."[6] "It's a great combination of her thoughts and her feel on the type of music that she likes to do", Garrett added in an interview with MTV News. "It's a cross between something in a club and on mainstream radio. We're just trying to stay a step ahead of what's going on."[5]

Although Columbia Records intended to release album cut "Work" as Ms. Kelly’s lead single at a particular time,[7] "Like This" eventually replaced the album's original lead single "Gotsta Go", a collaboration with rapper Da Brat.[5] On February 13, 2007 a ninety-second clip of the song leaked onto the internet, and by February 16 a full low quality preview of the track had leaked. Since, the song was remixed by several producers and DJs, among spawning official versions with rappers Sean P of the YoungBloodZ and Lil Wayne.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Mike Ruiz and shot on-location at a Hollywood Hills house on March 12, 2007.[3] Rowland premiered the clip on MTV network's countdown show Total Request Live on March 26, 2007.[3] The video debuted on BET network's 106 & Park on May 24, 2007, where it peaked at number-three on the show's countdown.

The video starts with Rowland walking into her room after taking a shower. When she notices a webcast of her, she quickly throws a towel over it. She is then next seen in front of her vanity table, getting ready for a party while singing the lyrics. The video then cuts to Rowland in a dark room with a chair. During the first, cuts are shown of the Rowland in front of the dresser and the Rowland in the dark room, performing what seems to be the same choreography — the latter with the chair in the room, the former with the chair in front of her dresser. By the second verse, the Rowland in the dark room is the only one with the chair. Cuts of her are shown throughout the song. During the bridge, the audience sees Rowland at the party in her living room. Eve enters, rapping her solo with cuts of Rowland performing more choreography. In the final scene the audience sees Rowland performing more choreography while sitting in the chair seductively as glitter is seen flying upwards from the floor.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

First release stateside, "Like This" debuted at number ninety-six on the US Billboard Hot 100 issue dated March 31, 2007.[1] Although the song fell off the chart the following week, it re-entered at number ninety-eighth the following week. It eventually peaked at number thirty on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number seven on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In addition, the song peaked on top of both the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart and the Hot Singles Sales chart as well as the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.[2]

As with Rowland's previous single releases, "Like This" became a much larger success outside North America. In the United Kingdom, it debuted at number eighteen on the UK Singles Chart based on digital sales alone, the day before the song's physical release.[1] Once the physical copies of "Like This" were released on 11 June 2007, the song climbed to number four on the UK Singles Chart, and went on to spend four weeks inside the UK top ten, making it Rowland's second-highest-charting solo single on the chart (not counting her featured role on "Dilemma"). It eventually sold 95,000 copies.[1][9] In Ireland, “Like This” debuted at number thirty and reached number five in its fourth week on the chart, becoming her third top ten single in Ireland.[1] In Germany the song was released on digital formats only and failed to chart on any official singles chart.[10]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Sound of Freedom" by Bob Sinclar
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
September 1, 2007
Succeeded by
"Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Australian-charts.com – Kelly Rowland feat. Eve – Like This". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kelly Rowland Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Kelly Rowland.
  3. ^ a b c Gottlieb, Steven (2007-03-19). "SHOT: Kelly Rowland – Mike Ruiz, director". Video Static. Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Interview". MiddleChild Promotions. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Moss, Corey (2006-09-27). "Kelly Rowland Scraps Sappy Story, Picks Up Snoop". MTV News. VH1. Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  6. ^ a b "Ms. Kelly". Official website. Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  7. ^ DJ B. "DJ B interviews Kelly Rowland". BBC – 1Xtra. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  8. ^ "Kelly Rowland on the set of "Like This" Video Shoot". YouTube. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  9. ^ Taken from the videocountdown "Kelly Rowland's Official Top 10", broadcast 10 December 2011 on MTV Music UK (http://www.unrealitytv.co.uk/x-factor/kelly-rowland%E2%80%99s-official-top-10-coming-to-mtv & http://www.theofficialcharts.com/our-partners/)
  10. ^ "Neue Single". Union Street. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  11. ^ "Kelly Rowland feat. Eve – Like This – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kelly Rowland feat. Eve – Like This" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kelly Rowland feat. Eve – Like This" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  14. ^ "Kelly Rowland Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Kelly Rowland.
  15. ^ "Kelly Rowland Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for Kelly Rowland.
  16. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kelly Rowland feat. Eve – Like This" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Kelly Rowland feat. Eve – Like This". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Kelly Rowland feat. Eve – Like This – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Kelly Rowland" UK Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Kelly Rowland Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Kelly Rowland.
  22. ^ "Kelly Rowland Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Kelly Rowland.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2007". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  24. ^ "ChartsPlus Year-End 200". UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  25. ^ "Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Year End Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 

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