Love (Keyshia Cole song)

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Single by Keyshia Cole
from the album The Way It Is
Released January 6, 2006
Genre Soul
Length 4:19
Label A&M
Producer(s) Ron Fair
Certification Double Platinum (RIAA)
Keyshia Cole singles chronology
"I Should Have Cheated"
"(When You Gonna) Give It up to Me"

"Love" is a song by American R&B recording artist Keyshia Cole. It written by Greg Curtis and Ron Fair and produced by the latter for her debut album, The Way It Is (2005). Released as the album's fourth single, "Love" emerged as the most successful single from the album. It peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming her breakthrough record after a string of modestly successful singles.

Its accompanying music video features R&B singer Tyrese and received heavy play on BET. On the countdown show, 106 and Park, the track retired, making the countdown for 65 days. The video retired from the countdown on 19 April 2006. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA.[1]

Song information[edit]

When Keyshia Cole moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a record deal, "Love" is the track that she thought would gain her one. When faced with A&M Records President Ron Fair, she performed this song and Fair decided to sign Cole on the spot. He would eventually rewrite the track.

The track is about a girl who is in a serious relationship with a guy, and is always trying to do her best, although she thinks that it is not good enough ("I used to think that I wasn't fine enough and I used to think I wasn't wild enough but I won't waste my time tryin' to figure out why you are playin' games what's this all about?"). The guy is cheating on her, but she cannot believe it because she is so much in love with the guy.

"Love" was announced as Cole's debut single in 2003. She performed the song at different showcases until her song "Never" was picked as the lead single for the Barbershop II soundtrack.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #82 and rose to #49 in its second week, becoming the chart's "Greatest Gainer". It slowly moved up the charts with minor setbacks, and eventually peaked at #19, becoming her highest solo charting single until her 2007 song Let It Go reached #7.

"Love" was #18 on Billboard‍ '​s 2006 Year End R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Love" features Cole and Tyrese (as her boyfriend). The video was shot in different locations in New York City, as it shows in the beginning of the video. The video starts off as two policemen pull over Cole and Tyrese because apparently Cole ran a red light while driving, but claims she did not see it. Tyrese is believed to be living a double life. He is some type of criminal that Cole suspects is doing wrong, but never confronts him of the issue, but he appears to be a loving boyfriend.

Subsequently, as Cole is watching television, there is a video of her boyfriend and some other men robbing a bank. After she arrives home from a day of expensive shopping, Cole is confronted by the authorities and asks her if she knows where her boyfriend is. Her boyfriend then picks her up, she gets into the driver's seat of the car, and are taken back to the scenario shown in the beginning of the video; however, the policeman recognizes that it is Cole and calmly calls the whole thing off by asking for her autograph. Cole confronts her boyfriend, ends up staying with him and he gives up being a criminal for her love.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 19
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 3


  1. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Keyshia Cole Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Keyshia Cole. Retrieved 2014-10-10.
  3. ^ "Keyshia Cole Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Keyshia Cole. Retrieved 2014-10-10.

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