Me & U (song)

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This article is about the Cassie song. For other songs with the same title, see Me and You (disambiguation).
"Me & U"
Single by Cassie
from the album Cassie
Released April 25, 2006
Format Digital download
Genre R&B
Length 3:12
Label
Writer(s) Ryan Leslie
Producer(s) Ryan Leslie
Cassie singles chronology
"Me & U"
(2006)
"Long Way 2 Go"
(2006)

"Me & U" is a song written by Ryan Leslie and recorded by American recording artist Cassie. It was released on April 25, 2006, as the lead single from her eponymous debut album, Cassie (2006). The song reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2006. It remained in the top forty for nearly five months.

The song's "Bad Boy" remix features Diddy and Yung Joc and the song's "The Inc" remix features Ja Rule and Harry-O. The single has been a successful debut as a top three single in the U.S., a top five single in New Zealand, a top ten hit in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France, and a top twenty song in Australia. The song is featured on DANCE! Online, a multiplayer online casual rhythm game, Saints Row 2, and in the PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows and Xbox One versions of Grand Theft Auto V. "Me & U" is also heavily sampled in the 2013 song "Cool" by Le Youth.

The song was considered "a slinky, vintage-sounding track with a hypnotic, snake-charming whistle," and likened to imitating Janet Jackson.[1] The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on December 14, 2006.[2] It was also certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry.[3]

Official remixes[edit]

  • "Me & U" (Bad Boy Remix) features Sean "Diddy" Combs and Yung Joc
  • "Me & U" (NextSelection Remix) features Ryan Leslie and has a different instrumental
  • "Me & U" (The Inc Remix) features Ja Rule and Harry-O
  • "Me & U" (Remix) features Ray-J
  • "Me & U" (Tyler Nelson Dark Club Mix) Remix – Tyler Nelson 7:02
  • "Me & U" (Roc & Soul Club Mix) Remix – David Anthony 4:41
  • "Me & U" (Tyler Nelson Private Mix) Remix – Tyler Nelson 6:33
  • "Me & U" (French Remix) features Booba 2:55

Music video[edit]

In the music video, Cassie comes in with her phone which is playing part of the chorus to "Me & U" while improvising some lyrics that were not in the original song. She puts the song on and begins to dance and sing along, hurting herself while doing a spinning move, changing her outfit, and then being able to successfully complete the spinning move later on. The video is directed by Norwegian-born director Ray Kay.

The video was inspired by Janet Jackson's "The Pleasure Principle" video, described as evoking Jackson's "impromptu solo dance rehearsal" during the video's mirror scenes.[1] Cassie stated "I'm a diehard Janet Jackson fan. A lot of people compare my video for "Me & U" to hers for "Pleasure Principle." "I was just rehearsing in the studio, they filmed me and the record label thought it would be great for the video. I'd love to emulate her career. She's incredible, from her moves to her voice."[4]

In July 2006 an unreleased, low-budget and suggestive video for "Me & U" appeared on YouTube. This video was in stark contrast to the more polished video that was shown on mainstream media outlets. Initially, it was removed from most websites but continued to appear on file sharing networks and eventually appeared again on the internet. Cassie has gone on record to denounce the original video (directed by Little X), which depicts her singing to an unidentified male at a night club before taking him to a hotel room where Cassie is depicted kneeling below him while caressing his genital region and then unbuckling his pants in night vision. Cassie's management maintains that the low-budget, risqué version was released only for European audiences.

Chart performance[edit]

The single became Cassie's most popular single to date, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 a short while after the song was released. It stayed atop the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay for 7 weeks. Following that chart's domination by Yung Joc's "It's Goin' Down", Bad Boy Records once again dominated a chart for much of a summer as it had done on the Hot 100 in 1997. "Me & U" also reached the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In the UK, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number twenty-three and, within a week's time, rose to a number six, remaining there for a week before dropping down to number nine. The song also did well around the rest of Europe, including France, Germany, and Ireland.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 12
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 34
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 15
Denmark (Tracklisten)[9] 17
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[10] 9
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 4
France (SNEP)[12] 8
Germany (Media Control Charts)[13] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 47
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 22
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 3
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[21] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 1
Preceded by
"Snap Yo Fingers" by Lil Jon featuring E-40
and Sean Paul of the YoungbloodZ
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
August 5, 2006
Succeeded by
"Shoulder Lean" by Young Dro featuring T.I.

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