Never Knew I Needed

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"Never Knew I Needed"
Single by Ne-Yo
from the album The Princess and the Frog: Original Songs and Score
Released October 27, 2009
Format Digital download, CD Single, Airplay
Recorded 2009
Genre R&B, pop
Length 3:38
Label Walt Disney, Def Jam
Writer(s) Ne-Yo
Producer(s) Chuck Harmony
Ne-Yo singles chronology
"Baby By Me"
(2009)
"Never Knew I Needed"
(2009)
"Angels Cry"
(2010)

"Never Knew I Needed" is a 2009 Single by American pop/R&B singer Ne-Yo. The song was produced by Chuck Harmony. It is the first single from The Princess and the Frog: Original Songs and Score soundtrack. The song had an accompanying music video which was in heavy rotation on the Disney Channel. The song was sent to rhythmic radio in the U.S. on October 27, 2009.[1] It was released as a digital download on November 3, 2009. The song's official remix features Cassandra Steen.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Melina. It was released on October 29, 2009.[2]

The video pays homage to several scenes in The Princess and the Frog. It takes place in New Orleans in possibly the jazz age- the time period the film is set. It starts with Ne-Yo walking through the empty streets fantasizing about a woman as jazz musicians play behind him. He walks into a restaurant where he works as a waiter the woman / "Princess" character is a beautiful and clearly wealthy customer who is dining with her family. Ne-Yo then goes into an empty warehouse which he imagines is a kitchen (homage to the scene in which Almost There is performed). He dreams the woman has come to visit him and they are eating some of Ne-Yo's cooking and having a good time with each other. Ne-Yo then takes a streetcar and he sees the woman with her family outside the home through the window. The woman looks up and sees him on the streetcar and runs after it. This is intercut with Ne-Yo overlooking the bayou where a large portion of the Princess and the Frog takes place. He turns around and the woman is standing behind him the two run to each other and share a kiss while two frogs on the bayou are also seen kissing.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009-10) Peak
position
German Singles Chart[3] 64a
Japan Hot 100[4] 13
UK Singles Chart 99
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[5] 56

Release details[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United States October 27, 2009 Walt Disney Radio airplay[1]
November 3, 2009[6] Digital download
Germany November 30, 2009[7]
December 4, 2009 CD single[8]
(Duet version featuring Cassandra Steen).

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