On & On (Erykah Badu song)

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"On & On"
Single by Erykah Badu
from the album Baduizm
Released December 1996
Format CD single, 7", 12"
Recorded January 1996[1]
Genre Neo soul, soul
Length 3:45
Label Kedar/Universal/MCA Records
Writer(s) Erykah Badu, Jaborn Jamal
Producer(s) Madukwu Chinwah, Erykah Badu
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Erykah Badu singles chronology
"On & On"
(1996)
"Next Lifetime"
(1997)

"On & On" is the debut single of R&B singer Erykah Badu, from her 1997 debut album Baduizm. The song won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1998 Grammy Awards.

The hit song spent two weeks at number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and went to #12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was also the first neo soul song to hit number-one on the R&B chart.

Music video[edit]

Badu was depicted as a maid in an African-American household in the music video for the single, showing her doing her chores. Scenes of her chasing a dog that bit the laundry that she put to dry, tying a little girl's hair into a ponytail and falling into mud could be seen throughout the video. The video ends with Badu dressed fully in green with several people in a barn, singing and dancing. The video is loosely based upon the movie adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple. The video was also nominated at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Female Video and Best R&B Video.

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
New Zealand Singles Chart 44
UK Singles Chart 12
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 83

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