So into You (Tamia song)
|"So Into You"|
|Single by Tamia|
|from the album Tamia|
|Released||June 23, 1998|
|Format||CD single, cassette single, 12-inch single, 7" single|
|Label||Qwest, Warner Bros.|
|Writer(s)||Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson, Tamia Washington, Lionel Richie, Ronald LaPread|
|Producer(s)||Tim & Bob|
|Tamia singles chronology|
"So Into You" is a song performed by Canadian singer Tamia, recorded for her self-titled debut album Tamia (1998). It was written by Tamia, Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson, Lionel Richie and Ronald LaPread and produced by Tim & Bob. "So Into You" is a mid-tempo R&B song with lyrics describing the protagonist's feelings of love for her partner. The song uses a modified sample from The Commodores single "Say Yeah" (1978). The song was noted for Tamia using a more restrained and seductive singing technique, at the time unheard of on her previously released material.
"So Into You" was released as the third single from Tamia on June 23, 1998. The song became an R&B hit, peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song's music video was created by Harvey White and premiered on American TV in June 1998. It reached the top ten on BET's video countdown and received a Directorial Debut of the Year nomination at the MVPA Awards. Since its release, "So Into You" has often been performed on Tamia's concerts and tours, including The Verizon Ladies First Tour in 2004 and the Single Ladies Tour in 2012. In 2003, American rapper Fabolous sampled the song in his "Into You", with Tamia performing its hook.
Background and release
In the early 1990s, Canadian singer Tamia was offered a record contract with Quincy Jones' Qwest Records and shortly thereafter started work on her debut album. While recording the album several singles with Tamia as a featured performer were released, all gaining attention. Her debut single "You Put a Move on My Heart", "Slow Jams" (performed with Babyface, Portrait and Barry White) and "Missing You" (performed with Brandy Norwood, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight) all earned Grammy Award nominations, making Tamia one of the most anticipated new R&B singers in the US. The publicity increased the expectations on Tamias self-titled debut album Tamia which was released in April 1998. The album was precieded by its lead single "Imagination", which peaked at number 12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and "Falling for You" which was released as the albums second single in Japan only. "So Into You" was released as the albums third single on June 23, 1998.
- "So Into You" (album version) – 3:55
- "So Into You" (radio edit) – 3:37
- "So Into You" (instrumental) – 3:54
- "So Into You" (a cappella) – 3:55
A video for this single was made from May 16–19, 1998. The video starts with Tamia lying on a couch. Then, people are seen walking down a hallway (later revealed to be her friends), and enter Tamia's room. Then, it reveals that she and her friends were having a party. Several scenes later change to Tamia in several different rooms, singing the song. The video ends with Tamia's friends leaving, Tamia lying down on her bed, and then her standing in the center of a room. Nicole Richie plays one of Tamia's friends in this music video. The concept of the video was based on Tamia and Grant Hill (her future husband) having to be in a sort of long distance relationship at the beginning due to his travel.
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