Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now

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"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now"
Single by Joss Stone featuring Common
from the album Introducing Joss Stone
Released 11 June 2007 (U.S.)
23 July 2007 (UK)
Format CD single, CD maxi single, digital download
Recorded Compass Point Studios
(Nassau, Bahamas)
Genre Neo soul, alternative hip hop
Length 4:22 (Album Version)
3:59 (Radio Edit)
3:40 (No Rap Edit)
Label Relentless, Virgin
Writer(s) Joss Stone, Alonzo "Novel" Stevenson, Tony Reyes, Lonnie Lynn, Mark Batson
Producer(s) Raphael Saadiq
Joss Stone singles chronology
"Tell Me 'bout It"
(2007)
"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now"
(2007)
"L-O-V-E"
(2007)
Introducing Joss Stone track listing
"Tell Me 'bout It"
(4)
"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now"
(5)
"Put Your Hands on Me"
(6)
Common singles chronology
"The Game"
(2007)
"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now"
(2007)
"Drivin' Me Wild"
(2007)

"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now" is a song by English soul singer–songwriter Joss Stone, featuring American rapper Common. Written by Stone, Alonzo "Novel" Stevenson, Tony Reyes, Mark Batson and Common. Produced by Raphael Saadiq, the song was released as the album's second single in July 2007. The song last single charting in UK and her first single in U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, since 2004's "Spoiled".

Chart performance[edit]

"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now" had a lacklustre performance in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number eighty-four on the UK Singles Chart the week of 4 August 2007 and spent only one week on the tally, becoming Stone's first solo single to miss the UK top seventy-five. It charted mildly in other countries such as Canada, Germany, Romania and Switzerland. Nevertheless, the single did manage to achieve success in Turkey and the Netherlands, where it peaked at numbers four and twenty-three, respectively. It was also Stone's second single (the first being 2005's "Spoiled") to chart on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, on which it debuted at number sixty-nine the week of 28 April 2007 (after debuting at number twelve on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles) and reached its peak position of number sixty-four four weeks later. Surprisingly, "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now" debuted at number thirty-eight in Greece the week of 23 February 2008, peaking at number thirty-two the following week.

Music video[edit]

Stone lying on a flower-covered floor in the video.

The music video for "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now", directed by Sanaa Hamri and filmed in New York City, premiered on VH1 Soul on 7 May 2007 and on VH1's VSpot Top 20 Countdown, and has also been viewed on YouTube over 24 million times (as of October 15, 2010) on 12 May. In aid of U2's frontman Bono's initiative Product Red, an organization helping finance the fight of HIV/AIDS in Africa, 100% of the proceeds from copies of the video sold on iTunes were reverted to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Stone is the first artist to do so.[1]

The video starts with a red gerbera being held by the cameraman, who heads for a typical New York City terraced house from which Stone shows up. He hands the gerbera in to her and proceeds to film Stone as the two go for a walk around the city. Next, they take a break and sit on a bench in the city centre, where the cameraman caresses Stone's face and hands a drink plastic glass in to her. They then head for the backstage of Stone's outdoor concert in a park; she gets changed in an impromptu dressing room and subsequently comes onto the stage (where a Product Red billboard can be seen in the background) along with Common before a crowded audience. Common performs his rap segment followed by the song's final lines. As the concert ends, Stone takes the cameraman to the backstage where she kisses the camera as if she had kissed the man. Intercut shots of Stone wearing a skin-coloured suit and purple high heels while lying on a flower-covered floor are included from the scene in which Stone and the cameraman are sitting on the bench.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi single
  1. "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now" (Album Version featuring Common) – 4:22
  2. "Tell Me 'bout It" (Live from the Bowery Ballroom) – 5:20
  3. "What Were We Thinking" (Live from the Bowery Ballroom) – 5:25
UK CD single
  1. "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now" (Album Version featuring Common) – 4:22
  2. "Music" (Live from the Bowery Ballroom) – 4:20
U.S. promo CD single
  1. "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now" (Radio Edit, No Rap) – 3:40
  2. "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now" (Radio Edit featuring Common) – 3:58
  3. "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now" (Instrumental) – 4:23

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Belgian Tip Chart (Flanders)[2] 14
Canadian Hot 100[3] 53
Dutch Top 40[3] 23
German Singles Chart[3] 96
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 66
UK Singles Chart[4] 84
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[5] 64
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Greek Singles Chart[6] 32

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