Want Me, Want Me

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"Want Me, Want Me"
Single by Namie Amuro
from the album Queen of Hip-Pop
B-side Handle Me
Released April 6, 2005
Format CD single, CD and DVD
Recorded Baybridge Studio
Genre Hip-Pop
Length
Label Avex Trax
Producer(s) Sugi-V, Michico
Namie Amuro singles chronology
"Girl Talk/The Speed Star"
(2004)
"Want Me, Want Me"
(2005)
"White Light/Violet Sauce"
(2005)
"Want Me, Want Me"
The CD and DVD version of the single

"Want Me, Want Me" is Namie Amuro's 28th solo single under the Avex Trax label. It was released in two formats CD and CD&DVD on April 6, 2005. The CD format contained a B-side track and its instrumental while the CD&DVD format had no B-side but came with the music video. It was the last retailed single to precede her sixth studio album, Queen of Hip-Pop (2005). The sitar sample from the song was also featured in the background music to the cycle 8 premiere episode of America's Next Top Model.

History[edit]

Amuro was a guest at the 2005 Kobe Collection, an important fashion event, and the song was unveiled for the first time at the latter. In an interview for the May 2005 edition of Woofin' Magazine, the singer revealed that Want Me, Want Me was a song she had already planned for her next album, but she really liked it so she decided to release it as a single.[1]

Song information[edit]

Want Me, Want Me is best described as a fusion of bhangra and reggaeton music. Its arrangement and composition is most similar to reggaeton music, but it utilizes a sitar sample. The single debuted at #2 and opened with her largest sales figure for a single since her 2001 hit, "lovin' it (Namie Amuro & Verbal)."

Music video[edit]

The video for "Want Me, Want Me" was shot in an undisclosed studio by director Masashi Muto. It involves Amuro and several dancers performing in a flooded room. The room changes between two colors, blue and beige. Extras of various ethnic backgrounds were used as background dancers throughout the video.

Track listing[edit]

CD only format[edit]

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Want Me, Want Me"   Michico Sugi-V   3:13
2. "Handle Me"   Akira Akira Junya Endo 3:30
3. "Want Me, Want Me" (Instrumental) Michico Sugi-V   3:13
4. "Handle Me" (Instrumental) Akira Akira Junya Endo 3:27
Total length:
13:25

CD and DVD[edit]

Disc1: CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Want Me, Want Me"   Michico Sugi-V   3:13
2. "Want Me, Want Me" (Instrumental) Michico Sugi-V   3:13
Disc2: DVD
No. Title Director(s) Length
1. "Want Me, Want Me" (Music video)   3:20
Total length:
9:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Namie Amuro – vocals, background vocals
  • Michico – background vocals
  • Sugi-V – all instruments

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Sugi-V, Michico
  • Vocal Production – Michico
  • Mixing – D.O.I
  • Music Video Director – Masashi Muto
  • Hair & Make Up – Akemi Nakano
  • Stylist – Noriko Goto
  • Photography – Shoji Uchida
  • Design: Aratame

TV performances[edit]

  • March 24, 2005 – Kobe Collection '05
  • April 2, 2005 – CDTV
  • April 9, 2005 – Music Fighter
  • April 14, 2005 – Utaban
  • April 22, 2005 – Music Station
  • June 4, 2005 – MTV Video Awards Japan 2005

Cover versions[edit]

  • Nisha Kothari recorded an Indian version for the Bollywood film, Darling, titled 'Aa Khushi Se Khud Khushi Kar Le' A remix of the song was also released.
  • Mina recorded a Korean version, titled 'Istanbul'

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
April 6, 2005 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 2
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 2 48,106 102,733 10 weeks
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 100

RIAJ certification[edit]

"Want Me, Want Me" has been certified gold for shipments of over 100,000 by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.[2]

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