Without You (David Guetta song)

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"Without You"
Single by David Guetta featuring Usher
from the album Nothing but the Beat
Released September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded Test Pressing Studio, Naples, Italy
Genre
Length 3:28
Label Astralwerks, Virgin, Capitol
Writer(s) Taio Cruz, Usher Raymond IV, Rico Love, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, Frédéric Riesterer
Producer(s) David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, Frédéric Riesterer, Black Raw
David Guetta singles chronology
"Little Bad Girl"
(2011)
"Without You"
(2011)
"Titanium"
(2011)
Usher singles chronology
"Promise"
(2011)
"Without You"
(2011)
"Climax"
(2012)

"Without You" is a song by French DJ David Guetta, featuring vocals from American recording artist Usher. It was released as the third single from Guetta's fifth studio album, Nothing but the Beat on September 27, 2011. It was written by Usher, Taio Cruz, Rico Love, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort and Frédéric Riesterer while being produced by Guetta, Tuinfort, Riesterer and Black Raw. The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Guetta's third top ten single, following "Club Can't Handle Me" and "Sexy Bitch", as well as his highest peaking in the US to date. As of November 2013, the song has sold 2,684,000 copies in the US.[1]

Background[edit]

The electropop-ballad features the anguished vocals of R&B singer Usher. Guetta told Billboard magazine it's "maybe the biggest song I've made in my life."[citation needed] He added: "We were in bargaining sessions for a while. Usher was saying, 'I need this record for my album.' I said, 'I'm sorry, I cannot give it to you.' After a while he called me back and gave in."[2] Guetta told MTV News why he chose Usher to guest on this song. "It's just totally emotional," he said. "Some of the record is a proper ballad, and then it goes to that crazy dance beat. It's perfect for him, because he's famous for his ballads. And he's also now famous for those big club records that he comes with. He's an amazing dancer, so I felt like he was the artist that I needed."[2] Usher told MTV News that this ode to not giving up on love in the face of adversity resonated with him personally. "I think the world wanted a record like that. That [song] really spoke to the journey that I've actually been on in the last three years," he said. "Traveling all around the world, music sounds different. There's many different genres, and when you see R&B and pop and house, as well as electronic, come together, that's the reality of what music is."[2]

Composition[edit]

"Without You" was written by Usher Raymond, Rico Love, Taio Cruz, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort and Frédéric Riesterer, and produced by Guetta, Tuinfort and Riesterer.[citation needed] Lyrically, it is a song about lamenting a heavy kundy: Life without someone who means the world to you.[3] Amy Sciarretto of Pop Crush wrote that the chorus "invite lots of dancing, but this isn't much of clubby rager. Structurally, the song reminds us of Madonna's 'Ray of Light'; that's not to suggest that 'Without You' sounds like 'Ray of Light', but it shares the same formula and airy energy."[3]

"Without You" is set in common time maintaining a tempo of 128 beats per minute. The song is in the key of D-major, and features elements of pop, dance, and R&B. Usher vocals range from E3 to A5.

Critical reception[edit]

In a favorable review, Amy Sciarretto of Pop Crush wrote that the song is "a light, hands-in-the-air and somewhat ethereal song" and that "the heft of the words juxtaposed against the feathery music works and allows the song to remain bouyant [sic] and well, not a downer despite its unhappy musings."[3]

Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone stated that on the track "Usher gets lonely over Coldplay-style guitar."[4] Village Voice '​s Carol Cooper wrote a negative review, saying that "Usher, while pushing himself vocally, sounds like a Glee Project."[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed towards the end of July 2011[6] on a beach located in Portugal.[7] The full music video for "Without You" was released on 14 October 2011. The video shows cuts of different parties in Thailand, the United States, Brazil and South Africa, among other places. Continental drift starts to take place and all the parties on the different continents amalgamate to form one big party. It also has scenes with Usher in front of a Rio de Janeiro beach background.[8]

Use in media and covers[edit]

"Without You" was also used in promos Chilean TV program Mañaneros in 2012-2013, Teen Mom in MTV Latin America in 2012. The song was used in several episodes of Chilean reality show Mundos Opuestos, also was featured TV commercials telephone movil Chilean Entel called "Nuevos planes Multimedia Full".[9] The song was also covered by Lea Michele in Glee's episode "Yes/No" and by Olly Murs for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge in November 2011. The Mend covered the song for their performance in the 2012 Britain's Got Talent final.[10]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording[11]
  • Additional production, mixed and mastered at Test Pressing Studio, Naples, Italy
  • Vocals mixed at The Mix Room at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, California
Personnel[11]
  • Usher Raymond IV – songwriter (courtesy of LaFace Records)
  • Taio Cruz – songwriter (courtesy of Island Records)
  • Rico Love – songwriter
  • David Guetta – producer
  • Giorgio Tuinfort – producer
  • Frédéric Riesterer – producer
  • Black Raw – additional producer, mixing, mastering
  • Mark "Exit" Goodchild – vocal mixing
  • Kevin Hissink – guitar

Charts and certifications[edit]

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United States[77] September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27) Mainstream and rhythmic Radio
Australia[78] October 21, 2011 (2011-10-21) Digital Remixes EP
Austria[79]
Belgium[80]
Denmark[81]
Finland[82]
France[83]
Germany[84]
Greece[85]
Ireland[86]
Italy[87]
Japan[88]
Luxembourg[89]
Netherlands[90]
New Zealand[91]
Norway[92]
Portugal[93]
Sweden[94]
Switzerland[95]
United Kingdom[96] October 23, 2011 (2011-10-23)
Germany[97] November 4, 2011 (2011-11-04) CD single, 12" vinyl
United States[98] November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08) Hot Adult Contemporary Radio
United States[99] January 10, 2012 (2012-01-10) Digital Remixes EP

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