You Know I'm No Good

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"You Know I'm No Good"
UK CD 1 cover
Single by Amy Winehouse
from the album Back to Black
B-side "Monkey Man"
Released 5 January 2007 (Ireland)
8 January 2007 (UK)
March 2007 (U.S. – download only)
February 2008 (U.S. re-release)
Format CD single, digital download, 12" single
Recorded Chung King Studios,
Daptone Studios
(New York City)
Metropolis Studios
(London, England)
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 4:17
Label Island
Writer(s) Amy Winehouse
Producer(s) Mark Ronson
Amy Winehouse singles chronology
"Rehab"
(2006)
"You Know I'm No Good"
(2007)
"Back to Black"
(2007)
Amy Winehouse U.S. singles chronology
"You Know I'm No Good"
(2007)
"Rehab"
(2007)
Alternative cover
UK CD 2 cover

"You Know I'm No Good" is a song by the English recording artist Amy Winehouse, released as the second single from her second studio album, Back to Black. Originally recorded as a solo track, it was remixed with guest vocals from the Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. The original appeared on Winehouse's album, while the version with Ghostface Killah appears on his album More Fish.

Arctic Monkeys performed this song on Jo Whiley's Live Lounge on BBC Radio 1 in their second appearance there, along with their single at the time, "Brianstorm". In summer 2007, "You Know I'm No Good" was used in advertisements and in the first season opening for AMC's TV drama Mad Men, although it was replaced with the current theme song for DVD release. It was also used for the opening to ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl. On the recap of The Best Songs of 2007 by Entertainment Weekly magazine, this song ranked at number two.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Phil Griffin (who also directed the video for her previous hit "Rehab"), was released to music channels in late November 2006. The video features Winehouse in numerous settings including a bar, a bedroom, and a bathtub. The plot is based around Winehouse's fictional character's relationship with the male character in the video. Video was shot by director of photography Adam Frisch.

The video premiered on VH1 during the weekend of 3 March 2007. Following its VH1 premiere, it was placed on MTV's Big 10 rotation as of 5 March 2007 and was premiered on TRL the same day. The song was heard on a sneak preview of AMC's original series "Mad Men".

Release[edit]

The single was released in the UK on 8 January 2007. The track made it onto BBC Radio 1's A-list playlist. A UK edit of the remix featuring Ghostface Killah was also sent to radio, and to download services, and the original full-length U.S. version, featuring Ghostface Killah name-checking Kelly Clarkson amongst others, is also receiving airplay in the U.S., where it has been added to numerous Rhythmic radio stations.

Following Winehouse's success at the 50th Grammy Awards, the song was re-released in the U.S. in mid-February 2008.[2]

Response[edit]

Critical response to the single was positive. For the week of 16 January 2007, the track was chosen as the Single of the Week on the U.S. iTunes Store as a free download. Newsweek also chose the song as its Pick of the Week for 15 January of the same year.[3] Billboard found that the track—"in original form—could be no better"; however, it acknowledged that the Ghostface Killah remix added a "ferocious discordant sputter at the midsection."[4] People magazine called the track "instantly memorable."[5]

Prior to this, Winehouse had not seen any success in the U.S., as her debut album Frank was not released there until November 2007. On the Billboard Hot 100, "You Know I'm No Good" debuted at number 91 spot ahead of "Rehab", which also debuted on the chart the same week.[6] The single peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number 18 for the week ending 14 January 2007, in an excellent week for Winehouse that saw Back to Black achieve a new UK peak of number one, previous single "Rehab" return to the UK top 20, and Frank re-enter the UK chart at number 62 more than three years after its first release. To date, the single, which spent a total of 11 consecutive weeks on the UK Singles Chart, has sold 53,272 copies in the UK.

Winehouse performed the song at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony while in London, along with her hit single "Rehab". The performance was broadcast internationally via satellite. The song's performance on the awards ceremony subsequently led to an increase in digital downloads, notably on iTunes, where the song reentered the Top Songs chart at number 55 in the United States. This resulted in a new peak for the song on the Billboard Hot 100, of number 77, one spot ahead of its previous peak. Arctic Monkeys performed a cover of the song on their 2007 tour.[7] According to Mediabase.com, "You Know I'm No Good" is being sent back to U.S. radio for another attempt. Following the performance, the song re-entered the Hot 100 at number 77, based on digital sales.

A remix by Ghostface Killah appears on the reissue of Back to Black, featuring one verse by Ghostface, and a second remix, featuring more Ghostface verses, appears on his album More Fish.

English actor Roger Moore said he had no idea why Winehouse chose to include him in the lyrics, unless she wanted a word that rhymed with "door", or could not find a word that rhymed with "Connery".[8]

Following her death, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at 37.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD 1
  1. "You Know I'm No Good"
  2. "To Know Him Is to Love Him" (NapsterLive Session)
UK CD 2
  1. "You Know I'm No Good"
  2. "Monkey Man"
  3. "You Know I'm No Good" (Skeewiff Mix)
European CD single
  1. "You Know I'm No Good"
  2. "You Know I'm No Good" (featuring Ghostface Killah)
  3. "You Know I'm No Good" (Skeewiff Mix)
German 12" promo single
A1. "You Know I'm No Good" (Skeewiff Mix)
A2. "You Know I'm No Good" (Album Version)
A3. "You Know I'm No Good" (Instrumental)
B1. "You Know I'm No Good" (Ghostface Killah Version)
B2. "You Know I'm No Good" (Fettes Brot Remix)
B3. "You Know I'm No Good" (A Cappella)
USA 12" single (Universal Republic B0008491-11)
A1. "You Know I'm No Good" 4:19
A2. "You Know I'm No Good" feat. Ghostface Killah 3:22
B1. "Rehab" 3:32
B2. "Rehab" (Hot Chip Remix) 6:58

Official versions and remixes[edit]

  • Album Version – 4:17
  • Radio Edit – 3:37
  • Video Version – 3:52
  • AOL Winter Live 2006 – 4:30
  • Demo Version – 4:13
  • Ghostface Killah Remix (U.S.) – 4:23
  • Ghostface Killah (UK) – 3:22
  • NapsterLive Sessions – 3:19
  • Fettes Brot Remix
  • Skeewiff Mix – 5:45
  • One-2 Remix – 2:37

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007–2011) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[9] 89
Austrian Singles Chart[10] 50
Belgian Tip Chart (Flanders)[10] 2
Belgian Tip Chart (Wallonia)[10] 19
Canadian Hot 100[11] 54
Danish Singles Chart[12] 23
Dutch Single Top 100[10] 27
European Hot 100 Singles[11] 47
French Singles Chart[10] 17
German Singles Chart[13] 71
Irish Singles Chart[14] 39
Norwegian Singles Chart[15] 12
Romanian Top 100[16] 39
Slovak Airplay Chart[17] 29
Spanish Singles Chart[18] 48
Swiss Singles Chart[10] 7
UK Singles Chart[19] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 77
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 87

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
Switzerland Platinum[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 10 best songs of 2007 – Alicia Keys–2–Best & Worst 2007–Music–The Best & Worst of 2007–Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly. 
  2. ^ Flo Rida Makes It Nine Straight Atop Hot 100
  3. ^ No byline (2007-01-15), "THE LIST". Newsweek. 149 (3):68
  4. ^ Taylor, Chuck (2007-03-17), "You Know I'm No Good". Billboard. 119 (11):52
  5. ^ Arnold, Chuck (2007-11-26), "Amy Winehouse". People. 68 (22):48
  6. ^ Katie Hasty, "Fergie Scores Second 'Glamorous' Week At No. 1", Billboard.com, 22 March 2007.
  7. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (2007-06-14), "The Diva and Her Demons". Rolling Stone. (1028):58–69 Retrieved 14 December 2007
  8. ^ Bryony Gordon (23 September 2008). "Roger Moore: I'm the worst Bond, apparently". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - ARIA Chartifacts 01-August-2011 (ARIA Charts: Weekly ARIA Chartifacts)". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
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  11. ^ a b c d "You Know I'm No Good – Amy Winehouse". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Track Top 40". IFPI. IFPI. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Musicline.de – Chartverfolgung – Amy Winehouse – You Know I'm No Good (2-track)". Media Control (in German). PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 18 January 2007". Irish Recorded Music Association. Chart-Track. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Amy Winehouse feat. Ghostface Killah – You Know I'm No Good". Verdens Gang. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Romanian Top 100 – 7/2007" (in Romanian). Vento Consultanta SRL. Archived from the original on 6 March 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2008. 
  17. ^ "RADIO TOP100 Oficiálna" (in Slovak). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2 March 2008. 
  18. ^ "Spanish Singles Top 50". PROMUSICAE. 
  19. ^ "Chart Stats – Amy Winehouse – You Know I'm No Good". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  20. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 

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