Before You Walk Out of My Life

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"Before You Walk Out of My Life"
Before You Walk out of My Life.jpg
Single by Monica
from the album Miss Thang
ReleasedAugust 3, 1995 (1995-08-03)
Format
Recorded1995
Genre
Length4:53 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Soulshock & Karlin
Monica singles chronology
"Don't Take It Personal"
(1995)
"Before You Walk out of My Life" / "Like This and Like That"
(1995)
"Why I Love You So Much/Ain't Nobody"
(1996)

"Before You Walk Out of My Life" is a song by American R&B singer Monica. It was written by Andrea Martin, Carsten Schack, and Kenneth Karlin, with production helmed by Schack and Karlin under their production moniker Soulshock & Karlin. Initially helmed for fellow R&B singer Toni Braxton's Secrets (1996) album, it was left unused and later re-recorded by Monica for her debut album Miss Thang (1995). Built around drum machine-backed rhythms and a saxophone-laced beat, the mid-tempo R&B ballad was released as the album's second single on August 3, 1995, with "Like This and Like That" serving as its other half on a double A-side stateside.

In the United States, "Before You Walk Out of My Life" became Monica's second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart, spending two weeks at number-one. It also reached the top ten on the US Billboard Hot 100, the New Zealand Singles Chart, and the UK R&B chart. Additionally, the song was ranked number thirty-eight on the 1996 Billboard year-end chart and certified platinum by the RIAA.[1][2] "Before You Walk Out of My Life," alongside previous single "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)," made the singer the youngest recording artist to have two consecutive number-one hits on Billboard's R&B chart at the age of fourteen.[2]

Background and recording[edit]

"Before You Walk Out of My Life" was written by singer Andrea Martin along with Carsten Schack and Kenneth Karlin from Danish production team Soulshock & Karlin.[3] The song was originally crafted for Toni Braxton's second studio album Secrets (1996), but later offered to Monica when it was left unused.[4] Recorded by Jay Lean, Brian Smith, and Carsten Schack at the Pure Studio and the D.A.R.P. Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, "Before You Walk Out of My Life" was mixed by Jon Gass at The Enterprise Studios.[3] Dallas Austin served as executive producer on the track.[3]

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video for the single was directed by Kevin Bray and released in August 1995.[5] The video was edited by Scott C. Wilson.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD Single[6]

No.TitleLength
1."Before You Walk Out of My Life" (Radio Edit)3:58
2."Before You Walk Out of My Life" (Pete Rock Remix)4:56
3."Before You Walk Out of My Life" (Tony Rich Remix)4:57
4."Before You Walk Out of My Life" (Mike Dean Remix)4:55

US CD Single[7]

No.TitleLength
1."Before You Walk Out of My Life" (Album Version)4:51
2."Like This and Like That" (Album Version)4:41
3."Before You Walk Out of My Life" (Mike Dean Remix)4:54
4."Like This and Like That" (All Star Mix)4:34
5."Before You Walk Out of My Life" (Pete Rock Remix)4:56

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Miss Thang.[3]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Database". Recording Industry Association of America. RIAA.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
  2. ^ a b Christian, Margena A. (2003-07-28). "Monica: Shares Life's Lessons On New CD After The Storm". Jet. FindArticles.com. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  3. ^ a b c d Miss Thang (Media notes). Monica. Arista Records. 1995.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Andrea Martin Gives The Stories Behind Her Songs with Blu Cantrell, Tracey Spencer & Toni Braxton". KempireRadio YouTube). Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  5. ^ "Monica Videography". MVDBase.com. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  6. ^ "Monica: Before You Walk Out My Life UK CD single (CD5 / 5")". Eli.com. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  7. ^ "Monica: Before You Walk Out Of My Life US CD single (CD5 / 5")". Eli.com. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  8. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 07 Jul 1996". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved April 12, 2018. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – Monica – Before You Walk Out of My Life". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  10. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Monica: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  12. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  14. ^ "Monica Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  15. ^ "Monica Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  16. ^ "Monica Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  17. ^ "Monica Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  19. ^ "2003 Year End Chart: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Monica – Before You Walk Out of My Life". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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