Bittersweet (Fantasia Barrino song)

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"Bittersweet"
Fantasia Bittersweet.jpg
Single by Fantasia
from the album Back to Me
Released May 11, 2010
Format Digital download
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 4:02
Label J
Songwriter(s) Claude Kelly, Charles Harmon
Producer(s) Chuck Harmony
Fantasia singles chronology
"Even Angels"
(2010)
"Bittersweet"
(2010)
"I'm Doin' Me"
(2010)
"Even Angels"
(2010)
"Bittersweet"
(2010)
"I'm Doin' Me"
(2010)
Audio sample

"Bittersweet" is a song performed by American singer Fantasia from her third studio album, Back to Me. The song was released on May 11, 2010[1] as the lead single from the album.[2]

Fantasia's work on "Bittersweet" won her the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards, the last song to win this category. "Bittersweet" was also nominated for Best R&B Song. The song also won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Best Song.

Composition and critical reception[edit]

"Bittersweet" is a down-tempo R&B song which also derives from soul music.[3] According to Margaret Wappler of The Los Angeles Times, its introduction is composed of "anguished" piano notes and "gut-socking" moans. The song lyrically sees its protagonist reminiscing on a past love.[3]

Margaret Wappler of The Los Angeles Times said Fantasia's best moment on Back to Me was "Bittersweet", stating that it was "smartly chosen as the album’s first single."[4] Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly recommended the song as a download from the album, calling it a "old-school slow jam."[5] On songs such as "Bittersweet", Mariel Concepcion of Billboard said "her distinct voice is most enjoyable when singing heartfelt ballads."[3] Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine was less enthusiastic of the song, commenting that it "barely has a melodic line" and that it "just lets Fantasia do what she can with its bathetic series of clichés."[6]

Promotion[edit]

To promote the track, Fantasia has appeared on shows such as American Idol, Lopez Tonight and Good Morning America.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for Bittersweet has been shot and premiered Friday June 25 on Vevo.[8][9] The video was directed by Lenny Bass[10] and features professional football player Devin Thomas as Fantasia's love interest.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[12]
  1. "Bittersweet" – 4:02

Charts[edit]

"Bittersweet" has peaked at number 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number 74 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has sold 90,000 copies in the U.S.[13]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Year-end
Japan Hot 100[14] 66
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 74
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[16] 7 22[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bittersweet". Amazon.com. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "iTunes – Music – Bittersweet – Single by Fantasia". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  3. ^ a b c Concepcion, Mariel (2010-08-13). "Fantasia, "Back to Me"". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  4. ^ Wappler, Margaret (2010-08-23). "Album review: Fantasia's 'Back to Me'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  5. ^ Wood, Mikael (2010-08-11). "Back to Me (2010)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  6. ^ "Fantasia: Back To Me". Slant Magazine. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  7. ^ "Fantasia Performs ‘Bittersweet’ On Idol". thatgrapejuice. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "joeandhisblog.com". joeandhisblog.com. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  9. ^ "On Set of Fantasia’s ‘Bittersweet’ Video". Rap-Up. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100621011319/http://www.fantasiaofficial.com/archives/35. Archived from the original on June 21, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Video: Fantasia – ‘Bittersweet’". Rap-Up. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Bittersweet – Single". iTunes. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  13. ^ Mansfield, Brian (2010-12-08). "Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson show double-barreled sales power". USA Today. 
  14. ^ "Bittersweet". Billboard.com. 2010-09-04. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  15. ^ http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/charts/search/chart_search_results.jsp?rpp=100&sw=&cd=&f=&t=&per=Fantasia+&df=R&prod=&g=s&l=&dl=
  16. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/1496871/fantasia/chart?f=367
  17. ^ "Idols on the Billboard 2010 Year End Charts". MJ's Big Blog. December 9, 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 

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