Come Back to Me (Utada Hikaru song)

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"Come Back to Me"
Come Back To Me Cover.jpg
Single by Utada
from the album This Is the One
Released January 21, 2009 (2009-01-21)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre R&B
Length 3:58
Label Island Def Jam
Writer(s) Utada Hikaru, Stargate
Producer(s) Stargate, Utada, Sking U
Utada singles chronology
"Prisoner of Love"
(2009)
"Come Back to Me"
(2009)
"Dirty Desire"
(2009)
Music sample

"Come Back to Me" is a pop and R&B song by Japanese American pop singer Utada. The song was written by Utada and Stargate and was produced by Utada, Stargate and her father, Sking U. "Come Back to Me" is the first single from her second English-language album This Is the One. In the United States, the song has peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and number 93 on the Pop 100 chart.

Background[edit]

The production of "Come Back to Me" started in 2008. Utada took a few demo tracks that Stargate had produced and just started to write.[1] "Come Back to Me" was chosen as the lead single because Utada felt the song "enters the listener naturally" and "comes into them easily".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Adam Benjamin Irby of Bleu Magazine called the song a "Mariah-esque" song, that is musically reminiscent of "We Belong Together".[3] Michael Botsford of AudioScribbler said that the song is "cheesier than your local pizzeria’s finest, but it knows it. It’s a not a song that we warmed to, but I imagine every teenage girl in the country who’s suffered a break up will well up at the eyes when they hear it."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

The single entered the Billboard Pop 100 Airplay and Hot Dance Club Play chart on the issue date of March 28, 2009 at number 75 and number 43 respectively. The single peaked at number 69 and number 5 on their respective charts.[5][6] On the Billboard Pop 100 chart, the single debuted at number 93 on the issue date of April 11, 2009.[7] On the issue date of May 9, 2009, "Come Back to Me" entered the Rhythmic Airplay Chart at number 39.[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Come Back to Me" was directed by Anthony Mandler and was filmed in two days, January 27 and 28, 2009.[9][10] The theme of the video comes from the fashion style of the 1920s.[11] The video premiered on February 27, 2009.

The video starts with Utada playing a Vox piano. As she sings she reminisces on the times shared with her ex-boyfriend

Track listing[edit]

iTunes track listing (Single)
No. Title Length
1. "Come Back to Me" 3:57
iTunes track listing (Remixes)
No. Title Length
1. "Come Back to Me (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Club Mix)" 9:12
2. "Come Back to Me (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Radio Edit)" 4:31
3. "Come Back to Me (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Club Mix)" 8:19
4. "Come Back to Me (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Radio Edit" 4:03
5. "Come Back to Me (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Dub)" 8:07

Other versions

  • "Come Back to Me (Instrumental)" (3:57)
  • "Come Back to Me (Quentin Harris Radio Edit)" (4:24)
  • "Come Back to Me (Quentin Harris Club Mix)" (8:03)
  • "Come Back to Me (Quentin Harris Dub)" (8:01)
  • "Come Back to Me (Mike Rizzo Radio Edit)" (3:15)
  • "Come Back to Me (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Club Mix)" (7:57) - Mike Rizzo also produced this mix, however it wasn't officially released, so was leaked by Rizzo himself.
  1. Both "Come Back to Me (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Radio Edit)" and "Come Back to Me (Quentin Harris Radio Edit)" were featured as bonus tracks on the Japanese release of This Is the One.
  2. "Come Back to Me (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Radio Edit)" was featured on Utada's first English compilation album, Utada the Best.

Charts[edit]

Charts (2009) Peak
position
Japan Billboard Hot 100[12] 3
Japan RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100[13] 32
Japan RIAJ Reco-kyō ringtones Top 100[14] 34
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[7] 69
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[15] 39
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[16] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Airplay[17] 11
U.S. Billboard Global Dance Tracks[18] 28

Certification[edit]

Chart Amount
RIAJ full-length cellphone downloads[19] 100,000+

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Japan January 21, 2009 Airplay
February 18, 2009 Digital Download
United States February 10, 2009 Airplay, Digital Download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Utada is Crossing back to North America". Asiance Magazine. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Utada Exclusive Interview". Kiwibox. February 20, 2009. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ Irby Benjamin, Adam (April 20, 2009). "Bleu Critic: Utada 'This Is The One'". Bleu Critic. Archived from the original on June 1, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ Botsford, Michael (March 26, 2009). "Utada - This Is The One". AudioScribbler. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Pop 100 Airplay week of April 11, 2009". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Hot Dance Club Play week of May 9, 2009". Billboard. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Pop 100 week of April 11, 2009". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Rhythmic Top 40 week of May 9, 2009". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Hikaru Utada: "This Is The One" avec "Come Back To Me"" (in Swedish). Swisscom. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  10. ^ "This is Utada". MySpace. January 31, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Utada Interview with Gossip Girls". Gossip Girls. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Japan Hot 100 Singles week of March 20, 2009". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2009. [dead link]
  13. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2009年04月15日~2009年04月21日 <略称:レコ協チャート(「着うたフル(R)」)>" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 2010-04-24. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  14. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2月度有料音楽配信チャート(「着うた(R)」)<略称:2月度レコ協チャート(「着うた(R)」)>" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131226175520/http://www.billboard.com/charts/2009-05-16/dance-club-play-songs. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131225101210/http://www.billboard.com/charts/2009-05-23/hot-dance-airplay. Archived from the original on December 25, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ [2][dead link]
  19. ^ レコード協会調べ 5月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:5月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 

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