Don't Know What to Tell Ya

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"Don't Know What to Tell Ya"
Aaliyah dontknow.jpg
Single by Aaliyah
from the album I Care 4 U
B-side
  • "Miss You" (UK)
  • "Got to Give It Up" (US)
ReleasedMay 20, 2003 (UK CD)
June 17, 2003 (German CD)
August 25, 2003 (US 12")[1]
Format
Recorded2001; Manhattan Center
(New York City, New York)
Length5:01
LabelBlackground
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Timbaland
Aaliyah singles chronology
"I Care 4 U"
(2003)
"Don't Know What to Tell Ya"
(2003)
"Come Over"
(2003)
Alternative cover
Alternative cover for "Don't Know What to Tell Ya"
Alternative cover for "Don't Know What to Tell Ya"

"Don't Know What to Tell Ya" is a song by American singer Aaliyah. It was initially written by Static Major and Timbaland for the singer's third studio album Aaliyah (2001). While it failed to make the final cut, it was eventually included on the singer's first posthumous compilation album, I Care 4 U (2002).

Released in mid-2003, the song was the second and final single from I Care 4 U in the European and Asian markets. In North America and Asia, the final single off the album was "Come Over".

Composition[edit]

"Don't Know What to Tell Ya" has a "noir-funk feel that evokes Blade Runner" and the song contains a sample from the song "Batwannis Beek" performed by Algerian singer Warda Al-Jazairia.[2] [3] [4] On the song Aaliyah is telling a story about a failing relationship.[5]

Critical Reception[edit]

Arion Berger from Rolling Stone praised Aaliyah's vocals on the song saying, "Her sweet, strong voice whips around the ambivalence in Don't Know What to Tell Ya and melts the ends off the lines in the title song."[6]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single[7]
  1. "Don't Know What to Tell Ya" (edit version) – 3:03
  2. "Don't Know What to Tell Ya" (Handcuff Remix) – 5:18
  3. "Miss You" (music video)
European CD single[8]
  1. "Don't Know What to Tell Ya" (radio edit) – 3:35
  2. "Don't Know What to Tell Ya" (Thomas Eriksen Mix) – 5:18
  3. "Don't Know What to Tell Ya" (Intenso Project Remix) – 6:58
  4. "Don't Know What to Tell Ya" (album version) – 5:02
  • Note: The "Handcuff Remix" on the UK CD single and the "Thomas Eriksen Mix" on the European CD single are the same remix.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 34
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[10] 75
France (SNEP)[11] 49
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 57
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 45
Netherlands (Tipparade)[14] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 57
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 49
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 30
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 22
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[19] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://new.music.yahoo.com/aaliyah/news/aaliyah-releases-new-single--12061748[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Nichols, Natalie (December 8, 2002). "Just Whitney and a whiff of desperation". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Ghanny, Hassan (December 9, 2016). "Was Timbaland's Skillful Sampling a Cultural Crime?". Cuepoint. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Ayman, Menna (August 20, 2017). "These American songs sampled Arabic hits". Step Feed. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "AALIYAH'S 15 BEST DEEP CUTS & ALBUM TRACKS". Fuse. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  6. ^ BERGER, ARION (December 30, 2002). "Aaliyah-I Care 4 U". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Don't Know What to Tell Ya (1)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  8. ^ "Don't Know What to Tell Ya (2)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Aaliyah – Don't Know What to Tell Ya". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  10. ^ "Euro Chart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. 2003-05-03. p. 9. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Aaliyah – Don't Know What to Tell Ya" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Aaliyah – Don't Know What to Tell Ya". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  13. ^ "Chart Track: Week 16, 2003". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  14. ^ "Aaliyah- Don't Know What To Tell Ya" (in Dutch). top40.nl.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Aaliyah – Don't Know What to Tell Ya" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Aaliyah – Don't Know What to Tell Ya". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  18. ^ "Aaliyah: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  19. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 9, 2016.

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