Don't Let Go (Love)

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"Don't Let Go (Love)"
Don't Let Go (Love) by En Vogue US CD artwork.jpg
Single by En Vogue
from the album EV3
Released October 22, 1996
Format
Recorded August 1996
Genre
Length 4:52
Label East West
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Organized Noize
En Vogue singles chronology
"Whatta Man"
(1993)
"Don't Let Go (Love)"
(1996)
"Whatever"
(1997)

"Whatta Man"
(1993)
"Don't Let Go (Love)"
(1996)
"Whatever"
(1997)
Music video
"Don't Let Go (Love)" on YouTube

"Don't Let Go (Love)" is a song by the American R&B group En Vogue. It was written by Ivan Matias, Andrea Martin, Marqueze Etheridge and produced by Organized Noize and Ivan Matias for the Set It Off soundtrack (1996), also appearing on the group's third album, EV3 (1997). The song was the band's last released single with Dawn Robinson and was En Vogue's biggest international single, peaking in the top ten of many countries. According to Billboard, the single ranked as the 83rd most successful single of the 1990s.

In June 2017, an original member of En Vogue, Maxine Jones, released a brand new version of "Don't Let Go (Love)" as a duet with the Australian singer Greg Gould after the songwriter Ivan Matias saw Gould's cover version online and introduced them. Gould's version reached number 5 on the Australian pop charts and the accompanying music video was a viral hit, reaching over 20 million views. [1]

Background[edit]

"Don't Let Go (Love)" was written by Andrea Martin, Ivan Matias, Marqueze Ethridge, and Organized Noize members Sleepy Brown, Rico Wade, and Ray Murray, while production was by Organized Noize.[2] Vocal production was overseen by Matias.[2] Martin Terry and Tommy Martin played the guitars on the song, while drums were played by Lil' John.[2] Marvin "Chanz" Parkman played the grand piano.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Don't Let Go (Love)" became the third En Vogue track to peak at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 where it was the group's fifth and final Top Ten hit. It was blocked from the top spot by Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart". The song was a #1 R&B song for one week becoming En Vogue's sixth and final #1 R&B Hit. It reached #5 in the UK in early 1997 and spent 13 weeks in the UK top 40, eight of them in the top ten. The single re-entered the UK chart at number 23 in 2011 after the girl group Little Mix performed the song on the eighth series of the British television talent contest, The X Factor, on November 19, 2011. The En Vogue track reached #23 on the UK chart and also returned to the Irish charts at #50. In 1997, "Don't Let Go (Love)" went to number one on the Norwegian top 20 singles chart (VG-Lista Topp 20) and stayed there for six consecutive weeks. In total, it was in the top 20 for 16 weeks.

The single sold 1.3 million copies in the United States and was certified platinum by the RIAA.[3][4][5] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 127 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[6] The song was used in the 1996 movie Set It Off.

Music video[edit]

As with Set It Off (1996) the music video for "Don't Let Go (Love)" was set in New York City.

A music video for "Don't Let Go (Love)" was directed by Matthew Rolston using the Alan Smithee pseudonym. It was En Vogue's third collaboration with Rolston following "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" and "Whatta Man".[7]

As with Set It Off, the clip is set in New York City. It shows all four band members singing in front of an audience in black outfits while some clips of the movie are inserted. A second video was released using the same footage of En Vogue singing in front of an audience, but the scenes from Set It Off are replaced with images that followed a new storyline. In this version, Mekhi Phifer plays a man who has been secretly dating all four members of En Vogue. The four women find out about each other and confront Phifer's character through their performance at a party.[7]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[47] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[48] Gold 0*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[49] Gold 5,000*
Germany (BVMI)[50] Gold 250,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[52] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] Platinum 1,300,000[3][4]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

  • The American rock band Deepfield covered this song on their first album, Archetypes and Repetition.
  • The British girl group Sugababes performed this song during their Change Tour in 2008.
  • The song was sampled in the 2009 recording, also titled "Don't Let Go", by the British hip-hop artist Professor Green.
  • The Korean girl group Bella covered this song in the Korean language as their first single in 2011.
  • On November 19, 2011, girl group contestants Little Mix performed the song on the eighth series of the British television talent contest The X Factor, leading to En Vogue's version re-entering the UK chart at number 23. In the final, Little Mix performed the song for a second time and they won the show on 11 December. The song is a bonus track on the group's winner's single, "Cannonball". Following the group's win and their single, the song re-entered the charts again a few weeks later at mumber 27. On January 25, 2012, they performed the song at The National Television Awards.
  • On June 15, 2013, the contestant Cleo Higgins performed the song on the second season of British television talent contest The Voice.
  • The Australian singer Delta Goodrem performed the song on her 2016 Wings of the Wild Tour.
  • The Australian singer Greg Gould released an acoustic version of the song on his EP Don't Let Go on February 10, 2017. In June 2017, he released a duet version of the song, with newly recorded vocals from the original En Vogue member Maxine Jones.
  • The house music producer James Hype released a house cover of the song titled "More Than Friends", with vocals by the south London artist Kelli-Leigh. "More Than Friends" reached #8 on the UK Singles Chart in August 2017.
  • On the March 20, 2018, episode of reality television singing competition show The Voice, Team Alicia (Keys) contestants Jordyn Simone and Kelsea Johnson performed an arrangement of the song in a Battle round. While coach Adam Levine preferred Simone's vocal performance, coaches Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton both recommended that Keys deem Johnson the winner of the Battle, and Keys agreed, advancing Johnson to the Knockout rounds. Soon after, Levine and Clarkson both attempted to steal Simone onto one of their teams, saving her from elimination and also advancing her to the Knockouts. Ultimately, because Levine had recommended her for the win and Clarkson had not, Simone ultimately opted to join Team Adam.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result
1997 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated
1997 Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B, Rap or Soul Single by Group, Band or Duo Won
1997 Billboard Music Award for Top Soundtrack Single Nominated

See also[edit]

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