He Loves U Not

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"He Loves U Not"
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Single by Dream
from the album It Was All a Dream
Released September 5, 2000 (U.S.)
Format CD, 12"
Recorded December 1999
Studio Sony Studios, California, U.S.
Genre Dance-pop, R&B
Length 3:46
Label Bad Boy Records
Writer(s) Steve Kipner, David Frank, Pamela Sheyne
Producer(s) David Frank, Steve Kipner
Dream singles chronology
"He Loves U Not"
(2000)
"This Is Me"
(2001)
Music video
"He Loves U Not" on YouTube

"He Loves U Not" is a song by American girl group Dream. It was released on September 5, 2000 as the group's debut single and is featured on their debut album It Was All a Dream (2001). It was written in 1999 by Steve Kipner, David Frank and Pamela Sheyne, with the former two doing the production. A pop and R&B song, "He Loves U Not" is about a girl confronting another girl trying to steal her boyfriend. An early version of the song started with a young girl's voice saying "He loves me, he loves you not," but was removed from both album and single versions, with the phrase "He loves you not" being heard at the end of the album version.

"He Loves U Not" received mixed reviews from critics who gave credit to the production and lyrics but felt that it was derivative compared to other songs of its time. The song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks, behind Destiny's Child's "Independent Women". It also peaked at numbers 3, 9 and 15 on the Mainstream Top 40, Rhythmic and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts respectively. It managed to reach the top 40 in countries like Australia, Brazil, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the UK.

An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Marcus Raboy, premiered on MTV's Total Request Live and features the girls dancing in three different settings: a white room with the Dream logo behind them, a California desert and a rotating white room. They first performed the song live by touring with fellow pop group *NSYNC on their No Strings Attached Tour. They made their television debut performing the song live on TRL and would make later appearances at Live with Regis, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, the 2001 Walt Disney World Summer Jam Concert, The Early Show and the 7th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.

The song was certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies in the United States.

Content[edit]

Upon Dream's signing to P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records, the quartet recorded "He Loves U Not" as their breakthrough single, setting aside previously recorded songs "Do U Wanna Dance," "Baby," and "Miss You" that they had done while signed to Clockwork Entertainment with Judith Fontaine as their manager.

Lead vocals are performed by Holly Arnstein with speaking breaks by Melissa Schuman. Diana Ortiz can be heard saying a few Spanish phrases. An early version of the song opened with a young girl's voice saying "He loves me, he loves you not," though this opening was removed on the album and single versions, although the phrase "he loves you not" is heard at the end of the album version.

The song is sung from the point of view of a girl confronting another girl who is trying to steal her boyfriend, to whom she claims, "He loves me, he loves you not."

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

"He Loves U Not" received a mixed reception from music critics who praised the production and lyrics but felt that it was derivative compared to other songs of its ilk. Billboard praised the song for having a street edge in its production, the group's performance and compared the lyrics positively to Brandy and Monica's duet "The Boy Is Mine", concluding that "With Bad Boy's genius and solid talent here, "He Loves U Not" has a good shot at becoming a dream come true."[1] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine highlighted the song as a "Track Pick", giving credit to P. Diddy's team of producers and songwriters.[2] Arion Berger of Rolling Stone praised the song for exuding bright attitude, saying that it has a "whipping elasticity and sass to spare."[3] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly called the song "an utterly derivative piece of song-and-dance pop-R&B," but did highlight the rhythm and guitar sounds as "intriguing" and the lyrical catfight for having "enough hiss in it to be interesting."[4] A writer for People, reviewing the album, was less positive towards the song's adult content and preferred the tracks "Mr. Telephone Man" and "How Long" for how "the girls sound their age."[5]

The song gave them a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, Group, Band or Duo[6] but lost to 3LW's "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)".[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

"He Loves U Not" was a U.S. hit, peaking at number 1 on the Hot Singles Sales chart, and number 3 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. The song debuted at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of September 30, 2000.[8] Six weeks later, it entered the top 40 at number 32 for the week of November 11, 2000.[9] It entered the top 10 at number 8 for the week of December 16, 2000.[10] Despite impressive sales, the song couldn't get past rival girl group Destiny's Child's 11-week reign at number 1 with "Independent Women", thus as a result, the song peaked at number 2 for two weeks. It also reached number 15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart the week of January 6, 2001.[11] It was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 2, 2001 for selling over 500,000 copies in the United States.[12]

In Australia, the song entered the ARIA Singles Chart on March 11, 2001 and stayed there for three weeks, peaking at number 35. The song was also released in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 17 on the UK Singles Chart on March 17, 2001 and stayed there for seven weeks.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "He Loves U Not" was shot June 28–30, 2000 and directed by Marcus Raboy. It featured three settings: in the first, the girls, clad in pink outfits, danced in a white room with the Dream logo flashing behind them; in the second, the girls danced on stage in a California desert; in the third, the girls moved around a rotating white room; the same one used previously in the videos for *NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" and Sugar Ray's "Fly".[13]

The video debuted at number 9 on MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) on December 11, 2000. The video peaked at number 2 on March 29, 2001 and was retired after spending 65 days on the countdown. It was the first video by an all-female group to be retired on TRL.

Live performances[edit]

Dream first performed the song live on November 26, 2000 by touring with fellow pop group *NSYNC on the second leg of their No Strings Attached Tour in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The song was also performed when they opened alongside Baha Men and Debelah Morgan for 98 Degrees on their Revelation Tour (2001)[14] and on MTV's Total Request Live Tour (2001).[15]

They made their television debut performing it live on TRL on December 11, 2000 to promote the premiere of the song's music video. On January 24, 2001, they performed it on two talk shows to promote the release of their debut album a day before: Live with Regis in Las Vegas[16] and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[17] On February 12, it was performed on The Rosie O'Donnell Show.[18] On June 10, they performed this and "This Is Me" at the 2001 Walt Disney World Summer Jam Concert, aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship in the Bahamas.[19] A week later, they performed it at Wango Tango, an annual all-day concert organized by KIIS-FM, in California.[20] Troy J. Augusto of Variety put their performance alongside Eden's Crush and Vertical Horizon's, saying that they were "easy to forget."[21] Eight days later, they appeared on The Early Show on June 25, 2001 to perform this and "This Is Me".[22] On August 28, 2001, they performed both album and remix versions of the song at the 7th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of It Was All a Dream.[28]

Recording
  • Recorded and mixed at Canyon Reverb, The Sweatbox & Sony Studios, CA
Personnel

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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