I Care 4 U

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I Care 4 U
Compilation album by Aaliyah
Released December 10, 2002
Recorded September 1993–March 9, 2001
Genre Dance-pop, R&B
Length 59:20
Label Blackground, Universal
Producer Johnta Austin, Bryan Michael Cox, R. Kelly, Static Major, Rapture, E. Seats, Timbaland
Aaliyah chronology
I Care 4 U
Ultimate Aaliyah
Singles from I Care 4 U
  1. "Miss You"
    Released: November 16, 2002
  2. "I Care 4 U"
    Released: April 8, 2003 (radio)
  3. "Don't Know What to Tell Ya"
    Released: May 20, 2003
  4. "Come Over"
    Released: May 27, 2003
Alternative cover
International edition

I Care 4 U is a posthumous compilation album by American R&B recording artist Aaliyah. Following the release of Aaliyah's self-titled third album in July 2001, she died in a plane crash after shooting the music video for the song "Rock the Boat" in the Bahamas on August 25. Blackground Records and Universal Music decided to release a posthumous record that included songs from her studio albums and previously unreleased tracks and demos, recorded between 1993 and 2001. It also included her hit singles and a number of recordings discarded from sessions for her third album

When I Care 4 U was released by Blackground and Universal on December 10, 2002, critics were divided in their assessment of the previously unreleased songs and the compilation's breadth in general. Commercially, the album was a success, debuting at number three on the Billboard 200 and being certified platinum. It also reached the top ten of record charts in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Switzerland. The compilation produced four singles—"Miss You", "I Care 4 U", "Don't Know What to Tell Ya", and "Come Over"—and has sold six million copies worldwide.


After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her part in Queen of the Damned.[1] She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001 which was met with highly positive reviews from critics.[2] The album became a commercial success debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 and sold 187,000 copies,.[3] and became her highest sales week of her career.[4] Aaliyah spent 68 weeks on the Billboard 200 and, by December 2009, had sold 2.6 million copies.[5] On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash in The Bahamas after filming the music video for the single "Rock the Boat".[6][7] The pilot, Luis Morales III, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system.[8] Aaliyah's family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court.[9]


The album features both album cuts and previously unreleased tracks and demos, recorded between 1993 and 2001. "Miss You" was written by R&B singer Ginuwine, Johnta Austin and Teddy Bishop, while produced by the latter,[10] and was originally crafted for Ginuwine's second studio album 100% Ginuwine (1999). It was fall of 1999, and while Aaliyah was recording tracks for self-titled third album (2001) in the Manhattan Center Studios, she requested Austin and Bishop to play her a couple of tracks they had produced with other artists, including "I Miss You" for which Ginuwine had already lent his vocals.[11] Bishop later commented, "She was like, 'I want to cut this record' [...] She got on the phone, called him and said 'Hey I know you cut this record already, but I would love to cut it'."[11] Ginuwine, who was a part writer on the song, allowed her to cut her own version of it and the same night, Aaliyah re-recorded the whole track.[11] Though she reportedly wanted to put the song out herself, Blackground Records, her label, felt the song was no "smash record" and thus, the song was left unused until her death in August 2001.[11]

The title track was written by Missy Elliott and Timbaland, who also produced the song, and recorded at Magic Mix Studios and Music Grinder Studios in Los Angeles.[12] Aaliyah began to record the song for her 1996 album One in a Million, but it was completed after that album had finished post-production, so she saved it for her next album.[13] The song is a soft romantic R&B ballad whose female narrator,[14] according to Aaliyah, says "don't cry, I'll wipe your tears. I love you, just give me the chance to show you."[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

I Care 4 U was an international commercial success, entering charts at the number one in Japan and Finland; at the top five on the United States, Argentina, Europe, UK, France, Germany and Switzerland; and, at the top ten in Brazil, Canada, New Zealand and Poland.[15][16][17][18][19][20] I Care 4 U sold over 6 million copies worldwide.[19]

The album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 at #3 and at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 290,669 copies in the first week. In its second week, the album fell to #6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and to #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 280,000 copies. In its third week the album fell to number #10 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and rose to the #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 176,000 copies. In its fourth week, the album rose to #9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and continued at the same position, selling 138,000 copies (and 884,669 copies in the first month). It topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for seven weeks.[16][17][21][22][23][24]

I Care 4 U was certified Platinum in the United States and sold over 1.7 million copies in the country.[18][19][25]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[26]
Entertainment Weekly A−[27]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[28]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[29]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[30]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[31]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[32]
Uncut 3/5 stars[33]
Vibe 4/5[34]
The Village Voice A−[35]

In a positive review for Entertainment Weekly, Craig Seymour said I Care 4 U showcased Aaliyah's "interpretive talent" and ability to inspire her songwriters,[27] while Graham Smith from musicOMH deemed it "a fine introduction to a much missed artiste", particularly because of the six previously unreleased songs.[36] According to Vibe magazine's Jason King, the album compiled some of the most ambitious dance-pop of the previous ten years.[34] Uncut said Aaliyah's "silvery and subtle reconfigurations of R&B" were showcased on the compiled hit singles,[33] which AllMusic's John Bush felt reminded listeners of her vocal talent. He was also impressed by the previously unreleased tracks, writing that they "provide an intriguing look at where Aaliyah may have taken her career had she lived".[26] Robert Christgau was somewhat less enthusiastic, viewing I Care 4 U as an incomplete compilation whose inconsistent mix of career highlights was nonetheless rectified by the quality of the new tracks, particularly "Erica Kane".[35] In The Village Voice, he wrote:

In a more critical review, Slant Magazine‍ '​s Sal Cinqeumani was not impressed by the new songs on what he said was "neither a posthumous album of all-new material nor a proper greatest hits package" but "a half-assed attempt at satiating the Aaliyah fan's need for both".[32] Rolling Stone magazine's Arion Berger also felt the album's second half of newer songs was somewhat inferior to Timbaland's impressive productions on the first half,[30] while Natalie Nichols of the Los Angeles Times panned the previously unreleased songs as "merely soothing sonic wallpaper, with Aaliyah's pretty yet personality-free voice often treated like just another element in the mix".[28] In The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Keith Harris felt Aaliyah's catalogue warranted a more comprehensive compilation, although he believed the new songs proved she was maturing creatively before her death.[31]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Back & Forth"   R. Kelly R. Kelly 3:51
2. "Are You That Somebody?" (featuring Timbaland) Timothy Mosley, Stephen Garrett Timbaland 4:25
3. "One in a Million"   Missy Elliott, Timothy Mosley Timbaland 4:30
4. "I Care 4 U"   Missy Elliott, Timothy Mosley Timbaland 4:33
5. "More Than a Woman"   Timothy Mosley, Stephen Garrett, Salah El Sharnobi, Omar Batiesha Timbaland 3:49
6. "Don't Know What to Tell Ya"   Timothy Mosley, Stephen Garrett, Salah El Sharnobi, Omar Batiesha Timbaland 5:01
7. "Try Again" (featuring Timbaland) Timothy Mosley, Stephen Garrett Timbaland 4:44
8. "All I Need"   Teddy Bishop, Johnta Austin Teddy Bishop 3:08
9. "Miss You"   Johnta Austin, Teddy Bishop, Ginuwine Teddy Bishop 4:05
10. "Don't Worry"   Johnta Austin Teddy Bishop 3:52
11. "Come Over" (featuring Tank) Johnta Austin Bryan-Michael Cox, Jazze Pha, Kevin Hicks 3:55
12. "Erica Kane"   Stephen Garrett, Eric L. Seats, Rapture, D. Stewart E. Seats, Rapture 4:38
13. "At Your Best (You Are Love)"   R. Kelly, Ronald Isley, Marvin Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper R. Kelly 4:52
14. "Got to Give It Up" (Remix) Marvin Gaye Bud'da 3:58


  • Executive producers – Jazze Pha, Timbaland, Kevin Hicks, Senator Jimmy D, Budda, Eric Seats, Rapture, R. Kelly, Ted Bishop
  • Engineers – Peter Mokran, Senator Jimmy D, Acar S. Key
  • Mixing – Peter Mokran, Timbaland, Mr. Lee, R. Kelly, Jimmy Douglass, Acar S. Key
  • Photography – Albert Watson, David LaChapelle, Jonathan Mannion


Chart (2002) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[37] 43
Austrian Albums Chart[37] 16
Belgian Albums Chart (Vl)[37] 14
Belgian Albums Chart (Wa)[37] 19
Danish Albums Chart[37] 39
Dutch Albums Chart[37] 10
Finnish Albums Chart[37] 15
French Albums Chart[37] 4
German Albums Chart[38] 2
New Zealand Albums Chart[37] 10
Norwegian Singles Chart[37] 17
Swedish Albums Chart[37] 37
Swiss Albums Chart[37] 3
UK Albums Chart[15] 4
US Billboard 200[39] 3
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[39] 1


Region Certification
Canada (Music Canada)[40] Gold
France (SNEP)[41] Gold
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] Gold
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] Gold
United States (RIAA)[44] Platinum

See also[edit]


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