I Care 4 U (song)

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This article is about the song by Aaliyah. For the song by Jennifer Braun, see I Care for You (Jennifer Braun song).
"I Care 4 U"
Single by Aaliyah
from the album I Care 4 U
B-side "Don't Worry"
Released April 8, 2003 (2003-04-08)[1]
Format 12" promotional single
Recorded Magic Mix Studios, Music Grinder Studios; Los Angeles
Genre R&B
Length 4:34
Label Blackground, Universal
Writer(s) Missy Elliott, Tim Mosley
Producer(s) Timbaland
Aaliyah singles chronology
"Miss You"
"I Care 4 U"
"Don't Know What to Tell Ya"

"I Care 4 U" is a song by American R&B recording artist Aaliyah. It was written by Missy Elliott and producer Timbaland. The song was originally recorded by Aaliyah for her 1996 album One in a Million, but scrapped after that album's completion.

"I Care 4 U", a romantic R&B ballad, was first featured on Aaliyah's self-titled third album in 2001. As a non-single album track, it charted for 20 weeks and reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002. The song was released as a radio single in 2003 in promotion of Aaliyah's posthumuous compilation album I Care 4 U (2002).


"I Care 4 U" was written by singer-songwriter Missy Elliott and Timbaland, who also produced the song, and recorded at Magic Mix Studios and Music Grinder Studios in Los Angeles.[2] Aaliyah originally recorded the song for her 1996 album One in a Million, but it was completed after the album had finished post-production, and she chose to save it for her next album.[3] The song is a soft romantic R&B ballad whose female narrator,[4] according to Aaliyah, says "don't cry, I'll wipe your tears. I love you, just give me the chance to show you."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"I Care 4 U" debuted at number 75 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as an "album cut" in the week of June 1, 2002.[5] It charted for 20 weeks on the Hot 100 Airplay (Radio Songs).[6] It peaked as an "album cut" at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the week of October 16;[7] it spent 20 total weeks on that chart as well.[6] Along with "More Than a Woman" and "Rock the Boat", the song helped give Aaliyah a strong presence on the radio following her death in 2001.[8]

"I Care 4 U" was released as a promotional recording for the compilation album of the same name in 2003.[9] In April 2003, it was released as a 12-inch single with the B-side "Don't Worry".[10]

Track listing[edit]


Credits adapted from Aaliyah (2001) liner notes.[2]


Chart (2002)[6] Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 3


  1. ^ "I Care 4 U/Don't Worry". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Aaliyah (CD liner). Aaliyah. New York: Blackground Records. 2001. CDVUS199. 
  3. ^ a b Hall, Rashaun (July 11, 2001). "Blackground Readying Aaliyah's Return". Billboard (New York) 113 (29): 16, 18. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ Smith, Graham. "Aaliyah - I Care 4 U (Independiente)". musicOMH. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (June 1, 2002). "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks". Billboard (New York): 43. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "I Care 4 U - Aaliyah". Billboard. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (October 16, 2012). "Hot 100". Billboard (New York): 71. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: I Care 4 U". People 58 (26). December 23, 2002. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c I Care 4 U (Media notes). Aaliyah. Blackground Records. Universal Music Distribution. 2003. B0000241-11. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ Strong, Martin C. (November 30, 2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Canongate U.S. p. 4. ISBN 1841956155. 

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