I Don't Wanna Know

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"I Don't Wanna Know"
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Single by Mario Winans featuring Enya and P. Diddy
from the album Hurt No More
B-side "Pretty Girl Bullsh*t"
Released November 18, 2003
Genre R&B
Length 4:17
Label Bad Boy
Writer(s) Mario Winans, Sean Combs, Enya, Lo Down, Chauncey Hawkins, Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith
Producer(s) Mario Winans
Mario Winans singles chronology
"Crush on You"
(2003)
"I Don't Wanna Know"
(2003)
"Never Really Was"
(2004)
P. Diddy singles chronology
"Shake Ya Tailfeather"
(2004)
"I Don't Wanna Know"
(2004)
"Show Me Your Soul"
(2004)
Enya singles chronology
"May It Be"
(2002)
"I Don't Wanna Know"
(2004)
"Amarantine"
(2005)
Music video
"I Don't Wanna Know" on YouTube

"I Don't Wanna Know" is a song by American R&B artist Mario Winans, featuring a rap by P. Diddy, re-recorded background vocals by Enya and sampling the synthesizer riff from Enya's song "Boadicea". It reached number 1 in the United Kingdom and in Netherlands, and number 2 in the United States, stuck for eight consecutive weeks behind the Usher singles "Yeah" and "Burn", respectively.[1] It remains Winans' only major success to date. As a result of its eight weeks at number 2, "I Don't Wanna Know" stands in joint fifth place for the most weeks at number 2 by a song which did not go to number 1, behind Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You", Missy Elliott's "Work It", Donna Lewis's "I Love You Always Forever" and Shania Twain's "You're Still the One".

Composition and critical reception[edit]

The song is based on a sample of the Fugees' 1996 hit single "Ready or Not", which itself was based on a slowed-down sample of the instrumental track "Boadicea" by Enya from her 1987 album Enya.[2] Winans said: "I first heard 'Boadicea' at the end of the movie Sleepwalkers about five or six years ago. It's something I always wanted to produce. Then when The Fugees did it, oh my God, I loved it."[3]

Vibe wrote that "Winans adds a simple stuttering beat that prevents the song from devolving into murky, saccharine Muzak. This is the secret of Winan's magic; the soft touch of the synthesizers and his gentle piano playing blend with the signature sound of the kick and snare – hard, unadorned, punching through the music's gauzy elegiac texture."[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Don't Wanna Know" – 4:17
  2. "Pretty Girl Bullsh*t" (featuring Foxy Brown) – 4:22
  3. "I Don't Wanna Know" (Instrumental) – 4:17

Remixes and answer songs[edit]

The official remix features D-Block rapper Jae Hood, Enya, & P. Diddy. Another remix features Joe Budden, Enya, & P. Diddy. An answer to this song, "You Should Really Know", sung from a female perspective, was released later in the same year as Winans' single. Created by the producers The Pirates, it featured Shola Ama, Naila Boss, and Ishani. It used the same Enya sample as the original. Although it did not achieve the level of success Winans' single did in the U.S., it was a big UK triumph, peaking at #8 in the singles chart. Later on, another answer song called "I Already Know" sung by Noelle was released and had the same background melody as the original song. Puerto Rican-American R&B group Nina Sky also recorded their own version of their song entitled "Time to Go" featuring rapper Angie Martinez.

  • Masika Kalysha sampled the beat for her song "Hella Hollywood"

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". 2004-04-24. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  2. ^ "Mario Winans : Love, Hurt, Betrayal: These Are A Few Of Mario Winans' Favorite Things - Rhapsody Music Downloads". VH1.com. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  3. ^ "P.Diddy pays out for Enya sample". Hot Press. March 29, 2004. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ Ehrlich, Dimitri (June 2004). "Mario Winans - Hurt No More". Vibe: 152. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy – I Don't Wanna Know". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy – I Don't Wanna Know" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy – I Don't Wanna Know" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy – I Don't Wanna Know" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy – I Don't Wanna Know". Tracklisten.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy – I Don't Wanna Know" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "Musicline.de – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ "Italiancharts.com – {{{artist}}} – I Don't Wanna Know". Top Digital Download.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy – I Don't Wanna Know". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy – I Don't Wanna Know". VG-lista.
  16. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2007-10-27. 
  17. ^ Romanian Top 100: Editia 32, saptamina 9.08 - 15.08, 2004
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy – I Don't Wanna Know". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy – I Don't Wanna Know". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 2004-06-06" UK Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 2004-06-06" UK R&B Chart.
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ [2] Archived March 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 2004 – The Official New Zealand Music Charts". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  25. ^ "UK Singles Chart 2004" (PDF). ChartsPlus. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  27. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2004". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  28. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Mario Winans – I Don't Wanna Know". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  29. ^ "British single certifications – Mario Winans – I Don't Wanna Know". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 February 2016.  Enter I Don't Wanna Know in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  30. ^ "American single certifications – Mario Winans – I Don't Wanna Know". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 27 February 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"F.U.R.B. (Fuck You Right Back)" by Frankee
UK Singles Chart number-one single
June 6, 2004 - June 19, 2004
Succeeded by
"Everytime" by Britney Spears