I Need You Now (Agnes song)

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"I Need You Now"
Single by Agnes
from the album Dance Love Pop
Released 9 October 2009
(see Release history)
Format CD single, digital download, Maxi single, 12" single
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop (original version)
Dance-pop (single version)
Length 3:46
Label Roxy
Writer(s) Anders Hansson, Sharon Vaughn
Producer(s) Anders Hansson
Agnes singles chronology
"Love Love Love"
(2009)
"I Need You Now"
(2009)
"When You Tell the World You're Mine"
(2010)
Agnes international singles chronology
"On and On"
(2009)
"I Need You Now"
(2009)
Agnes UK singles chronology
"Release Me"
(2009)
"I Need You Now"
(2009)
"On and On"
(2010)
Alternative cover
Italian cover

"I Need You Now" is a pop song recorded by the Swedish singer Agnes for her third album Dance Love Pop. The song was written by Anders Hansson and Sharon Vaughn. It was released as the album's second single in the UK in a remixed form. The song was re-sung and completely reproduced during summer 2009 for the single release.[1] It was also released as the third single in the Netherlands on October 9.

The song's first radio play was on Friday 11 September on BBC Radio 1's Floorfillers with Scott Mills.[2]

Background[edit]

"I Need You Now" is a slow song, track number 5 on the album. "On and On" was originally set to be the second single in the UK, but in September a re-recorded version of "I Need You Now" was announced instead. The song was released in Sweden as the fourth single, in the Netherlands and Poland as the third single and in Australia as the second. In Sweden, the song's first play was on Sweden's biggest commercial radio station on November 6; the single was released as digital download only. In Australia, the Cahill Radio Remix was used for the single release.

Talking about the song, Agnes told The Sun, "It's simple and direct, you can relate to it and I love the lyrics. The first time I heard it, I thought this is me. This is my life."[3]

The DJ Cahill Remix of the song has a piano riff similar to that heard in the Coldplay song "Clocks".[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

"I Need You Now" was released in the Netherlands on October 9, 2009,[4] but failed to enter any charts. In November it was released in Sweden and entered the Swedish Singles Chart at 10, and two weeks later peaked at eight.[5] Agnes' seventh top-ten hit in Sweden, it was in the chart for thirteen weeks. Released in the United Kingdom on November 13, it entered the UK Singles Chart one week later at number 40. It then dropped the week after to number 67 and thereafter left the chart. Though the single did not manage as well in the UK it peaked high in other European countries, in Estonia at four and in Slovenia at two. It has also charted in Slovakia, Cyprus, Poland and Malta.

Music video[edit]

Agnes in front of an Aptera electric vehicle.

The music video was shot in the Mojave desert at the El Mirage dry lake bed outside Los Angeles on October 4, 2009. It was directed by Paul Boyd and released on AATW's official YouTube channel on October 16, 2009. Though "I Need You Now" did not meet the expectations in the UK, the music video was heavily rotated in Sweden, among other places, where it stayed on MTV's "most played chart" for numerous weeks.

The music video begins with Agnes walking around in the desert next to the futuristic Aptera electric vehicle searching for something. She later enters the Aptera and drives it, then she steps out wearing a white space suit. The video then shows a Native American (Rick Mora) riding on a horse, probably looking for Agnes. In the end, they meet up and walk off together. The video shows Agnes in three different dresses.

Track listings[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Netherlands[4] October 9, 2009 Digital Download White Villa
October 16, 2009 CD single
Sweden November 6, 2009 Radio Single Roxy
November 23, 2009[10] Digital download
United Kingdom[11] September 11, 2009[2] Radio single 3 Beat, AATW
November 15, 2009[1] Digital download
November 16, 2009[12] CD single
November 26, 2009[1] 12" Maxi
Denmark December 21, 2009[13] Digital Download Copenhagen
Australia December 25, 2009[14] Digital Download Warner Music
2010 CD single
Italy 2010 CD-single, Digital Download Planet Records
May 7, 2010[9] 12" Vinyl
May 7, 2010[8] Remix Collection
Norway February 12, 2010 Digital Download Bonnier Amigo/Roxy
Belgium April 19, 2010[7] Digital Download BIP Records

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[15] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[16] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 15
Slovakia (IFPI)[18] 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 40
UK Dance Chart 1
Ukraine (FDR)[21] 1

Official remixes[edit]

  • Album Version - 3:46
  • Alex K Mix - 6:40
  • Ali Payama Mix - 5:56
  • Ali Payami 909 Mix - 6:19
  • Almighty Mix - 7:31
  • Cahill Club Mix - 6:22
  • Cahill Radio Edit - 3:15
  • Denys Victoriano Extended Mix  — 6:34
  • Denys Victoriano Radio Edit  — 3:52
  • Deve, Amp & Matizz Extended Mix  — 5:53
  • Deve, Amp & Matizz Radio Edit  — 3:35
  • Extended Version - 4:37
  • Grant Nelson Dub Mix  — 7:30
  • Grant Nelson Mix - 7:33
  • Grant Nelson Radio Edit  — 2:57
  • Jens Kindervater Mix  — 5:19
  • Jens Kindervater Radio Edit  — 3:40
  • Nilz Van Zandt Extended Mix  — 4:28
  • Nilz Van Zandt Radio Edit  — 3:44
  • Robert Abigail Extended Mix  — 6:03
  • Robert Abigail Radio Edit  — 3:34
  • Swedish Radio Edit - 3:45
  • UK Album Edit - 3:01
  • UK Radio Edit - 3:09

Credits[edit]

  • Vocals: Agnes
  • Written by Anders Hansson, Sharon Vaughn
  • Produced by Anders Hansson
  • Strings by E. Arvinder and Anders Hansson
  • Backing vocals: Britta Bergström and Agnes
  • Produced by 3Beat Productions and AATW (UK)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Agnes - I Need You Now". 3Beat Blue. Retrieved November 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Agnes - I Need You Now". BBC Radio1/Youtube.com. Retrieved November 2, 2009. 
  3. ^ I Need You Now Songfacts
  4. ^ a b c "Agnes - INYN - Dutch Tracklist". whitevilla.nl. Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ ""I Need You Now" in Swedish charts". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Agnes - INYN". goodmusic.it. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Buy Agnes - I Need You Now on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Agnes - I Need You Now". itunes.com. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Agnes - I Need You Now 12" Vinyl". goodmusic.it. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Agnes - I Need You Now at iTunes (Sweden)". iTunes.apple.com. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Agnes - the next single then...". scandipop.co.uk. Retrieved September 4, 2009. 
  12. ^ "cd-singles coming soon - Agnes". hmv.com. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Agnes - I Need You Now at iTunes (Denmark)". iTunes.apple.com. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Agnes - I Need You Now". bigpondmusic.com. Retrieved December 31, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Agnes – I Need You Now" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Agnes – I Need You Now" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Agnes – I Need You Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Slovakian Airplay Chart". IFPI (in Slovak). Retrieved April 18, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Agnes – I Need You Now". Singles Top 60.
  20. ^ "Agnes: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Ukrainian Chart". FDR. May 10, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 

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