I Want You (Hold Onto Love)

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"I Want You (Hold On to Love)"
Cee Lo Green - I Want You.jpg
Single by Cee Lo Green
from the album The Lady Killer
Released June 5, 2011
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre
Length 3:36
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s) Callaway, Fraser T Smith, Jack Splash, VLJ
Producer(s) Fraser T Smith, Jack Splash
Cee Lo Green singles chronology
"Bright Lights Bigger City"
(2011)
"I Want You (Hold On to Love)"
(2011)
"Cry Baby"
(2011)
"Bright Lights Bigger City"
(2011)
"I Want You (Hold On to Love)"
(2011)
"Cry Baby"
(2011)

"I Want You" is a song by American recording artist Cee Lo Green, from his third studio album The Lady Killer. The song was released via digital download and CD single on June 5, 2011.[1] French TV channel Canal+ featured a live concert on Nov. 12, 2010, a few days after the release of the album, in which a version close to the later single was performed.[2] The single version of the track is a slightly different remix of the track, and has been issued under the title "I Want You (Hold On to Love)", to distinguish it from the album version. The single version incorporates a sample of Saint Tropez's 1978 track "Hold on to Love".[3] The music video for the song was premiered on May 27 through Cee Lo Green's official YouTube channel. The song is featured on the Compilation album Now 79 despite only peaking at #90 on the UK Singles Chart.

Background[edit]

While touring with the all-female backing band Scarlet Fever, Green came up with the idea for the song.[4] Fuse likened the song to Janet Jackson's "I Want You" as it similarly "reached back to an earlier era," also having "old-fashioned strings for "sweetening" all over it" in a related fashion.[5]

Live performances[edit]

He premiered the song live on November 11, 2010, as part of the Symmetry Live Concert Series at the W Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, New York.[4] The song is part of his setlist for his 2011 arena tour. Green also performed the song on late night BBC music show Later...with Jools Holland while he was in the UK.[6] He also performed the song on The Graham Norton Show on May 20, 2011.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Digital Download[8]
  1. "I Want You (Hold On to Love)" – 3:30
  2. "I Want You (Hold On to Love)" (Original Jack Splash Mix) – 5:04
  3. "I Want You (Hold On to Love)" (Redlight Remix) – 3:26
  4. "I Want You" – 3:36
UK Promotional CD Single Set[9][10]
  • CD1
  1. "I Want You" – 3:36
  2. "I Want You" (Instrumental) – 3:36
  • CD2
  1. "I Want You (Hold On to Love)" – 3:30
  2. "I Want You (Hold On to Love)" (Original Jack Splash Mix) – 5:04
  3. "I Want You (Hold On to Love)" (Redlight Remix) – 3:26
  4. "I Want You (Hold On to Love)" (Instrumental Edit) – 3:30

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
position
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[11] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 90

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[1] June 5, 2011 Digital download, CD single Elektra

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Play UK UK (5 June 2011). "Play.com – Buy Cee Lo Green – I Want You". Play.com. Archived from the original on 3 June 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cee Lo - I Want You (alternate bridge) live in France +lyrics". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Cee-Lo Green's I Want You sample of Saint Tropez's Hold on to Love". WhoSampled. 2011-03-26. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Cee-Lo Rocks Some Nasty Sh*t at New York City Party". SPIN.com. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  5. ^ "CeeLo Green Is Not the First to Title a Song "I Want You" - Editorial - Fuse". Fuse. Wolk, Douglas. 13-06-11. Retrieved 2014-04-16.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Dave Swift on Bass with Jools Holland backing Cee-Lo Green "I Want You"". YouTube. 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Cee Lo Green – I Want You – The Graham Norton Show Live". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  8. ^ Amazon UK (5 June 2011). "I Want You: Cee Lo Green: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon. Archived from the original on 3 June 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cee Lo Green I Want You 2 Track Promo CD | eBay". Cgi.ebay.co.uk. 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  10. ^ "CEE LO GREEN "I WANT YOU" HOLD ON TO LOVE 4 TRACK PROMO | eBay". Cgi.ebay.co.uk. 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  11. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-06-25" UK R&B Chart.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-07-09" UK Singles Chart.

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