I Want You to Know (Zedd song)

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"I Want You to Know"
I Want You to Know Zedd cover.png
Single by Zedd featuring Selena Gomez
from the album True Colors
Released February 23, 2015 (February 23, 2015)
Format
Recorded December 2014
Genre
Length 3:59
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Zedd
Zedd singles chronology
"Break Free"
(2014)
"I Want You to Know"
(2015)
"Beautiful Now"
(2015)

"Break Free"
(2014)
"I Want You to Know"
(2015)
"Beautiful Now"
(2015)
Selena Gomez singles chronology
"The Heart Wants What It Wants"
(2014) The Heart Wants What It Wants2014
"I Want You to Know"
(2015) I Want You to Know2015
"Good for You"
(2015) Good for You2015
Music video
"I Want You to Know" on YouTube

"I Want You to Know" is a song by Russian-German music producer Zedd, featuring vocals from American singer Selena Gomez from the former's second studio album, True Colors (2015). It was written by Zedd, OneRepublic's frontman Ryan Tedder, and KDrew. "I Want You to Know" was released on February 23, 2015 as the album's lead single and debuted on American contemporary hit radio on March 3, 2015, receiving generally positive reviews from music critics. It has charted within top 20 of United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Norway and has been certified platinum in the United States and Sweden. It is also used in Guitar Hero Live, the ending credits of Jurassic World, Dance Dance Revolution A and NBA 2K16

Background[edit]

"I Want You to Know" is an EDM[1] and electropop track[2] written by Zedd, Ryan Tedder, and KDrew.[3] Tedder and Zedd had previously worked together on Clarity album track "Lost at Sea".[4] Tedder called Zedd when he had an idea of a track.[4] Zedd and Gomez first met by accident on December 4, 2014, with Zedd stating: "Our studios are right across the street from each other, and I just went to the bathroom and ran into her at the studio."[5] The following day, Gomez posted a picture online with Zedd although did not confirm they were working together.[6] Describing her featuring, he said: "We recorded her vocal and I loved it, and I never tried anyone else on it[song]."[5] Commenting on the song, Tedder said: "Zedd crushed it."[4]

Composition[edit]

Musically, according to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com, "I Want You to Know" is written in the key of A Minor with a tempo of 130 beats per minute. It follows a chord progression of Am-Em-F-Cadd9-C.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received generally positive reviews. Nolan Feeney of Time applauded the collaboration between Zedd and Gomez saying they "make beautiful music together". He explained: "Zedd's futuristic synthesizers recall 'Break Free,' his literally-out-of-this-world collaboration with Ariana Grande, but Gomez [...] keeps the track from becoming a lifeless carbon copy."[8] Jason Lipshutz of Billboard wrote that Gomez "finally hit her mark" with the song. "Gomez has never been known as a vocal powerhouse, but she deftly handles patently overdramatic lines [...] with the proper amount of yearning and unflappability. When that first drop does arrive about 80 seconds in, Zedd provides a swiveling party scene with a whiff of Daft Punk's maximalist disco thrown in for good measure."[9] Writing for the same publication, Dan Hyman awarded the song two stars out of a possible five, stating that it "never finds its footing, and never rises above the cliched EDM formula it follows to a T".[10]

Music Times praised the song: "The duo's real life chemistry is present in "I Want You to Know," with Gomez's voice weaving perfectly through the beat, and it's a wonder why she hasn't ventured much into the world of EDM before."[11] Inquisitr called this song "underwhelming given all the hype."[12] Idolator also wrote a mixed opinion "Zedd borrows his tried-and-true EDM formula that doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, while Gomez’s vocals churn around the rhythms like clothes on auto-spin. It is not the most exciting track, but it will have people bopping at the nightclubs."[13]

Chart performance[edit]

Two days after its release, the song debuted at No. 6 on the US Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart and No. 9 on the full US Dance/Electronic Songs chart.[14] On the chart dated March 14, 2015, "I Want You to Know" debuted at number 24 on the US Mainstream Top 40 chart (the highest debut on the chart that week) and at number 22 on the US Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. On the week of March 14, the song debuted at number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[15] It peaked at number 14 in UK Singles Chart. As of July 2015, "I Want You To Know" has sold 1,000,000 copies in the US.[16] It has been certified Platinum in the United States and Sweden. It has also been certified Gold in Australia, Denmark and Italy.

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on March 10, 2015 on Vevo. It was directed by Brent Bonacorso[17][18] and edited by Anthony Chirco. [19] Zedd said: "It's gonna be a sexy 70s video with a lot of very interesting effects. Really cool."[20] It shows, Gomez goes to a party club and dancing. Zedd appears as a hologram. The disco scenes are alternated to scenes, where Zedd and Gomez are together illuminated by strobe lights.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Party Song[21] Nominated
Choice Theme Song Won
Latin American Music Awards Favorite Dance Song[22]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Digital download and CD single[23][citation needed]
No.TitleLength
1."I Want You to Know" (featuring Selena Gomez)3:58

Credits and Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[62] Gold 35,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[63] Gold 30,000^
Italy (FIMI)[64] Gold 25,000double-dagger
Sweden (GLF)[65] Platinum 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[66] Platinum 1,000,000[67]^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Italy[68] February 27, 2015 Contemporary hit radio Interscope
United States[69] March 3, 2015
Ireland[70] June 7, 2015 Digital download
United Kingdom[71]

References[edit]

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