It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be

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"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be"
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Single by Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
from the album Through The Storm
B-side "If Ever A Love There Was"
Released 1989
Format CD single
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 5:37
4:49 (single edit)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Through the Storm"
(1989)
"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be"
(1989)
"Someone Else's Eyes"
(1991)

"Through the Storm"
(1989)
"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Ever Gonna Be"
(1989)
"Someone Else's Eyes"
(1991)
Whitney Houston singles chronology
"One Moment in Time"
(1988) One Moment in Time1988
"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Ever Gonna Be"
(1989) It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Ever Gonna Be1989
"I'm Your Baby Tonight"
(1990) I'm Your Baby Tonight1990
Music video
"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be " on YouTube

"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" is a duet recorded between Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, and appeared on Franklin's 1989 album Through the Storm.

The original album version was produced by Narada Michael Walden and the "re-mix" version was produced by Teddy Riley. It was released as a single in June of that year. It peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it reached the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It also peaked at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic editor William Ruhlmann panned "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be," calling it, "an embarrassing failure for both Franklin and the previously pop-perfect Whitney Houston."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  • Album version 5:37
  • Single Edit 4:49
  • Single Remix/Teddy Riley Mix 4:02
  • Extended Remix 6:12
  • Hip Hop Remix 4:57
  • House Radio Mix 5:05
  • New Jack Swing Dub Mix 6:20
  • After Hours Club Mix 7:35
  • 1989 Vogue Dub Mix

Personnel[edit]

  • Walter Afanasieff – co-producer, keyboards, synth bass, drum programming
  • Kitty Beethoven – backing vocals
  • Lincoln Clapp – engineer
  • Marlene Cohen – art direction
  • Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, vocal engineer
  • David Frazer – engineer, mixing engineer
  • Dana Jon Chappelle - additional engineer
  • Whitney Houston – lead vocals
  • Melisa Kary – backing vocals
  • Ren KlyceFairlight CMI programming
  • Peter Max – front & back cover art
  • Norman Parkinson – photography
  • Narada Michael Walden – producer, arrangements

Charts[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 43
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 29
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 41
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
U.S Black Singles[9] 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. June 24, 1989. p. 85. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ Through the Storm at All Music.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Aretha & Whitney – It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  6. ^ "Aretha Franklin: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Billboard.BIZ". Billboard.BIZ. 1989-12-31. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 

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