Lady (D'Angelo song)

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"Lady"
Dangelo - Lady single cover.jpg
Single by D'Angelo featuring AZ (remix version only)
from the album Brown Sugar
ReleasedMarch 5, 1996 (1996-03-05)[1][2]
Format
Recorded1995 (1995)[3]
GenreNeo soul
Length4:05
LabelEMI
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • D'Angelo
  • Raphael Saadiq[5]
D'Angelo singles chronology
"Cruisin'"
(1995)
"Lady"
(1996)
"Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine"
(1996)
"Cruisin'"
(1995)
"Lady"
(1996)
"Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine"
(1996)
AZ singles chronology
"Doe or Die"
(1996)
"Lady"
(1996)
"Hey AZ"
(1997)
Music video
"Lady" on YouTube

"Lady" is a song co-written,[4] co-produced[5] and performed by American neo soul singer D'Angelo, issued as the third single from his debut studio album Brown Sugar. A remixed version of the song (titled the Clean Street Version)[6] was also released, featuring vocals from American hip hop musician AZ. Separate music videos were created for both versions of the song.[7][8]

"Lady" is D'Angelo's biggest hit single to date in the United States, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1996.[9] It was certified gold by the RIAA on June 4, 1996.[2] The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1997, but lost to "Your Secret Love" by Luther Vandross.[10]

The Game's 2013 single "All That (Lady)" uses a clear vocal sample of "Lady".

Music videos[edit]

The official music video for the original version of the song was directed by Hype Williams.[7] The video for the remix version was directed by Brett Ratner.[8] In addition to AZ, the remix video features appearances from singers Faith Evans and Joi; as well as Erykah Badu in her first music video appearance.[11]

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996)[9] Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 10
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales (Billboard) 7
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks (Billboard) 2
US Rhythmic Top 40 (Billboard) 10
UK Singles Chart 21

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 70

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lady [US Single] - D'Angelo | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - June 30, 2015". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "D'Angelo - Lady at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Lady - D'Angelo | Listen, Appearances, Song Review | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "D'Angelo - Lady (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "D'Angelo - Lady (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "D'Angelo - 'Lady [version 1]'". MVDBase.com (video). ASG. 1998–2017. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "D'Angelo - 'Lady [version 2: remix]'". MVDBase.com (video). ASG. 1998–2017. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "D'Angelo | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Rock On The Net: Grammy Awards: Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male". Rock on the Net. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Badu, Erykah (March 7, 2015). "ErykahBadoula on Twitter: "My first video appearance... before Baduizm with bestie @JoiGilliam, AZ, my bae Faith Evans and my brother D'angelo < LADY remix via 1996ish"". Twitter. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  12. ^ Pedro. "Longbored Surfer - 1996". LongboredSurfer.com. Retrieved July 1, 2015.

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