Love @ 1st Sight

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"Love @ 1st Sight"
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Single by Mary J. Blige featuring Method Man
from the album Love & Life
Released June 24, 2003 (2003-06-24)
Format
Recorded November 6–10, 2002[1]
Genre
Length 5:03 (album version)
4:43 (radio edit)
Label Geffen
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"Rainy Dayz"
(2001)
"Love @ First Sight"
(2003)
"Ooh!"
(2003)

"Love @ 1st Sight" is a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige, performed along with rapper Method Man. It was written by Blige, Sean Combs, Mario Winans, Stevie Jordan, Clifford Smith, and Mechalie Jamison and produced by Combs, Winans and Jordan for her sixth studio album, Love & Life (2003). The song is built around a sample of "Hot Sex" (1992) by American hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest. Due to the inclusion of the sample, several other writers are credited as songwriters. Lyrically, it features the protagonist persistently wondering about a romantic attraction for a stranger on the first sight.

The song was released as the album's lead single in the second quarter of 2003. A moderate commercial success, it reached number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. In addition, the song charted within the top 20 in Italy and the United Kingdom, while reaching the majority on most other charts it appeared on. The radio edit of "Love @ 1st Sight" with intro was used for the accompanying music video, which was directed by Chris Robinson.

Music video[edit]

The single's music video was directed by Chris Robinson, who also directed Blige in a music video-styled Lady Foot Locker commercial in which "Love @ 1st Sight" is played in the background.[2] Method Man appears in it, while Sean "Diddy" Combs makes a special cameo appearance. An iPod is featured prominently at the beginning of video, an instance of paid-for product placement on the part of Apple Inc..[3]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Australian CD single[4]
No. Title Length
1. "Love @ 1st Sight" (featuring Method Man) 4:41
2. "Love @ 1st Sight" (Rishi Rich Vocal Remix featuring Method Man) 6:50
3. "Your Child" (Kiyamma Griffin Uptempo Mix featuring Ghostface Killah) 4:44
4. "Love @ 1st Sight" (Music video)  
UK CD single[5]
No. Title Length
1. "Love @ 1st Sight" (Radio Edit With Intro featuring Method Man) 4:41
2. "Love @ 1st Sight" (Kurtis Mantronik's Rock Lobster Vocal Mix) 6:50
3. "Your Child" (Kiyamma Griffin Uptempo Mix featuring Ghostface Killah) 4:44
4. "Love @ 1st Sight" (Music video)  
US CD single[6]
No. Title Length
1. "Love @ 1st Sight" (Radio Edit With Intro featuring Method Man) 4:33
2. "Love @ 1st Sight" (Radio Edit) 4:00

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the Love & Life liner notes.[7]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 32
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[9] 34
Denmark (Tracklisten)[10] 15
France (SNEP)[11] 49
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 36
Italy (FIMI)[13] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 56
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 27
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 23
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 22
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[20] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan04/articles/maryjblige.htm
  2. ^ Elliott, Stuart (2003-08-28). "Foot Locker's new ad campaign timed to the back-to-school crowd.". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Product Placement and the "Real World"". Brand Hype. February 26, 2006.
  4. ^ "Mary J. Blige – Love @ 1st Sight (Australian CD Single)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Mary J. Blige – Love @ 1st Sight (UK CD Single)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Mary J. Blige – Love @ 1st Sight (US CD Single)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  7. ^ Blige, Mary J. (2003). Love & Life (Liner Notes) (Compact Disc). Mary J. Blige. Geffen Records. 
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Mary J Blige feat. Method Man – Love @ 1st Sight". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mary J Blige feat. Method Man – Love @ 1st Sight" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  10. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Mary J Blige feat. Method Man – Love @ 1st Sight". Tracklisten. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Mary J Blige feat. Method Man – Love @ 1st Sight" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  12. ^ "Musicline.de – Mary J Blige feat. Method Man Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  13. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Mary J Blige feat. Method Man – Love @ 1st Sight". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Mary J Blige feat. Method Man search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Mary J Blige feat. Method Man – Love @ 1st Sight". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mary J Blige feat. Method Man – Love @ 1st Sight". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mary J Blige feat. Method Man – Love @ 1st Sight". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  18. ^ "Mary J Blige feat. Method Man: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  19. ^ "Mary J. Blige – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Mary J. Blige. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  20. ^ "Mary J. Blige – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Mary J. Blige. Retrieved 2013-01-03.

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