My First Night with You

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"My First Night with You"
My First Night With You Mya.jpg
Single by Mýa
from the album Mýa
ReleasedApril 13, 1999
FormatMaxi single, cassette, CD single, CD5
Recorded1998
StudioSilent Sounds Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
GenreR&B, pop
Length5:38 (album version)
4:29 (Ric Wake Remix)
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)Babyface, Diane Warren
Producer(s)Daryl Simmons
Mýa singles chronology
"Somebody Like Me"
(1999)
"My First Night with You"
(1999)
"The Best of Me"
(2000)
Music video
"My First Night with You" on YouTube

"My First Night with You" is a song written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Diane Warren. It was originally recorded by Canadian singer Deborah Cox for her self-titled debut studio album (1995). In 1998, American singer Mýa covered the song for her self-titled debut studio album, serving as the album's third and final single. The album version was produced by Daryl Simmons, allowing Mýa to put her own spin on the record, while the Ric Wake pop-produced version was marketed at pop and adult contemporary radio. The lyrics of the ballad speak of a non-sexual experience with a man.

The song received generally mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, some of whom noted the thinness of Mýa's voice. "My First Night with You" peaked at number 28 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The song's accompanying music video was directed by G. Thomas Ferguson and University Music CEO Haqq Islam. It featured a cameo by Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs portraying Mýa's father.

Composition[edit]

"My First Night with You" is in the key of ab major. The song's tempo is set at a moderate slow beat at 80 beats per minute in common time. Harrison's vocal range span from a Eb3 to Eb5.[1] The lyrics of "My First Night with You" are composed in the traditional verse-chorus form. Mýa opens the song with the first verse, followed by the chorus leading her into the second verse. The song continues to the bridge, chorus, then fades out until its run time.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard magazine gave the song a positive writing, "It's hard to go wrong at pop radio these days with either Diane Warren or Babyface on your side, and here the two ably join forces for a gentle love ballad about that unforgettable first night together. Two mixes are offered on the promo single, a glistening pop video version, produced by Ric Wake, and a more R&B-oriented album version from Daryl Simmons. While notably different, either would suit the pop side of radio, which is sure to give this a careful listen. Mya's voice is not the most robust around and this song perhaps makes that clearer than before but 'My First Night With You' totally works that Backstreet Boys-ballad vibe that's so hot right now. For that reason and in light of the song's universal lyric about the first touch of love, it's quite likely that the song could continue this budding artist's hot streak, even crossing her over to AC."[2]

Accolades[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result Ref.
1999 Washington Area Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated [3]
Video of the Year Nominated

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "My First Night with You" debuted at number ninety on the Billboard Hot 100 in the issue dated week of March 20, 1999.[4] It ascended from 90–66 in its second week in the issue dated week of March 27, 1999.[5] The song reached its peak at number twenty-eight in the issue dated week of April 17, 1999 ascending 46–28.[6] It spent a total of 14 consecutive weeks on the chart and Mýa's second single with a short life span on the Hot 100 behind "Fallen" (2003) with 12 consecutive weeks. It performed equally on the Hot R&B Singles chart. The song made its debut at number eighty-nine in the week of March 13, 1999.[7] It rose from 85–35 in its second week on the chart, in the week of March 20, 1999.[8] It spent 19 consecutive weeks on the chart. "My First Night with You" reached its peak at number twenty-eight in the week of April 17, 1999. It became Mýa's third consecutive solo top 40 hit on both charts.

Music video[edit]

Background and development[edit]

In the video, Mýa tries to convince her father that her date is a good guy before they head out for a big night on the town. The whirlwind evening concludes with Mýa and her beau falling asleep on a beach. The clip included an appearance by rapper Saafir, whom audiences may recognize from his small role as Harold in 1993's "Menace II Society".[9]

Track listings and formats[edit]

U.S. 7" single[10]
A. "My First Night with You" – 4:30
B. "Baby It's Yours" – 4:29
U.S. maxi single[11]
  1. "My First Night With You" (Ric Wake version) – 4:30
  2. "My First Night With You" (Fernando G's Extended Vox) – 6:07
  3. "My First Night With You" (Soul Solution Extended Vox) – 9:56
  4. "Mi Primera Vez" – 4:30
U.S. CD single[12]
  1. "My First Night with You" (Ric Wake version) – 4:30
  2. "Baby It's Yours" – 4:30

Charts[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Produced by Daryl Simmons
  • Engineered by Thom "TK" Kidd
  • Mixed by Jon Gass
  • Asstistant engineer: Kevin Lively
  • Asstistant mix engineer: E'Lyk
  • Recording studio: Silent Sound Studios
  • Mix studio: Brandon's Way Recording
  • Production coordinator: Ivy Skoff
  • All keyboards and drum programming: Daryl Simmons
  • Additional drum programming: P. Sound Productions
  • Bass: Ronnie Garrett
  • Background vocals: Mýa Harrison, Tanya "Tann" Smith

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format(s) Label Ref.
United States April 13, 1999 Maxi single Interscope [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mya - My First Night with You Music (Digital Download)". Music Notes. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  2. ^ "Single Review". Google Books. Retrieved 2009-04-06.
  3. ^ "1999 Wammies". Washington Area Music Association. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  4. ^ "Hot 100 Week of March 20, 1999". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  5. ^ "Hot 100 Week of March 27, 1999". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  6. ^ "Hot 100 Week of April 17, 1999". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  7. ^ "Hot R&B Singles Week of March 13, 1999". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  8. ^ "Hot R&B Singles Week of March 20, 1999". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  9. ^ "Mya Explains Waking Up In Time For New Video". MTV. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
  10. ^ "Mýa* – My First Night With You(Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  11. ^ "Mýa* – My First Night With You(CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  12. ^ "Mýa* – My First Night With You(CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  13. ^ "Mya Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  14. ^ "Mya Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  15. ^ "Mya Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  16. ^ "Mya Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  17. ^ "1999 Year End Chart: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  18. ^ "My First Night With You". AllMusic. April 13, 1999. Retrieved August 2, 2018.

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