No Letting Go

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Not to be confused with Not Letting Go.
For the 2016 film, see No Letting Go (film).
"No Letting Go"
No Letting Go.jpg
Single by Wayne Wonder
from the album No Holding Back
Released January 28, 2003 (2003-01-28)
Format
Recorded 2002
Genre
Length 3:22
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Steven "Lenky" Marsden
Wayne Wonder singles chronology
"Something Different"/"The Train Is Coming"
(1996)
"No Letting Go"
(2003)
"Bounce Along"
(2003)

"No Letting Go" is a song by Jamaican reggae fusion artist Wayne Wonder. The song was written by Adam Stillman (most notable as Soul Decision frontman) and V.W. Charles and produced by Steven Marsden. It was included on Wonder's 2003 studio album No Holding Back and was released as the lead single from the album. The single was released worldwide on January 28, 2003 and charted at a peak position of number three in the UK Singles Chart. It also peaked at number 11 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.[1]

The song was one of the many hits from the jumpy handclap riddim known as the Diwali Riddim, that was also produced by Marsden.[2]

Content[edit]

According to Wayne Wonder, the song is about a girl that he once knew but he doesn't mention her name. He said in an interview with MTV in 2003 "I just wrote this song [about a girl] without calling her name in the song because she always said to me, 'You are always [calling] these other girls' names.' I said, 'I don’t have to call your name, I'll just write a song and you can appreciate it.'" He was also amazed by the success that the song had achieved, saying "Everybody loves it, which is surprising to me. When I'm writing, I don’t think [about whether the song] will be a big hit."[3]

Remix[edit]

The official remix features rappers LL Cool J & Queen Duchess. The remix also uses more of the Diwali Riddim beat.

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, in December 2002. Wonder said that "It took us 24 hours [to shoot]... It was raining in the morning and the shoot was supposed to start at like 6:30 a.m. and it never really got started until about maybe 8 o'clock... The video, to me, was a success; the dances, everyone enjoying themselves on the stage, there was no bad vibe."[3]

Formats and track listings[edit]

US CD single
  1. "No Letting Go" (Album version) - 3:22
  2. "No Letting Go" (Alternate mix) - 3:43
EU enhanced CD single
  1. "No Letting Go" (Album version) - 3:25
  2. "No Letting Go" (Alternate mix) - 3:44
  3. "No Letting Go" (Instrumental) - 3:40
  4. "No Letting Go" (Video)
US 12" vinyl

Side A

  1. "No Letting Go" (Album version) - 3:22

Side B

  1. "No Letting Go" (Alternate mix) - 3:43
  2. "No Letting Go" (Instrumental) - 3:43
German 12" vinyl

Sides A

  1. "No Letting Go" (Album version) - 3:22
  2. "No Letting Go" (Alternate mix) - 3:41

Side B

  1. "No Letting Go" (Instrumental) - 3:22
  2. "No Letting Go" (Alternate mix instrumental) - 3:41
US 12" vinyl (Remix)[4]

Side A

  1. "No Letting Go (Remix)" (Club Mix featuring LL Cool J & Queen Duchess) - 3:29
  2. "No Letting Go (Remix)" (Radio Mix featuring LL Cool J & Queen Duchess) - 3:16
  3. "No Letting Go (Remix)" (Remix Instrumental) - 3:45

Side B

  1. "No Letting Go" (Album version) - 3:22
  2. "No Letting Go" (Instrumental) - 3:32

Reception[edit]

Blender magazine's called the song "a fetching love song that paired his [Wonder's] accented tenor with rough, digital funk".[5] Rolling Stone were critical of the album but called this song "mesmerizing".[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 2
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[1] 26
France (SNEP)[9] 37
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 31
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 21
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 3
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 14
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 11
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles and Tracks[1] 14
US Billboard Hot Rap Tracks[1] 7
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[1] 8
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[1] 10
US Billboard Top 40 Tracks[1] 10

References[edit]

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