On & On (Erykah Badu song)

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"On & On"
Erykah Badu On and On.jpg
Single by Erykah Badu
from the album Baduizm
ReleasedDecember 1996
RecordedJanuary 1996[1]
LabelKedar/Universal/MCA Records
  • Erykah Badu
  • JaBorn Jamal
  • Madukwu Chinwah
  • Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu singles chronology
"On & On"
"Next Lifetime"

"On & On" is the debut single of Neo soul singer Erykah Badu, from her 1997 debut album Baduizm. The song won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1998 Grammy Awards.

The hit song spent two weeks at number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and went to #12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, it reached the same position on the UK Singles Chart. It was also the first neo soul song to hit number-one on the R&B chart.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

Badu was depicted as a maid in an African-American household in the music video for the single, showing her doing her chores. Scenes of her chasing a dog that bit the laundry that she put to dry, tying a little girl's hair into a ponytail and falling into mud could be seen throughout the video. The video ends with Badu dressed fully in green with several people in a barn, singing and dancing. The video is loosely based upon the movie adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple. The video was also nominated at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Female Video and Best R&B Video.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
New Zealand Singles Chart 44
UK Singles Chart 12
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 83


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold 500,000[4]


  1. ^ http://www.furthermucker.com/tag/erykah-badu/
  2. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  3. ^ "American single certifications – Badu, Erykah – On %26 On". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  4. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1997". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 110 (5): 76. January 31, 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015.

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