Real Love (Mary J. Blige song)

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"Real Love"
MJBRealLove.jpg
Single by Mary J. Blige
from the album What's the 411?
Released August 25, 1992 (1992-08-25)[1]
Format
Recorded Fall 1991
Genre
Length 4:30
Label Uptown
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Cory Rooney
  • Mark Morales[3]
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"You Remind Me"
(1991)
"Real Love"
(1992)
"Reminisce"
(1992)

"You Remind Me"
(1991)
"Real Love"
(1992)
"Reminisce"
(1992)
Music video
"Real Love" at VH1.com

"Real Love" is a song recorded by American singer Mary J. Blige for her debut studio album What's the 411? (1992). It was written and produced by Cory Rooney and Mark Morales. The song samples Audio Two's 1987 song "Top Billin'", and was issued as the album's second single on August 25, 1992. It became Blige's first top-ten hit, peaking at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100.[4] It also reached the top on both the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rhythmic charts, and was eventually certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on November 4, 1992.[5]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Marcus Raboy.[6]

Track listing and formats[edit]

CD maxi single[7]
No.TitleLength
1."Real Love" (Album Version)4:30
2."Real Love" (Hip-Hop Mix featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)5:00
3."Real Love" (Acappella Version)3:32
4."Real Love" (Hip-Hop Club Mix featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)4:40
5."Real Love" (Instrumental)4:38

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the What's the 411? liner notes.[8]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Toby Lightman version[edit]

"Real Love"
Toby Lightman - Real Love single cover.jpg
Single by Toby Lightman
from the album Little Things
Released June 29, 2004 (2004-06-29)[19]
Genre Pop rock
Length 5:26
Label Lava
Songwriter(s)
  • L.A. Reid
  • Mark Morales
Toby Lightman singles chronology
"Everyday"
(2004)
"Real Love"
(2004)
"Operator"
(2004)

"Everyday"
(2004)
"Real Love"
(2004)
"Operator"
(2004)
Music video
"Real Love" on YouTube

In 2004, American pop rock singer-songwriter Toby Lightman covered "Real Love" and included it as the closing track on the re-release of her debut studio album Little Things. The song was issued as the third and final single from the album; and it peaked at #35 on the Billboard top 40 chart.[20]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Charles Jensen.[21]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004)[20] Peak
position
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) 35

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon.com: Mary J. Blige: Real Love: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Real Love - Mary J. Blige - Listen, Appearances, Song Review - AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mary J Blige* - Real Love (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mary J. Blige - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - November 14, 2014". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ ""Real Love" by Mary J. Blige - Music Video - VH1.com". VH1. Viacom International. January 27, 2006. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mary J Blige - Real Love". Discogs. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  8. ^ Blige, Mary J. (1992). What's the 411? (Liner Notes) (Compact Disc). Mary J. Blige. Uptown Records. 
  9. ^ "Mary J Blige: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  10. ^ "Mary J. Blige Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "Mary J. Blige Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  12. ^ "Mary J. Blige Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  13. ^ "Mary J. Blige Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  14. ^ "Mary J. Blige Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  15. ^ Pedro. "Longbored Surfer - 1992". LongboredSurfer.com. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: Year End 1992". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  17. ^ Pedro. "Longbored Surfer - 1993". LongboredSurfer.com. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Mary J Blige – Real Love". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ "Real Love [1 Track] - Toby Lightman - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "Toby Lightman - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - Toby Lightman - "Real love"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 

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