Take Me There (Blackstreet & Mýa song)

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"Take Me There"
Take me There.jpg
Single by Blackstreet and Mýa featuring Blinky Blink and Mase
from the album The Rugrats Movie: Music From the Motion Picture and Finally
ReleasedNovember 1998
FormatCD single
RecordedSeptember 1998[1]
Genre
Length4:04
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Teddy Riley
Blackstreet singles chronology
"The City Is Mine"
(1998)
"Take Me There"
(1998)
"Get Ready"
(1999)
Mýa singles chronology
"Movin' On"
(1998)
"Take Me There"
(1998)
"Somebody Like Me"
(1999)
Mase singles chronology
"Top of the World"
(1998)
"Take Me There"
(1998)
"Get Ready"
(1999)
Blinky Blink singles chronology
"Take Me There"
(1998)
"Make Me Wanna Sing"
(2000)

"Take Me There" is a contemporary R&B song by American quartet Blackstreet and singer Mýa. It also features Bad Boy rappers Mase and Blinky Blink.

It serves as the theme song for The Rugrats Movie, and was released in November 1998 in the United States as the lead and only single from the soundtrack. It also appeared on Blackstreet's third studio album Finally.

It was written by Mase, Michael Foster, Madeline Nelson, Tamara Savage and Teddy Riley, who also produced the song.

Background[edit]

Initially, Blackstreet became involved with The Rugrats Movie (1998) and its soundtrack after finding out that their group was Nickelodeon's favorite R&B group. Looking for other ways to tap into what was popular with kids, Teddy Riley enlisted the help of Mýa and Mase. Riley explained, "We thought it would be a great idea." Commenting, "It would appeal to the kids, and to get a more... broader audience of the kids, it would be great to have Mýa and Mase." The result is thecontemporary R&B song "Take Me There," which Riley produced and incorporates the Rugrats theme song.[2] Backstage, at the MTV Video Music Awards, Mýa talked about collaboration commenting, "It was good actually." "We knocked it out in one day. Kids came to the studio [to hear the song], and they were listening to the song and they were just singing right along, because [the song] rings a bell when you first hear it."[3]

Composition[edit]

"Take Me There" is a contemporary R&B/ rap song with a soft melody and runs for four minutes and four seconds. The full length version, including the instrumental section, is five minutes and two seconds. It contains interpolations of the original Rugrats TV theme, which was written by Mark Mothersbaugh (not credited) with an additional hip hop/rap beat.

Music video[edit]

The music video[4] premiered in October 1998. The video starts with Angelica Pickles turning on the television to a clip of the Rugrats pulling the Reptar Wagon up a hill then to the music video. The clip used appears to be the deleted scene "The Rugrats March". It takes place in a realistic, live action version of the Pickles' house, with Mýa and Blackstreet dancing through the house. Mýa is seen in Tommy Pickles' bedroom and the members Blackstreet are seen in the kitchen. During the rap from Mase and Blinky Blink, they are driving the Reptar Wagon. During this part, they used the background from a scene in the film. It also contains clips from the movie. As the video ends Angelica turns the television off. The video premiered as a part of Blackstreet and Mýa's hosting of SNICK.[5] The video was directed by Luke Nola and Steve Saussey.

Reception[edit]

The single was a commercial success, entering the Billboard chart on November 28, 1998, and peaking at number 14 on January 23, 1999 on the Hot 100 chart,[6] and reaching number 10 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. "Take Me There" was a commercial success internationally, reaching the top ten in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and the top twenty in Japan; it also reached the top spot in New Zealand and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. In 2014, Billboard ranked "Take Me There" in its "Top 50 Forgotten Gems From the Now! Series", which list songs from the series that were underrated at the time of their release.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

The Rugrats Movie soundtrack earned a Platinum Record, awarded when an album has sold over 1 million copies in the U.S. The main selling element of the soundtrack has not been the Rugrats, but the major label artists who appeared on the soundtrack; in particular, the Jackson 5 version of "Take Me There" climbed the charts.[8] On December 19, 1998, the song reached a peak of 27 in only three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 "Greatest Gainer/ Airplay". That same day it made its way onto the Top 40 Tracks in four weeks. During the week of December 7, 1998, "Take Me There" peaked at #13 on the Hits of the World board in the United Kingdom. The song landed on #19 of the Video Monitor, the most-played clips as monitored by the Broadcast Data Systems, via its airtime on BET, and it also did very well on the MTV playlists peaking at #21 in the same week. It was also well liked in The Clip List, making its debut on the Box Tops, and was played about 15 hours weekly on the California Music Channel (CMC).

Seeing the popularity of "Take Me There", Sound Tracks had this to say: "Airplay of 'Take Me There' by Blackstreet & Mýa featuring Mase and Blinky Blink (Interscope) continues to grow on the Hot 100 and the Hot 100 Airplay charts. 'Take Me There' moves 27-19 on Hot 100 Airplay and 35-27 on the Hot 100 to earn the Greatest Gainer/ Airplay title for its 17% increase in audience. A remix by Big Yam using the melody of the Jackson 5's 'I Want You Back' and a rap-less edit are helping the track make inroads on radio. No doubt, the song's inclusion on the Burger King commercials promoting the Rugrats toys being offered by the fast-food giant is helping the song gain exposure. [...] Just look at the jump 'Take Me There' took after 'The Rugrats Movie' opened. 'Take Me There' was shipped to radio the first week in October but didn't really affect the charts until the film took off." It also helped the soundtrack stay at #20 on the Billboard 200 chart for five weeks.[9]

Remix[edit]

The remix appears on Finally (omitting Mase and Blinky Blink from the Finally version, possibly because their verses primarily revolve around the Rugrats characters) and The Rugrats Movie Soundtrack, which sampled the Jackson 5's number-one hit, "I Want You Back", but it is not used in the film. It is available on the Consumer CD version which was issued in the United Kingdom around the same time as the movie's release there in March 1999, and is available as an import item, and may be hard to find at United States record stores.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Take Me There (Radio Version)" - 4:01
  2. "Take Me There (Want U Back Mix)" - 4:00
  3. "Take Me There (Album Version)" - 5:04
  4. "Take Me There (Instrumental)" - 5:01

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1998–1999) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[11] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[12] 21
Canada Dance/Urban (RPM)[13] 8
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[14] 47
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 58
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 22
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[20] 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 7
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[22] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 14
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[24] 10
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[25] 13
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[26] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 91

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[28] Platinum 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mya Records With Blackstreet For "Rug Rats" Movie". MTV News. September 16, 1998. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Blackstreet Discusses Hooking Up With Mya, Mase For "Rugrats"". MTV. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  3. ^ "Mya Records With Blackstreet For "Rug Rats" Movie". MTV. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  4. ^ http://vodpod.com/watch/434583-blackstreet-ft-mya-mase-blinky-blink-take-me-there
  5. ^ http://www.blastfromthepasttv.com/snick.html
  6. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1999-01-23
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6077575/now-thats-what-i-call-music-50-forgotten-gems?page=0%2C0
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2010-05-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=KQoEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA79&lpg=PA79&dq=take+me+there+rugrats+charts&source
  10. ^ http://www.rugratonline.com/rrmovi2c.htm
  11. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7494." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 7465." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "Euro Chart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. 1998-12-19. p. 18. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Take Me There". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 3, 1999" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  18. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  19. ^ "Blackstreet Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  20. ^ "Blackstreet Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  21. ^ "Mya Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  22. ^ "Mya Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  23. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  24. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Blackstreet & Mýa – Take Me There". Recorded Music NZ.

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