The Way That I Love You
|"The Way That I Love You"|
|Single by Ashanti|
|from the album The Declaration|
|Released||February 26, 2008|
|Label||The Inc., Universal Motown|
|Songwriter(s)||Ashanti Douglas, L.T. Hutton|
|Ashanti singles chronology|
"The Way That I Love You" is a song recorded by American recording artist Ashanti, for her fourth studio album The Declaration (2008). It was written by Ashanti alongside the song's producer L.T. Hutton. It was released as the lead single for the album.
The music video was directed by Kevin Bray. Ashanti said she chose him for his work with shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order, and Heroes. It starts with Ashanti speaking on the phone to a 911 operator, asking for help to be sent and then shows Ashanti in a bathtub, submerging herself. The video reveals that Ashanti discovered that her boyfriend (played by actor-singer Christian Keyes) was cheating on her, via messages on his Sidekick and credit card and phone bills. She stabs him repeatedly and goes to trial for her crime. The video features images of a bloody knife, furniture overthrown, a forensics team investigating the scene of the crime, police removing the body from the apartment, and Ashanti's subsequent arrest and trial. Throughout the video, Ashanti sings with a long silver dress (which she said weighed 40 LBs.) in a prison cell, and also sings in the kitchen where she picks up the knife. In the end of the video, it was revealed that Ashanti did not actually kill her boyfriend, she only dreamed about it and ended up dumping him.
Ashanti commented on the video: "It's being played out in the video, basically just describing how when a man cheats on a woman how it feels like a woman is scorned and you go to drastic measures, just to show the passion and the drama when it comes to being hurt, y'know, whether you're male or female."
|Japan (Japan Hot 100)||96|
|US Billboard Hot 100||37|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||2|
February 26, 2008 (U.S. - Urban radio--)
March 18, 2008 (U.S.- Digital Download)
April 1, 2008 (U.S. - Rhythmic radio--)
May 28, 2008 (UK)
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