This Is Me (Dream song)

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"This Is Me"
Single by Dream
from the album It Was All a Dream
Released May 1, 2001 (2001-05-01)
Format CD single
Recorded June 2000 California, United States
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:12
Label Bad Boy Records/Universal Records
Writer(s) Steve Kipner, David Frank, Pamela Sheyne
Producer(s) David Frank
Dream singles chronology
"He Loves U Not"
(2000)
"This Is Me"
(2001)
"Crazy"
(2003)

"This Is Me" is a song by American girl group Dream. It was released on May 1, 2001 as the second single off their debut album It Was All a Dream (2001). It was written in 2000 by Steve Kipner, David Frank and Pamela Sheyne, the same team that wrote their debut single "He Loves U Not".

The song was a minor hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking within the top 40 at number 39, making this their second and final song to appear on that chart. It also peaked at numbers 13, 17 and 80 on the Mainstream Top 40, Top 40 Tracks and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts respectively. An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Marcus Raboy, premiered on MTV's Total Request Live and features the group in different settings: all four girls in different colored rooms, a rave and a dance club. They first performed the song live on Live with Regis and Kelly and would make later appearances at the 2001 Walt Disney World Summer Jam Concert, Teen Choice Presents: Teenapalooza and The Early Show.

An official remix of the song was released on July 2001 as the group's third and final single that featured P. Diddy and Kain and was produced by Mario Winans that incorporated "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" by Bob James. The song peaked at number 5 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. A music video for the remix, directed by Chris Robinson, premiered on TRL and featured the artists in different settings. This version was regularly performed live during MTV's Total Request Live Tour.

Content[edit]

Written by the same team that had produced their previous hit single, "This Is Me" again featured lead vocals by Holly Blake-Arnstein. The interlude was alternately sung and spoken by Ashley Poole and Melissa Schuman, respectively.

Many versions of this song were recorded. The music video version contains the phrase "It Was All a Dream" spoken by Melissa Schuman after the interlude. A remix featuring P. Diddy and Kain was recorded and released as the third and final single from It Was All a Dream. The remix samples "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" by Bob James from his album Two.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "This Is Me" was shot February 20 and 21, 2001 and directed by Marcus Raboy, who had directed Dream's first video as well. The first setting depicted each Dream member in a different colored room: red for Holly, gold for Melissa, blue for Diana, and white for Ashley. In the second setting, the girls danced in a rave, with Ashley and Diana performing solo dance breaks. In the third setting, the girls emerged from a limousine and performed in a crowded dance club. The video debuted at number 10 on MTV's countdown show Total Request Live (TRL) on April 20, 2001. The video peaked at number 1 on May 2, 2001, making them the first girl group to reach that spot on the countdown.

The video for the remix of "This Is Me" was directed by Chris Robinson and featured two settings: In the first setting, the girls, sporting "Bad Girl" t-shirts, are dancing in a blue and white room with P. Diddy also dancing and playing around with the girls. The second setting had them in a black room, with Kain performing with the girls and P. Diddy. A dance break by P. Diddy is also featured in both settings of the video, intercut with scenes of Mario Winans playing the drums.

Live performances[edit]

Dream first performed "This Is Me" along with "When I Get There" on Live with Regis and Kelly on March 27, 2001.[2] On June 10, they performed this and "He Loves U Not" at the 2001 Walt Disney World Summer Jam Concert, aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship in the Bahamas.[3] A week later, they performed it at Wango Tango, an annual all-day concert organized by KIIS-FM, in California.[4] Troy J. Augusto of Variety put their performance alongside Eden's Crush and Vertical Horizon's, saying that they were "easy to forget."[5] On June 20, they performed it at Teen Choice Presents: Teenapalooza.[6] Five days later, they appeared on The Early Show on June 25, 2001 to perform this and "He Loves U Not".[7]

Track listing[edit]

US CD Single[edit]

  1. "This Is Me" (Remix) (Featuring Kain) - 4:08
  2. "This Is Me" (Mike Rizzo's Hyper Mix) - 3:32

International CD Single[edit]

  1. "This Is Me" (Radio Mix) - 3:15
  2. "This Is Me" (P. Diddy Mix) - 4:25
  3. "This Is Me" (Mike Rizzo's Hyper Mix) (Extended Club) - 6:41
  4. "This Is Me" (Instrumental) - 3:11

US Maxi CD Single[edit]

  1. "This Is Me" (Remix) (Featuring Kain) - 4:38
  2. "This Is Me" (Mike Rizzo's Hyper Mix) - 3:32
  3. "This Is Me" (Urban Remix) - 4:19
  4. "He Loves U Not" (Remix) (Featuring G-Dep) - 3:49

12" Remix Single[edit]

  1. "This Is Me" (Mike Rizzo's Hyper Mix) (Extended Club) - 6:41
  2. "This Is Me" (Mike Rizzo's Hyper Mix) (Radio Edit) - 3:48
  3. "This Is Me" (Mike Rizzo's Hyper Mix) (Extended Instrumental) - 6:37
  4. "This Is Me" (Mike Rizzo's !Get Off The Wall!) (Vocal Radio Edit) - 3:39

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of It Was All a Dream.[8]

Recording
Personnel
  • Dave Way – mixer (Larrabee Recording Studios, CA)
  • Ryan Freeman – production assistant
  • Jon Griffin – production coordinator
  • David Frank – keyboards, drums
  • Sue Anne Carwell – additional vocal arrangement

Chart performance[edit]

Though not as big of a hit as "He Loves U Not," "This Is Me" received some chart success. It peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Hot Dance/Maxi-Single Sales chart, number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 9, 2001[9] and number 80 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Chart (2001–02) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 39
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales (Billboard)[11] 5
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 13
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[13] 80
US Top 40 Tracks (Billboard)[11] 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dream feat. Kain's This Is Me (Remix) sample of Bob James's Take Me to the Mardi Gras". WhoSampled. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Episode 137". Live with Regis and Kelly. Season 13. March 27, 2001. WABC-TV. 
  3. ^ "The Summer Kicks Off With the 'Walt Disney World Summer Jam Concert'". PR Newswire. May 25, 2001. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ Nichols, Natalie (June 19, 2001). "Wango Tango Serves Up Pop-Pourri". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ Augusto, Troy J. (June 18, 2001). "Review: 'Wango Tango, Day Two'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Teen Choice Presents Teenapalooza". Kidzworld. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Episode 445". The Early Show. June 25, 2001. CBS. 
  8. ^ It Was All a Dream (Media notes). Bad Boy Records. 2001. 78612-73037-2. 
  9. ^ "The Hot 100: June 9, 2001". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Dream Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Dream. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  11. ^ a b "It Was All a Dream - Dream". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Dream Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Dream. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  13. ^ "Dream Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Dream. Retrieved July 8, 2015.

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