This Is for the Lover in You

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"This Is for the Lover in You"
Single by Shalamar
from the album Three for Love
B-side "Some Things Never Change"
Released May 25, 1981
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded 1980
Length 5:07
Label SOLAR
Songwriter(s) Howard Hewett, Dana Meyers
Producer(s) Leon Sylvers III
Shalamar singles chronology
"Make That Move"
(1981)
"This Is for the Lover in You"
(1981)
"Sweeter as the Days Go By"
(1981)
"Make That Move"
(1981)
"This Is for the Lover in You"
(1981)
"Sweeter as the Days Go By"
(1981)

"This Is for the Lover in You" is a song written by Howard Hewett, member of the trio Shalamar, and songwriter Dana Meyers. The track was originally recorded by Shalamar and appeared on their 1980 album, Three for Love.

Shalamar version[edit]

The song was the third single released from their album, Three for Love. The single peaked at #17 on the U.S. R&B chart in 1981.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 17

Babyface version[edit]

"This Is for the Lover in You"
Single by Babyface featuring LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley, and Jeffrey Daniel
from the album The Day
Released October 5, 1996
Format Vinyl record (12" 33 RPM)
Recorded 1996
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 5:26
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Howard Hewett, Dana Meyers
Producer(s) Babyface, Samuel J. Barnes, Jean-Claude Olivier, James Todd Smith, Bryce Wilson
Babyface singles chronology
"Slow Jams"
(1996)
"This Is for the Lover in You"
(1996)
"Every Time I Close My Eyes"
(1996)
"Slow Jams"
(1996)
"This Is for the Lover in You"
(1996)
"Every Time I Close My Eyes"
(1996)

It was later remade by Babyface from the album The Day featuring LL Cool J and the former members of Shalamar: Howard Hewett, Jody Watley, and Jeffrey Daniel.[1] The Babyface version was a successful hit, reaching #6 on the U.S. Hot 100 chart, #2 on the U.S. R&B chart, and #12 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was considered to be atypical for Babyface when it was released.[2][3]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[4] 50
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 19
New Zealand Singles Chart[6] 12
UK Singles Chart[7] 12
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Platinum 0^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other versions[edit]

In 1994, saxophonist Gerald Albright released a rendition from the album Smooth.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jodi Watley Teams With Babyface On New Album". MTV. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  2. ^ Jet. Books.google.com. 2008-10-13. p. 15. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Critic's Choice: Babyface". Entertainment Weekly. September 27, 1996. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Babyface feat. LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniels - This Is For The Lover In You". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Babyface feat. LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniels - This Is For The Lover In You". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "BABYFACE | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Theofficialcharts.com. 2016-10-21. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  8. ^ "American single certifications – Babyface – This Is for the Lover in You". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  9. ^ "Smooth overview". Allmusic.com. 

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