Wait for You (Elliott Yamin song)

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"Wait for You"
Wait for You.jpg
Single by Elliott Yamin
from the album Elliott Yamin
ReleasedMarch 13, 2007[1]
FormatDigital download, CD single, radio
Length4:21 (Album Version)
3:59 (Radio Edit)
LabelRED Distribution, Hickory Records
Songwriter(s)Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen, Taj Jackson
Elliott Yamin singles chronology
"Movin' On"
"Wait for You"
"One Word"

"Wait for You" is a song by former American Idol contestant Elliott Yamin. It is the first official single from his self-titled album Elliott Yamin (following the retail-only promotional hit "Movin' On").

Song information[edit]

"Wait for You" is a slow-tempo ballad composed in C major. He mentions in the song waiting indefinitely for the one he loves to come back to him. Despite the fact she has left him, he insists he knows she still loves him.

"Wait For You" is often compared to songs by 98 Degrees ("My Everything"), Natalie ("Goin' Crazy"), S Club 7 ("Never Had a Dream Come True") and Stevie Hoang ("Addicted"), due to the tone of the song.


The song debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 67. After two weeks the song dropped off the chart, but was resurrected by airplay which improved the song's digital sales.[2] The song experienced an increase in popularity after Yamin's performance on American Idol, and went on to become a hit single on multiple charts in the U.S. It rose to #14 in the iTunes Store and #13 on the Hot 100, giving Yamin his first top 20 hit on the chart. It also became a top five hit for Yamin on the Pop 100, Pop 100 Airplay, and on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart. The song enjoyed great radio longevity, staying in the top ten of Mediabase's Mainstream Top 40 chart for four months before finally falling out of the top ten in early October 2007. The song was the 6th most played song of 2007 on Top 40 radio[3] and it was certified Platinum in digital sales on October 16, 2008.[4] U.S. sales as of April 30, 2010 are 1,113,000.[5] In February 2014, the song was retroactively certified Platinum by the RIAJ for 250,000 downloads.[6]

Chart (2007) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 22
Japan (Japan Hot 100) 3
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 13
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 4
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 13
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[11] 16
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 4


The song received a positive review from Chuck Taylor of Billboard, complimenting the "rapid-fire, R. Kelly-esque verses [that] adeptly mesh[ed] with [Yamin's] muscular, emotive vocal."[13]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song (directed by Nick Spanos) shows Yamin in a variety of locations reminiscing about his girlfriend who has left him. The video shows Yamin on the beach, in his bedroom, and simply walking on a sidewalk picturing his ex-girlfriend's smiling face, and pleading for her to come back, just like in the lyrics of the song. The video features a recurring close up face shot of Yamin, in a black and white tone. Yamin is also shown in the studio recording the song throughout the video. In the end, his ex-girlfriend finally approaches him on the beach.

The video debuted at number one on VH1's VSpot Top 20 Countdown, and was number one for four consecutive weeks until July 28, 2007, when it went down to #2 with "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's in the top spot, but the following week it returned to number one. The video spent 17 weeks on the countdown, which included eight weeks at number one, and was number 19 on VH1's countdown of the Top 40 Videos of 2007.

Covers, remixes, and compilations[edit]

Filipino R&B singer Kyla covered the song on her sixth album entitled Heartfelt. On the Super Eurobeat (Volume 192) dance compilation, a cover version of "Wait for You" is done by eurobeat artist, Ace. The remix song sung by the band was heard in Initial D 5th Stage. Japanese singer Yusaku Kiyama covered this song in 2008, while Yamin covered Kiyama's song, "Home," in exchange.

The Midi Mafia featuring Bruce Waynne remix of "Wait for You" is available on iTunes. The Jason Nevins GTR Mix of the song has been included on Ultra.2008, a collection of dance club remixes. Another remix features the duo Nina Sky.

"Wait For You" has been included in the Now That's What I Call Music! 25 collection and the Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 10 compilation.

"Wait For You" is featured on the soundtrack, 'Wangan Midnight The Movie - Special Driving Style.' (湾岸ミッドナイト THE MOVIE - Special Driving Style) The movie itself is a film adaption of the popular Manga and Anime series, Wangan Midnight which was released in theaters across Japan in September 2009. The song appears as the twelfth track on the album. It is also played in one part when Tatsuya and Eriko go to the gas station.[14]


  1. ^ http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=69239#2007
  2. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Akon Scores Second No. 1 Hit From 'Konvicted'", Billboard.com, March 29, 2007.
  3. ^ Radio and Records 2007 Year-end Charts - Top CHR/Top 40 Songs
  4. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum - November 9, 2008
  5. ^ Chart Watch Extra: American Idol's Million-Sellers - Yahoo Music - April 30, 2010
  6. ^ レコード協会調べ 1月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:1月度認定> [Record Association report: February 2014 digital music download certifications (Abbreviation: 2013 Certifications)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). February 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "Elliott Yamin Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-03-25.
  8. ^ "Elliott Yamin Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-03-25.
  9. ^ "Elliott Yamin Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-03-25.
  10. ^ "Elliott Yamin Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  11. ^ "Elliott Yamin Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-03-25.
  12. ^ "Elliott Yamin Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-03-25.
  13. ^ Wait for You
  14. ^ 湾岸ミッドナイト THE MOVIE -Special Driving Style, January 10th 2010.

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