Want to Want Me

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"Want to Want Me"
Jason Derulo - Want to Want Me.png
Single by Jason Derulo
from the album Everything Is 4
ReleasedMarch 9, 2015 (2015-03-09)
Format
Genre
Length3:27
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Ian Kirkpatrick
Jason Derulo singles chronology
"Bubblegum"
(2014)
"Want to Want Me"
(2015)
"Cheyenne"
(2015)
"Bubblegum"
(2014)
"Want to Want Me"
(2015)
"Cheyenne"
(2015)
Music video
"Want to Want Me" on YouTube

"Want to Want Me" is a song recorded by American singer Jason Derulo for his fourth studio album, Everything Is 4 (2015). It was released as the album's lead single on March 9, 2015.[3] The song was written by Derulo, Sam Martin, Lindy Robbins, Mitch Allan, and its producer, Ian Kirkpatrick.[4][5]

"Want to Want Me" peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Derulo's sixth top ten hit in the United States.[6] The song topped the UK Singles Chart with first-week sales of 127,000 units. It marked Derulo's fourth number-one single in the United Kingdom, following "In My Head" (2010), "Don't Wanna Go Home" (2011) and "Talk Dirty" (2013).[7] "Want to Want Me" remained at number one in the UK for four weeks.[8]

Background[edit]

Derulo said that the song was first composed for the album Everything Is 4, and he decided to release it as the lead single after having several friends listen to it.[9]

The song was ghost co-written by Chris Brown, and was originally intended to be on his album X, but later the singer dismissed the song considering it inconsistent for his album.[10][11]

Olly Murs was originally meant to release the song, but was forced to turn it down as he could not reach the high notes. He later admitted to regretting turning it down after seeing how popular it became. [12]

Derulo performed the song for the Opening Ceremonys of the Copa America Centenario at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Music composition[edit]

The song is written and recorded in E♭ Major, running at 112-116 beats per minute. It has a main chord progression of E♭-Cm. [13]

Critical reception[edit]

Time named "Want to Want Me" the third-best song of 2015.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Want to Want Me" debuted at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 28, 2015. It jumped to number ten on the week of May 9, 2015,[15] before reaching number five on June 20.[16]

Music video[edit]

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Colin Tilley. It premiered on Tinder on March 23, 2015.[17] The video features glamour model Tianna Gregory as Derulo's love interest in the video.[18]

The video opens with Derulo and his love interest reclining minimally clothed in their respective beds. With a fan on and most of the sheets having been pulled off Derulo's red bed, he sings that it is "too hard to sleep". He hails a cab to "get me there fast" and soon hooks up with his lady waiting on a blue bed. The video also features Derulo singing and dancing on a stage to his lover.[19]

In popular culture or mainstream media[edit]

Actress Katharine McPhee lip synced to this song in Lip Sync Battle along with "Shake It Fast" by Mystikal to beat Jason Derulo.[citation needed]

The track is featured in the video game Just Dance 2016.[citation needed] Also Featured In The CW TV Show iZomBiE.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[3]
  1. "Want to Want Me" – 3:27
Digital download – Westfunk remix[20]
  1. "Want to Want Me" (Westfunk Remix) – 3:13
Other Versions
  • 7th Heaven Radio Edit - 3:27

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[78] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[79] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[80] Platinum 80,000^
Germany (BVMI)[81] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[82] 3× Platinum 150,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[83] Gold 30,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[84] Platinum 15,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[85] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Sweden (GLF)[86] 3× Platinum 120,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[87] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[88] 2× Platinum 1,200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[89] 3× Platinum 1,100,000[90]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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