Whatever (En Vogue song)
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|Single by En Vogue|
|from the album EV3|
|Released||May 13, 1997 (US)|
|Format||CD single, Cassette single|
|Genre||R&B, hip hop soul|
|Songwriter(s)||Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Keith Andes, Giuliano Franco, James Todd Smith, Osten Harvey, Jr.|
|En Vogue singles chronology|
"Whatever" is the second single from musical group En Vogue's third studio album, EV3. It has been certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of over 500,000 units. It reached number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.
"Whatever" was produced by Babyface (he participated on other tracks as well) as this album marked the first time En Vogue departed from their usual Foster & McElroy sound. The video version was also the first to feature only three of the original En Vogue members (without the recently departed Dawn Robinson).
Efforts to re-record the album without Robinson were all but successful as she is heard in background and lead throughout EV3. Her original lead verse on "Whatever" is fourth ("anything you do, I crave it baby...") and can be clearly heard on the remixes to this track. Cindy Herron replaced Robinson's outgoing lead in the video and studio album version.
While EV3 was being recorded, Robinson chose to leave the group. Her voice is heard throughout the harmony and lead vocals on most of the album including this song.
The horror movie-inspired music video, directed by Matthew Rolston, features the girls and the doctors disguised as zombies in a modern beauty salon/cosmetic surgery lab. They are surrounded by doctors and nurses dressed in orange outfits performing various surgical procedures.
Cindy is shown pulling a face statue in a lightning filled hallway, while she begins the song covering up her face with a mask then removing to sing the first verse, replacing it back after the final chorus.
Maxine is seen singing in front of a three-way mirror in a blue dress. Terry sings in pale zombie-like makeup while wearing a beauty micrometer as a doctor attends to her.
Several beauty enhancement procedures are shown in the video - face lifts, breast augmentation, even skin whitening. The girls dance robotically throughout the video and are seen sporting several horror-inspired looks and hairstyles each, loosely inspired by Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" music video.
Formats and track listings
- Co producer – Giuliano Franco
- Producer – Babyface
- Guitar – Mark Coleman
- Programmed by Randy Walker
- Engineered and mixed by Manny Marroaquin
- Produced for ECAF Productions, Inc.
- Recorded at Brandon's Way Recording
- Mixed at Brandon's Way Recording
Charts and certifications
- "US Certifications > En Vogue". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
- "En Vogue: Whatever", UK CD Single at EIL
- En Vogue - Whatever (The Dance Remixes) (Vinyl) at Discogs
- En Vogue – Whatever (Lemon D & Roni Size Remixes) (Vinyl) at Discogs
- AUS Charts > En Vogue. ARIA Charts.
- "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "FIN Charts > En Vogue". The Official Finnish Charts. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
- "NLD Charts > En Vogue". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
- "GER Charts > En Vogue". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
- "UK Charts > En Vogue". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
- "Artist Chart History - En Vogue". Billboard.
- RIAA. US Certifications > En Vogue Singles. Retrieved, 2016-10-10