No, No, No (Destiny's Child song)
"No, No, No" is the first single by the American group Destiny's Child, taken from their first studio album, Destiny's Child, in 1998. The song was released on November 1997, by Columbia Records; the song was produced by Rob Fusari and Wyclef Jean. Two versions of the song were released as Part 2 featuring American rapper Wyclef Jean. In the United States, the song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum on February 26, 1998. Part 2 samples the Love Unlimited Orchestra's "Strange Games and Things". In the video for "Part 2", directed by Darren Grant in October 1997, Wyclef Jean plays his guitar as Destiny's Child sings the chorus. Beyoncé stops Wyclef, saying, "That ain't right." Wyclef says to the group, "Nah, nah, it's phat. I'm tellin' you, they gon' lose their minds; the group begins a choreographed dance in a large gold room. Wyclef Jean makes an appearance in a room next to the room where the group is. In 1998, a new video directed by Darren Grant, was created to promote "Part 1".
In the clip, the group performs a choreographed dance at a nightclub. Marques Houston, along with his Immature bandmates Romeo and LDB, make cameo appearances in the video for Part 1; the Part 2 music video is on the video compilation The Platinum's on the Wall and the DualDisc edition of the album #1's. The Part 1 music video is on the video compilation The Platinum's on the Wall and as an enhanced video on the Australian edition of The Writing's on the Wall; the single entered the UK Singles Chart at number five on March 28, 1998, spent eight weeks in the Top 75. In Europe, the single experienced modest success, entering the top 40 and top 20 of several national charts; the single performed better in Norway and the Netherlands, where it hit the top ten, while it had the least success in France, where it made an appearance in the top 100. In the United States, the single had greater commercial popularity; the success of the song on radio stations and its healthy sales propelled it into the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
The song peaked within the top three of that chart, becoming their first single to do so. The commercial success of the song failed to translate into high album sales for the group. Destiny Child's first album struggled to chart on any chart and was certified in the United States thanks to the subsequent momentum of their second studio album. By the end of its chart run, "No, No, No" had sold over 146,000 copies in the UK and over a million copies worldwide. In 1998, the song won two Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for Best R&B/Soul Single by a Group, Band or Duo and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. List of number-one R&B singles of 1998
Too Close (Next song)
"Too Close" is a song by American R&B group Next, featuring uncredited vocals from Vee of Koffee Brown. It was released in September 1997 as the second single from their debut album Rated Next; the song reached number one on the US Hot 100 and R&B charts and has gone Platinum making it their biggest and best known hit. In the 1998 US Billboard End-Year chart, the song reached number one, it contains a sample of "Christmas Rappin'" by Kurtis Blow. "Too Close" was a massive hit on Urban Contemporary radio stations by its fourth month of airplay in January 1998 and still the most played single by Next. According to Billboard, on the song "R. L, Terry and Raphael moan and groan about their female dance partner's grindin' and shakin' -- and their respective bulges as a result -- atop a Chicago-style step dance production." In 2001, English boy band Blue released a cover version of the song as the second single from their debut studio album All Rise. The track was released on 24 August 2001 and became their first number one UK single produced by multi-platinum producer Ray Ruffin.
It reached number five in Australia and number 17 in Ireland, number one in New Zealand, where the Next version had been a number-one hit. The song has received a silver sales status certification for sales of over 200,000 copies in the UK; the band traveled to New York City to film the music video, whilst there, they witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center. The following month, Blue were being interviewed by British newspaper The Sun and Ryan commented that "This New York thing is being blown out of proportion" and asked "What about whales? They are ignoring animals. Animals need saving and that's more important." The other members of the band tried to silence Ryan. This caused a huge media backlash that resulted in Blue losing a record deal in the United States and campaigns to sack Ryan from the group. UK CD single "Too Close" – 3:45 "Too Close" – 5:41 "Too Close" – 3:45 "Too Close" – 4:11UK cassette "Too Close" – 3:45 "Too Close" – 5:41 In 2015, the song regained attention through the popularity of the internet meme, "Why You Always Lying" by Nicholas Fraser.
The parody gained fame within social media because of the comically poor production quality and relatable theme. Replacing the line "Baby when we're grinding" with "Why the fuck you lying," and for following phrases, the song referenced an untrustworthy girl who failed to keep her promise of hooking him up with her cute friend; the original Vine has been viewed over 76.1 million times, has been extended into a full music video for YouTube, which has gained over 16 million views as of March 2016. Fraser performed the parody along with the former Next member RL on the MTV2 show Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Deborah Cox is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. She was born in Toronto, Cox began performing on television commercials at age 12, entered various talent shows in her teenage years before becoming a professional backing vocalist for Celine Dion. In 1994, she relocated to the United States and was signed to Arista Records by Clive Davis, releasing her self-titled debut album the following year, her second studio album One Wish was certified platinum in the United States and was marked by the commercial success of the pop crossover single "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here", which would become Cox's most successful entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number two and remaining there for eight consecutive weeks. Cox signed with J Records for her third studio album The Morning After, which saw moderate commercial success. Cox ventured into acting in the 2000s, making her film debut in the Canadian drama film Love Come Down and her stage debut in 2004, in the title role in the Broadway musical Aida.
She has since appeared in smaller films and several musical productions, including the horror-drama Jekyll & Hyde, the biographical musical Josephine and the musical adaptation of The Bodyguard. Cox's most recent studio albums, Destination Moon and The Promise, have been released through her own independent record label, Deco Recording Group. In 2017, her single "Let the World Be Ours Tonight" became her 13th number-one hit on Billboard's Dance Club Songs over the span of three consecutive decades. In 2016, Billboard listed Cox at 23rd on its list of the Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists. An eight-time Juno Award nominee, she has won four awards and is cited as Canada's top R&B artist. Deborah Cox was born in Toronto to parents of Afro-Guyanese descent, grew up in Scarborough and attended John XXIII Catholic Elementary School and Earl Haig Secondary School, she began singing on TV commercials at age 12, entered various talent shows including an appearance on Tiny Talent Time. She performed in nightclubs as a teenager, began to write music around the same time.
Cox entered the music industry in the early 1990s, performing as a backup vocalist for Celine Dion for six months. After receiving many rejection letters from Canadian record labels that claimed their "quota" had been reached, Cox moved to Los Angeles in 1994 with producer and songwriting partner, Lascelles Stephens. In 1995, label executive Clive Davis signed Cox to Arista Records. Featuring production from Dallas Austin, Keith Crouch, Tim & Bob, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, she released her self-titled debut album the same year. A middling commercial and critical success, the album peaked at number 102 on US Billboard 200 but emegered as a steady seller receiving a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, while going platinum in Canada. Lead single "Sentimental" entered the top five on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while follow-up "Who Do U Love" attained worldwide success, becoming a top twenty success in Australia, New Zealand and the US reaching the top of Billboard's Dance Club Songs.
In 1996, Deborah Cox won Cox a Juno Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording at the annual award cerremony and earned her a Best Soul/R&B New Artist nomination at the 1996 American Music Awards. Cox contributed the non-album song "Things Just Ain't The Same" to the soundtrack to the 1997 film Money Talks. A dance remix of the song, produced by Hex Hector, became her second number-one hit on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart and was included on her second album, 1998's One Wish; as with her self-titled debut album, her sophomore effort was once again executive-produced by Davis, but featured more uptempo, contemporary R&B, a slew of new producers and personnel to incorporate dance and club music, including Montell Jordan, Anthony "Shep" Crawford, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, DJ Quik. One Wish peaked at number 72 on the Billboard 200 and earned a platinum certification from the RIAA, while reaching gold status in Canada; the album capitalized on the crossover success of lead single "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" which became Cox's most successful entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two, remaining there for eight consecutive weeks, making it one of the longest stays at number two in chart history.
The song reached number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, spending a record-breaking 14 weeks at number one, while third single "We Can't Be Friends," a duet with R. L. Huggar, reached the top ten, with "It's Over Now" and "I Never Knew" become chart toppers on the Dance Club Songs chart. After One Wish, Cox collaborated with singer Whitney Houston on her single "Same Script, Different Cast" from the compilation album Whitney: The Greatest Hits. Incorporating a backing track of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Für Elise" during the intro, it was released as a radio-only promo single and became a minor hit on Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 70 while reaching number 14 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. In 2000, Cox made her acting debut when she starred in Clement Virgo's Canadian drama film Love Come Down, playing a nightclub singer; the film garnered eight nominations at the 21st Genie Awards, including two Best Original Song nominations for Cox's songs "29" and "Our Love". In 2001, Cox recorded "Absolutely Not", for the soundtrack to Dr. Dolittle 2 which became her sixth number one hit on Billboard's Dance Club Songs.
Cox's third album The Morning After was released in November 2002 on J Records following a frustratingly long departure from Arista. It marked the Cox's first record under Clive Davis's label, with Davis once more serving as executive producer. Keen to build on the success of her previous album One Wish, he enlisted the help of producers su
Destiny's Child was an American girl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams. Formed in 1997 in Houston, Destiny's Child members began their musical career as Girl's Tyme, formed in 1990, comprising Knowles, Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, LeToya Luckett among others. After years of limited success, the quartet were signed in 1997 to Columbia Records and Music World Entertainment as Destiny's Child. Destiny's Child was launched into mainstream recognition following the release of their best-selling second album, The Writing's on the Wall, which contained the number-one singles "Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name". Despite critical and commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict and legal turmoil, as Roberson and Luckett attempted to split from the group's manager Mathew Knowles, citing favoritism of Knowles and Rowland. In early 2000, both Roberson and Luckett were replaced with Farrah Franklin, their third album, which contains themes the public interpreted as a channel to the group's experience, contains the worldwide hits "Independent Women", "Survivor" and "Bootylicious".
In 2002, they announced a hiatus and re-united two years for the release of their fourth and final studio album, Destiny Fulfilled. Destiny's Child has sold more than sixty million records worldwide to date. Billboard magazine ranks the group as one of the greatest musical trios of all time, the ninth most successful artist/band of the 2000s, placed the group 68th in its All-Time Hot 100 Artists list in 2008 and in December 2016, the magazine ranked them as the 90th most successful dance club artist of all-time; the group was nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, winning twice for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and once for Best R&B Song. In 1990, Beyoncé Knowles met rapper LaTavia Roberson while auditioning for a girl group. Based in Houston, they were joined to a group that performed rapping and dancing. Kelly Rowland, who relocated to Knowles' house because of family issues, joined them in 1992. Named Girl's Tyme, they were cut down to six members including Támar Davis and sisters Nikki and Nina Taylor.
With Knowles and Rowland, Girl's Tyme attracted nationwide attention: west-coast R&B producer Arne Frager flew to Houston to see them. He brought them to his studio, The Plant Recording Studios, in Northern California, with focus on Knowles' vocals because Frager thought she had personality and the ability to sing. With efforts to sign Girl's Tyme to a major record deal, Frager's strategy was to debut the group in Star Search, the biggest talent show on national TV at the time. However, they lost the competition; because of the group's defeat, Knowles' father, voluntarily dedicated his time to manage them. Mathew Knowles decided to cut the original lineup to four, with the removal of Davis and the Taylor sisters and the inclusion of LeToya Luckett in 1993. Aside from spending time at their church in Houston, Girl's Tyme practiced in their backyards and at Headliners Salon, owned by Knowles' mother, Tina; the group would test routines in the salon, when it was on Montrose Boulevard in Houston, sometimes would collect tips from the customers.
Their try out would be critiqued by the people inside. During their school days, Girl's Tyme performed at local gigs; when summer came, Mathew Knowles established a "boot camp" to train them in dance and vocal lessons. After rigorous training, they began performing as opening acts for established R&B groups of that time such as SWV, Dru Hill and Immature. Tina Knowles designed the group's attire for their performances. Over the course of the early years in their career, Girl's Tyme changed their name to Something Fresh, Cliché, the Dolls, to Destiny; the group signed with Elektra Records with the name Destiny, but were dropped several months before they could release an album. The pursuit of a record deal affected the Knowles family: in 1995, Mathew Knowles resigned from his job as a medical-equipment salesman, a move that reduced Knowles' family's income by half, her parents separated due to the pressure. In 1996, they changed their name to Destiny's Child, taken from a passage in the Book of Isaiah.
Mathew Knowles helped in negotiating a record deal with Columbia Records, which signed the group that same year. Prior to signing with Columbia, the group had recorded several tracks in Oakland, California produced by D'wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!, including "Killing Time", which upon the label's recognition that Destiny's Child had a "unique quality", was included in the soundtrack to the 1997 film Men in Black. Destiny's Child released their self-titled debut album in the United States on February 17, 1998, featuring productions by Tim & Bob, Rob Fusari, Jermaine Dupri, Wyclef Jean, Dwayne Wiggins and Corey Rooney. Destiny's Child peaked at number sixty-seven on the Billboard 200 and number fourteen on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, it managed to sell over one million copies in the United States, earning a platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. The remix version to the album's lead single, "No, No, No", reached number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
Its follow-up single, "With Me Part 1" failed to reproduce the success of "No, No, No". Meanwhile, the group featured on a song from the soundtrack album of the romantic drama Why Do Fools Fall in Love and "Get on the Bus" had a limited release in Europe and other markets. In 1998, Destiny's Child garnered three So
The Boy Is Mine (song)
"The Boy Is Mine" is a 1998 duet by American singers Brandy and Monica written and composed by LaShawn Daniels, Japhe Tejeda, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Brandy with coproduction by Darkchild and Dallas Austin. It was released as the lead single from both singers' second albums from 1998, Never Say Never by Brandy and The Boy Is Mine by Monica. Inspired by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney's 1982 duet "The Girl Is Mine", the lyrics of the mid-tempo R&B track revolve around two women fighting over a man; the song received positive reviews from music critics and was the first number-one pop hit for both artists, in the US and internationally. Exploiting the media's presumption of a rivalry between the two young singers, "The Boy Is Mine" became the best-selling song of the year in the US, selling 2.6 million copies, spent 13 weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1998. It became the second song in the history of the chart to ascend directly to number-one from a previous position beneath the Top 20, at number 23, following The Beatles and the 27–1 leap of their single "Can't Buy Me Love" in April 1964.
Internationally, the single achieved a strong charting, peaking at number one in Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand, while reaching the top five on most of the other charts on which it appeared."The Boy Is Mine" was awarded the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group and received nominations for both Record of the Year and Best R&B Song in 1999. At the Billboard Music Awards, the song won in three categories, including Hot 100 Sales Single of Year. In 2008, Billboard listed it 54th on its 50th Anniversary All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs chart, 18th on the All-Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs countdown; the music video for the single, directed by Joseph Kahn, starred Mekhi Phifer. It was nominated including Video of the Year and Best R&B Video. In 2012, after 14 years, the singers reunited on the single "It All Belongs to Me". "The Boy Is Mine" was a song Brandy wrote with Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, his brother Fred Jerkins III, Japhe Tejeda, LaShawn Daniels. The singer came up with its concept while watching an episode of The Jerry Springer Show tabloid talk show, where love triangles among the guests was the theme.
Created as a solo track, Brandy recorded the song alone. After listening to the result, however and Jerkins thought it would work better as a duet, an idea, further inspired by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's 1982 hit duet "The Girl Is Mine". At Brandy's request, her label Atlantic Records approached fellow R&B teen singer Monica to collaborate: The pair had seen each other in passing at award shows and other live events, Brandy thought a duet would help combat ongoing rumors that the singers were rivals. With the permission of Clive Davis, who headed Monica's record company Arista Records, Monica signed on to the project; the song has a tempo of 93 beats per minute. Written in the key of C♯ minor, it follows a chord progression of F♯m9–C♯m9, the vocals span from G♯3 to F♯4; the two artists recorded their vocals for the song together with Jerkins and his production team at the Record One Studios in North Hollywood. However, the joint recording was felt to be a failure so Monica re-recorded her vocals separately at the DARP Studios in Atlanta, Georgia with longtime contributor Dallas Austin and turned the song into a more mature pop sound.
Though both Brandy and Monica denied the song reflected any actual rivalry between them, tabloids began writing the opposite. There were claims that Monica was upset when Brandy performed the song solo on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Brandy was miffed when Monica opted to take the name of the duet for the title of her second album. Following reports that the pair came to blows during a rehearsal for a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 1998, talk of the rivalry became so loud that the singers' managers released a joint statement in which they called the press out for its "disturbing behavior" and called the "ongoing negativity unfair." As with "The Boy Is Mine," Jerkins claimed that both singers "didn’t get along" during production and that he and Dexter Simmons remixed the track seven times to keep everything even. In a 2012 interview with WZMX, Monica spoke about her past relationship with Brandy: "We were young. We could stay in the room with each other. By no means was it jealousy or envy.
She and I are polar opposites and instead of embracing that, we used our differences as reasons not to be amongst each other." On June 6, 1998, "The Boy Is Mine" became both singers' first number-one hit and fifth top ten entry for each on the US Billboard Hot 100. Bouncing from number 23 to the top spot, it became the second song in the history of the chart to ascend directly to number-one from a previous position beneath the Top 20, following The Beatles and the 27–1 leap of their single "Can't Buy Me Love" in April 1964. In addition, it was the first number-one collaboration between solo women since 1979's two-weeks number-one run of "No More Tears," performed by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer; the same week, "The Boy Is Mine" moved to number-one on the Hot R&B Singles, Hot 100 Singles Sales and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts. Within the first month of its purchasable release the song went on to sell 605,000 units, it spent thirteen consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and has since been ranked among the longest running number-one songs in US chart history, sharing this record with Boyz II Men's "End of the Road".
"The Boy Is Mine" was the best-selling single of
Brandy Rayana Norwood, known professionally by her mononym Brandy, is an American singer, record producer, actress. Born into a musical family in McComb and raised in Carson, she began her career as a child and performed as a backing vocalist for teen groups. In 1993, Norwood signed with Atlantic Records; the following year, she released her self-titled debut album, certified quadruple Platinum in the US, selling six million copies worldwide. Norwood starred in the UPN sitcom Moesha as the title character, which lasted six seasons and resulted in numerous other roles, she resumed her music career in 1998 with the wildly successful duet with fellow R&B contemporary Monica, "The Boy Is Mine", which went on to become the best selling female duet of all time, one of the longest running number one singles in history. Her second album, Never Say Never, sold 16 million copies worldwide, featured two number one singles, earned Norwood her first Grammy Award; this launched her into international stardom, with films, sold out concert tours, her own line of Barbie dolls.
Throughout the 2000s, Norwood held a precarious position in the pop industry. In 2002, she starred in the reality series Brandy: Special Delivery, documenting the birth of her daughter, her third and fourth albums, Full Moon and Afrodisiac, were released to critical and commercial success. She served as a judge on the first season of America's Got Talent before being involved in a publicized car accident in 2006. After several lawsuits stemming from the accident, Norwood's fifth album, was released to commercial failure. In the 2010s, Norwood received a commercial resurgence. In 2010, she returned to television as a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars and starred in the reality series Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business. In 2012 she became a series regular in the BET series The Game, released her sixth album Two Eleven to critical praise. In April 2015, Norwood made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago, she starred in and executive produced a new sitcom Zoe Ever After on the BET network in January 2016.
As of July 2018, she has sold over 40 million records worldwide, with over 10.5 million certified album sales in the U. S. making her one of the best selling female artists of all time. The Recording Industry Association of America lists Norwood as one of the top selling artists in the United States, with 10.5 million certified albums. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, an American Music Award, seven Billboard Music Awards, she has become known for her distinctive sound, characterized by her peculiar timbre, voice-layering, intricate riffs, which has earned her the nickname'The Vocal Bible' from industry peers and critics. Norwood was born on February 11, 1979, in McComb, the daughter of Willie Norwood, a gospel singer and choir director, his wife, Sonja Norwood, a district manager for H&R Block. Brandy is the older sister of entertainer Ray J, as well as a cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg and WWE wrestler Sasha Banks. Raised in a Christian home, Norwood started singing through her father's work as part of the local church choir, performing her first gospel solo at the age of two.
In 1983, her parents relocated to Los Angeles, where Norwood was schooled at the Hollywood High Performing Arts Center. Norwood's interest in music and performing increased after becoming a fan of singer Whitney Houston at the age of seven, but at school, she experienced trouble with persuading teachers to send her on auditions as she found no support among the staff. Norwood began entering talent shows by the time she was eleven, and, as part of a youth singing group, performed at several public functions. In 1990, her talent led to a contract with Teaspoon Productions, headed by Chris Stokes and Earl Harris, who gave her work as a backing vocalist for their R&B boy band Immature, arranged the production of a demo tape. In 1993, amid ongoing negotiations with East West Records, Norwood's parents organized a recording contract with the Atlantic Recording Corporation after auditioning for the company's director of A&R Darryl Williams. To manage her daughter, Norwood's mother soon resigned from her job, while Norwood herself dropped out of Hollywood High School and was tutored from tenth grade on.
During the early production stages of her debut album, Norwood was selected for a role in the short-lived ABC sitcom Thea, portraying the daughter of a single mother played by comedian Thea Vidale. Broadcast to high ratings, the series' viewership dwindled and ended up running for only one season, but earned her a Young Artists Award nomination for Outstanding Youth Ensemble alongside her co-stars. Norwood recalled that she appreciated the cancellation of the show as she was unenthusiastic about acting at the time, the taping caused scheduling conflicts with the recording of her album, she stated, "I felt bad for everybody else but me. It was a good thing, because I could do what I had to do, because I wanted to sing." Williams hired producer Keith Crouch and R&B group Somethin' for the People to work with Norwood, within eight months the team crafted Brandy. A collection of street-oriented rhythm-and-blues with a hip hop edge, whose lyrical content embraced her youthful and innocent image in public, Norwood summed up the songs on the album as young and vulnerable, stating, "I didn’t know a lot—all I wanted to do was sing.
You can just tell that it’s a person singing from a genuine place, a place of no experience. I was singing about being attracted to the opposite sex, but I had no experience behind it." Releas
Nice & Slow
"Nice & Slow" is a 1998 single from Usher's second album My Way. It became his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1998; the song was written by Usher and Brandon Casey of the R&B group Jagged Edge, Manuel Seal Jr. and Jermaine Dupri. "Nice & Slow" was written by Usher, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, Brian Casey, with Dupri producing the tune and Seal serving as co-producer and responsible for the guitar work. Jagged Edge provided background vocals in the record. "Nice & Slow" was recorded by Phil Tan at the Somewhere in College Park studio in College Park, Georgia. Tan and Dupri mixed the record with assistance from John and Brian Frye at Studio LaCoCo, in Atlanta, Georgia. Dupri recalled telling Usher he needed a ballad to "knock out the world"; the beat was created first, the lyrics were fitted to it. The composition and recording of "Nice & Slow" took four hours, according to Dupri."Nice & Slow" is a slow R&B, pop and soul ballad with hip hop influences. Musicologist Richard J. Ripani wrote that "Nice & Slow" is an example of the typical "R&B ballad style that became popular" in the late 1990s.
According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Universal Music Publishing Group, "Nice & Slow" is written in common time with a slow tempo of sixty-eight beats per minute. Set in the key of A♭ major, it follows the basic chord progression of Fm11–Cm7–D♭maj13–E♭9sus. Usher's voice spans from the low note of E♭4 to the high note of A♭5. "Nice & Slow" features a spoken introduction, while in the middle of the song Usher performs a melodic rap, which Billboard's Shawnee Smith compared to the syle of Do or Die. Usher said to Time that "Nice & Slow" is "somewhat of an intimate story between a man and a woman." "Nice & Slow" was released via CD single and cassette single on January 6, 1998. A maxi single was released on March 2, 1998, a 12-inch on April 20 A remixes CD was made available on March 9, 1998; the music video for the song was shot in Paris. Kimora Lee Simmons plays Usher's love interest; the video opens with the caption "4:00 pm Paris". He is shown shirtless in a hotel room having a telephone conversation with his love interest, consisting of the song's spoken intro.
Usher and Simmons prepare for their date, meet each other before sightseeing around Paris in a convertible. Interspersed are low-angle shots of Usher dancing on a sidewalk; as the day becomes night, Usher is seen wearing sunglasses playing a guitar and dancing shirtless in front of the Eiffel Tower. Usher and Simmons drive across a bridge, midway they are confronted by several gangsters, who kidnap and cage Simmons and beat Usher. Usher appeals to police, who are of no help, proceeds to locate the gangsters' lair himself, he offers a briefcase to the gangsters, which explodes after being opened and a grenade starts to fly. Usher and the gangsters engage in hand-to-hand combat. Usher rides away on a motorbike as the windows of building behind them explode with Simmons falling into the ground, they are seen relaxing on a sofa, before a computer is zoomed in on, which features the song's title written over and over on a word processor. A writer for the Daily News called it "warmly engaging". A writer for Jet praised Usher's "tender" vocals on the "sensuous ballad", stating that he displayed romance on the song.
"Nice & Slow" debuted at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 on the chart dated January 24, 1998, as "You Make Me Wanna...", the first single from My Way slipped from number seven to number ten. On February 2, 1998, the Recording Industry Association of America awarded the song a gold certification, following up with a platinum one on February 12. "Nice & Slow" continued to ascend the Hot 100, reaching number one on February 14, succeeding "Together Again" by Janet Jackson. It remained atop the chart on February 21, but on February 28 it was replaced by Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On". On the UK Singles Chart, "Nice & Slow" reached number 24. CD and cassette"Nice & Slow" "Nice & Slow" 12-inch vinyl and CD-maxi"Nice & Slow" "Nice & Slow" "Nice & Slow" "You Make Me Wanna..." UK CD: 1 "Nice & Slow" "Nice & Slow" "You Make Me Wanna..." / "Just Like Me" / "My Way" Remixes CD "Nice & Slow" "Nice & Slow" "Nice & Slow" "Nice & Slow" List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1998 List of number-one R&B singles of 1998 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics